Vytautas Keršanskas

Eastern Partnership policy is mired in fatigue

Last Friday Brussels was host to the Fifth European Union and Eastern Partnership states – Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Belarus – summit meeting. If we are to recall the analogous meeting held in […]

Foreign affairs
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Opinion: Renewing the Transatlantic commitment to democracy

The dangerous actions by Russia and Vladimir Putin pose the greatest challenge to security and democracy since WWII. This applies not only to the countries within Eurasia, but to our post-war vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. While not necessarily a return to the Cold War, the current situation nevertheless has brought a clear competition of ideologies to the forefront: democracies founded on free elections, accountable governance and rule of law versus authoritarian ideals of “managed democracy.” […]

EU's Riga Summit

Opinion: The Riga Summit and its outcomes

The fourth Eastern Partnership Summit was held in Riga on 21-22 May 2015. The joint Declaration of the Riga Summit did not reaffirm either the European perspective of the Eastern European Partnership countries consistently demonstrating the best performance or the political support to Georgia and Ukraine in visa liberalization that Tbilisi and Kiev were looking forward to. Quite the opposite, compared to the Vilnius Summit document adopted two years ago, the tone and ambition of the Riga Summit declaration seemed rather weakened. […]

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Opinion: Kremlin’s ghost over Riga Summit (I)

The European Union launched its Eastern Partnership programme in 2009, soon after Russia‘s 2008 war on Georgia. It was proposed by Poland and Sweden, with enthusiastic support from Lithuania. Russia has ever since been blaming the programme for trying to undermine its interests in the countries Moscow refers to as the “near abroad”. […]

European Union

First months of EU’s free trade with Georgia and Moldova encouraging, Lithuanian official says

Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting on Trade took place on 7 May in Brussels. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Rolandas Kriščiūnas said that although the European Union‘s (EU) trade volume with Georgia and Moldova was growing, the benefit of free trade treaties would be revealed fully once the countries implemented economic, political and legal reforms. […]


Lithuanian foreign minister: Moldova’s government must work with Transnistria

Seeking European integration, Moldova needs to fight corruption and work with Transnistria, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, visiting Chisinau, said on Monday, adding that deep-rooted corruption is undermining trust in the country’s government. […]