Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2008, called Ukraine a “mistake of history” and “artificial entity”. This was stated by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius during the discussion “Ukraine’s way to NATO: achievements and future prospects”, reports UNIAN.
The Lithuanian foreign Minister recalled the NATO summit 2008, which took place in Bucharest (Romania), where “there is a big debate and struggle between the two groups.” One group of countries, including Lithuania, defended the position that Ukraine and Georgia should provide a plan of action concerning membership in the Alliance (map) that was supposed to be a kind of signal.
According to Linkevičius, the plan of action concerning membership is simply “bureaucratic instrument”.
But representatives of other countries, according to the head of the Lithuanian foreign Ministry, said cannot do because such a move would provoke opponents, especially Russia, and it will be a big problem.
Their opinion, said Linkevicius, is not true: later in the South Caucasus the war began, Russia has occupied South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
In addition, the diplomat recalled the meeting of the NATO Council-Russia in 2008.
“It was not an open meeting, but it will not be a sin to quote what I said to President Putin the NATO allies during the NATO Council-Russia and this meeting, trying as always to learn and to teach: “who do you interact with Ukraine? It is not a country, it is an artificial entity, it must be some mistake of history, you know it’s not normal“. And everyone looked at each other and said: what is he talking about?”, — he stressed.
According to Linkevičius, NATO members could not believe that Putin can say such a thing. Wrong again, those who refused to grant membership action plan: a few years later came the turn of Ukraine.
“Again, those who took it as a surprise, it wasn’t us. We said, you shouldn’t be surprised, because it was made in Georgia, and with this surprise agreed”, — said Linkevičius.
As previously reported “FACTS”, Lithuania was the first among the EU countries imposed sanctions against Russia over aggression in the Kerch Strait.
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