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A Lithuanian expatriate
My name is Adomas Abromaitis.
I was born in Lithuania in 1983 but left it at 6. Now I live in the UK. For some years I have been working as a teacher. Some time ago I decided to change my life and start writing about my home country. I wright in English for those who are interested in what is going on in Lithuania.
SHARE Friday, October 8, 2021 Lithuanian foreign policy: image is everything
It seems as if Lithuanian government takes care of its image in the eyes of EU and NATO partners much more than of its population. Over the past year Lithuania managed to quarrel with such important-for-its-economy states as China and Belarus, condemned Hungary for the ban on the distribution of images of LGBT relationships among minors, Latvia and Estonia for refusing to completely cut energy from Belarus.
SHARE Friday, June 11, 2021 Foreign military police breaks the law in the Baltic States
Quarrels and skirmishes between local residents of the Baltic States and NATO military personnel have become common. Public perception on how to cope with such incidents differ from how such cases are regulated by international agreements. Despite this questions over foreign troops' inappropriate behaviour continue to arise.
There was a recent fight between NATO soldiers and Estonian residents in Tapa.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 13, 2021 Baltic States are the territories of geopolitical games
The large scope of military exercises which NATO conducts today is not only a signal to its opponent, Russia, but also the attempts of the Alliance to keep interest of its member states and justify its existence. Such political and military organization like NATO cannot work without reforms and transformations. So, NATO finds new territories to train its new initiatives and gain a foothold in new places.
SHARE Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Shocking results of survey in Lithuania
Lithuanian authorities in recent future could face harsh criticism from society and disagreement with current foreign and domestic policies.
The recent opinion poll has become the clear indicator of people' dissatisfaction with government's policy that resulted in loss of sovereignty of the country.
Lithuanian analysts were very confused with the results of the latest survey.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 23, 2021 Lithuania sacrifices old people for the sake of the European Union
t is well known that Lithuania became a full-fledged member of the European Union on 1 May 2004. Lithuania in every possible way demonstrates his satisfaction to be part of a unique economic and political union.
The EU acts in a huge variety of policy areas, from consumer protection to security and defence.
SHARE Wednesday, March 24, 2021 How politics influences Lithuanian health system
The news that Lithuanian government suspends use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from March 16 as "a precaution" until the European Medicines Agency gives a final evaluation of its safety, made citizens nervous. And it contradicted Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė.
SHARE Sunday, March 14, 2021 Thirty-one years of Lithuanian dreams
Thirty-one years ago, on March 11, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania declared independence. As inevitable as it seems today, many countries were very far from supporting this outcome.
Thus, Moscow said the action was meaningless, and the administration of George H W Bush worried it could trigger the collapse of what it saw as a new international order made possible with Mikhail Gorbachev.
SHARE Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Millions of dollars flying over the Baltic States to threaten Russia
The Baltic States desperately try to show their disagreement with neighbouring countries' policy. The authorities demonstrate their full despair to cope with Russia's and Belarus' political intention to follow their own economic and political path. This fact even makes the Balts angry and annoying. There are several causes of it. Unfortunately, having escaped from the Soviet Union,
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Arising extremism in Lithuania's Army
On 29 March Lithuania will celebrate 17 years of NATO membership. These years of membership for sure have made Lithuania stronger and more dependent on the Alliance. This dependence is often presented as a benefit though it could be regarded as a problem as well.
SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2021 The U.S. does not rely on NATO in the Baltic States
It is not a secret, that the U.S. has developed a complex system of defending its interests in Europe. This system is composed of mechanisms which allow to support its influence by different means, including economic and military tools.
From the military point of view, this system is based on the U.S. military presence in Europe and in the Baltic States and Poland in particular.
SHARE Thursday, February 11, 2021 Death of A Lithuanian Soldier: A Mother's Story
Unfortunately, unprofessionalism has become a distinctive feature of our times. Indifference and ignorance are common to most Lithuanian officials. These traits are especially disgusting in the armed forces. The matter is soldiers are to some extent limited in their rights and commanders should be not only supervisors, but must be very attentive to their subordinates and their needs.
SHARE Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Paradoxes of Lithuanian society
Lithuanian authorities do their utmost to attract young men to serve in the armed forces. Another thing is that what they do does not always bring desired results.
Due to the unique security situation Lithuania faces, it was decided to reinstate conscription in 2015, though, frankly, in a democratic society conscription seems very anachronistic.
SHARE Monday, January 18, 2021 Lithuanians scare deployed Fort Hood soldiers
A Fort Hood-based cavalry officially began an eight-month mission in Lithuania, focused on deterring Russian aggression in the region, as it uncased its colors at a ceremony on January 4, Lithuanian and U.S. officials said.
The 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, took up position in Lithuania along with its heavy weaponry, including Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.
But who are these soldiers?
SHARE Tuesday, January 12, 2021 A pig in a poke of Lithuanian Armed Forces
The proverb "a chain is only as strong as its weakest link" perfectly reflects the situation in the Lithuanian armed forces. It is it unclear how the army will carry out its tasks, if everything that happens there runs counter to common sense.
SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Independence remains an unattainable Lithuanian dream
Lithuanian political activist Žilvinas Razminas in his article "HOPE - MOTHER OF POLITICAL FOOLS "" admits that Lithuania steps on a rake again. He and his supporters called to boycott the elections and predicted the results of this electoral farce.
SHARE Wednesday, November 4, 2020 Lithuanians fear COVID-19 more than Russia
Generally speaking, the Lithuanians don't take much interest in defence matters. We know we've got armed forces, but what they're doing generally passes average civilians by. We usually pay attention to defence matters only in case of real war or when defence demands more money then we could afford. This is exactly the cause to think about new budget distribution.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2020 European defence still matters but not for Lithuania
European countries have different points of view on the issue of the EU collective defence and security. These views divide the European Union and continue to weaken the organization.
Some of the EU member states realize the need to turn the EU into a real global military power.
SHARE Monday, October 19, 2020 NATO in action in the Baltic States
Since 2014 NATO has paid special attention to its Eastern flank. The Alliance demonstrates its interest with the intensifying military activity in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - all of them former Soviet republics. The Alliance permanently increases its presence there. NATO has managed to find the efficient tool to deploy more troops which does not violate any agreement.