Lithuanian president: Russia's attempt to recreate zones of influence won't be tolerated

  • 2021-12-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Russia's military buildup on its border with Ukraine is a threat to the entire region, but attempts to recreate zones of influence will not be tolerated, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in Ukraine on Monday.

"Our threats and security are common. I believe that we will make every effort to mobilize our allies, form coalitions and convince hesitant states," Nauseda said after meeting with his Polish and Ukrainian counterparts, Andrzej Duda and Volodymyr Zelensky, in the village of Huta. 

According to the Lithuanian president, the EU's message to Russia is clear: "In the event of aggression against Ukraine, the consequences will be severe, and an attempt to draw red lines and re-establish zones of influence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. "

Each country is free to decide its own future, Nauseda said. 

"No one has a veto over the choices made by sovereign, independent and democratic states," he said.