Russia effectively at war with EU: Lithuanian president

BRUSSELS Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:03am EDT

Related Topics

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Saturday, calling on Europe to supply Kiev with military equipment.

"It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe," she told reporters in English as she arrived for an EU summit.

"That means we need to help Ukraine to ... defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe," the leader of the former Soviet state said.

She added that an arms embargo on Russia should be stepped up by including a halt to sales under existing contracts - a swipe notably at France, which has resisted calls to cancel a deal to sell Moscow a strategic new warship.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Alastair Macdonald)

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see
Comments (2)
lnardozi wrote:
Look – I KNOW you’re upset. Take a deep breath, walk across your country a few times, then go and ask one of the grown up countries if you can see their ‘proof’. Please try to remember not to color on the documents, though. They’re going to be needed for a Youtube video later.

Aug 30, 2014 11:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GospodinB wrote:
You could understand her concern, since they sharing a border and a sizable ethnic Russian population exist there. If the Putin Regime are permitted to continue their campaign of goodwill to their neighbor, Lithuania will be Putin’s next target.

Aug 31, 2014 9:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.