NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen accused Moscow outright on Thursday of attacking Ukraine as allied leaders gathered for a summit to buttress support for Kiev and bolster defences against Russia, Reuters reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated on several occasions that stationing permanent NATO forces in Eastern Europe would be in breach of the 1997 NATO-Russia agreement. However, legal expert Erika Leonaitė, a lecturer at the International Relations and Political Science Institute of Vilnius University, says the reality is more complicated than that.
The Baltic Sea region has today become the main geographic “fault line” between NATO and Russia. The probably most important single factor to enhance security and stability in the region is to make it credible that NATO intends, and is able, to defend the Baltic States.
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A group of Lithuanian lawmakers propose that the Seimas should formally invite Polish, Latvian and Estonian parliamentarians to join initiatives to block electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus.