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Lithuanian Foreign Policy Horizons
 
  No. 2. Impact of the new Lithuanian leadership on the national foreign policy

2009 01 19

INNA ph.After the parliamentary elections in Lithuania in October 2008, the new majority was formed with the Homeland Union/Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS/LKD) ahead. The Homeland Union (and especially one of its leaders, a deputy to the European Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis) has always supported the Euro-Atlantic solidarity, criticized the Russian foreign and local policy, and consistently supported the Euro-Atlantic integration of its closest neighbors (first of all Ukraine and Georgia). The official appointment of Andrius Kubilius (chairman of TS-LKD) as the Prime Minister of Lithuania might result in a more active Lithuanian foreign policy regarding the CIS, and worsening relations with Russia (especially if the issue on compensation for the damage caused by the Soviet occupation is escalated). However, the new minister of foreign affairs Vygaudas Ušackas seems to have a more pragmatic approach towards Moscow and other Lithuanian neighbors. If so, what would be his relations with Prime Minister and President, and what could we expect from the new Lithuanian foreign policy?

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