Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has said she values the US and NATO commitment to defend the countries in the Baltic region, stressing the need to help Ukraine in any way possible, as it is fighting for peace in Europe.
Prezident Dalia Grybauskaitė at a press conference with the US President Barack Obama in Tallinn
When NATO leaders gather in Warsaw on July 8 to 9, they will announce steps to beef up the alliance’s conventional force presence on its eastern flank. NATO also will shortly announce that the SM-3 missile defense site in Romania has achieved operational status. These moves will spur the Kremlin, with some fanfare, to announce military “countermeasures.” But those will be steps that Moscow almost certainly intends to take in any case.
Political scientist Linas Kojala said that Nadiya Savchenko, the Ukrainian fighter pilot-turned-national hero who was recently released by Russia in a prisoner swap, will become a politician with outsize influence in her country – which can be dangerous if she doesn't understand the “rules of the game.”