Maximus
Barcelona city tours is a perfect opportunity to have a perfect vacation outside the Baltic States. Gene Zolotarev on how to destabilize the EU financial system. Andris Berzins
Vladimir Linderman aka Abel Edmunds Sprudzs Valdis Zatlers Aivars Lembergs Girts Valdis Kristovskis Maris Grinblats Guntars Krasts Alfreds Rubiks Sandra Kalniete Raivis Dzintars Algirdas Butkevicius Algirdas Paleckis Dalia Grybauskaite Kazimira Danute Prunskene Vytautas Landsbergis Rolandas Aksas Viktor Uspaskich Valdemar Tomasevski Leonidas Donskis Arturas Zuokas Edgar Savisaar Andrus Ansip
The current website developed by YWSolution Limited

Crimea escalation calls for direct talks

Feb 28, 2014
From wire reports, VILNIUS

The UN Security Council's current president, Lithuania, on Feb. 27 urged Russia to start direct talks with Ukraine on the crisis in Crimea to avert a regional conflict, reports AFP.

"As the representative of the United Nations Security Council presidency, I urge Russia to speak directly to Ukraine and to work together to stop the ongoing provocations" in Crimea, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told AFP after talks in Kiev with Ukraine's new prime minister and interim president.

Dozens of pro-Russian gunmen seized government buildings in the volatile peninsula that hosts Russia's Black Sea naval fleet on Thursday, sparking concern among Western powers.

Linkevicius also urged Russia "to play a responsible and crucial role." If Moscow "does not stop the ongoing provocation, the situation may escalate and lead to a regional conflict no one wants," he added.

The first republic to break free from the Soviet Union in 1990, Lithuania played a key role in efforts to seal an EU association pact with Ukraine during its stint as EU president last year.

Deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich rejected the agreement at the summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius in November in favor of an aid deal with Russia, sparking the civil unrest that led to his ouster last weekend.

Linkevicius told AFP he thought the EU-Ukraine deal could be signed before a presidential election in May.

Lithuania in January started a two-year term on the UN Security Council, and took over its rotating presidency for February.

 MORE NEWS
  • VIDEO: Baltics must counter Ru...
    The Baltic states should counter Russian 'propaganda' with individual succ...
  • Russian troops moving towards ...
    There has been a build up of Russian troops towards the agreed ceasefire line in U...
  • Estonia backs plans for indepe...
    Estonia's government has backed plans to launch an independent Russian languag...
  • IN PICTURES: Heavy snow hits t...
    Heavy snow has landed in Estonia and Latvia today but not for long.  M...
  • Stoltenberg dismisses Kremlin’...
    Nato’s new secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has rejected the Kremlin&rs...
  • Egypt President Sisi hints at ...
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Thursday that the possibility of g...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.