Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
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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. […]

Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
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Opinion: Tomaševski’s path from Polish identity to Putin‘s “Russian World”

You cannot even imagine how painful it is for a real dzūkas [south-east Lithuanian] to see reports about people in Žemaitija [west Lithuania] picking mushrooms by hundreds and asking what to do with such wealth, while our pine forests, growing on the mainland sand dunes, are dry and bare from the summer heat. Only on the day of St. Bartholomew were we blessed with some all-day rain; after that rain it will be finally possible to go mushroom hunting. […]

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Opinion: Putin forces West to choose between Ukraine and Middle East (II)

After the civil war in Syria began, in 2012, Hamas headquarters moved out of Damascus. Political leaders of Hamas are now based in Qatar. […]

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Opinion: Stability in the Baltic Sea region

The Baltic Sea region has today become the main geographic “fault line” between NATO and Russia. The probably most important single factor to enhance security and stability in the region is to make it credible that NATO intends, and is able, to defend the Baltic States. […]

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Opinion: Breaking free from Gazprom is of political and economic benefit

Russian intervention in Ukraine has refocused the attention on the traditional military and security challenges, but the factors that made it possible for today’s Russian attempts to revise the European security architecture should not be forgotten. Primarily, this was the result of the processes in the energy sector that go forward only because of reasoned calls of a part of intellectuals for Europe to stop funding of Vladimir Putin’s regime. […]

Signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact
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Opinion: Molotov-Ribbentrop and the birth of the Lithuanian-American alliance

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed 75 years ago is remembered as the beginning of an alliance between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian dictators and opened the way to World War II. That it certainly was, but the accord had another impact as well: reaction to it marked the beginning of an alliance between Lithuania and her Baltic neighbours with the United States. […]

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Opinion: The Baltic Way, a policy of memory and cooperation

I have to confess, that generally, I don’t like the term “Baltic States.” This term references a legacy I hate — the Soviet legacy. […]