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Monday, 13 October 2014 12:16

A roundup of last week's press stories on Lithuania

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Here is a quick look at what international press said about Lithuania last week (October 6-13).  Some of the news you may recall, some may be new to you, but all of the topics below are worthy of a mention.

Lithuania is ready to do its part to face the threat of an expanding Russia, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes, citing country’s prime minister Butkevičius during his visit to Pennsylvania on October 7. Lithuania is increasing its defense spending each year and will budget about 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense by 2017.

At EUobserver, Zivile Kropaite writes on Russia’s information war in Lithuania, noting that “it is hard to find anyone in Lithuania who does not believe that Russia's propaganda campaigns in the Baltic EU member state have been growing in intensity”. There are no doubts that the message being pumped out by nationalist Russian media is reminiscent of the propaganda produced in the Soviet Union.

Lithuania's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by 2.9 percent this year, the mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded on October 7. “Euro adoption in 2015 is testimony to Lithuania’s economic success and a welcome boon to the economy that will further cement Lithuania’s firm place in Europe.”

The Killeen Daily Herald reports about the arrival of U.S. soldiers accompanied by tanks and other vehicles in Lithuania for a military exercise. The U.S. soldiers in Lithuania are participating in the U.S. Army Europe-led Atlantic Resolve, a multinational combined arms exercise involving the 1st Brigade, and host nations, taking place across Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland to enhance multinational interoperability, to strengthen relationships among allied militaries, to contribute to regional stability and to demonstrate U.S. commitment to NATO.

Robert Siegel from the National Public Radio (NPR) talks to Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius about security situation in the Baltic sea region.

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