Kyiv Security Forum

Ex-Defense Minister of Lithuania: Security of Ukraine is Security of Europe

11 April 2014, 09:38

Defense Minister of Lithuania (2008-2012) Rasa Jukneviciene believes that the EU should support Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s regime, including use of military facilities. She stated this speaking at the 7th KYIV Security Forum. 

“These days the destiny of freedom and democracy in Europe is being resolved here – in Ukraine. We must defend European democracy against a dictatorship labeled “sovietization”, -the ex-minister noted and added the following: “Russia’s striving to restore the Soviet Union has never faded. We must deter this brutal KGB style regime headed by V.Putin”..

Ms Jukneviciene said: “Deception, robbery and murder are just a fraction of  terminology applicable in description of the current Russia’s regime. It strives to return  the obsolete values while Putin attempts, through attack on Ukraine, to deal with their domestic affairs and economy challenges”..

In her opinion, the Wstern nations in fact support Putin actions financially, as they buy energy carriers from Russia: “The single way for blocking Putin’s imperial aspirations is to formulate new strategies for energy security for Ukraine and Europe”.

“We must join efforts with Ukraine and stop Putin through application of various means, including the military ones.  We must say ”no” to the fact of occupation of Crimea and “no” to the strategic partnership with Russia”, - the representative of Lithuania is sure of that. According to her, Kremlin regime must  be named “a strategic threat”, not “a strategic partner”.

According to the ex-Minister, “Ukrainian security equates with European security. That is the very reason for NATO members “not to make a mistake that had been made back in 2008 in Bucharest, as then it was a signal for Putin to act in Georgia, and he acted  similarly today in Ukraine due to Yanukovich support’.  She believes that it’s high time to rectify previous mistakes made by the Western community. The ex-Defense Minister of Lithuania is sure that “Ukraine and the Crimea mark the beginning of Putin;s end”.


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