Russia and the West: The View from Lithuania
Lithuania is on the frontiers of the struggle between Russia and the West for influence in Europe’s borderlands. The invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea have catapulted security concerns to the top of their agenda. Consequently, earlier this year, FPRI launched its Baltic initiative, designed to publish research from top American and European analysts on the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania – and to showcase leading voices from those countries. We are therefore pleased in this session of Geopolitics with Granieri to feature a leading spokesman for the government of Lithuania, Mindaugus Zickus, the Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor in the Ebassy in Washington DC. He was also a foreign policy adviser in the Office of the President. How does Lithuania view the current security situation vis-a-vis Russia? What steps is the country taking to avert or fend off aggression? What does the future hold for the Baltic Sea region? These and other questions guided our discussion.