President of Lithuania Nauseda: it is not necessary to ring a weapon to protect the interests of NATO It is possible to achieve the necessary actions from Russia not only by “ringing a weapon”, but also through diplomatic methods, said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda. But Moscow needs to be shown that the cost of invading Ukraine will be very high, he believes .jpg” alt=”The President of Lithuania offered to speak with Moscow “without clanging weapons”” />
NATO does not have to support Ukraine and take care of its own interests, following the path of confrontation with Moscow, diplomacy can be used effectively, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda believes. He expressed this conviction in an interview with the LRT television and radio company.
The question was asked what Lithuania would do if Russia attacked Ukraine.
“Lithuania is ready to help Ukraine in every possible way. <…> NATO as an organization should primarily take care of collective and regional security. And it doesn't have to be done by clanging a weapon,— answered the President of Lithuania.
He advised the alliance's diplomats to harmonize their rhetoric in order to send Moscow “the clearest possible” a signal of NATO's plans to counter a potential invasion of Ukraine. This, Nauseda believes, will achieve the desired result.
To a clarifying question whether Lithuania would participate in the military conflict, the politician repeated that the country was ready to provide Ukraine with the necessary assistance.
NATO members accuse Moscow of preparing a military operation on the territory of Ukraine since autumn last year, and Russia denies it is planning a military operation.
In parallel, the US, NATO and Russia are discussing mutual security guarantees. Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that NATO is building up its military presence and developing infrastructure near the Russian borders, and also drew attention to the fact that the alliance's strategic bombers fly 20 km from the Russian border, which “goes beyond certain limits.”
Due to the escalation of the situation, NATO has decided to send troops, aircraft and fighter jets to Eastern Europe. However, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg promised that the bloc would not deploy troops on the territory of Ukraine. The EU has also decided to send additional financial assistance to Ukraine, and the US is discussing the supply of new arms shipments.
Negotiations between Russia, the US and NATO on security guarantees have so far come to nothing: the alliance has rejected Moscow’s proposal to abandon plans for expansion to the east . The US also gave Russia a written response to its proposal. Commenting on Washington's response, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that there is still no positive reaction to the main question in the American side's response to Russian proposals for security guarantees.
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