Vladimir Putin
Opinion

Russian politics in Putin’s new term

Russian President Vladimir Putin is the great survivor of European politics. Western leaders come and go, but Putin has persisted. He has managed to hold on to power for nearly two decades, through three foreign wars, two economic crises, multiple presidential and parliamentary elections (of varying degrees of fairness), a series of leadership reshuffles, the rise and fall of oil prices, and successive waves of economic sanctions. […]

CORPORATE

Who sympathises with German radicals in Lithuania?

Under the guise of their sense of national identity, anti-Ukrainian influence agencies in Lithuania have invited members of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), an opposition political party, to Lithuania. […]

Arvydas Juozaitis
Foreign affairs

Alternative for Germany building connections in Lithuania

Having gained popularity in Germany, the far right party is seeking supporters in Lithuania as well. At the invitation of presidential candidate Arvydas Juozaitis, three MPs from the anti-immigration and recognising the Crimean annexation Alternative for Germany, have arrived in Lithuania. A. Juozaitis says that their view match over immigration and the European Union, but not Russia. Political scientist Tomas Janeliūnas notes that isolated by traditional parties in Germany, the AfD is seeking international recognition, lrt.lt writes. […]

Ramūnas Bogdanas
CORPORATE

R. Bogdanas. Klaipėda and aggression on the Kerch straits

To sit down with the US president and split the world – this is V. Putin’s great dream. A 20 minute long talk was to be held between the two leaders in Buenos Aires during a G-20 meeting and after – two hour negotiations including delegations. All that remains of this is one question that D. Trump posed to V. Putin as he was walking. This question was not about Syria, not about intermediate distance rockets. It was about the attack on Ukrainians on Kerch straits. […]

Ramūnas Karbauskis
Politics

Karbauskis says Russian firm selling fertilizers to his firm not under sanction

Ramūnas Karbauskis, leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LVŽS), says his Agrokoncernas does not violate any international agreements as it purchases fertilizers from a Russian-owned company that is not subject to sanctions. […]

Jüri Luik
CORPORATE

Jüri Luik: I think we can cooperate more

Estonia is often presented as a model country among the Baltic States, however it faces all the same security challenges as Lithuania and Latvia, ranging from defence spending to ensuring security in the face of difficult relations with Russia, to finally issues with NATO itself. The Lithuania Tribune interviewed Estonian Minister of Defence Jüri Luik at the Riga Conference 2018 to find out more, how the Northernmost Baltic State perceives security in our region. […]

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven
Opinion

Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven: the exercises ‘Vostok-2018’ are biggest since the end of the Cold War, but figures were most probably exaggerated

“Russia probably wanted to send multiple messages: that they can fight a large scale conventional war, that they can fight several conflicts at the same time, and that China and Russia are ready to defend […]

Emmanuel Macron, Vladimir Putin
Foreign affairs

The Kremlin is not interested in Macrons’ ‘stability’

The European security architecture needs to change, French President Emmanuel Macron declared during his latest visit to Finland. The changing world security architecture is forcing the European Union to adopt to the changing world. This is inevitable. However, the French President also called for an ‘update’ of the EU and Russia’s relationship. An ‘update’ should be welcomed, but the main question on whose terms this ‘update’ should be. Is the EU ready to accept an extended hand of friendship from the Kremlin? Certainly not and this is why. […]

No Picture
Politics

Seimas parties sign defense policy agreement (Updated)

Lithuania’s parliamentary parties signed on Monday an agreement on the country’s defense policy for the next decade. […]