Bashar al Assad and Vladimir Putin, photo

The ulterior motive behind Russia’s partial Syria withdrawal

With great fanfare and “surprise” Russia once again seemingly out-maneuvered Western leadership in Syria. While much ink has been spilled debating whether President Vladimir Putin is executing a sound strategy—or is merely a tactical opportunist—it is clear that he has achieved his primary strategic goal: making Russia geopolitically relevant again and forcing the West to begrudgingly accept that it must take into account Russian interests. But there is an ulterior motive to Putin’s partial withdrawal. […]

Oil fields in Saudi Arabia

Russia-Saudi oil deal not all it seems

With Iran eager to enter the global oil market and both Russia and Saudi Arabia desperate to stay in the game, the two countries’ recent agreement to freeze oil output should be taken with a grain of salt, says Lithuanian energy expert Romas Švedas. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuania’s foreign ministry welcomes Iran nuclear deal

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday welcomed the recently-reached deal on Iran‘s nuclear program, saying that it was a long-awaited and welcome step. […]

Foreign affairs

Iran – new and strong player

Not long ago, on 2 April 2015 an agreement was reached in Lausanne, Switzerland, that was referred to as “historic”. The agreement was concluded between The Six (five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council + Germany) and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran takes the responsibility to reduce the enrichment of Uranium and the West, in return, is ready to lift some sanctions. The Lausanne Agreement was assessed positively. However, there are some sceptics thinking that the Agreement includes particular threats. […]

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Foreign affairs

German foreign minister calls off visit to Lithuania due to Iran talks

The Baltic tour of German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been cancelled due to prolonged negotiations on Iran, diplomats said on Thursday. […]


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

When on 15 January 1991, the United Nations issued an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein to withdraw troops from occupied Kuwait, it was clear for Lithuania that the Soviet Union might take advantage of this event and hit back at our independence. […]