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Linas Antanas Linkevicius

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Prime Minister  Algirdas Butkevicius
Preceded by  Ceslovas Stankevicius
Name  Linas Linkevicius
Preceded by  Audronius Azubalis
Succeeded by  Gediminas Kirkilas
Role  Lithuanian Politician
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Prime Minister  Rolandas Paksas Eugenijus Gentvilas (Acting) Algirdas Brazauskas
Prime Minister  Adolfas Slezevicius Laurynas Stankevicius
Education  Kaunas University of Technology
Party  Social Democratic Party of Lithuania
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Linas Antanas Linkevicius (born 6 January 1961) is a Lithuanian politician of the Social Democratic Party.

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Political career

Linkevicius served as minister of National Defence from 1993 to 1996 and from 2000 to 2004. He was the Lithuanian Permanent Representative to NATO from 2005 until 2011. In December 2012 he was appointed minister of Foreign Affairs.

Views on Russia

Linkevicius has been a constant opponent within the European Union and NATO of compromises with Russia over Ukraine. When measures to re-engage Russia were discussed in Brussels, in January 2015, he strongly objected. "I do not think we should think how to re-engage; Russia should think how to re-engage . . . I see no reason why we should invent something," he was quoted. (Financial Times, January 20, 2015)

"We can't trust a single word of the Russian leadership. [Russia's] statements are worthless," he was quoted as saying in a public speech in March 2015, scolding some of his European Union colleagues for being detached from "reality" in seeking to soften or unroll some of the sanctions against Russia. (Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2015)

In a newspaper column, in June 2015, Linkevicius warned Lithuania's NATO partners against regression to a mid-Cold War-like detente with Russia, as the one experienced in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. Russia, he wrote, no longer poses "a serious alternative to Western liberal democracy", and its adversarial relations with the rest of Europe are "just a Kremlin construct, invented by modern Russia to cover failures of reform."(Wall Street Journal, June 9, 2015)

Referring to Lithuania as a "frontline state" with Russia, he urged in that column that "NATO’s capabilities should be based on sober threat analyses, not illusions. Anything that the Kremlin perceives as weakness will encourage it to press ahead."

References

Linas Antanas Linkevicius Wikipedia


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