Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite speaks to the media at a polling station during European Parliament and Lithuania's presidential elections in Vilnius May 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
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Lithuanians began voting Sunday in a presidential runoff with incumbent "Iron Lady" Dalia Grybauskaite the frontrunner in this EU and NATO state dominated by security concerns over a resurgent Russia.A former EU budget chief, the tough talking 58-year-old won round one two weeks ago, scoring 46 percent of the vote, while rival Zigmantas Balcytis, an MEP with the governing Social Democrats, took just over 13 percent.While Grybauskaite, who is running as an independent, has focussed largely on national security, Baclytis has campaigned on bread and butter issues as Lithuania gears up to join the eurozone in January.The annexation by Russia of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and Moscow's sabre rattling in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad have sparked palpable fear in neighbouring Lithuania, a country of three million.Joblessness here stands at 9.8 percent with the economy set to grow by 3.4 percent this year, one of the fastest rates of expansion in the 28-member EU.
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