Lithuanian prelate: ‘mentality of the [Tsarist and] Soviet empire(s) is still alive’
[Lithuania became part of Tsarist Russia in the 18th century when the then-existing Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was partitioned by Prussia, Russia and Austria]
Catholic World News – December 15, 2016
Amid growing concern in Lithuania about a potential Russian invasion, the nation’s leading prelate warned that “the old mentality of the Soviet empire is still alive, and many in Russia consider the three Baltic states to be part of it.”
“But Lithuanians have fought hard to reestablish their independence and have shown they’re willing to pay a price for freedom,” said Archbishop Gintaras Grusas of Vilnius.
Whether it’s America or Russia, everybody wants to be great. But a country expresses its greatness when it can respect and live in peace with its neighbors rather than trying to conquer them. People who’ve gone through 50 years of Soviet occupation and all subsequent hardships know insecurities are part of life. But we’re praying peace will be preserved, with the same faith in God that’s helped us in our history.