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Two-Faced Lithuanian Politics

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 3, 2019

Lithuania continues attempts to support the image of a democratic state and at the same time not to lose foreign military support. On September 26, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda made his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his speech he said that threat to Russia’s neighbouring countries remains strong and Moscow is attempting to further destabilise neighbouring states. Such a statement can be regarded…

China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests

By Joe McDonald on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

China’s Communist Party marked 70 years in power with a military parade Tuesday that showcased the country’s global ambitions while police in Hong Kong fought protesters in a reminder of strains at home. Trucks carrying nuclear missiles designed to evade U.S. defenses, a supersonic attack drone and other products of a two-decade-old weapons development effort rolled through Beijing as soldiers marched past President Xi Jinping and other leaders on Tiananmen…

Who actually manages the money of the Lithuanian army?

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In Lithuania, the theme of corruption is actual every week – firstamong the ruling elite, then among the officials of lower rank. The topic of the fight against corruption which is spoken by politicians, economists, law enforcement officers and experts, arises regularly. Prerequisites for the emergence of corruption always come from the state itself. The work of the state apparatus requires deputies, advisers, representatives, ministers. These managers are vested with…

Baltic Nord Stream 2 and billions in aid – Germany’s mixed bag for Ukraine?

By Kate Brady on Monday, September 30, 2019

US President Donald Trump told his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky in a controversial phone call that Germany does “almost nothing for Ukraine.” Is there any truth to his claim? According to a memo released by the White House, US President Donald Trump told Zelensky in a telephone call that, “Germany does almost nothing for you. All they do is talk.” “When I was speaking to Angela Merkel, she talks Ukraine,…

New Era of Anti-Russian Policy Begins In EU

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 27, 2019

Valdis Dombrovskis, former Prime Minister of Latvia, has become a Vice President of the European Commission for Economic Affairs after the redistribution of authorities in EU structures this week. He will control the preservation of sanctions against Russia. This situation is a dream of politicians from the Baltic States. Alas, politicians do not care about the fact that the Baltic countries count losses due to the deliberate destruction of relations…

Greenland and the Arctic ‘Great Game’

By Jose Miguel Alonso-Trabanco on Friday, September 27, 2019

President Trump’s statements concerning a proposal to purchase Greenland from Denmark were met with derision throughout the Western world, especially in diplomatic and journalistic circles. Other pundits even described such plan as a sign of his supposed ‘megalomania.’ Trump’s peculiar style is certainly unorthodox: his inflammatory tweets, his frequent disdain for some traditional American allies, and his willingness to disregard multilateral institutional frameworks often fuel criticism from various flanks. However,…

Russians in Europe: Nobody’s Tool – The Examples of Finland, Germany and Estonia

By Anna Tiido on Friday, September 20, 2019

This analysis calls for European governments to pay greater attention to the resilience of their societies, starting with the integration of minorities. It is also important to continue work to increase awareness of Russian influence. The paper analyses the issue of Russian speakers in the EU based on the example of Finland, Germany and Estonia. Although the Kremlin’s “Russian World” policy sees all the people connected to Russia as a…

Baltic-Black Sea Canal Threatens Russia’s “Existence”

By Paul Goble on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Staunton, September 14 – The construction of a canal between the Black Sea and the Baltic that has been proposed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Aleksey Goncharuk would not only have negative consequences for the Russian economy but threaten Russia’s very existence, according to St. Petersburg political analyst Andrey Okara. “The idea of linking these seas has existed since the beginning of the 20thcentury,” he says. “It is quite popular in…

Russia does not exclude nuclear war in Europe

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, September 16, 2019

In these latter days the issue of the risk of nuclear escalation in a non-nuclear conflict and war by mistake is acutely on the agenda. Obviously, strategic stability is in deep crisis. According to the report, which is based on the results of a situational analysis directed by Sergei A. Karaganov and held at the Russian Foreign Ministry, “it would be a mistake to think that the new military-strategic landscape…

Russia’s plan: protect or attack?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 13, 2019

A special report entitled “Security in the Eastern Baltic” by the Russian Association of Baltic Studies (RABS) was presented on Tuesday. Let’s see what it is about. The main objective of the report is to identify the causes of the problems in the field of regional security of the Baltic Sea Region. The second task is to analyze the buildup of the armed forces of the United States and other…