Opinion: Siege mentality or the paradox in interacting with Russia (I)
Monday, July 21, 2014
There are a number of ways to look at the actions of the Russian Federation and the man behind it. Or you could look beyond the person and examine how the state reacts as a whole and what sort of goals and expectations it has.
Belarus’s Independence Day is celebrated on 3 July. On that day, 70 years ago, Minsk was liberated from the Nazi occupiers. This 3 July, President Vladimir Putin of Russia participated in Minsk’s celebration. Two days prior to that event, during a grand ceremonial meeting devoted to the national holiday, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered part of his speech in Belarusian.
Lithuania’s friends in Washington, D.C., believe that we are living as if it were 1939 when the threat of occupation loomed over Lithuania. So says Lithuania’s ambassador to the United States, Žygimantas Pavilionis.
Major English-speaking TV channels do not devote enough attention to the events in Ukraine, even though the battles are more blood-stained than in other countries, notes philosopher Gintautas Mažeikis. According to him, it is an important lesson to learn for Lithuania and other Baltic countries: the media can be very ignorant, even though there is a massive war going on with vague Russian attempts to intervene, all resulting in great numbers of victims. People interviewed by LRT.lt believe that such information in the media is essential, as it helps to prepare and organize a collective political pressure, and it is easier for governments to make decisions accordingly.
While Ukraine is spreading joyful news about liberating settlements during new anti-terrorist operations, the Russian plan to turn this country divided into mutually confronting parts into the territory of chaos is collapsing.