: :inin Kyiv (EET)

In the Baltics, waiting for history to start up again

VILNIUS, Lithuania — A large plaque located in a central square in Lithuania’s capital city enshrines a phrase uttered by U.S. President George W. Bush during a visit in 2002: “Anyone who would choose Lithuania as an enemy has also made an enemy of the United States of America.”
It’s a muscular promise; together with the subsequent accession to both NATO and the European Union in 2004, it fueled Lithuania’s giddy millennial boom.
As a correspondent for the Financial Times in the early 2000s, I witnessed firsthand the country’s rapid transformation from post-Soviet backwater to a confident European nation that wasn’t afraid …read more

Source: European Voice

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