Today in the Baltic States

Russia is playing its political “chess games” not only with the U.S. and Europe. It also wants to play prominent role in South Asia, where Russia has its strategic interests either. In early November, the Pakistani newspaper The Express Tribune reported on Islamabad’s decision to repay Moscow debt. On December, 2 Russia and Pakistan signed… » read more

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Once the main importer of the Soviet and then Russian weapons and military equipment, India turned out to be an unstable and unreliable partner for Moscow. The breach of contracts and deals by New Delhi has become a routine and it seems that it does not surprise Russian partners. India, perfectly understanding the mutual interest… » read more

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Since the restoration of independence, new politicians have come to power in Lithuania. For the most part they are active and pro-democracy politicians. Most of them make their best to take Lithuania to a new level of development. The only problem with some of them is lack of self reliance in decision making and as… » read more

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The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, published a report in October – “How to defend the Baltic States” written by R.D. Hooker, Jr. The report examines NATO capability to defend its eastern flank – the Baltic States. It contains harsh criticisms towards the Baltic States which do less than they can to strengthen… » read more

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Lithuania’s voice in NATO is getting stronger but pushy. It uses new arguments to attract NATO attention to fulfil its individual goals. And it should be admitted that Lithuania successfully exploited its military weakness to obtain military strength. About 500 troops are deploying to new training facilities in the country and will stay through the… » read more

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Lithuania continues attempts to support the image of a democratic state and at the same time not to lose foreign military support. On September 26, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda made his first address at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. In his speech he said that threat to Russia’s neighbouring countries remains strong… » read more

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In these latter days the issue of the risk of nuclear escalation in a non-nuclear conflict and war by mistake is acutely on the agenda. Obviously, strategic stability is in deep crisis. According to the report (http://svop.ru/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/REPORT_Eng_1.pdf), which is based on the results of a situational analysis directed by Sergei A. Karaganov and held at… » read more

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This month European media widely covered social situation in Lithuania. Statistics and reports made by the authoritative international organizations and research institutes give scary picture of life in the country. DAILY MAIL reports that one of the devastating things is a high level of death rate: 14.8 deaths/1,000 population (2018 est.) in Lithuania. (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7426851/The-heaviest-drinkers-Europe-People-Lithuania-drink-15-LITRES-pure-alcohol-year.html) The… » read more

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Lithuania’s new chief of defence, Major General Valdemaras Rupsys calls himself a realist though it seems as if he is a fatalist with no hope to change anything in the national armed forces. In a detailed interview with BNS Valdemaras Rupsys demonstrates his inability and even lack of hope to modify national military system. He… » read more

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International research institutes very often provide assessments which cause just a revolution in the thinking of ordinary people and even politicians. Such reports give impetus to decisive actions and revision of existing strategies and politics. One of such reports is “Defending Europe: scenario-based capability requirements for NATO’s European members” made by the International Institute for… » read more

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