- Nov 22, 2018
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- Political Leaning
The truth is that the visit of President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite to China for the opening of the China International Import Expo a bit, to put it mildly, confused and shocked me because this visit was conducted at the time of trade war between the USA and China, as well as, in times of calls from Washington to its allies in Eastern Europe to have no dealings with Beijing...
There is no need for analysis of Lithuanian President's actions to come to obvious conclusions, namely, such a visit may be characterized as an open-faced move and even high treason against the USA, betrayal of its strategic and geopolitical interests.
And should we even be telling about any principles of morality or fulfillment of obligations towards NATO in the case of Vilnius? Sometimes, I doubt that Lithuania is not only able but also is not ready to fulfill its obligations...
The State is living in conditions of extreme austerity measures with regard to national budgeting system. It can't afford to develop its infrastructure - that is how I view the President's veto of the law on building a metropolitan rapid transit system, which has been recently approved by the Seimas. The same fate befell military expenditures and augmentation of country's military budget. Grybauskaite has blocked these budget adjustments entailing additional financing for Lithuanian Defense Ministry...
And I wonder how Lithuania is going to fulfill its obligations to NATO, which requires the increase in defense expenditures to 2% of the GDP? So, what is it hoping for here?
In my view, what is happening in Lithuania is a show with political imbalance between Lithuanian President and the Seimas in the hope of escaping or significantly reducing the scale of Lithuania's annual donations to NATO defense budget. The visit to China, which is Washington's strategic and economic rival, represents an essential and 'on-time' part of this show; some form of blackmail.
I wonder if Grybauskaite fully understands that in an attempt to use the US-China confrontation for own political gain she is playing a rather dangerous game with the USA and NATO and is overplaying her hand here. Or did she decide at the end of her term to go all-in to secure the better live in her old age?