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What Would a NATO-Russia War Really Look Like?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Here’s What You Need To Know: Russia would need to size its invasion force to not only beat the local NATO forces in the Baltics but to fight the entire alliance and defeat a counter-attack. How would a war between Russia and NATO in the Baltics play out? Chances of a Russian invasion of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia appear fairly remote. Even the RAND Corporation, which has been particularly hawkish,…

Latvia added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’

Monday, September 20, 2021

Latvia is among the latest countries added to Lithuania’s travel ‘red list’, LRT in Vilnius reports . Luxembourg and Romania are also added to the red list in the latest weekly update. People coming from countries on the red list must self-isolate for ten days and get tested for Covid-19 unless they have recovered from the coronavirus in the past 180 days or have been vaccinated. Travellers arriving in Lithuania from…

The Baltic States overreacted to the military exercise in Russia

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, September 17, 2021

NATO is building up its offensive capabilities year after year. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States permanently increase. At the same time, areas of the exercises are closer and closer to eastern borders. Actions of troops during NATO exercises quite often are similar to offensive. The Baltic States overreacted to the Zapad 2021 military exercise, calling on the EU and NATO to condemn these manoeuvres…

US backs Vilnius in row with China over Taiwan’s de facto embassy

Friday, September 17, 2021

The United States is backing Lithuania in the face of what American officials describe as China’s “coercive behaviour” after Vilnius recently became the first European country since 2003 to allow Taiwan to open a representative office. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met for talks at the State Department. The meeting followed a call on August 21 in which Blinken “underscored ironclad…

Biden angers France, EU with new Australia, UK initiative

Friday, September 17, 2021

President Joe Biden’s decision to form a strategic Indo-Pacific alliance with Australia and Britain to counter China is angering France and the European Union. They’re feeling left out and seeing it as a return to the Trump era. The security initiative, unveiled this week, appears to have brought Biden’s summer of love with Europe to an abrupt end. AUKUS, which notably excludes France and the European Union, is just the…

Taiwan’s DPP authority to send trade delegation to Lithuania, Czech, Slovakia

Thursday, September 16, 2021

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities on the island of Taiwan is scheduled to send a 65-person economic and trade delegation to Lithuania, Czech and Slovakia in October to “show ties between democratic friends,” an obvious provocation and an attempt to “fan the flames” amid the current spat between Chinese mainland and Lithuania. The Taiwan delegation will leave on October 20 and the visit is aimed at “thanking those countries…

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley usurped the chain of command during the Trump presidency

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Senator Rand Paul called for General Mark Milley to resign or be court-martialed if reports of his secret calls with China are true. “It should be investigated immediately, today, he should be questioned under oath, if not with a polygraph test, on whether it happened. If it happened, he should be immediately relieved of his duties and court-martialed. You have to find out if it’s true. This is innuendo and…

Baltic states, Poland look east nervously at Russia, Belarus activity

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The foreign and defence ministers of the Baltic states and Poland discussed the joint response to conventional and hybrid threats on their borders at a meeting in Latvia. The region is feeling a “security deficit” from Warsaw to Tallinn, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in Riga on Monday. “We are facing unprecedented hybrid threats starting from hijacking civil airplanes to migrant waves being forced through our borders.” The four…

Lithuanian president to meet with German Chancellor Merkel in Germany

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda will pay a two-day working visit to Germany on Wednesday. He is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and take part in a meeting with the German, Latvian and Estonian presidents. The meetings will focus on bilateral Lithuanian-German relations, cooperation in the areas of defense and security, and the management of illegal migrations, the Lithuanian presidential press service said. During her visit to Poland…

The United States is interested in deteriorating China-Lithuanian relations (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Lithuania has recently become the European face of the resistance against China. The diplomatic clash between China and Lithuania has led them to recall their ambassadors. The trigger has to do with the latter’s decision to allow Taiwan to open an office in Vilnius under its name, rather than “Chinese Taipei”, a move interpreted by Beijing as a challenge to “one China”. Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis said…