Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech at the United Nations (UN) is "neo-Stalinist" and characteristic of celebration of last century's dictatorships, says Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė.
Dalia Grybauskaitė
© AFP/Scanpix

"I view the speech by President Putin as that of a leader who lives back in the 20th century and even more – a neo-Stalinist, which adores dictatorships, rebukes democracy and accuses the West for everything. This is the rhetoric we heard almost 100 years go, nothing has changed," Grybauskaitė told New York journalists.

In her words, speeches by Putin and United States President Barack Obama showed that "the presidents came from different worlds" and that they "are still unable to get through to each other and understand each other".

The almost non-existent outcome of a nearly two-hour meeting between leaders of the two most powerful countries is "not good", said Grybauskaitė.

"This is not good, as there are many problems in the world. The West and the East, the two blocks cannot agree and cannot become closer, the warm-up did not happen," said the Lithuanian president

In his speech at the UN on Monday, Putin criticized the West for "democratic revolutions" and stated that "rather than bringing back reforms... it has resulted in a brazen destruction of national institutions and the lifestyle itself".

The nearly two-hour meeting between the leaders of Russia and the US in New York on Monday was the first in almost two years.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuanian president says UK should decide what it wants in Brexit talks

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says the United Kingdom should decide what it wants to...

Lithuanians have better opinion about EU than other countries – EP survey

Lithuanians have a favorable opinion about the European Union and the country's EU membership. But...

Lithuania plans to open embassies in UAE, Australia, Indonesia

Lithuania plans to open embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Australia and Indonesia over the next...

Lithuanian president, EU leaders to discuss stalling Brexit in Brussels

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is on Wednesday leaving for Brussels to meet with other EU...

Seimas speaker invites Palestinians to open Baltic representation in Lithuania

Viktoras Pranckietis , the speaker of the Seimas, invited Palestinians to set up a representative...