“Visitors to Lithuania would be forgiven for failing to realize just how seriously its people take Russia. From Klaipeda to Vilnius, ordinary Lithuanians are preparing for the day that Russian President Vladimir Putin turns from Crimea and the civil war in eastern Ukraine toward them or their neighbors in Latvia and Estonia. Their jitters are understandable; every family in the Baltics has direct experience with Russian occupation. Jurgita Ludaviciene, a book editor, told me that when word of the Soviet invasion came in 1944, her grandfather—a reserve officer in the Lithuanian army—had only two hours to decide what to do. Since the Soviets would almost certainly have sent him to the Gulag, he fled west, leaving behind his wife and two daughters. They never saw him again.”
This great article by Thomas Wright argues the best strategy to counter Russia is: 1. Make Article V Rock Solid 2. Create COCOM (Coordinating Committee) II 3. Change the Focus in Ukraine 4. Counter Russian Influence in the European Union.
Read the full article here.
This policy guide advocates:
- “The White House and Congress should commit serious funds to upgrade Ukraine’s defense capabilities, specifically providing $1 billion in military assistance this year, followed by an additional $1 billion each in the next two fiscal years;
- The U.S. government should alter its policy and begin providing lethal assistance to Ukraine’s military and;
- The U.S. government should approach other NATO countries about also providing military assistance to Ukraine.”
Read the full article at: http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports/2015/02/ukraine-independence-russian-aggression?utm_campaign=Brookings+Brief&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=15842643&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–_8Z1inxXyV-johaZFwsbJTUFcCGp5gmek9a3tSuOzZrgYIapXApGY60P9ju2Gy5516bEs55xq4AHR5Px_-w6Qtc2K5g&_hsmi=15842643