Adamkus: friendship with Russia and Belarus — not at any price

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Ex-president of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus does not hide the regret in connection with changes in the Lithuanian foreign policy. In his view, Lithuania should not be any cost to seek to improve relations with Russia should pay more attention to Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, According DELFI.

According to Adamkus, Lithuania, paying less attention to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia loses existing influence and recognition it has received, performing this function.

Because of this pragmatic abandon the core values of the past, forget it just to get the benefit, or go so far as to kneel down and ask, "Have pity on us," I do not agree with this and I think that Lithuania is unnecessary, " — Adamkus said.

"Now try to say that we are small, we only think we have played some role. But I think, the results, the current attitude towards this region shows that we were on the right track — said in an interview to "Week" on Channel LTV ex-president.

On He said, the attention of the U.S. leadership, EU officials Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Poland and France to Georgia and the entire region — is "an excellent result for the leaders of Lithuanian foreign policy."

Adamkus said that during his presidency he sought good relations with its eastern neighbors, but would also like to see dialogue and mutual respect.

"However, we all know that it was one-way traffic. On our constructive proposals, the desire to live in peace with its neighbors responded with silence or I would have called hostile actions. Enough to remember the oil pipeline" Druzhba ", the problems of our exports, shmatkilyametrovyya queues of trucks at the border, that can not be crossed. And today, we have to recognize that we pay Russia for gas is much more than other European countries, "- said the ex-president.

He acknowledges that in its relations with Russia and Belarus need pragmatics, but because it is not necessary to give up the basic settings.

"Because of this pragmatic abandon the core values of the past, forget it just to get the benefit, or go so far as to kneel down and ask," Have pity on us, "I do not agree with this and I think that Lithuania is unnecessary" — said Adamkus.

According to Adamkus, the main priority of the current foreign policy of Lithuania — at any price of improving relations with Russia.

"I think it probably has one purpose — at any price to come out and say:" In a few decades — that's the turning point in the relations with our neighbor Russia. We're friends again, kiss, hug, it is our great victory. "And what price do it? Of course, this is not for me to decide," — said the ex-president.

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