Andrey Piontkovsky

Andrey Piontkovsky: Putin plans to play poker, not chess

Russian president Vladimir Putin intends to blackmail the West with a nuclear weapon. So says Russian policy expert Andrey Piontkovsky. He reasons that if the “little green men” and Russian troops turn up in Estonia, for example, Vladimir Putin would warn NATO not to intervene because that would be a Russian World affair and he’d threaten to use nuclear weapons if the Alliance took military action against him. […]

Separatists near Donetsk

Opinion: Victory for Putin in Ukraine and against the West

The Russian president has scored a victory in Ukraine and against the West. Vladimir Putin has got more than he hoped for, and yet there’s still a lot more that he can win. The game has now become long-term and one in which the most important thing will be strategic patience. And it’s not clear if Russia has the upper here. […]

Nerijus Maliukevičius
Foreign affairs

Political observer says detention of Lithuanian fishing vessel evokes worrying associations

The Lithuanian fishing vessel “Jūrų Vilkas” (“Sea Wolf”) was detained by Russian officials at a significant time – when Vilnius was hosting the meeting of NATO Military Committee, the alliance’s supreme military organ. This cannot be a coincidence, says political scientist Nerijus Maliukevičius of the International Relations and Political Science Institute of Vilnius University. […]

Vygaudas Ušackas

EU Ambassador to Moscow Ušackas: Moods in Russia are turning against Putin’s policies in Ukraine

The EU Ambassador to Russia, Vygaudas Ušackas, speaking on the LRT television broadcast, claimed that although Russians are still following their leader, moods are changing because Western sanctions are starting to have a notable effect. […]

The Independence, the floating LNG storage unit

How will Lithuania’s LNG terminal work?

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) floating storage, which at the beginning of the year was solemnly named “The Independence”, and will start functioning this December, will be stationed alongside the quay on the island of Kiaulės Nugara (Pig’s Back). However, if necessary, it will be able to depart from the quay and transport gas, says Indra Milinienė, communications manager of Klaipėdos Nafta, the company implementing the LNG Terminal project. […]

No Picture
Foreign affairs

Legal expert: Russia indicates that it questions Lithuania’s independence

Attempts by Russia‘s law enforcement agencies to re-open criminal prosecution against Lithuanian nationals who avoided military service in the Soviet army in 1990-1991 has no legal basis, says international law expert Erika Leonaitė. […]

Dalia Grybauskaitė

President Grybauskaitė: NATO Summit in Wales is an event of vital importance

In an interview with LRT radio the President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the meeting of the presidents of the three Baltic States with the President of the United States of America (USA) Barack Obama means that the region has very strong support and its concerns are taken seriously. According to her, the NATO summit, which will take place in Wales right after this meeting, is vital in the current geopolitical situation. […]

Romas Švedas

Former energy vice-minister: Deal with Statoil gives Lithuania a trump card in negotiations with Russia

Last week, Lithuania signed a historic contract of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply with the Norwegian company Statoil. Even if the price of gas set by Statoil will be somewhat higher than the one Lithuania pays now, it is important that, for the first time in history, the country has an alternative to Russian gas, says Romas Švedas, former deputy minister of energy and lecturer at the International Relations and Political Science Institute of Vilnius University (VU TSPMI). […]

Foreign affairs

Vilnius-Warsaw tensions only useful to the Kremlin, Polish media figure says

Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief of the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, says that disputes between Lithuania and Poland are ridiculous in the context of the events in Ukraine, and that a disruption of Vilnius-Warsaw relations is useful only to Moscow. […]