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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.

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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 13, 2017
Lithuania supposed to have a large military sea port A NATO defense ministers' meeting that took place in Brussels on November 8-9 resulted in the new and very important decisions for the future of Europe.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 24, 2019
Dilemma for the Baltic States: prosperity or defence 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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2020
Lithuania: to serve or not to serve in the army It is well known that in 2015 Lithuanian authorities reintroduced compulsory military service due to the potential threat caused by the Russian Federation. It should be said, that young Lithuanians do not appreciate the idea and try to avoid the service in every possible way.
NATOs hovedkvarter, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Lithuanians are doomed to starve, drink and die 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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 5, 2019
Russia, India, Pakistan: "a love triangle" 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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 16, 2016
Who will secure Lithuania? One can conclude that the only serious problem of Lithuania' s security is its weak national defence capabilities. This opinion is purposely formed by national media and by international journalists. The more so, the government actively supports shaping such public views by giving interview and showing off near military vehicles, aircraft and equipment
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Lithuania's voice in NATO is getting stronger, Karoblis is happier Lithuania's voice in NATO is getting stronger but pushy. It uses new arg uments 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.
Saber Strike, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 29, 2019
Lithuania's new chief of defence has no chance 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.
Secretary Pompeo Participates in a U.S.-Poland Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement Signing Ceremony with Polish President Andrzej Duda and Polish National Defence Minister Mariusz Baszczak, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Poland uses chance to merge Lithuania Poland has entered a new era of political dawn. It has been progressively defending its interests in the international arena. Its voice has become louder and more significant. Poland has also received the most desired support among the European countries - the support from the U.S.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 11, 2020
U.S. - Baltic States: nothing personal - just business Security situation in the world is deteriorating year by year, day by day. But wars and conflicts nowadays are not only deaths and damage but business and money for involved participants.
NATOs hovedkvarter, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Two-faced Lithuanian politics 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 and Moscow is attempting to further destabilise neighbouring states.
Sikorsky HKP 16 .Black Hawk., From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Lithuania strongly condemns France for drift to think of itself Since the restoration of independence, new politicians have come to power in Lithuania. For the most part they are active and pro- democracy politician s. 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 s elf reliance in decision making and as a consequence dependence on other political forces from abroad.
U.S., NATO .Saber Strike. 17 Exercise on Russia's Border, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 9, 2017
Baltic States sacrifice economy on altar of politics Taking into account the development of economic, political and military situation in the world, there is an urgent need to form a new organization -- International Economic Tribunal to protect the Baltic States from their own governments. The matter is poor economic behavior of the authorities leads the whole nations to the economic crisis. The more so economic mistakes become economic crimes against people and worth even more
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 10, 2020
Who is to blame for violence in Lithuania 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.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2020
U.S. political tools in Europe are working Starting with the 1950s years of the 20th century, European countries have been making efforts to unite. Europe has been living in the European Union format since signing the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This treaty created the European Union with its pillar system, including foreign and home affairs alongside the European community.
Adolfas Ramanauskas, Famous Estonian partisan fighter., From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 13, 2017
Is history a new NATO weapon against Russia? On Wednesday NATO and Russia have got a new reason to argue and make claims to each other. NATO posted an 8-minute online documentary feature video, glorifying activity of the Baltic partisan movement "Forests Brothers".
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 12, 2019
Europe suffers from excessive care on the part of the U.S. Historically, the U.S. perceives the EU as a developing organization that needs guidance and advice. Though just a few years ago Europe seemed more united and found consensus more easily, the United States managed to influence European politics easier. Everything has changed.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 6, 2020
Bad news for the Lithuanian Army Confidence in National Defence Sysytem in Lithuania is lowering and the image of the Lithuanian armed forces has worsened. The trend is becoming apparent from 2018 because of some incidents with the military which undermine d population's trust. A new unpleasant one occurred recently.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Politics is above common sense in Latvia The painful issue of using Russian language in Latvia appears on the agenda once again. Ethnic Russians "knock at the doors" of international organisation trying to defend their rights to speak and get education in their native language. Their hope for understanding in Latvia is melting every day.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Germany's Minister of Defense is the first victim of "Zapad 2017" Germany's Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at a defense ministers' summit in Estonia on September, 7 criticized upcoming Russian-Belarusian Zapad 2017 military exercises. She said that around 100,000 Russian soldiers will take part in the upcoming Zapad 2017 war games, despite Moscow's claims that they will only have 12,700 participants and exercise will not exceed the 2011 Vienna Document limits.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 18, 2018
The Baltic States: gained dependence Future of Europe is still uncertain. Though security is the real priority for all countries, each of them understands the process of achieving security by its own.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The reasons why Lithuania is not friends with neighbors Lithuania has entered the New Year with a political chaos. As it turned out there are problems and complete misunderstanding between the high-ranking officials concerning Lithuanian foreign policy. National mass media perplexedly quote the President, the Prime-minister and the Minister of foreign affairs, who have completely opposite views on Lithuania's role in the international arena.
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 18, 2016
US and Russia decide for Europe Surprisingly, but despite the tough political confrontation two world superpowers, the US and Russia, have much in common. They very often behave the same way. This is particularly evident in political and military spheres.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 23, 2019
IISS Research: Europe cannot defend itself without U.S. 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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 12, 2018
Long way to common European Security and Defence On 14-15 February, 2018 NATO Defence Ministers will meet in Brussels again to discuss the main threats the world faces nowadays. NATO consists of 29 member states but 22 of them are simultaneously the EU member states. Speaking in general, the decisions, taken by NATO, are binding on the EU. On the one hand, NATO and the US, as its main financial donor, and Europe very often have different goals. Their interests and even views
The Baltics, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 26, 2016
Lithuania should find its own way in the European Union The European Union is not the place where one only speaks in support of the common views on international summits, but do nothing. The prosperity of the organization depends on each member state's prosperity. No one will argue that if one of 28 members becomes weaker, it will pose a threat to the organization itself.
IMG_4130, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 16, 2019
Russia does not exclude nuclear war in Europe 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.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
Lithuania risks to lose the future of the Armed Forces During the last decade the deteriorating political and military situation in the world have proved the necessity of well-prepared armed forces. It is obvious that the level of patriotism in Lithuania is high as ever. Many young men are thinking to join the armed forces and be useful to the country. The government only should maintain and strengthen this trend.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Lithuania acts against common sense Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that "European security is at risk unless a new arms-control agreement is in force". Almost every European country admits this fact too. But it is far easier to admit than to take real actions. The international security will remain a dream unless a new system is developed.
economy, From InText
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Lithuania's open economy suffers COVID-19 continues to test economy of the Baltic States. According to Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, it is too soon to tell whether the second half of the year would be hopeful.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Lithuania violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights DELFI, which is the major Internet portal in the Baltic States providing daily news, stated on September, 10 that the number of emigrants from Lithuania exceeds that of immigrants by 1,000 in August.
Pipeline, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 6, 2017
Europe voluntarily punishes itself The future of EU-Russia relations is even more uncertain than ever before. Everyman may observe only deterioration. Mass media broadly covered the extension of the bloc's economic sanctions against Russia by six months until January 31. European Union leaders made such decision on June, 22 during a two-day summit in Brussels. This step followed the Washington's decision to broaden its sanctions against Moscow.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 18, 2019
Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more 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 military personnel.
U.S. Army Europe, From FlickrPhotos
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Lithuanian emigrant's cry from the heart I am a Lithuanian, but I live abroad and I am not going back. At least now, at least until the government pays attention to its people. Instead of doing practical things, our authorities just do everything to make Lithuanians leave. Simply we need food, clothes and medical care. Our children need better education. And the most important thing is we want to be sure of the future. Simple things for simple people.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 7, 2019
Trump buys Lithuania, EU cannot stop it The US President Donald Trump is no doubt a successful businessman who rules his country as if it is a huge enterprise. And this kind of management, to his mind, should lead to success. And very often it really works. As a wise leader he uses different tools to reach his goals. Thus, the most cunning one, which the US exploits in Europe is indirect influence on the EU countries to gain the desired aim.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 24, 2017
Fakes and truth in modern Lithuanian politics Fake news has become a great problem in our life. The more so, questionable news and lack of clarity can seriously influence society and bring chaos to the minds of ordinary people. Last week a typical event happened in Lithuania. A couple of local Lithuanian media outlets published news report claimed German soldiers raped a Lithuanian girl.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2018
Financial challenge for Lithuania Next year will be the real turning point for Lithuania from the financial point of view. After gaining the independence Lithuania was significantly supported by the EU. Brussels helped a young country to grow stronger and decrease its dependence on Russia. Many projects started by the country decades ago were successfully financed from the European funds.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 29, 2017
Europe between two fires Being attacked from two sides simultaneously (terrorism and Russian threat) Europe has to decide what to do first: to counter terrorism or increasing Russian might. Choosing the priority is the most difficult challenge for the European States today. But Europe should make choice because states' budgets are not bottomless.
Fighting for minds of youth in Latvia, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 7, 2016
Fighting for minds of youth in Latvia The most disappointing consequence of Brexit for foreigners living in the UK has become the unexpected rise of xenophobia. According to the behavior of locals, the EU open door policy has completely failed.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Thursday, March 2, 2017
The executive brunch acts against the legislature in Lithuania As it appears Lithuania expects major changes in the near future. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius was on an official visit to the United States of America from the 20 to the 24 of February 2017. During a visit he said that Lithuania seeks the permanent presence of United States troops in its territory.
SHARE More Sharing        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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Controversial wind of change in Lithuania On October 23, 2016 Lithuania will hold the second round of parliamentary elections. Sixty-eight constituencies will again vote for a new parliament. Nevertheless as the results came from the first round of elections, it became clear that the situation in the country will change completely.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 7, 2016
Nuclear weapons in Lithuania: defence against Russia or target for terrorists? A complex geopolitical situation in the region forces the Baltic States and their NATO allies to take unprecedented efforts to increase defence capabilities to counter potential aggressors. A new Lithuanian military strategy approved in March describes Russia actions along with terrorism as the main threats for the security of Lithuania
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 7, 2018
Baltic States: missed opportunities in global politics We are living in the world where the facts "who makes" and "where it is made" are much more important than "what for" issue. Nowadays the world political scene is divided between superpowers supported by their allies. In order to punish each other for having opposite views the sides criticize any step made by the opponent.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Monday, September 7, 2020
EC: Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms According to Country Report Lithuania 2020, written by the European Commission, Lithuania is one of the countries which benefits most from EU support. Even so, Lithuania made slow progress on implementing social and economic reforms to ensure that growth benefits all of society.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Baltics imposed sanctions on themselves Sanctions are used as a tool of foreign policy by many governments. This month such restrictions were imposed on Belarus in order to force Belarus leader Alexsandr Lukashenko to leave office. Political and economic situation in this country has been remaining complex for about two months since the Presidential elections in August.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
SHARE More Sharing        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,
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, November 24, 2020
European security becomes a matter of the EU only A rift between the U.S. and the E.U. in the military sphere has become wider. On November 22 the U.S. formally withdrew from the open-sky treaty that accelerated European security.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 3, 2020
Lithuania continues to strengthen its military amid Belarus concern Lithuania continues to buy American military equipment despite assurances that Belarus has no cause for Lithuanian military buildup concern.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Friday, April 22, 2016
Lithuania finds the ways to maintain its energy security The last political events once again highlighted the political relevance of energy-security issue for Lithuania.
SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        Tuesday, April 9, 2019
To be or not to be the Baltics' and Poland's defender Usually, when we speak about the US we keep in mind its might and influence. This country plays one of the main roles in the world politics. It does its best to be the leader . Everybody used to it. Even Americans used to it.

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