CENTRAL / EASTERN EUROPE

Backing separatists in Eastern Ukraine means acting against Lithuania

Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:21
Sergey Shmakov
Asmeninis archyvas
The Lithuanian State Security Department's director says that those who support separatists in Eastern Ukraine are acting against Lithuania and Western values.

Lukashenko's statements on armed fighters aim to justify repressions (4)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 09:45
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's statements about armed fighters allegedly trained in Lithuania and Poland are aimed at warning future protesters and justifying possible repressions against them.

Foreign Minister dismisses Lukashenko's accusations to Lithuania as fiction

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 15:10
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has dismissed the statement by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko about training of armed provokers in Lithuania as fiction out of the blue.

Poland's boycott of Astravyets electricity proves it as threat - President

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 14:45
Building site of the Astravyets Nuclear site
Ramūnas Bogdanas
Poland's decision not to buy electricity generated at the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus confirms the Lithuanian stance that the utility threatens the whole region, says President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Lithuania gets reinforcement from Poland in fight against Belarus' N-plant

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 09:18
Poland became Lithuania's first ally in its efforts to stop the construction of the Russian state corporation Rosatom's nuclear power plant in Belarus when it stated its intentions not to purchase electricity from the facility under construction in Astravyets, just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, Lithuanian politicians and experts said on Monday.

Belarus may have to reconsider Astravyets N-plant project - PMCORP

Monday, March 20, 2017 14:15
The Polish decision not to buy electricity from the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus shows that the market may be closed for the Belarusian electricity, says Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania should step up security cooperation with Nordic states - Minister of Defence

Monday, March 20, 2017 09:33
Exercise in Rukla
Exercise in Rukla
Lithuania should step military and security cooperation with the Nordic countries, Defence Minister Raimondas Karoblis said after meeting with Iceland's top security, defense and military official in Vilnius on Friday.

Lithuania to continue lower-level representation at Moscow security conference

Monday, March 20, 2017 09:33
Lithuania intends to continue the practice started after the annexation of Crimea to send lower-level officials to the Moscow International Security Conference.

Seimas reiterates call on Russia to end Crimea occupation (2)

Friday, March 17, 2017 11:16
Crimea
Sputnik / Scanpix
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday reiterated its call on Russia to end the occupation of Crimea.

Ambassador visits burial site of Lithuania's interwar ministers in Mowcow outskirts

Thursday, March 16, 2017 14:33
Lithuania's Ambassador to Russia Remigijus Motuzas and officials of the Foreign Ministry have visited a memorial place including graves of a few Lithuanian interwar ministers in the outskirts of Moscow.

Lithuanian ambassador to US calls for stronger transmitter of Radio Free Europe

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 10:16
The signal of the US Congress-financed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) rebroadcast via Lithuania should be amplified in an effort to resist the Russian propaganda, and the radio should be broadcast round the clock, Lithuania's Ambassador to the United States Rolandas Kriščiūnas told US senators on Tuesday.

Riflemen's Union sends electric generators, other aid to Eastern Ukraine

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 13:43
The Lithuanian Riflemen's Union has sent three powerful electric generators, special headsets and other humanitarian aid to people in war-hit Eastern Ukraine.

Belarus could be Putin's next target - Kasparov tells

Monday, March 6, 2017 09:37
Belarus could be the next country targeted by Russia's President Vladimir Putin after Ukraine, Russian opposition figure Gary Kasparov, former world chess champion currently residing in the US, has said at a Vilnius conference.

Germany backs Lithuania's goal to ensure Belarusian N-plant safety

Thursday, March 2, 2017 09:40
Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel says in Vilnius he understands the Lithuanian government's anxiety over the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus, expressing support to the goal of ensuring the plant's security via international organizations.

Ex-presidents of Central, Eastern Europe to mull historic lessons at intl Kaunas forum

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 15:19
Kaunas' Town Hall
Organizatorių archyvas
An international Baltic – Black Sea Forum will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, on March 10, bringing together historic leaders of Central and Eastern European countries, Lithuania's Vytautas Magnus University said.

ForMin: Belarusian stance on Astravyets devaluates intl conventions

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 10:15
The Belarusian attitude towards the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) under construction in its territory undermines the importance of international conventions in the settlement of disputes on possibly negative environmental effects of nuclear utilities, says Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Seimas setting up task force for agreement on Astravyets N-plant (1)

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:33
Lithuania's parliament should this week start setting up a task force that should control the implementation of the agreement among political parties to block construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) in Belarus.

Rekindled train wagon debate calls into question planned size for Zapad 2017 (1)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:44
Zapad 2013 Russian military 'lands' on the shores of Kaliningrad
RIA / Scanpix
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė told journalists in Riga earlier this month (February 2017), “We are worried about the Zapad 2017 exercise, during which concentrations of extremely large and aggressive forces will demonstrate [Russian] preparations for war with the West”.

Social protests in Belarus give opposition new capacities – Lebedko

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:51
The unsanctioned protest rallies that kicked off in Minsk and other cities of Belarus against the so-called unemployment tax give more capacities to the Belarusian opposition, one of the country's opposition leaders Anatoly Lebedko has said in Vilnius.

Lithuania to seek sanctions for Russia until it leaves Ukraine

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:51
Lithuania will seek that sanctions for Russia are continued until it "withdraws from the illegally occupied territory of Ukraine," Lithuania's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday, marking three years of occupation of Crimea.

Belarusian opposition think Russians may leave weapons after Zapad

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 09:45
The Belarusian society has fears about the upcoming joint war games with Russia, Zapad 2017, and the plans to bring numerous weaponry, Belarusian opposition activists have said in Vilnius.

Lithuania could use European integration arguments to stop Belarus' N-plant project

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 09:49
Stopping the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus through legal means is hardly possible, but arguments of European integration could be used for this purpose, Romas Švedas, a member of the Implementation Committee of the UN Espoo Convention, said on Monday evening.

Astravyets N-plant construction can't be stopped - Seimas speaker (1)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:20
Lithuania no longer has the potential of halting the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus close to its border, therefore, should focus on the safety of the utility, Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says.

Copies of IDs of Lithuanian delegation to Ukraine used for separatists' propaganda

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 10:59
Lithuania is looking into a situation where copies of identity documents of members of an official Lithuanian delegation that visited Ukraine last year have recently appeared in the media supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the 15min.lt news website reported.

Parties agree to closer coordinate efforts to block Belarus' N-plant

Friday, February 10, 2017 15:12
Leaders of Lithuanian parliamentary political parties on February 10 agreed on closer coordination of efforts to block electricity from a nuclear power plant that Belarus is building in Astravyets, just around 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Foreign Minister in Kiev: Ukraine needs constant attention, support

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:48
Ukraine is in need of constant attention and support, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said after meeting with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Thursday.

New Russian defence attaché accredited to Lithuania

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 11:51
Russia's new defence attaché, Captain 1st Rank Vitaly Timofeyev, was accredited to Lithuania on Monday, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

Lithuania does all it can to help Ukraine - PM Skvernelis

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 10:44
Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Lithuania is providing all forms of assistance to Ukraine and will continue to support the country.

EU must keep Russian sanctions amid unpredictable situation in Ukraine - ForMin (1)

Monday, February 6, 2017 16:49
As the situation in Eastern Ukraine remains unpredictable, Europe must at least keep in place the existing sanctions against Russia, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs on situation in UkraineFREE

Friday, February 3, 2017 16:21
The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, expressing its concern over the substantial deterioration of the security situation in eastern Ukraine in recent days and renewal of active military operations in Avdiivka, with several dozens of killed or injured Ukrainian soldiers and civilians and the recorded use of heavy weaponry;