March 8, 2014
Ukraine Crisis Stokes Baltic Nerves Over Russia
By Andrius Saytas and Aija Krutaine, Reuters
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While all three Baltic republics have joined NATO - and Lithuania next year should be the last of the three to adopt the euro - these small countries are largely dependent on energy from Russia and have strong trade ties.
"Thanks be to God, we are NATO members," Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters on Monday.
Grybauskaite said she was concerned about Russian military exercises in Kalinigrad, a Russian enclave tucked between Poland, Lithuania and the Baltic sea and headquarters of Russian Baltic fleet.
"We are following the situation with (Russia's) increased military readiness and drills at our borders," said Grybauskaite, adding Lithuania and Poland could bring up the issue with NATO.