Lithuania is a weapon, and the West showed their willingness to use that weapon. It sends a message.
Lithuania is currently not militarized enough to face a Russian attack today but that may not stay true in the future as Poland continues to beef up and Germany is going to go through a re-militarization build up, to become, in their own words, "the biggest conventional army in Europe", to "protect the rules based order", "protect every inch of NATO territory", "increase its presence in the Baltics (sea)" and, this is the biggest silent warning yet, "increase its deployment presence to Lithuania".
Now you gotta ask yourself, why just specifically mention Lithuania, and not Latvia which is closer to Russia? These words are all hand picked before going into a speech. The obvious and flat answer is simple. Lithuania guards Russia's land bridge to Kaliningrad aka Konigsberg, and it's backed up easier by Poland. Top that off with Polish elite murmurs about Kaliningrad and you know it's just a matter of time, not if. Not to mention obviously that said speech by the German chancellor sounded literally like a subtle declaration of War against Russia. Even a sweet boy like Lavrov can't help but air out the obvious... "it appears the West is massing a coalition for war against Russia".... no shit. Kaliningrad will be the first domino to fall. One of the biggest, amongst the many delusions of Russians is believing, (after so much bad blood for centuries between Russians and Germans), that somehow revanchism would not come back. But that defeats human nature and the human condition. The Germans want to be free of their shackles, and their subdued anger after 60 years of humiliation will be aired on someone... seems to me, it's going to once again, be Russia. I just hope if Russia were to survive another confrontation with the Germans.... that for gods sake, finish the fight this time, for good.
The Kremlin has its work cut out for itself defending that enclave in the not so far future... 5 years tops imo before the insatiable itch takes over. Russia better start seriously thinking about this...the clock is ticking. The conventional military advantage Russia enjoys today may be seriously eroded in that theater of combat very soon. Ignore at your own peril.
So to take a page out of Putin's "book" regarding the "SMO"... "conflict was inevitable, so instead of waiting like WW2, we attacked first". Might wanna take a look at that once again regarding this topic... eerily similar.