Worried  about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

World Feb 25, 2015

Worried about Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription

Lithuania plans to restart military conscription, which it ended in 2008, to address growing concerns about Russian assertiveness in the Baltic region, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday. "Today's geopolitical environment requires us to strengthen the army, and do it as fast as possible," Grybauskaite ...

World Jan 1, 2015

Lithuania joins euro as tensions with Russia rise

Lithuania joined the euro zone at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, hoping to anchor itself in Europe as its former master Russia flexes its military muscle in the region. The first Soviet republic to declare independence, in 1990, Lithuania is the last of the ...

World Nov 14, 2014

Dutch fighters intercept Russian plane over Baltic states

Two Dutch F-16 fighter jets, part of a NATO force patroling the skies above the Baltic states, intercepted a Russian Ilyushin transport aircraft after it intruded into Estonian and Lithuanian airspace, the Dutch government said on Thursday. After the interception, which took place late on ...

Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

World Sep 2, 2014

Baltic states fear 'hybrid warfare' from former Russian masters

Nervously eyeing Russian naval maneuvers and military flights near their borders, the three ex-Soviet Baltic states fear they may emerge as the next geopolitical flash point after Ukraine in a confrontation that could test their cherished Western ties. With U.S. President Barack Obama heading to ...

Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

National / Politics Mar 14, 2014

Lithuania won't recognize Crimea referendum: envoy

by Mizuho Aoki

As Sunday's referendum in Ukraine's Crimea approaches, the visiting Lithuanian foreign minister called Russia's de facto occupation of the territory an act of aggression against a sovereign nation and said the Baltic state will not recognize the election results. Following what he described as "fruitful ...

Tsuruga: truly a 'port of humanity'

Travel Feb 1, 2014

Tsuruga: truly a 'port of humanity'

by Alon Adika

The man in the black-and-white photograph wore a dark jacket with wide lapels. His hair was cut short and parted to one side. His eyes were directed toward the camera as if he were looking directly at me. I recognized him immediately: Chiune Sugihara, ...