Lithuania’s decision to declare Russia "a state that supports and perpetrates terrorism" is provocative and extremist, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday in a comment on Russia’s Sputnik radio.
"In countries that adopt such documents, declarations and statements, they take such extremist steps — there is no other way to call it. All these countries are members of NATO. Over the past decades, we have repeatedly seen NATO's illegal and aggressive actions, which led to great loss of life," Zakharova said.
"This should be treated exactly as an element of provocation, extremism and political hypocrisy," she added.
Some context: The Lithuanian parliament, the Seimas, on Tuesday passed a resolution declaring Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “genocide” and Russia a perpetrator of terrorism.
The parliament also called for the establishment of an international tribunal to investigate alleged Russian war crimes in Ukraine.
“We clearly have reasons to call this an act of genocide,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in an interview with CNN in Washington. “Putin clearly stated that he does not believe that Ukraine has the right to exist as a country and he's trying to prove his point by killing basically entire civilian cities full of civilians.”
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