It has become the first time since the end of World War II when the borders of a sovereign state were changed through resort to force. The case is the actions of Russia, which, hiding behind a pseudo-referendum and on the pretext of “protection of the rights of national minorities” and “restoration of historical justice,” annexed the Ukrainian Crimea peninsula and seized part of the territory of mainland Ukraine with the support of the separatists on its payroll.
Such a blatant fact of aggression provoked indignation of the world community, expressed in repair to application of political and economic sanctions against the violator of the international law. However, as time has gone on, a dangerous trend has appeared – tolerance to the very fact of ongoing aggression.
Foreign Affairs Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičiuswas very clear and figurative as regards this situation. He stressed on the particular cycle of getting tolerated to Russian aggression that has developed in democratic states.
Accoroding to Linkevičius, “we may observe the cyclic trend to soften the position: they say, how long confrontation should last, you need to be a little bit more flexible… maybe it’s time to come to the conclusion that the aggressor state is every time bet on such reaction. “Everyone gets used to the new situation after a while, taking it for granted. This provides an opportunity for some new adventures, their preparation.”
In the context of violations of the international law which repeat periodically, one should consistently “express resistance”. If the free world “do not develop immunity to such a policy, such incidents (acts of aggression), such problems will repeat.”
According to Linkevičius, leaders of democratic states “should behave successively” and, when adopting “some outline of a common policy, should adhere to them.”
The “cyclic trend” in treatment of the Russian aggression is proven by the fact that “prior to the annexation of Crimea in 2014, there was annexation of 20% of Georgia territory in 2008. However, back then everyone gave up and encouraged further cooperation. The sanctions policy must be kept until those changes that were expected as their result would occur.”