President of Latvia to the Renaissance. “The whole of Europe is at risk”


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The President of Latvia warns that Europe cannot fail Ukraine in military aid, in the political dimension and in reconstruction. Passing through Borodyanka, one of the cities hardest hit by Russian bombing, Egils Levits confessed to being impressed by the destruction he has seen in that area and in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kiev.

“Atrocities like these must be punished. My feeling is impossible to describe. These are atrocities of the Middle Ages, they are not of normal people, but of crazy people. I think this regime in Russia is outside the civilized world”, says the Latvian president to the Renaissance, in a small conversation held in front of several bombed buildings in Borodyanka, located forty kilometers north of Kiev.

Twenty-one bodies have already been rescued after nine days of rescue work, but authorities are still looking for bodies among the rubble of buildings that collapsed as a result of Russian bombs.

Egils Levits argues that Europe must help Ukraine “in every way, namely to rebuild it”. Asked by the Renaissance about possible fears that the Baltic countries, such as Latvia, could be targets of Vladimir Putin, the Latvian president replies that “the whole of Europe is at risk. Ukraine is fighting for the whole of Europe”.

In a statement released at the same time as the presidents of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland were visiting Borodyanka, Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky called for more weapons in a statement in English where he also warned that “if freedom ends in Ukraine” those Baltic and others like Romania or Moldova will be at risk.

Latvia’s president says Europe “is obligated” to help Ukraine militarily, economically and financially.

“I think more help is needed for Ukraine. Firstly, military aid. And then, of course, political solutions, but these depend on Ukraine’s military strength. I am sure that Ukraine will really win the war. On our side , we already provide military equipment and weapons at a very high level, compared to our GDP”, explains Egils Levits to Renaissance.

“We are doing little to help Ukraine”

Present in this delegation of four presidents visiting Ukraine, the head of state of Lithuania calls for European leaders to travel to that country in order to witness what is happening there.

“I knew in theory what happened here. But now seeing it with my eyes and hearing the stories of different people who were killed, people who raped women, girls and children and then killed them. It’s hard to imagine that in this 21st century there are people willing to commit such terrible acts as the ones we are witnessing now”, confessed Gitanas Nauseda, who leads one of the Baltic countries that belong to NATO.

In a brief statement recorded by the Renaissance in Borodyanka, the Lithuanian president criticized the alleged slowness in the aid process for Kiev.

“It is time to react. It is time to make decisions. And we are being too slow and doing too little to stop this horrible war”, declared Nauseda, who insisted on the need for a greater European political presence in Ukraine.

“My message to the leaders of Western European countries and other democratic countries is: come here and see to get an impression of what is happening and not just watch it on a television monitor. 105%”, warned the Lithuanian president in Borodyanka before heading with his counterparts from Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to Kiev where they held a meeting with the president of Ukraine.

Volodomyr Zelensky stated that these countries were the first to support Ukraine in various positions throughout the war, including at the beginning of the application process for membership of the European Union, in the process of sanctions against the Russian Federation and in the provision of weapons and military equipment to the Ukraine.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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