NATO summit host Lithuania is a small country with a loud voice, especially when it comes to Russia

FILE - People carry a giant Ukrainian flag to protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine during a celebration of Lithuania’s independence in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, March 11, 2023. Former Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said that many Europeans still fail to understand the chasm in values between Russia and the West. She dismissed as “delusions” the idea that the two sides could find common ground through negotiations. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)


VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A pair of colorful children’s scooters rest against the yellow tracks of a battle tank, parked in the shade of skyscrapers in the Vilnius business district. The area, usually busy with cars, cyclists and pedestrians, is closed to traffic and packed with heavy armored vehicles.