For Lithuania, the West is in danger as long as Vladimir Putin is in power
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in an interview with AP today that the removal of Russian President Vladimir Putin was the only way to protect the West and its allies from future threats from Moscow .
According to the head of Lithuanian diplomacy, Vladimir Putin’s annual speech today on “Victory Day” was ” disappointing “ and that the “dark faces” generals and others were signs of failure in the war in Ukraine. He said an injured Putin could be even more dangerous and the only way to eliminate the threat was to take him out.
“From our point of view, as long as the current regime is in power, the countries around it will, to some extent, be in danger. Not just Putin, but the whole regime because, you know, someone could change Putin and change his surroundings, but another Putin could take his place”said Mr. Landsbergis.
“And as long as a regime that intends to wage wars outside Russian territory is in place, the countries around it are in danger”he added. “And, if one thing was proven to those who doubted it after 2008 in Georgia in 2014 when the first war in Ukraine broke out, it is that Russia is an aggressive country. It’s very clear. »
Lithuania is one of three Baltic states that among NATO allies are particularly concerned about possible Russian attempts to forcibly return them to Moscow’s fold.