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Lithuanians embrace Eurozone as shield against threats from Russia

Lithuanians embrace Eurozone as shield against threats from Russia

Lithuania joined the community of European nations using the euro common currency as New Year's Day was welcomed in the former Soviet Baltic state, among the smallest and poorest in the 19-member Eurozone. Only 18 months ago a majority of the country's 3 million citizens was skeptical of giving up the lita for the euro, to which the national currency has been pegged since 2002. But a surge in provocative Russian warplane maneuvers and the Kremlin's aggressive moves in Ukraine this year have driven many Lithuanians to seek what they see as economic protection provided by their European Union allies as well as the strategic defenses acquired with the country's 2004...

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