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Russia 'practically' at war with Europe, says Lithuanian president

Russia is at war with Ukraine and so effectively at war with Europe, Lithuania's president claimed today as European leaders threatened to impose further sanctions on Vladimir Putin. The dramatic comments from Dalia Grybauskaite come after officials in Kiev accused Moscow of using tanks to 'flatten' the border town of Novosvitlivka. During an EU summit in Brussels today, David Cameron said it was vital to address the 'unacceptable' situation of having Russian troops on Ukrainian soil. The Prime Minister has insisted there must be 'consequences' if an estimated 1,000 Russian troops are not withdrawn from the east of the country. Ahead of the meeting, Grybauskate told reporters: 'It is the fact that Russia is in a war state against Ukraine. That means it is in a state of war against a country which would like to be closely integrated with the EU. Practically Russia is in a state of war against Europe. 'That means we need to help Ukraine to ... defend its territory and its people and to help militarily, especially with the military materials to help Ukraine to defend itself because today Ukraine is fighting a war on behalf of all Europe,' the leader of the former Soviet state said, reported dailymail.co.uk.

Aug. 30, 2014, 8 p.m. EDITED
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Russia 'practically' at war with Europe, says Lithuanian president