publication . Article . 2005

Rethinking Russia

Paulauskas, Kęstutis;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2005 Journal: Lithuanian political science yearbook, volume 2,005, pages 178-199 (issn: 1392-9321, Copyright policy)
The article argues that the period of “high” politics in the ever-problematic relations between Lithuania and Russia is over. At the same time, it is agued that tensions remain at the level of “low” politics, when the agenda of bilateral relations is dominated by the security interests related to Kaliningrad Oblast and Russia’s energy policy. The author claims that Lithuania should take a more pragmatic approach in her day-to-day relations with Russia and follow a more flexible policy towards Russia in the European Union. However, Lithuania should also defend firmly the long-term goal of promoting the establishment of a democratic regime in Russia.
free text keywords: Lithuania ; Lithuanian Russian relations ; NATO ; European Union ; High politics ; Low politics ; Ethnic minorities ; Kaliningrad ; Energy sector
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2 The partisan war in Lithuania lasted late into the 1950s and turned out to be the longest and bloodiest anti-Soviet resistance fight in the post-war Europe.

3 For more detailed data see: Lithuanian Research Center for Resistence and Genocide,; Estonian Museum of Occupations,; also Sipaviciene, Audra, 'The Russian and the other East Slavic diaspora in the Baltic States', a report for the Euroconference “Diaspora Immigrants: a problem of dual loyalty?”, Berlin, September 1997.

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6 The Nobel Peace Prize winner M. Gorbachev sent Soviet security forces to suppress the national movements. 19 peaceful protesters were killed in Tbilisi, above 100 in Baku, 14 in Vilnius and 12 in Riga while hundreds were injured.

7 Latvian president V. Vyke Freiberga in an interview to the German newspaper “Der Zeit” responded that for her the collapse of the Soviet Union was “the happiest day of a long and gloomy century”.

8 Cited in: Socor, V., 'Kremlin assails Baltic States', Eurasia Daily Monitor, May 12, 2005

9 A comment made by Sergei Yastrzhembsky after EU Commissioner Gunter Verheugen urged Moscow to admit the illegality of the Soviet Union's rule in the Baltics, see: Blagov, S., 'Russia, EU sign partnership treaty, despite historic differences', CNSNews, 11 May 2005

10 'The future of Europe sixty years after the Second World War', European Parliament, 12 May 2005

11 'Concurrent Resolution 35', US Senate, 19 May 2005

12 'Honouring of obligations and commitments by the Russian Federation', Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe, 22 June 2005

13 See, for example, the National security strategy of Lithuania, available online: http://

14 'The Priority Tasks of the Development of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation', p. 26, available online:

15 Ibid, p. 45

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