‘Molotov is alive and looking for a new Ribbentrop,’ Lithuanian foreign minister says

Beaming Stalin supervising the signing of the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact dividing Poland between Hitler's regime and his own, Aug 23, 1939. From left to right: Richard Schulze-Kossens, Waffen-SS officer; Boris Shaposhnikov, Chief of the General Staff of the Red Army; Alexey Shkvarzev, Soviet Ambassador in Germany; Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Minister of Foreign Affairs; Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (sitting); Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator; Vladimir Pavlov, First Secretary of the Soviet embassy in Germany (Image: TASS)

Beaming Stalin supervising the signing of the so-called Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact dividing Poland between Hitler's regime and his own, Aug 23, 1939. From left to right: Richard Schulze-Kossens, Waffen-SS officer; Boris Shaposhnikov, Chief of the General Staff of the Red Army; Alexey Shkvarzev, Soviet Ambassador in Germany; Joachim von Ribbentrop, German Minister of Foreign Affairs; Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs (sitting); Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator; Vladimir Pavlov, First Secretary of the Soviet embassy in Germany (Image: TASS) 

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Linas Linkevičius (Image: DELFI/Š.Mažeikos)

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius (Image: DELFI/Š.Mažeikos)

Speaking in Bratislava yesterday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said that “Molotov is alive and looking for a new Ribbentrop,” thus suggesting Vladimir Putin now like Stalin in 1939 believes he can cut a deal with someone in the West over Eastern Europe.

The possibility that the great powers might make such a deal over the heads of the countries of Eastern Europe has been a constant fear in many capitals, especially those who have as the Baltic countries did earlier make as their fundamental demand “nothing about us without us.”

And such concerns have only intensified in recent months given the all-too-obvious desire of some new leaders to save money by reducing their commitments to these countries and to make money by reaching deals with the Russian Federation, fears that have not been put to rest even by the introduction of NATO troops into some of them.

Putin is counting on that, on the absence of ideological restrictions (which Stalin also ignored) and on the increasingly short-time horizon of many Western leaders who want to ignore the past and reach quick agreements that may benefit them politically in the short term at home while harming others directly and immediately and themselves over the longer haul.

The Lithuanian diplomat deserves highest praise for describing what is going on in the most lapidary of language.


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Edited by: A. N.

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Comments

  1. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    The Putinator needs to be dismantled.

  2. Avatar Murf says:

    I understand why Eastern Europeans have this concern.
    The Molotov/Ribbentrop unleashed apocalyptic like devastation on the region and has changed it forever.
    But this isn’t 1938. Russia is not the USSR and Putin is a Stalin Want-A-Be. A poser who couldn’t even break a weakened Ukraine or ill organized Syrian Rebels.
    The Russian media and their Troll minions talk a big act but the truth is the West broke Putin with out firing a shot.

    1. Avatar Dagwood Bumstead says:

      Unfortunately many in Western Europe would happily throw the Ukraine, Poland, the Baltics etc to the wolves if it meant doing business as usual with the demented dwarf, Germany first and foremost but also Italy, Austria, France, Greece etc. It’s an attitude found not only in the business communtiy but also among leading politicians such as Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer.

      It’s doubly strange when it occurs in Germany and Austria, countries that have been “blessed” with a Muscovite occupation after WW2- they should know only too well what “blessings” a Dwarfstanian occupation brings. And what makes it even more strange is that Germany and Austria assisted with the birth of the first modern Ukrainian state in 1917, the UNR.