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Certain political powers in Lithuania are playing and will continue to play the Russian card

Can the coming year bring change to the EU and Lithuanian relations with Moscow? Are we right to say that the threat posed by Russia is the most relevant? Lietuvos Žinios discussed these and other […]

The Kremlin

Lithuanian view: What to expect from Russia in 2017?

2017 could be the year of Russia’s return – the signs of this were discussed in a Tuesday afternoon discussion organised by the the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (RESC) and VU TSPMI. The political scientists discussed the topic of “What will decide Russian foreign policy in 2017?” It is likely that the government rotation of the West, the resolution of the stalled Syrian conflict and strategic changes to the Russian tone will open opportunities for de-escalation and Putin’s return as a figure that is repulsive for many, but at the same time – an inevitable partner in resolving questions in the international political arena. […]

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Opinion: War as a chance for Ukraine to become a normal state

Ukraine’s social order, characterized by limited access, has been an obstacle in the country’s attempts to create democracy and market economy during its entire post-soviet history. Recent Russian military aggression changed the balance of power within the country and opened a window of opportunity for Ukraine to transform itself from a limited access to open access order. Whether Ukraine will use this opportunity depends on relationship between the president and oligarchs. […]

President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania and Vladimir Putin of Russia
Foreign affairs

Can new ambassador save Lithuanian-Russian relations?

The Lithuanian president has called Russia a terrorist-like state. This will undoubtedly be a burden to Lithuania’s new ambassador to Moscow Remigijus Motuzas. When leaders talk of war, diplomats throw in the towel. […]