CENTRAL / EASTERN EUROPE

Seimas urges Estonia, Latvia, Poland to boycott Astravyets electricity

Friday, June 23, 2017 17:03
Lithuania's parliament has urged Estonia, Latvia and Poland to bar electricity from unsafe nuclear utilities.

President calls for more sanctions for Russia over situation in eastern Ukraine

Friday, June 23, 2017 09:53
The West should expand sanctions for Russia amid the situation in eastern Ukraine, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė stated on Thursday.

MPs propose to ask Poland, Latvia, Estonia to join blocking of Belarus N-plant

Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:28
A group of Lithuanian lawmakers propose that the Seimas should formally invite Polish, Latvian and Estonian parliamentarians to join initiatives to block electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus.

Polish MP angered by refused registration of group for ties with Belarus

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 10:34
Jaroslav Narkevič, a member of the Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Union of Christian Families, has expressed indignation over the refusal to register a group for ties with Belarus.

Ukraine considers joining Rail Baltica gauge - minister in Vilnius

Friday, June 16, 2017 15:43
Rail Baltica
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
Ukraine is considering the possibility of joining the Baltic European-gauged Rail Baltica railway in the future, Ukraine's Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan said in Vilnius on Friday.

Lithuanian Days kick off in Ukrainian city of Odessa

Thursday, June 15, 2017 11:35
Lithuanian Days in Ukraine have kicked off in the southern port city of Odessa and will continue through Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

Parliament to vote on declaring Belarus' N-plant a national security threat

Thursday, June 15, 2017 09:13
Parliament will vote on Thursday on whether to declare Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, as unsafe and posing a threat to national security, environment and public health due.

President arrives in east Ukraine to celebrate visa-free travels

Friday, June 9, 2017 15:11
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday arrived in the city of Kharkov in eastern Ukraine to congratulate Ukrainians on visa-free travels to the European Union (EU) and express support in the Kiev conflict with Moscow.

President before visit to Kharkov: It is Ukraine's city of strength

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:21
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is going to Kharkov in eastern Ukraine on Friday to meet with President Petro Poroshenko, saying that the city had been chosen in sign of respect to the people of Ukraine fighting for freedom.

IAEA didn't assess site selection for Astravyets N-plant in Belarus

Thursday, June 8, 2017 15:30
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) did not analyze the selection of the site for the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) close to the Lithuanian border in Belarus, which runs counter to information provided by Belarus, which said that IAEA had found the construction site suitable. Nevertheless, the agency's report does not say anything about this.

Lithuania to bar access for Astravyets electricty after declaring it a threat

Thursday, June 8, 2017 09:20
Lithuania will be able to prepare for imposing an embargo on Belarusian electricity once its parliament declares the nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, a threat to national security, Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said on Wednesday.

Government names Belarus' N-plant a threat to national security

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 17:02
The Lithuanian government has decided that Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, poses a threat to national security.

Regardless of being neighbors with Belarus, Lithuania can't ignore problems - Linkevičius

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 10:15
Lithuania values the economic partnership with Belarus, however, cannot ignore the problems the country is faced with, says Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Lithuania starting to build fence on border with Russia

Monday, June 5, 2017 09:29
Lithuania is Monday starting to build a protective fence on the border with the Russian Kaliningrad region.

Advised to show solidarity with Poland in probe of Smolensk air crash

Monday, June 5, 2017 09:14
Lithuania's parliament is advised to show solidarity with the neighboring Poland and state support to the resumed investigation of the 2010 airliner crash that claimed lives of then president Lech Kaczynski and another 95 individuals.

Lithuania seeks foreign diplomats' support on Belarus' N-plant

Friday, May 26, 2017 15:42
Lithuania seeks support from foreign diplomats as the country tries to stop Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power project over safety concerns.

EU commissioner says no thaw in ties with Belarus until it proves its N-plant is safe

Friday, May 26, 2017 09:23
Maroš Ševčovič
Asmeninio albumo nuotr.
There will be no thaw in the energy dialog between the EU and Belarus until Minsk proves that the nuclear power plant it is building not far from Vilnius is safe, EU Energy Union Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday.

Lithuania ready to ensure power from unsafe plants has no access to its market - PM

Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:12
Amid doubts whether Lithuania's efforts to impose an embargo on electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus will be compatible with WTO rules, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the country will ensure that power from unsafe facilities has no access to its market.

Ukrainian Govt delegation arriving to mark start of visa-free travel to EU

Thursday, May 25, 2017 09:49
A Ukrainian government delegation will come to Lithuania next month to mark the start of visa-free travel to the European Union.

Georgian president asks for Lithuanian president's support ahead of NATO summit

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 09:26
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has asked for Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė's support in raising issues of importance to Tbilisi at this week's NATO summit in Brussels.

Russian oppositionists in Vilnius: we want to change Russia, not the tsar

Monday, May 22, 2017 11:33
Russian opposition figures say that they want to change Russia, rather than replace its leaders.

Lithuania to continue to support Ukraine's defense, security reforms

Thursday, May 18, 2017 15:33
Lithuania will continue to support Ukraine's defense and security reforms, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak as they met in Vilnius on Thursday.

Russian oppositionists gather in Vilnius

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:42
Demo in Moscow
Organizatorių archyvas
More than 100 politicians, civil society activists, academicians and journalists from various countries are expected to attend the fourth Vilnius Russia Forum, a two-day event starting in the Lithuanian capital on Thursday.

Gays fleeing persecution in Chechnya find refuge in Lithuania

Thursday, May 18, 2017 09:14
Gay men fleeing persecution in Chechnya have found refuge in Lithuania: Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed to BNS on Wednesday that two persons who suffered repression in the southern Russian republic have come to Lithuania.

Lithuanian diplomats in Russia honor WWII victims, not to watch military parade

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 11:54
Lithuanian diplomats on Monday paid tribute to the victims of World War Two in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad, but they will not watch Tuesday's military parade, the Foreign Ministry said.

Lithuania says Gazprom's commitments fail to prevent abuse of dominant position

Thursday, May 4, 2017 11:11
Gazprom's proposed commitments in the Lithuanian and other Central and Eastern European gas markets do not meet the present-day realities and, in the long term, fail to ensure that the Russian gas giant will not abuse its dominant position and will not restrict competition, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry said on Thursday.

PM expects to dispel myths in meeting with his Polish counterpart

Thursday, May 4, 2017 09:23
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis expects to discuss problems that overshadow bilateral relations and dispel existing myths during next week's meeting with his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydlo.

Lithuania says aircraft that entered Belarus was under control

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 14:06
The light aircraft that entered Belarus from Lithuania was under constant control, Lithuania told Belarus in an official response over the violation of the airspace that occurred two weeks ago.

President congratulates Poland on May 3 Constitution Day

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:53
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday congratulated her Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, on May 3 Constitution Day and wished the people of Poland continued success, prosperity and unity.

Russia refuses to hand summons to Gorbachev for testimony in January 13 trial

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:03
Russia has refused to hand summons to the Soviet Union's former leader Mikhail Gorbachev for testimony in the January 13 trial of attempted coup, a Vilnius court said on Tuesday.