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Lietuvos žinios - Lithuania | 04/09/2014

Saulius Spurga on the reasons for Russia's aggression

Russia couldn't continue on its path of economic progress and modernisation, political scientist Saulius Spurga writes in the conservative daily Lietuvis žinios, arguing that this is why Moscow has become so aggressive since the start of the Ukraine crisis: "The Putin regime had exhausted all its possibilities and the country was facing stagnation. Living standards in Russia had improved, but only energy exports of economy were keeping the economy going. The country had nothing else to export and had become totally dependent on the situation on the energy markets, which doesn't look promising. ... The majority of the Russians saw the switch of posts between Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev as a huge fraud. Then at the end of 2011 the country was rocked by the biggest wave of protests since 1990. ... The only  way for the authoritarian president to secure his power and regain his popularity was a war. And Putin knows from personal experience how effective war can be. Back in 1999 he consolidated his power thanks to the second war with Chechnya."

TV3 - Lithuania | 15/10/2008

Criticism of the referendum in Lithuania

Concurrently with Sunday's parliamentary elections, Lithuanians were able to cast their ballots in a referendum on the controversial nuclear power plant Ignalina. However the necessary level of participation was not achieved. The news portal Balsas criticises the small voter turnout: "It is not a good sign that the majority of voters did not make use of the opportunity to demonstrate their will. But the main responsibility lies with the Lithuanian politicians who initiated this referendum in an awkward gesture of helplessness. They all know that the Ignalina nuclear power plant must be closed down at the end of 2009, because that was a requirement for Lithuania's joining the EU. The referendum would have provided the opportunity to ask what ideas politicians have for energy supplies to the country, and why no energy bridges have yet been built." - Lithuania | 29/11/2006

Lithuania's problems with its neighbours

"To be sure, Lithuania is an EU member, but it is cut off physically from the rest of the world," complains Saulius Spurga, describing the bad relations with neighbouring countries. Yes, the Lithuanians speak a language linked with Latvian, but historically they are more closely bound to Poland. "Lithuania is hard to reach by land - the Poles are not exactly promoting the highway project 'Via Baltica' ... And we know astonishingly little about Latvia. Which Lithuanians know, for example, who the prime minister of Latvia is, or how the Latvian parliamentary elections turned out? Here you only read absurd reports about our neighbouring country, while fuel is added to the fire of arguments about milk prices. You can't exactly describe our relationships as brotherly."

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