Lithuanians Consider Belarus And Russia As Main Threats To Their Country

Lithuanians basically approve the foreign policy and at the same time feel that Russia and Belarus are the greatest threats to their country.

Let’s find out why!

The general sentiments became known due to the latest public opinion poll conducted by the Market and Opinion Research Centre ‘Vilmorus Ltd.’

While Baltic states and Poland are seen as key partners, Belarus and Russia are perceived as the most unfriendly and dangerous countries to Lithuania.

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The absolute majority of respondents (65%) perceive Russia as the main danger, Belarus with 18% comes second on this list.

What scares the most?

The tendency is uninspiring as last year the percentage of people who think that Lithuania should cooperate with Belarus has decreased from 44% of the population to 35%

More than two-thirds (67%) of respondents say that the Ostrovets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus poses a threat to Vilnius and Lithuania.

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Recall that Lithuania had repeatedly expressed their concern over the construction of the power plant, while their position was backed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Meanwhile, the number of people who think that Lithuania should work jointly with Russia has fallen 10 points from 42% of the population to 32%.

Youngsters vs. USSR supporters

According to the poll, 73% of Lithuanians believe that foreign policy and diplomacy can significantly contribute to ensuring security of the country and its inhabitants.

More than half (51%) of all respondents approve of the foreign policy of the President of Lithuania, the Seimas, and the Government.

Support for Lithuania’s foreign policy is higher among those with a higher education, the younger population and people who are interested in international politics.

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More hostile attitudes are expressed by members of the Russian and Polish ethnic groups, the population of small towns and respondents who agree with the statement that life was better in the Soviet Union.

The poll shows that almost every third (30%) resident of Lithuania agrees with this opinion.