aA
Russia is attempting to further destabilize neighboring countries and has been continuing its "appalling" military action against Ukraine for five years now, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said before the United Nations in New York last night.
Nauseda in NY warns against Russia's continued aggression
© Reuters / Scanpix

In his first address to the UN General Assembly, the Lithuanian president said that "determination to adhere to international law is often the last barrier separating our countries from unpredictable and therefore dangerous disorder".

"Unfortunately, in the world of many crises, Europe is not an exception anymore. The illegitimate use of force and serious violations or sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity have become part of Europe's every-day life," he said.

"Russia, a permanent member of the UN Security Council, encouraged by the feeble international response to its 2008 aggression against Georgia, attempts to further destabilize countries in its near neighborhood. Russia's appalling military actions against Ukraine have been continuing for five years now."

According to Nauseda, "Lithuania strongly condemns this prolonged violation of international law and urges the aggressor to respect the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act and bilateral agreements with Ukraine".

The president reiterated Lithuania's continued support for Georgian and Ukrainian independence and said that his country "will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea, the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia".

"Some political leaders are raising an idea to create a new geopolitical space from the Atlantic Ocean to Vladivostok, drawing Russia in. It may sound interesting, but do we have common ground for it? Do we have shared values? The answer is no!" Nauseda said.

"As a matter of principle, we should not endorse unions in which some states become subjects of history, and some others – merely objects," he said.

"As of today, Russia has done nothing to inspire our confidence. Could this yet change? Yes! We would be the first to congratulate this turn of events – a democratic Russia respecting international law and the sovereignty of other countries."

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Linkevicius: the Holocaust is scar on humanity's face (1)

The genocide of the Jewish people is a scar on Lithuania and the whole humanity's face, Lithuanian...

PM's popularity rating plunges further down (1)

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is losing his ongoing battle with President Gitanas...

Alternative medicine legalized in country

The Seimas of Lithuania legalized alternative medicine in the country after adopting amendments to...

Foreign ministry advised against travel to central China due to coronavirus

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry has advised Lithuanian citizens against traveling to China 's central...

Plans to commemorate Baltic Way by naming roads

Lithuania plans to commemorate the Baltic Way , which took place more than 30 years ago, by naming...

Top news

Romanov and 12 other people suspected of squandering Ukio Bankas' assets

Vladimir Romanov, Ukio Bankas' former majority shareholder, and 12 other people are suspected of...

Linkevicius: the Holocaust is scar on humanity's face (1)

The genocide of the Jewish people is a scar on Lithuania and the whole humanity's face, Lithuanian...

Fines for some free plastic bags in stores set

The Lithuanian parliament voted on Tuesday to establish fines of thousands of euros on retailers...

Lithuanian students invent belt that monitors fetus during pregnancy

A team of students from Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) BeltaMom has designed a belt for...

Pursuing investment: shrinking production in Germany brought new opportunities for Lithuania

In 2019 47 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects were attracted to Lithuania, including companies...