A Lithuanian mural featuring presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has gone viral on European social media for not only its entertaining irreverence but also an indicator of just how fearful the whole world is at the thought of a Donald Trump presidency. A restaurateur in the capital of Vilnius, Dominykas Ceckauskas, commissioned this beautiful painting outside his establishment, which depicts Donald Trump sharing a passionate kiss with the dictator of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin:
“It seems we have a new Cold War, and America may have a president who seeks friendship with Russia…We see many similarities between these two ‘heroes’ (Putin and Trump). They both have huge egos, and it’s amusing to see they are getting along well” says Ceckauskas. But it’s not all jokes for the people of Lithuania, who have spent the better part of the past century under the strangling yoke of Moscow and are growing increasingly concerned at the idea of a US president who would turn a blind eye to Putin’s imperalist ambitions.
“Trump has notoriously stated that Putin is a strong leader, and that NATO is obsolete and expensive. This graffiti in Vilnius expresses the fear of some Lithuanians that Donald Trump is likely to kowtow to Vladimir Putin and be indifferent to Lithuania’s security concerns” says international relations professor Kestutis Girnius.
As tensions between the United States and the Russian Federation soar over President Obama’s decision to move forward on the Aegis Ashore missile defense shield in Eastern Europe and over Russia’s role in perpetrating atrocities against starving civilians in Syria, it should be noted that that entire world looks in fear at the idea of Trump presidency – as we all should.
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