Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Opinion: NATO promises to Russia? Which promises?

Alea iacta est. NATO has agreed on the formation of a special ‘spearhead force’ (officially: Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) that, if necessary, will offer the eastern member states (additional) protection against Russia’s imperialist whims. After twenty years of peace keeping operations and crisis management on the Balkans and in exotic places further away, the alliance will refocus on its original task, as anchored in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty: collective defence. […]

NATO summit in Wales

Lithuanian defence minister signs agreement on NATO’s Joint Expeditionary Force

Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas and his counterparts from Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Latvia, Norway and the UK signed a protocol of intentions for establishing the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) at a ceremony during the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday, the Ministry of National Defence said. […]