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Exporting oil products via Russia would be dangerous for Belarus - Lithuanian PM

Thursday, August 17, 2017 12:57
Exporting oil products via Russia would be dangerous for Belarus - Lithuanian PM
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If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.

Image of Vilnius' Gate of Dawn losing popularity in vote on new design of Polish passports

Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:28
The background image the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius is losing popularity as a possible choice for the design of new Polish passports, according to the latest results of online voting.

PM hails progress in relations with Poland

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 14:02
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.

Warsaw: Leaked words of Sikorski, Orlen CEO don't reflect Poland's positionFREE

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 15:58
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.

Saakashvili in Vilnius: Russia readying to take over Belarus

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 17:30
On the 9-year anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war, Georgia's then leader Mikheil Saakashvili said in Vilnius that Belarus would be Moscow's next target.

Lithuanía's response to Russia OSCE forum: Guerrilla fought Soviet terror

Friday, July 21, 2017 16:48
The Poster of the film
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Lithuania's ambassador has rejected Russia's reproaches on historical memory, emphasizing at an international diplomatic forum that the guerrilla resistance to Soviet occupation after World War II was legitimate.

Ministries to update recommendations on travels to Eastern neighbors

Friday, July 21, 2017 09:25
Following a scandal surrounding a trip to Russia by youth of Plungė, western Lithuania, a few ministries will update their recommendations on cooperation with Eastern neighbors to ensure due attention to the factor of hostile propaganda, a decision was made at a meeting of the parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee and relevant institutions.

Head of Lithuanian courts sees events in Poland as threat to democracy

Thursday, July 20, 2017 15:04
Rimvydas Norkus, chairman of Lithuania's Supreme Court and the Lithuanian Judicial Council, says that the judicial reform in Poland constitutes a threat to democracy.

Foreign Ministry may tighten recommendations on cooperation with Russia

Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:33
Following a trip to Russia by a group of young Lithuanians that included visits to war museums and meetings with members of a pro-Kremlin biker club, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry will consider tightening its recommendations on cooperation with the neighboring country's authorities, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Thursday.

Russia couldn't find a future but wants to manage the pastFREE

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 14:49
Next year Russia will hold presidential elections. But there are some problems. First of all, Russia is not a democratic state. In "Freedom House" rankings it belongs to the "not free" countries category. In 2017 the country received an evaluation of only 20 points from 100. It means, that in the short-term we should not expect free and democratic elections in Russia.

Russian journalist Titov asks Lithuania to review asylum finding

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:43
Russian journalist Yevgeni Titov on Tuesday asked Lithuania's Migration Department to reconsider his application for political asylum.

Mission Siberia team leaves for Russia

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 12:46
Participants of the 16th Mission Siberia have left for Russia's region of Irkutsk to clean up Lithuanian cemeteries and meet with deportation survivors and their descendants who still live in Siberia.

Mission Siberia team leaving for expedition to Russia

Monday, July 17, 2017 10:02
The 16th expedition of Mission Siberia will depart from the Vilnius railway station on Monday evening to travel to far Russia.

Foreign Minister stresses importance of Facebook response to Russia

Monday, July 17, 2017 09:40
Lithuanians responding to Russian MFA attempts to misinterpret facts about the post-war guerrilla action in Baltic states on Facebook
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After thousands of Lithuanians responded on Facebook to the Moscow attempts to spread propaganda on post-war guerrilla in three Baltic states, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said that the Russian attempts to interpret history was a constant phenomenon, adding that the civil initiatives on social networks were very important.

Ambassador to Russia pays tribute to Lithuanian ministers shot 75 yrs ago

Friday, July 14, 2017 10:33
Lithuania's ambassador to Russia, Remigijus Motuzas, paid tribute to ministers of the interwar Lithuania who were shot by Soviet authorities 75 years ago during his visit to the Russian city of Yekaterinburg this week.

Migration body can't review Russian journalist asylum decision now

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 09:20
The Lithuanian Migration Department currently cannot review its decision not to grant asylum to Yevgeni Titov, a Russian journalist, its director said on Monday.

Russian nationalist Gorsky to apply for political asylum in Lithuania

Monday, July 10, 2017 15:55
Yuri Gorsky, an organizer of "Russian Marches", plans to apply for political asylum in Lithuania after fleeing Russia.

Sweden's Wallstrom assures Lithuania's Linkevičius on Belarus

Friday, July 7, 2017 15:40
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he was assured by his Swedish colleague that the Swedish MP's initiative to block criticism for Belarus at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) did not reflect the entire country's position.

The story of the birth of the Astravyets nuclear power plant (5)FREE

Friday, July 7, 2017 09:42
Exceptionally few human decisions will lead to consequences measured in a dozen thousand or a hundred thousand years, which is the time to be needed for radioactive waste from the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant to decay before it reaches the level of naturally-occurring background radiation and will not pose threat to living organisms.

Minister to look at why Russian journalist fails to get asylum in Lithuania

Thursday, July 6, 2017 09:10
Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas says that he will personally inquire about why Yevgeni Titov, a Russian journalist, has failed to obtain asylum in Lithuania.

Lithuanians' OSCE resolution on Belarus' N-plant blocked in 'painful blow from Sweden'

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 18:17
At Sweden's imitative, Lithuanian parliamentarians' resolution criticizing the construction of Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant was blocked at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Parliamentary Assembly on Wednesday.

EC representative again urges Belarus to conduct Astravyets N-plant stress tests

Monday, July 3, 2017 16:02
Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the European Commission currently on a visit in Vilnius, has again urged Belarus to conduct internationally-monitored stress tests of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant currently under construction close to Lithuania.

Pranckietis in USA: sanctions against Russia should be retained until full implementation of the Minsk agreements

Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:35
Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas, discusses transatlantic security, support to Eastern partners and transatlantic trade, while on a visit to Washington D.C., USA.

Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly urges Belarus to suspend N-plant construction

Thursday, June 29, 2017 09:20
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) called on Belarus to suspend the construction of its Astravyets nuclear power plant in a resolution adopted on Tuesday.

Lithuania gives intl operation status given to its military instructor mission in Ukraine

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 14:50
In the Eastern Ukraine
Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday granted the status of an international operation to a mission of Lithuanian military instructors in Ukraine.

Seimas calls for strengthening strategic dialog with Poland

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 14:37
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday adopted a resolution that calls for continuing and expanding the strategic dialog with Poland at parliamentary level.

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.