CENTRAL / EASTERN EUROPE

(Un)convenient Kaliningrad and Kremlin’s relationshipFREE

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 15:00
Kaliningrad is the smallest part of the Russian Federation, spanning over 4-times smaller Lithuanian territory, with over a little less than a million residents. Despite the specifics of the region, Kaliningrad does not have an exclusive status, according to the Russian Constitution.

ForMin contests Russian argumentation over Georgian officer busted in Vilnius

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:33
Zurab Maisuradze
TPA Lietuvos skyriaus nuotr.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry has provided info to the country's law-enforcement, contesting the Russian argumentation over the detention of Zurab Maisuradze, a former head of Georgia's anti-terrorism center, in Vilnius.

Putin outraged over Lithuania's refusal of entry to Russian Constitutional Court judges

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 23:27
Lithuania has refused to ban entry to judges of the Russian Constitutional Court over decisions that legalized the annexation of Crimea. The Lithuanian decision drew an indignant reaction from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Former head of Georgia's anti-terrorism center arrested in Lithuania

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 14:39
Interpol
Interpol
Zurab Maisuradze, a former head of Georgia's anti-terrorism center, has been arrested in Vilnius on an Interpol warrant at Russia's initiative.

Russian citizen busted with gun brought from KaliningradFREE

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 12:25
A gun
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
Lithuanian customs authorities on Wednesday said they busted a Russian citizen who had brought a gun, which usually fires rubber bullets, across the border from the Russian Kaliningrad region.

Putin‘s Russia: As Income drops leaders’ popularity growsFREE

Monday, November 28, 2016 11:42
It‘s a country where the average annual salary has dropped by almost a tenth and is now on not much more than 400 euro (compared with Lithuania where it just passed the 600 Euro mark). It‘s a country where the average pension is around 179 Euro – practically one third lower than in Lithuania). It‘s a country where ministries forecast increased economic stagnation for the next two years while the President’s office states that nobody is any the wiser.

Eurasian Economic Union - reality or fiction? (1)FREE

Friday, November 25, 2016 12:18
Operating since 2015, the Eurasian Economic Union formed (EEU) over a relatively short period of time, and passed through all three stages of integration - from the customs union established in 2010 to the single market in 2012, culminating with the integrated economic union, which included coordination of the individual state economic policies starting in 2015. In principle, this inclusive structure and institutional framework is very similar to the European Union (EU), the difference being that the latter's integration process, covering not only the single internal market but also various policies, took place over almost 40 years. The integration process arises from the bottom up.

Ukraine plans to create civilian, volunteer forces on Lithuania's model

Thursday, November 24, 2016 11:21
Ukraine is planning to create civilian paramilitary and volunteer military forces on the model of the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union and the National Defence Volunteer Force.

Ukraine is ready for all scenarios, including massive military action

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 17:52
Ukraine is ready not only for the so-called Crimean corridor scenario, but also for much larger-scale military action by pro-Russian separatists in its territory, General Viktor Muzhenko, the chief of the general staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces, said.

Lithuania's attention to Ukraine's army to continue

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 15:11
Ukrainian troops
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Lithuania's outgoing Defence Minister Juozas Olekas assured Ukraine's Chief of Defence Viktor Muzhenko that Lithuania's attention to the Ukrainian Armed Forces would remain at the same level next year.

Regions of Russia – equal subjects of federation or hostages to centre?FREE

Monday, November 21, 2016 14:52
Based on its Constitution, Russia is a federation. It is natural, given the state‘s size and regional differences. Furthermore based on social and economic indicators the federal subjects are vastly different – from Chechnya where a bloody war raged and risks of instability remain to Siberia, blessed with rich oil and gas reserves.

Putin’s Russia – can hitting rock bottom destroy the system?FREE

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:48
The election of the Russian Duma was a paradox. On the one hand, fourteen parties were on the list; only seven parties were permitted to run five years ago. Ela Pamfilova, considered to be a liberal, has replaced an old associate of Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Churov as the Chairwoman of the Central Election Commission and PARNAS (People’s Freedom Party). Other opposition parties’ representatives have openly criticized the President live, on national television.

Apathy of Russian society: can the youth change it?FREE

Friday, November 18, 2016 14:16
The results of the elections to the Russian Duma, which took place on 18th September, showed that voters have an apathetic attitude towards the situation in the country, and do not cultivate any warm feelings for the ruling United Russia Party. President Vladimir Putin‘s party secured a win, yet voter activity reached a record low especially in the capital Moscow, where voter turnout was less than 35% (actually believed to be even lower). The elections unfortunately indicate something else – that the opposition has completely lost its connection with wider society. Not one credible critic of the Kremlin made it into the Duma. Neither representatives of the opposition nor civil society activists have hitherto managed to unite and mobilise the disillusioned against the kleptocracy.

President expects Bulgaria's new leader to cooperate with EU, NATO

Monday, November 14, 2016 13:26
Dalia Grybauskaitė at the Seimas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said she expected Bulgaria's President-Elect Rumen Radev to actively cooperate on the bilateral level and within the European Union and NATO.

Pro-Russian wins in Eastern Europe poses challenges for Lithuania

Monday, November 14, 2016 12:46
Rumen Radev Bulgaria's President - elect
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Victories of pro-Russian candidates in presidential elections in Moldova and Bulgaria will make it more difficult for Lithuania to find allies on many issues on the European Union's (EU) agenda, Lithuanian political scientist Linas Kojala says.

Formin doesn't think Moldova, Bulgaria elections bring political change

Monday, November 14, 2016 10:12
After pro-Russian candidates won the presidential elections in Moldova and Bulgaria, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius does not yet see a threat of major changes in the countries' foreign policy course.

Lithuanian leaders congratulate Poland on Independence day

Friday, November 11, 2016 10:06
Polish flag
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Leaders of Lithuania have congratulated the people and top officials of the neighboring Poland on Independence Day.

Lithuania supports Poland for UN Security Council

Thursday, November 10, 2016 22:11
Lithuania has expressed support to Poland running for the United Nations Security Council, Foreign Ministry said on Thursday after consultations between UN departments of both countries.

Russia demonstrates aggression, situation shouldn't be escalated-Grybauskaitė

Friday, October 21, 2016 10:47
Russia's increasingly active military actions are a geopolitical threat to the Western world, however, the situation should be deescalated to avoid major military conflicts, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in Brussels on Thursday.

Lithuania doesn't rule broadening natl sanctions against Russia

Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:09
Change of guard near the Kremlin
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Lithuania does not rule out broadening its national sanctions against Russia if the European Union fails to do so at the bloc's level, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has said.

Belarus aiming to divert attention from Astravyets N-plant

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 11:20
By stating plans to turn to Lithuania over problems with decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), Belarus aims to draw the attention from the nuclear utility under construction in Astravyets, says Lithuania's Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis.

Gorbachev's spokesman gives no comment on court's move to question

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:00
Mikhail Gorbachev
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Spokesman for the Soviet Union's former president Mikhail Gorbachev has refused to comment on the Vilnius court's ruling to question him in the January 13 attempted coup trial.

Belarus' strife to get info on Ignalina N-plant linked with Astravyets

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 16:33
The Belarusian call to provide official information about the course of decommissioning of the Lithuanian Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has to do with the questions raised by Lithuania in connection to the Astravyets nuclear utility under construction in Belarus, says an official of the Lithuanian Environment Ministry.

Participants of Free Russia Forum call for new opposition forces

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:16
Russian public and opposition figures who took part in the Free Russia Forum in Vilnius said that Russia needed new opposition forces, as its society has turned its back on the currently divided political forces that oppose the Kremlin.

Lithuanian court rules to question Gorbachev in coup trialFREE

Monday, October 17, 2016 10:20
Mikhail Gorbachev
AOP nuotr.
The Vilnius court hearing a trial of the January 13 attempted coup has decided to question former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.

ForMin calls ban on Russian lawyer to go to event in Vilnius 'a political move'

Friday, October 14, 2016 12:48
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says that Russia's decision to ban Mark Feigin, a lawyer and human rights defender who was to take part in an opposition event in Vilnius, from leaving the country appears to be "a political move".

Second Free Russia Forum starting in Vilnius

Friday, October 14, 2016 10:59
A Free Russia Forum is starting in Vilnius on Friday, the second event of the series this year. It will focus on Russia's main problems, bringing together Russia's prominent opposition activists and human rights defenders.

Russia deploying Iskander at Lithuanian border to get concessions from West

Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:45
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed on Saturday.

Lithuanian, Estonian formins expect MH17 findings 'to open eyes of some colleagues'

Thursday, October 6, 2016 15:04
Dutch-led criminal investigators delivering their verdict on MH-17 plain catastrophe
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The Lithuanian and Estonian foreign ministers expect that international investigators' findings on the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in 2014 "will open the eyes of some colleagues".

Lithuania's embassy to act as NATO contact point in Ukraine for 2 more yrs

Monday, October 3, 2016 18:50
Lithuania's diplomatic mission in Ukraine will continue to carry out the functions of NATO's contact point embassy for another two years, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.