By Olga Tokariuk
Kiev, Apr 15 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Thursday visited Ukraine in a show of solidarity as Russia amassed troops at its borders.
At a joint press conference in Kiev with Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba, the ministers of the three Baltic states, which are European Union and NATO members, expressed their support to Ukraine and condemned Russia’s actions.
“The main message of the Baltic states is that Ukraine will never stand alone. It has to be very clear,” Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.
“The support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity goes without question. We know who is responsible for escalating the situation: it is the Russian Federation.”
The ministers said the Baltic nations and Ukraine were united in their condemnation of Russia’s actions, which they said were aimed at “escalation and undermining of diplomatic efforts.”
“Russia is openly threatening war and destruction of the Ukrainian statehood. We have two answers to that: one — it will not happen, and two — we are not afraid,” Ukrainian foreign minister Kuleba said.
He thanked his Baltic counterparts and asked them to discuss with other NATO and EU countries the issue of practical support to Ukraine.
“We need to make Russia understand that consequences will be painful,” Kuleba said.
He stressed that Kiev would like its Western partners to provide assistance to increase Ukraine’s defence capabilities.