Russia Has "S**t Ahead, S**t in the Past and Standing on S**t": Former Lithuanian Foreign Minister on Putin's New Year Promise

Monday, 1 January 2024

Former Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin's New Year's speech, in which he barely spoke about aggression against Ukraine, but promised to "never back down".

"Putin declared on the occasion of the New Year that Russia will not retreat anywhere. And really – s**t ahead, s**t in the past and standing on s**t, so no need to move," Linkevičius wrote on Twitter (X).

It is worth noting that in his four-minute New Year's speech, Putin did not mention Ukraine or Russia’s aggression against it.


The only passing reference to the war came in the passage that caught Linkevičius' attention: "We have repeatedly proved that we are able to solve the most difficult tasks and will never retreat, because there is no force that can divide us, make us forget the memory and faith of our parents, or stop our development."

The day before, the current Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis shared his feeling that the West is on the verge of repeating historical mistakes in the matter of support for Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression and warned against waiting for a "Pearl Harbour effect".

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