Perhaps more than any other official, Defense Minister Linas Linkevicius has transformed the Lithuanian armed forces into a modern, Western-style organization. During his tenure in 1993-96 and again since November 2000, he has steered the country's defense policy directly toward NATO and other Western allies. Steven Paulikas spoke to Linkevicius immediately after he returned from a visit to Iraq.What impressions do you have from your trip to Iraq?Good ones. We visited Lithuanian soldiers serving in the Danish and Polish sectors. Of course, there was a certain tiredness to be felt, but one c...
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