Latvia’s Prime Minister warns: Consider Russia’s deeds, not words


Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis advised Europe to avoid “naive” participation in negotiations with Russia until it leaves Ukraine alone.

“Cooperation is only possible with those countries that respect international standards. Russia does not respect them,” quotes Die Welt.

The head of Lithuanian government stressed that Russia must first stop supporting pro-Russian forces in the Donbass, and return control over the Crimea to Ukraine.

“Trust the deeds, not the words,” Skvernelis said.

He also called on Germany to spend more on defense, as now Berlin allocates only 1.2% of GDP for the army. At the same time he noted that a decision on the military budget can only be made by the German government, and no one else.

Earlier it was reported that Lithuania has decided to spend more than 2% of GDP to the army. In particular, additional funds will be allocated for rapid reaction forces.

In the end of February Germany sent infantry fighting vehicles and tanks to Lithuania as part of NATO‘s efforts aimed at curbing aggressive Russia. Germany will command an international NATO battalion of 1,200 troops in Lithuania. The United States will lead in Poland, the British – in Estonia and Canadians – in Latvia.