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Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.
Photographs of Russia's war in Ukraine are displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station where trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad pass by on Apr. 26, 2022 in Kalveliai, Lithuania.

Will the Kaliningrad Crisis Lead to War?

Lithuania’s muscular move to enforce EU sanctions by blocking Russian rail cargo could risk escalating the Russia-NATO conflict.

French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia
French soldiers during a NATO drill in Estonia

Baltic States Are Pushing NATO for More Than Just a Tripwire Against Russia

Moscow’s neighbors in NATO want larger troop deployments that could deter any more land grabs by Putin.

A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.
A Polish border post is pictured in in Zerdziny, Poland, on July 3, 2016, on the NATO nation's frontier with alliance partner Lithuania and Russia's Kaliningrad region.

NATO Must Prepare to Defend Its Weakest Point—the Suwalki Corridor

On the Polish-Lithuanian border, the West must respond to Russia’s actual capabilities rather than making assumptions about its intent.

Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.
Soldiers take part in a NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, on Nov. 29, 2021.

NATO Is Dangerously Exposed in the Baltic

Don’t listen to Russia. NATO needs to bolster, not downsize, its flimsy defenses.

Soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise "Winter Shield" in Latvia.
Soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise "Winter Shield" in Latvia.

Baltic Citizens Worry They’re Next on Russia’s Menu

Moscow’s aggression has stirred old fears in its neighbors.

Migrant children peer through a barbed wire fence as security forces in riot gear on the other side look back at them.
Migrant children peer through a barbed wire fence as security forces in riot gear on the other side look back at them.

The Poland-Belarus Border Crisis Is a Harbinger of the Future

The crisis is a window into the pitfalls of prevailing migration politics.

Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda stands in front of a NATO logo.
Lithuania's President Gitanas Nauseda stands in front of a NATO logo.
Polish soldiers construct a barbed-wire fence on the border with Belarus
Polish soldiers construct a barbed-wire fence on the border with Belarus

Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU

Authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Minsk are aiding Iraqis and Afghans in order to sow chaos and domestic discord in Eastern European countries.

Flags of Lithuania, the United States, and NATO are hoisted in front of a U.S. Air Force plane carrying U.S. soldiers at the air force base near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithuania, on April 26, 2014.
Flags of Lithuania, the United States, and NATO are hoisted in front of a U.S. Air Force plane carrying U.S. soldiers at the air force base near Siauliai Zuokniai, Lithuania, on April 26, 2014.

Is Lithuania the West’s First Line of Defense?

The small Baltic nation is facing down threats from authoritarian regimes in Russia, Belarus, and China.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.

Pressured by China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to journalists.
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya speaks to journalists.

Belarus Is Becoming Europe’s North Korea

Fear and panic spread among dissidents after journalist seized from forced-down plane.

Belarusian diaspora rally in Ukraine in support of protests in Belarus.
Belarusian diaspora rally in Ukraine in support of protests in Belarus.

European Leaders Urge Russia Not to Intervene in Belarus

After a violent crackdown on protesters, Belarus’s leader has lost all credibility in the eyes of his people, Lithuania’s foreign minister says.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

A nuclear danger sign near the Belarusian village of Dronki. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
A nuclear danger sign near the Belarusian village of Dronki. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)

Lithuania, Leery of Moscow, Spars With Belarus Over Nuclear Reactor

Fearing the Kremlin’s grand design, and another nuclear disaster, Vilnius has turned a power plant into a battleground.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 28: President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite attends a European Council Meeting at the Council of the European Union on June 28, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks with other EU leaders in what will likely be his final scheduled meeting with the full European Council before he stands down as Prime Minister. The meetings come at a time of economic and political uncertainty following the referendum result last week which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JUNE 28: President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite attends a European Council Meeting at the Council of the European Union on June 28, 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. British Prime Minister David Cameron will hold talks with other EU leaders in what will likely be his final scheduled meeting with the full European Council before he stands down as Prime Minister. The meetings come at a time of economic and political uncertainty following the referendum result last week which saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

‘Russia Is a Threat … to All of Europe’

Lithuania’s president talks to Foreign Policy about Vladimir Putin's "little green men" and whether Donald Trump really believes in NATO.

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Lithuania Braces for Putin … and Trump

Lithuania's not going to get prepared. Lithuania's going to be prepared.

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Europe’s Militaries Have a Sharing Problem

Forget an EU Army. When close allies can’t even buy equipment together, closer defense cooperation is a pipe dream.

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