Russia responds to extremist statements from Lithuanian president

Russian Foreign Ministry posted a message on its official website in response to a recent statement from Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. According to the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Lithuanian president surpassed "radical nationalists in Kiev" with her remarks. Grybauskaite, a consistent critic of the EU position with regard to the Russian Federation, called Russia a "terrorist state" in connection with the situation in Ukraine.

"She also bluntly called for support, including militarily, for the current Ukrainian regime, having said that if the "Russian aggression" was not stopped, then this "aggression" could spread to Europe and beyond," a statement from Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Lukashevich said. "With her remarks, Grybauskaite surpasses even most extremist statements voiced by radical nationalists in Kiev. Everything that she says only complicates the search for the solution of the Ukrainian crisis. Sensible policy-makers of most countries, who do not try to please the marginalized, but remain highly concerned about the situation in Ukraine and the state of affairs in Europe and the world, are guided by a different, responsible approach," the Russian official said. 

In an interview with LRT radio station, Grybauskaite said: "Ukraine today is fighting for peace in the whole of Europe, for all of us. If a terrorist state that conducts aggression against its neighbor, is not stopped, then aggression may spread to Europe and beyond."

Grybauskaite emphasized that Ukraine was in needed of support. "Political, business, humanitarian and even military support is needed for this country and its citizens, who chose a democratic path, who decided for themselves, in what direction their state should move, that is, in the European direction, so that they could do it without being under pressure, without military intervention, without aggression," the Lithuanian president said. 

The Russian Foreign Ministry Lithuanian advised the Lithuanian president should "hold back her Komsomol zeal" and "not to develop complexes about her Soviet past." 

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