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Lithuania is used to maintain national security and defence relying on NATO allies in many ways. Such approach helps to save money and receive political preferences within the Alliance. Thus, the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, as well as U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry… » read more

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

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

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis

On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of… » read more

Posted by Adomas Abromaitis