President Vladimir Putin has named his former bodyguard as governor of Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland. Analysts say the decision gives away Putin’s efforts to consolidate his administration by appointing people who are personally loyal to him.
The Kremlin‘s propaganda rarely shocks anymore and hardly registers as news with most people but some of it deserves attention because when a specific propaganda message is repeated over and over, it is done in an attempt to embed it in our minds as being the uncontestable truth. In the case of Kaliningrad, it has to be feared that the Kremlin‘s efforts are an attempt to incite war between the West and Russia. […]
The Baltic states are facing a real threat and must be prepared to independently withstand for at least three days in case of a military conflict until NATO allies arrive, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Wednesday in Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city, when asked by foreign journalists about the planned restoration of conscription in Lithuania. […]
Back in October, the chief of defence of Lithuania and the president welcomed the creation of a rapid response force in the Lithuanian army. And just several months later, the standby units of the army, including the rapid response force, have been put on a higher state of preparedness, according to the Lithuanian LNK TV channels’ program “Good Evening, Lithuania”. […]