Ukraine Must Win War for the Future of Liberal Democracy, Asserts Lithuanian Prime Minister in Episode of Battlegrounds
Fri, 10/21/2022 – 13:03
Hoover Institution (Stanford, CA) – In the latest episode of Battlegrounds, Lithuanian prime minister Ingrida Šimonytė asserts that the stakes are extremely high in the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Šimonytė tells the Hoover broadcast’s host, Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow H. R. McMaster, that it is crucial that the Ukrainians defeat Russia decisively, recapture lost territory, and restore its sovereignty. This outcome is critical not only for the people of Ukraine but for all who desire to preserve freedom and democratic rule in the West.
Šimonytė criticizes observers of the war who seek a negotiated settlement based on conceding the Donbas region to Russian president Vladimir Putin in exchange for peace. She doesn’t believe that Putin would prefer an off-ramp to save face in light of the poor performance of the Russian military and its mounting casualties. Nor would such a diplomatic effort deter future aggression.
Šimonytė argues that a majority of the Russian people supports or is ambivalent to the mode of authoritarianism exhibited by the Kremlin. As a result of the Soviet era, and a brief …read more
Source:: Hoover Institution