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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.

At Lithuanians' initiative, Council of Europe condemns LGBT persecution in Chechnya

Thursday, April 27, 2017 09:17
Ramzan Kadyrov
Sputnik / Scanpix
At Lithuanian parliamentarians' initiative, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has condemned persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons by Chechen authorities and called for an investigation into the matter.

Border guards to investigate possible Lithuania-Belarus border violation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 14:55
Lithuanian border guards said on Tuesday that they have launched a pre-trial investigation after a light aircraft piloted by a Danish national last week crossed the country's border with Belarus.

Airspace violation posed no threat to Belarus

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:26
An aircraft from Lithuania posed no threat to Belarus when it violated the neighboring country's airspace last week, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Monday.

Provocation at Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could be instigated by Russia

Monday, April 24, 2017 15:53
An incident in which a smoke grenade was thrown at the Lithuanian embassy in Kiev could have been a provocation instigated by Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said in Vilnius on Monday.

Belarusian airspace violated by light plane piloted by DaneFREE

Monday, April 24, 2017 12:00
The Belarusian airspace was last week violated by a light airplane P46T piloted by a Danish citizen that had taken off from the Vilnius airport, chiefs of the Lithuanian state company Oro Navigacija (Air Navigation) and the Civil Aviation Administration.

Lithuania, Kazakhstan to sign deal on handover of convicts

Monday, April 24, 2017 10:42
Lithuania and Kazakhstan will sign an agreement on handover of convicted and jailed persons in Vilnius on Monday.

Seimas opens discussions of Magnitsky Act

Friday, April 21, 2017 10:28
Lithuania's parliament opened debates of the so-called Magnitsky Act, which would ban entry to foreigners linked with large-scale corruption, money laundering or human rights violations.

Lithuania to verify Nord Stream 2 environmental impact assessment

Thursday, April 20, 2017 09:30
Nord stream
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Lithuania will verify whether the planned Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Europe will have no adverse environmental impact on its territorial waters and economic zone in the Baltic Sea as stated in the project's environmental impact assessment, a Lithuanian official said, adding that Lithuania has doubts about the economic feasibility of the project.

Government extends relocation of Lithuanian-origin people from Crimea, Eastern Ukraine

Thursday, April 13, 2017 14:41
Lithuania's government has agreed to extend the deadline for relocation applications of persons of Lithuanian origin from unsafe regions of Ukraine until the end of the year.

Lithuanian lawmakers to go to US to rally support for Ukraine

Thursday, April 13, 2017 10:21
A group of Lithuanian lawmakers will travel to the United States later this month to rally support for Ukraine, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.

Belarus bans MEPs from Astravyets N-plant site

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 09:32
Belarusian officials have decided to refuse entry to a handful of members of the European Parliament (EP) who wanted to look at the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Lithuanian MEP Petras Auštrevičius said.

Lithuania censures elections in South Ossetia

Monday, April 10, 2017 11:09
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry on Monday said it did not recognize the elections held in the South Ossetia region, censuring the Russian efforts to consolidate the annexation of the Georgian region.

MEPs call for checks whether Belarus uses ES support for Astravyets N-plant

Friday, April 7, 2017 09:06
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday denounced the Belarusian and Russian response to the wave of protests in the countries, also expressing concern that the European Union's (EU) support to Belarus could be used for financing the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) close to Lithuania's borders.

ForMin urges IAEA to respond to violations in Astravyets N-plant construction

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:31
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to respond to violations of the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant in Belarus.

Vilnius drafting arguments for Antonov vs. Lithuania case heard in Russia

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:21
Lithuania's government should Wednesday discuss the position to be held in the suit filed against Lithuania by Vladimir Antonov, former main shareholder of bankrupt bank Snoras, that is heard in Russian courts.

Vilnius University voices support for Central European University in Budapest

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:09
Vilnius University (VU) has send a letter to Hungarian leaders to express its support for the Budapest-based Central European University (CEU), which may be forced to leave Hungary due to legislative changes.

Group of Lithuanian MPs suggest adopting so-called Magnitsky Law

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:09
A group of Lithuanian parliamentarians have registered the draft Magnitsky Law, which would ban entry to foreigners linked with large-scale corruption, money laundering or human rights violations.