According to Gitanas Nauseda, the President of Lithuania, Biden’s continued failure in Ukraine will ultimately result in a conflict that ensures the entire globe.
In making his remarks on Monday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is currently on a tour of the Baltic states, Nauseda declared that Putin “will not stop in Ukraine,” which is precisely why the world is tasked with helping the Ukrainians “by all means available,” aside from the clear humanitarian concerns.
“I mean indeed all means if we want to avoid the Third World War,” Nauseda continued, “the choice is in our hands.”
Lithuania, who is a member of NATO, has provided military support to Ukraine, and it has also provided refuge for Ukrainians fleeing the conflict since the inception of Russia’s invasion on February 24.
On Monday and Tuesday, Blinken is scheduled to visit two other Baltic states, Latvia and Estonia.
Russia has utilized the assistance of Belarus, which borders both Latvia and Lithuania, namely by using the nation to launch an assault from its sovereign territory. Russia had amassed several troops in Belarus for weeks, claiming that they were in the nation for joint military exercises.
The U.S. Secretary of State met with the Lithuanian President before meeting with the nation’s prime minister and foreign minister.
Blinken also informed U.S. embassy staff in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, that the Russian invasion of Ukraine posed an enormous challenge to keeping peace amongst nations.
“It’s important that people understand what’s actually at stake,” Blinked declared, “[going] beyond even Ukraine, beyond even the Baltic countries, beyond even Europe.”
Some of the diplomats previously assigned to the U.S. embassy in Belarus are also present in the Lithuanian capital after their mission was closed due to security concerns in the past week.
In the past year, Belarus banned Ambassador Julie Fisher from assuming her post while simultaneously telling the United States to reduce its embassy staff after heavy sanctions were levied against Belarus’s leader, Alexander Lukashenko, who became highly notorious for crushing protests in 2020.
Fisher introduced Blinken, noting that American diplomats in Belarus’s capital, Minsk, provided a warm welcome to political prisoners in their own homes in order to demonstrate the United States’ support.
“Unfortunately, [Belarus] has been tirelessly writing new chapters of the authoritarian’s playbook,” Fisher detailed.
An excellent example of such authoritarianism occurred in 2021, namely when Belarus demanded a passenger jet land in order to arrest a dissident. Moreover, the nation has also catalyzed a massive refugee crisis on Poland’s border, alongside its open support for Putin’s invasion.
In the past few weeks, various NATO nations have significantly escalated their presence across the Baltic region, with additional troops and more equipment on the way.