I want to believe Russia's new attacks will "wake up the napping West" – Landsbergis

  • 2022-10-10
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis regrets that the West have failed to provide more air defense elements to Ukraine, and hopes Russia's new attacks will "wake up the napping West".

"I very much want to believe that these attacks will wake up the napping West again. I regret myself and I hope that regret is shared by some of our partners who have been arguing for months about what arms can be transferred and what arms cannot be transferred," Landsbergis told reporters at the Seimas on Monday.

"If those weapons had been transferred, if more air defense elements had been transferred to Ukraine, we would obviously have fewer dead people," Lithuania's top diplomat said.

Ukraine reported on Monday that a number of Ukrainian cities, including the capital Kyiv, had come under Russia's missile attack, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying that energy infrastructure was targeted.

Ate least 10 people have reportedly been killed and dozens have been injured during the missile attacks.

Landsbergis says the attacks specifically targeting civilian infrastructure "reveal to some, and confirm to others, the brutal nature of the Putin regime, its total disregard for human life and for any of the civilization norms we accept".