Kubilius: Russian relations reset no longer possible

  • 2011-09-29
  • TBT Staff

Kubilius said that Putin's decision to run for re-election would put a damper on relations with the West.

VILNIUS -- Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius has said that a "reset" of relations between Russia and the West is no longer possible.

Kubilius was speaking in reference to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's decision to again run for president, a post he is almost certain to win.

"No one should have illusions about how Russia will be ruled for decades to come," Andrius Kubilius told Lithuanian Radio.

"All the restart policies or renewal of relations should now be locked in a deep drawer with a simple note attached: 'Here rests expired and naive dreams," he said.

Putin announced this weekend that he would return to the Russian presidency next year. With the presidential term set to increase to six years in 2012, he is poised to control the country through 2024. Russia and Lithuania have had a strained relationship in recent years as the Baltic state complains that Russia's state gas company is giving it an unfair deal. Lithuania gets 100% of its natural gas from Russia.