Wedged between Russian ally Belarus and the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania is worried that it could be the next target of Russian aggression following invasions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine

Kaliningrad is a seaport city and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea.


“They (the Kremlin) need a corridor from Kaliningrad to mainland Russia,” Marius Laurinavicius, a senior Lithuanian analyst at the Eastern Europe studies center in Vilnius, told Reuters. “Just like they need one from Crimea to Donbas (in eastern Ukraine).”

Vilnius is so concerned over possible Russian aggression that the state is currently voting on a bill to reinstate military conscription. The move would introduce approximately 3,000 new soldiers into the Lithuania military.

In May 2014, Russia unilaterally suspended a 2001 agreement with Lithuania that allowed Lithuania to inspect all of Russia’s forces in Kaliningrad in exchange for Russian inspections of military sites in Lithuania.

“Such a move by Russia demonstrates Russia’s unwillingness to ensure mutual trust and can be deemed another move towards the destruction of the mutual trust and security system in Europe,” a statement from Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense noted after the treaty was suspended.


by Jeremy Bender

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  1. I am of Lithuanian heritage/ancestry. My grandfather born in Vilna and grandmother born in Kaunas. Grandfather left first for America in approximately 1901. He arrived at Ellis Island and then on to relatives in Pennsylvania. About a year or so later, my grandmother left with 2 or 3 children to America, but she had to travel to the port, by foot, sleeping in farmer’s barns and such which lead me to conclude that she was in fear for her life (and children’s). Could anyone explain, especially any Lithuanians that might be reading this, why she would have to travel in that manner? What would it have been that caused her to travel by foot, as if sneaking, what was it that perhaps caused her to be so fearful? Again, this was in the beginning of the 1900’s. Thank You, Loving Lithuania

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