Lithuania strongly condemns France for drift to think of itself


Since the restoration of independence, new politicians have come to power in Lithuania. For the most part they are active and pro-democracy politicians. Most of them make their best to take Lithuania to a new level of development.

The only problem with some of them is lack of self reliance in decision making and as a consequence – dependence on other political forces from abroad. Lack of own political will leads to constant need for advice and counseling. This is especially noticeable in the military field.

Military scientific and technical potential is not developing in Lithuania.
Thus, all plans to reform national security system and national armed forces are not really national. Before each innovation Lithuanian politicians went to Washington to ask for advice or help. Almost everything about updating military equipment comes down to foreign purchases. Lithuanian military science as well as national technical developments in military sphere are not a priority any more. But Lithuania has no future as a modern society without national science especially in such important field. It will always be dependent on others’ military strength without developing national resources.

Thus, on November 4 Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas met with the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) Maj Gen Jeff Drushal.

Eimutis Misiūnas did not even hide the country’s complete dependence on military cooperation with the United States.

“The defence cooperation of Lithuania and the U.S. has never been as intense as it is at present, and I hope that the intensity will only grow in the future,” Vice Minister of National Defence E. Misiūnas said at the meeting.

It is well-known that the United States has made significant investments into military training ranges and other infrastructure, military training, etc., in Lithuania as part of numerous security assistance programs.

Vice Minister and U.S. General also discussed two main Lithuania’s procurement projects underway. 200 units of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) will be bought from the U.S. Government to strengthen the Lithuanian Armed Forces‘ capabilities and ensure mobility. The Ministry of National Defence and the U.S. Department of Defence are planned to sign the contract as soon as this month.

The other major project is the planned acquisition of 6 units of the UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopter from the U.S. Government. The negotiations will open in the nearest while looking to sign the Letter of Offer and Acceptance by the end of 2020. The first UH-60M helicopters would be delivered to Lithuania in later 2024.

Lithuania refuses to develop its own military resources, adopting foreign military vehicles and equipment. The question remains what Lithuania can offer the U.S. in exchange for such a scale of assistance. In fact, Lithuania can offer only manpower, but is such exchange fair?

Some European leaders also support the idea of such self reliance. French president Emmanuel Macron, for example, declared in an interview with The Economist, that “Europe stands on “the edge of a precipice”, and needs to start thinking of itself strategically as a geopolitical power; otherwise we will “no longer be in control of our destiny.” Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda in his turn has criticized French President Emmanuel Macron’s statement. He probably understands that Lithuania has done nothing for being self-reliant.

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  1. Stephanie Stephanie Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    How ironic that Lithuania has become such a vassal state of the US. It lines the pockets of the US Military Industrial Complex, sends Lithuanian soldiers to fight and die in US hegemonic wars under the guise of NATO, allows kidnapped prisoners to be tortured (against the Geneva Convention) in Lithuania at a “black site”, asks to be occupied by them by the US sending solders to its bases.
    Maybe a review of true history is in order- Lithuania, the other Baltic States, and Poland, were “given” by the US President, Roosevelt, to Stalin at Yalta in exchange for Stalin helping the US fight against the Japanese in the Pacific. Churchill was opposed but he had no real power since Britain had been decimated in the War. So the many decades of Lithuania suffering under the Soviet system, and particularly, the Georgian,”Uncle Joe” Stalin, was due to the US.
    The Russian, Gorbachev, was responsible for allowing the Soviet Union to break up and Lithuania and the others regain their freedom but Russia is the enemy?

    Are there no other places for the Lithuanian government to spend that money wiser? How about raising pensions, better health care facilities, schools, etc,?
    Here’s another novel idea-how about stop parroting US propaganda about Russian aggression (I have yet to have someone explain that to me-Crimea voted in a referendum to be annexed, no one died), reestablish trade ties, and live peacefully side-by-side (which is something that Putin has expressed he wanted).
    Perhaps, what is the most ironic is that the US is “spreading/defending democracy” when it is itself an oligarchy/corporatocracy where half the people are below the poverty line, millions go to bed hungry every night, rampant homelessness, opioid addiction, teen suicides, mass shootings, life span is decreasing, etc. but the oligarchs and corporations are getting richer.
    Is this what the Lithuanian president supports? But I guess if he wasn’t a supporter of US actions, he could be “replaced” by someone who is more “friendly” to the US, as the US has done countless times in many countries, eg., like the Shah over a democratically elected president in Iran (but Venezuela doesn’t seem to be going so well for the US’s Guido).

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