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

Lithuania PM criticizes Merkel over NATO, Russia stance

Sep 04, 2014
From wire reports, VILNIUS

Lithuania PM criticizes Merkel over  NATO, Russia stance
German chancellor Angela Merkel (photo: twitter)

Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has criticized German chancellor Angela Merkel's statement concerning NATO and Russia.

The German leader ruled out any permanent NATO bases in the Baltics with fears that it would threaten Russia. NATO should not turn back on it's agreements with Russia that limits its scope in the region, the DPA news agency reports.

Baltic officials have called for permanent NATO bases in tithe region amid what they see as a threat from Russia.

However, Merkel added calls for stronger defense would not go unnoticed.

"The NATO summit will decide on a series of measures," Merkel said,  to increase the alliance's responsiveness, including in the Baltic area, which borders Russia.

Butkevicius isn't impressed however. He says Merkel's comments do not contribute to solving problems.

"We, some politicians, discussed among ourselves that certain statements were made too soon and differed from recent ones. I do not wish to evaluate German chancellor's behavior or statements, I can only say that they do not contribute to solving problems faster," Butkevicius told Ziniu Radijas radio on Thursday.

European Union member states should speak with one voice and not say something "which is completely inconceivable," Butkevicius said.

(Edited by Rayyan Sabet-Parry)

 MORE NEWS
  • Two Siberian tiger cubs born i...
    Two Siberian tiger cubs were born at the Riga Zoo this summer. Thor and Odin w...
  • More than half of Latvians liv...
    More than half of Latvia's residents live in the fear of a threat of war, a ne...
  • Latvian man attempts to smuggl...
    A Latvian man has attempted to smuggle over 24 tons of cheese into Russia from Ukr...
  • VIDEO: Baltics must counter Ru...
    The Baltic states should counter Russian 'propaganda' with individual s...
  • Russian troops moving towards ...
    There has been a build up of Russian troops towards the agreed ceasefire line i...
  • Estonia backs plans for indepe...
    Estonia's government has backed plans to launch an independent Russian lang...
  • Riga Apartments for Rent

    Maximus
    © 2014 BALTIC NEWS LTD. All Rights Reserved.