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There were no radical changes in the makeup of Latvia’s Saeima following the parliamentary election on 4 October.
It is in the interests of the Baltic states to emphasise the cohesion of NATO, and to present the decisions taken at the Newport summit as a success.
The contract with Statoil will be the first time an alternative to gas supplies from Gazprom has been made possible.
By taking control of Gazprom’s shares, Lithuania has marked the beginning of new relations between Vilnius and the Russian company.
Gazprom must take into account that its position on the Lithuanian market is different today than it was in 2004.
Although Grybauskaite will remain in the lead during the runoff, Social Democrat Balcytis still stands a fair chance of running against her as an equal competitor.
The sentiments in Lithuania, as in Latvia and Estonia, are reminiscent of those seen during the Russian aggression on Georgia.
Ansip intends to replace Siim Kallas as European Commissioner, but the decision to this effect will depend on the new coalition.