June 18, 2021

Lithuania confident of security despite regional instability

Lithuania has never been safer despite sharply rising tensions with neighbouring Belarus and Russia, according to the prime minister.

Ingrida Simonyte told the Financial Times that the forced landing of a Ryanair flight between Athens and Vilnius by Belarus and the seizure of a dissident onboard showed that “you cannot exclude anything,” and “must be prepared for anything,” with the regime of president Alexander Lukashenko.

Nato has bolstered security in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Multinational battalions have been stationed in each country, led by the likes of the US and Germany, and air policing has been increased.

“In a paradoxical way, Lithuania has never been safer than it is now. Unfortunately the region is becoming more unstable than it was 10 years ago.

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