“Russia, NATO, and ‘Auxiliary Lithuania'”

July 24, 2007 at 2:54 pm 1 comment

Russian Empire I would like to present you with a part of a commentary by Vygandas Paulikas published on July 17, on the Lithuanian news web portal balsas.lt
[Passage omitted on historical information about Russian-Lithuanian relations]

All Europeans living in Central and Eastern Europe, who honestly believed that once their countries became members of the EU and NATO they would be properly protected against aggressive Russian policy, were bitterly disenchanted.

Only the blind and the deaf – or those dizzy with Russia’s favours – officials sitting in NATO and EU headquarters, as well as in national governments, do not notice Russia’s aggressiveness towards its neighbours, the strategy that Russia has adapted to the modern conditions. Russian state-controlled energy companies establish themselves in these countries and influence the state executive institutions of these countries.

It is not by chance that Russia was so generous as to please the [former] German chancellor by giving him a managerial post with the Baltic gas pipeline. It promised the new French president that a French company will be offered stock in the Barents Sea (Shtokman) gas deposit. It reminded the Italian prime minister – absolutely incidentally – that he had been sidetracked in his youth where foreign countries’ interests were concerned. It gave the Lithuanian agriculture minister Russian duchess regalia, and so forth.

It is even cheaper for Russia to invest in various low-ranking officials, various Albinases [Lithuanian Prime Minister’s adviser Albinas Januska] and Rimandases [Rimandas Stonys, director of Dujotekana, the company acting as Gazprom’s intermediary in Lithuania], or other such officials, with the aim to disrupt the normal work of the Office of the President, the State Security Department, and other state executive institutions or private business structures of the country, which is a member of NATO and the EU. All Russia has to do is to watch from the sidelines and enjoy the results of the modern invasion. It does not have to use any military power, just energy policy measures and oil dollars.

Moreover, it has become obvious that Russian capital has been purchasing Lithuanian land on a mass scale. The land is being bought not only in the city suburbs, but also in rural areas, as if Russia itself does not have huge territories of uncultivated and unused land. But for some strange reason, our leaders, along with the minister who has been given Russian regalia, are not worried about that.

We would not have to be worried that unidentified capital of a hostile country is purchasing our land, if our country were at least the size of France, Spain, Italy, or Poland. Irreparable things might happen to our small country if our land becomes property of the representatives of the country that has always been aggressive towards us.

If we add to all that the factors of massive migration of our citizens and the shrinking of our nation, sad as it is, we can say that the project of “Auxiliary Lithuania” [proposal in the 1920s to relocate Lithuania to some safer territory] is today as important as it was in the 1920s, despite the fact that today NATO is sort of protecting us and we enjoy the privileges of being a member of the EU.

Translated by BBC Monitoring  

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Entry filed under: Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Politics, Russia.

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