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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Lithuania will verify whether the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Europe will have no adverse environmental impact on its territorial waters and economic zone in the Baltic Sea as stated in the project's environmental impact assessment, a Lithuanian official said, adding that Lithuania has doubts about the economic feasibility of the project.
Belarusian officials have decided to refuse entry to a handful of members of the European Parliament (EP) who wanted to look at the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius said.