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If Russia swallows Belarus, what would happen to Lithuania?

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Friday, September 11, 2020

Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko refused to have Russian military bases in the country. But despite past differences, the turmoil following the August 9 presidential election is pushing Minsk closer to Moscow. What does it mean for Lithuania’s security? Back in the 1990s, Russia and Belarus agreed to form a union state. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded Lukashenko about the deal, but the two leaders failed to agree on the…

American Exceptionalism

By Larry Romanoff on Thursday, September 10, 2020

“Welcome to America, the Land of Freedom”, read the signs at Washington, DC’s international airport as you line up to have your fingerprints taken and your body cavities searched for mini nuclear devices. I could have titled this article “Setting the Cat among the Pigeons”. In an attempt to forestall the expected avalanche of disagreement, I confirm my awareness of statistics produced by a wide range of individuals and institutions…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

EC: Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, September 7, 2020

According to Country Report Lithuania 2020, written by the European Commission, Lithuania is one of the countries which benefits most from EU support. Even so, Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms to ensure that growth benefits all of society. Thus, the analysis shows that Lithuania made slow progress on implementing educational reforms to improve the quality of educational outcomes and to better allocate of resources across…

Lithuania continues to strengthen its military amid Belarus concern

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, September 3, 2020

Lithuania continues to buy American military equipment despite assurances that Belarus has no cause for Lithuanian military buildup concern. Economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many European countries to consider cancelling or delaying their military acquisition programs. This does not apply to Lithuania. It has confirmed that initial deliveries of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) from the U.S. will take place as scheduled in 2021. So,…

Lithuania blocks the development of its own economy

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Admittedly, a lot of good happened over the last years in Lithuania, but unfortunately we have also see political leadership that is not interested in developing their own country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov slammed Lithuania’s alleged “undemocratic methods” to support the Belarusian opposition. “We see attempts to unbalance the situation. As a matter of fact, no one is concealing this. Our Lithuanian neighbours have already overstepped all bounds of…

Aged men to serve in Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, August 31, 2020

Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions. Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions. It is no secret, that one of Latvia’s main problem is lack of young people ready to serve in the armed forces. Probably, this…

How will the events unfold in Belarus?

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, August 28, 2020

The events in Belarus have attracted the attention of many people. After the results of the presidential election were announced, the Belarusian people used their rights to express their opinion, which has notably shaken Lukashenko’s position. Everyone now wants to know – how will the events unfold in Belarus? Will one of the last authoritarian leaders be dethroned, and can the events in Belarus affect Russia, or – can Russia…

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Political unrest as a push to militarization of Europe

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, August 27, 2020

Everybody knows that militarization is not only a political process, but also a financial one. Militarization, is the process by which a society organizes itself for military conflict and violence. As soon as there are indicators of military threat, the government  starts a process. Related activities in case of real threat could prepare a state to repel a military attack, but only if it actually occurs. In case of potential…