Foreign affairs

The birth of the Second Republic of Kazakhstan and why it matters to us

The German word “Zeitenwende” perfectly reflects the year 2022. This year is only halfway through, but it marks a turning point in the post-Cold War era. The end of the Cold War led to the […]

Central/Eastern Europe

The purpose of our war

I keep saying that this is our war, not just Ukraine’s. It is the war of the entire democratic Western world against the restoration of the Evil Empire. If it is the war of the […]

Moscow
Central/Eastern Europe

The Russian Liberal Bias

Do not expect grassroots change to happen in Russia. A popular phrase spoken only half-jokingly by the residents of Moscow goes like this, “Moscow ends, and Russia begins at the Sadovoye Koltso”. Sadovoye Koltso, or […]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Foreign affairs

Vytautas Sinica. The dead-end of a “values-based” foreign policy

The news that Lithuania would continue to receive Belarussian exports of potassium fertiliser, after actively campaigning for sanctions against the regime in Belarus, rapidly became a scandal. The experts are appalled, the transit companies are […]

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas
Central/Eastern Europe

Ramūnas Vilpišauskas. Will stricter Western sanctions push Belarus toward Russia?

With the EU considering another sanctions package against Belarusian officials and organisations, the concern is rising that they could further strengthen Russia’s influence on Belarus. This risk exists, but it shouldn’t become a reason for […]