The European Union's (EU) Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas has criticized the Lithuanian media for what he said were excessively one-sided reports about Russia and its failure to provide a balanced and fair opinion.
Vygaudas Ušackas
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"Of course, it is very difficult watching the state propaganda in Russia where there are no alternative opinions available, however, our media also provides a rather one-sided position on Russia. There is too much negative reporting and not enough opinions that are balanced and objective," Ušackas, a Lithuanian diplomat, said in a lecture at Kaunas University of Technology.

In his words, the Lithuanian media lacks information about the processes that are taking place in Ukraine and attempts to understand the Russian behaviour.

"What is lacking is more information, in my opinion, about what is going on in Ukraine. The second thing is that, with all due respect, we cannot blame Moscow alone for the conflict in Ukraine. Thirdly, we should have a better understanding of all problems and all challenges Ukraine will face. The fourth things is that, with all respect to Ukraine, we cannot idealize the country's EU perspectives," said Ušackas, Lithuania's former foreign minister.

"I wish for a more thorough reporting and understanding of why Russia is acting the way it is – not justifying it but understanding," the diplomat concluded.

BNS
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