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Lithuanian, Polish formins to mull bilateral issues, strategic projects in Warsaw

Friday, January 20, 2017 10:12
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius is leaving for Warsaw on Friday to discuss bilateral issues along with strategic energy and transport projects with Poland's diplomacy chief Witold Waszczykowski.

Foreign Minister urges political groups to pool efforts against Astravyets N-plant

Friday, January 20, 2017 10:02
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Thursday met with representatives of various political groups of the country's parliament, urging them to pool their efforts over the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus some 50 km from Vilnius.

Gorbachev served summons to testify in 1991 crackdown trial in Lithuania

Thursday, January 19, 2017 13:22
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has received a summons to testify as a witness in a mass trial related to the bloody events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius.

Belarus selectively applies nuclear safety standards

Thursday, January 19, 2017 13:10
Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus
Reuters
Belarus selectively applies nuclear safety standards in the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.

PM: New border measures with Kaliningrad to ensure economic security

Monday, January 16, 2017 14:06
The fence planned on the Lithuanian border with the Russian Kaliningrad region is first of all needed to ensure Lithuania's economic security, says Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis.

Over EUR 17 mln planned for cooperation of border regions with Kaliningrad

Monday, January 16, 2017 11:19
A tender should be called in mid-2017 where Lithuanian and Kaliningrad border regions would be eligible for support of cooperation projects.

ForMin: Dialogue with Russia shouldn't be smokescreen for inaction

Friday, January 13, 2017 20:39
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij
Dialogue with Russia should not be used as a smokescreen for inaction, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius stated on Friday.

Dialogue with Russia inevitable - Gen. Breedlove in Vilnius

Friday, January 13, 2017 14:53
Philip Breedlove
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij
NATO's former Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), retired General Philip Breedlove, has said in Lithuania that dialogue with Russia is inevitable, suggesting that it should be started with minor issues before moving on to strategic decisions.

Lithuania to do all it can to reset ties with Poland - ForMin

Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:01
Polish national colours and the Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania will do everything it can to "reset" its relations with neighboring Poland, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.

Belarus sees no problems with N-plant safety, electricity sales - ambassador in Vilnius

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:46
Belarus is convinced in the safety of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction close to the Lithuanian border and sees no problems in connection to sales of electricity generated there, Belarusian Ambassador to Lithuania Alexander Korol said on Tuesday.

Court gets no response from Gorbachev in 1991 crackdown trial

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:21
The Vilnius Regional Court has so far received no response from Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev whom it wants to testify as a witness in a mass trial related to the bloody events of January 13, 1991 in Vilnius.

Lithuania waits for Belarus' response over local border traffic regime

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:20
Lithuanian Belarus border
DELFI (M.Ažušilio nuotr.)
Lithuania continues to wait for Belarus' response regarding a traffic regime that would facilitate cross-border travel for border residents on both sides, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said.

Lithuania, Russia should start with improving atmosphere of bilateral relations - envoy

Monday, January 9, 2017 12:50
Russian Federation Ambassador to Lithuania Alexander Udaltsovand the Seimas' Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
Russia's State Duma should set up a group for inter-parliamentary relations with Lithuania in the near future and the two countries' lawmakers should start with improving the atmosphere of bilateral relations, Russia's ambassador to Vilnius said on Monday.

Lithuania can cooperate with Russia in culture, medicine, tourism - ex-ambassador (1)

Thursday, January 5, 2017 15:17
Antanas Vinkus
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Even amid the complex relations with Russia, Lithuania can still cooperate in fields of culture, medicine and tourism, says the country's former ambassador to Moscow, MP Antanas Vinkus.

Lithuania appoints a special ambassador over Belarusian N-plant

Thursday, January 5, 2017 10:12
Darius Degutis
DELFI (M.Ažušilio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian Finance Ministry on Wednesday appointed Darius Degutis, a diplomat, as ambassador-at-large for issues involving the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, just 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Lithuania to appoint special ambassador over Belarusian N-plant

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 19:45
Lithuania will appoint a special ambassador for coordination of institutional actions over the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus close to the Lithuanian border.

Seimas speaker suggests skipping "minor things" in ties with Poland

Monday, January 2, 2017 11:02
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis on Monday dismissed the problems of the Polish national minority as something minor, urging the two countries to skip them and "do the most important work, major work."

Lithuania hands note to Belarusian ambassador over incident with Astravyets reactor

Thursday, December 29, 2016 14:17
Belarusian Ambassador to Lithuania Alexaner Korol was on Thursday handed a note, urging him to provide detailed information about yet another incident involving the body of the reactor of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant under construction in Belarus, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.

Lithuania denies entry to reps of Russian 'compatriots foundation', Moscow vows response

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 11:55
Lithuania has denied entry to representatives of a Russian foundation that is on the national blacklist, a move that Moscow has said will not go unanswered.

Lithuanian court upholds EUR 36 mln fine for Russia's Gazprom

Thursday, December 22, 2016 17:55
Lithuanian court upholds EUR 36 mln fine for Russia's Gazprom
Sputnik/Scanpix
Russian gas concern Gazprom must pay Lithuania a fine of 35.651 million euros, which was imposed two years ago for refusing to sign a gas exchange deal with Lithuania's state-owned electricity production group Lietuvos Energijos Gamyba (Lithuanian Energy Production, LEG) formerly known as Lietuvos Energija, the Supreme Administrative Court ruled on Thursday.

If Belarus N-plant project can't be stopped, safety must be ensured - EnMin

Thursday, December 22, 2016 11:23
Lithuania's new Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas sees ensuring the safety of the Astravyets nuclear power plant, which Belarus is building just 50 kilometers from Vilnius, as one of his key tasks.

Seimas passes resolution to step up diplomacy, restore ties with PolandFREE

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 15:54
Polish and Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution on improvement of parliamentary diplomacy, calling for revival of relations with the neighboring Poland.

Lithuania has European Commission's support on Belarus' N-plant

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 09:46
Environment Minister Kęstutis Navickas says that Karmenu Vella, the EU commissioner in charge of environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, has assured him that the European Commission supports Lithuania in raising safety issues at the Astravyets nuclear power plant, which Belarus is building just 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Lithuanian ForMin condemns attack against Russian AmbassadorFREE

Monday, December 19, 2016 22:54
Russia's Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov a few moment before the attack
Twitter nuotr.
Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius expressed his condolences to the family of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, who was mortally injured in Ankara during a terrorist attack. ‘We condemn the attack during which Russian ambassador in Ankara was killed. We extend our condolences to his family,’ Minister Linkevičius wrote on his tweeter account.

Lithuanian view: What to expect from Russia in 2017?CORP

Sunday, December 18, 2016 10:57
2017 could be the year of Russia’s return – the signs of this were discussed in a Tuesday afternoon discussion organised by the the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (RESC) and VU TSPMI. The political scientists discussed the topic of “What will decide Russian foreign policy in 2017?” It is likely that the government rotation of the West, the resolution of the stalled Syrian conflict and strategic changes to the Russian tone will open opportunities for de-escalation and Putin’s return as a figure that is repulsive for many, but at the same time – an inevitable partner in resolving questions in the international political arena.

ForMin admits lack of understanding form neighbors on Belarus' N-plant

Friday, December 16, 2016 13:29
ForMin admits lack of understanding form neighbors on Belarus' N-plant
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius admits that Lithuania has so far failed to fully convince its neighbors regarding threats posed by a new nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus and Vilnius' initiative to block electricity from the facility.

Misunderstanding over initiative in Polish Sejm sorted out - ForMinFREE

Thursday, December 15, 2016 13:26
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
A misunderstanding over proposed amendments that would have equated "Lithuanian nationalism" to a totalitarian regime has been sorted out in the Polish parliament, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.

Polish amendment may lead to tearing down Lithuanian monuments (1)

Thursday, December 15, 2016 13:18
Monuent to a Lithuanian writer Antanas Baranauskas in the front of the Sejny Bazillion at the Sejny County in Poland
DELFI (E.Digrytės nuotr.)
Lithuanian politicians describe as "a slap in the face" a proposed legal amendment in Poland that would equate "Lithuanian nationalism" to a totalitarian regime, saying that if it is adopted, Lithuania-related monuments may start to be demolished in the neighboring country.

Polish Sejm won't discuss amendments condemning 'Lithuanian nationalism'

Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:16
Polish and Lithuanian flags
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
The Polish parliament will not discuss on Thursday amendments that would equate "Lithuanian nationalism" to a totalitarian regime as the item has been removed from the agenda.

Polish Sejm considers condemning 'Lithuanian nationalism'

Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:18
Lithuanian diplomats are concerned about draft amendments being debated by the Polish parliament that would equate "Lithuanian nationalism" to a totalitarian regime, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on Thursday.