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.
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.
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.
Monday, November 14, 2016 13:26
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.
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:46
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.
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.
Friday, November 11, 2016 10:06
Leaders of Lithuania have congratulated the people and top officials of the neighboring Poland on Independence Day.
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.
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.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:09
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.
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.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 10:00
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.
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.
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.
Monday, October 17, 2016 10:20
The Vilnius court hearing a trial of the January 13 attempted coup has decided to question former president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev.
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".
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.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 12:45
Russia is deploying nuclear-capable Iskander missiles to its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius confirmed on Saturday.
Thursday, October 6, 2016 15:04
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".
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.