During a week of political talks in Ukraine, Lithuania sent their Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevicius, to meet officials in Kyiv.
Currently holding the position of Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Lithuania is considered a key player when it comes to diplomacy within the EU.
We asked Linkevicius about the meaning of President Yanukovych’s upcoming meeting with Putin. He called it a “smokescreen” and had apparently asked about alleged documents concerning a trade pact between Ukraine and Russia:
“I asked what did that mean and I was told by the officials that they are not contradicting to the possible association process with the EU. Let’s believe it’s true,” he told euronews.
There is still a visible political division among the Ukrainian people. Security was stepped up in the nations capital on Saturday amid fears pro-Yanukovych and pro-EU protesters would clash.