Lithuania–Russia relations

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Lithuania–Russia relations
Map indicating locations of Lithuania and Russia

Lithuania

Russia

Lithuania–Russia relations (Russian: Российско-литовские отношения) are the bilateral foreign relations between Lithuania and Russia. Lithuania has an embassy in Moscow. Russia has an embassy in Vilnius, with consulates in Klaipėda. The two countries share a common border through Kaliningrad Oblast, an exclave of the Russian Federation.

Ambassador to Russian Federation is Rimantas Šidlauskas, ambassador to the Republic of Lithuania is Vladimir Chkhikvadze.

Following Russia's military intervention in Ukraine concerns about the geopolitical environment led Lithuania to begin preparing for a Russian invasion. In December 2014 Russia carried out a military drill in nearby Kaliningrad with 55 naval vessels and 9000 soldiers.[1] In 2015 Lithuanian Chief of Defence Jonas Vytautas Zukas announced plans to reinstate conscription, which ended in 2008, to bolster the ranks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The Ministry of National Defence also published a 98-page manual for citizens to prepare them for armed conflict and occupation.[2]

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  1. ^ Sytas, Andrius (February 24, 2015). "Worried over Russia, Lithuania plans military conscription". Reuters. 
  2. ^ Cichowlas, Ola (March 16, 2015). "Lithuania prepares for a feared Russian invasion". Reuters. 

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