Indeed, helping Ukraine’s integration with the West has been officially named one of Lithuania’s national priorities during its EU presidency, which begins in July.

It’s starting with tough love. We approve.

On Feb. 6, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said the failure of Ukraine’s authorities to solve the issue of the jailing of political opponents has jeopardized the country’s relationships with other nations and could postpone the signing of the touted Association Agreement scheduled for November in Vilnius. Kyiv needs to find solutions to what the West views as political persecution in the “nearest future,” she added.

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