Lithuanians welcome German troops as NATO promise gains in meaning

As part of the expansion of NATO forces in the Baltic States, Germany is to deploy a battalion in Lithuania. Lithuanian public opinion is running strongly in favour of the deployment. Memories of the 1941 invasion by the Wehrmacht are dim and fears of Russian expansionism acute.

Baltic states and Sweden wary of Russian gas pipeline

Sweden and three of its Baltic neighbours were closely following plans to build a second underwater pipeline to transport natural gas from Russia to Germany, the Swedish and Baltic foreign ministers said Tuesday.

Russia denounces NATO expansion as Estonia calls for permanent troops

Russia on Thursday criticized NATO's expansion in Eastern Europe, after Estonia called for a permanent presence of the military alliance in the Baltic states.