The geopolitical perspective that Belarus is being squeezed between Russia and the European Union remains relevant. New information continues to reveal modest but noticeable attempts to improve Belarus’s relations with the West as well as the ambivalent role of Russia, Belarus’s most important ally and sponsor.
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry refuses to confirm recent statements by Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei's that Lithuania allegedly accepts Minsk's propositions regarding Astravyets nuclear plant.
Belarus is once again asking for additional consultations over the facilitated crossing of the Lithuanian-Belarusian border, said Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius after meeting with Belarusian government representatives in Minsk.
On 24-25 July, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited Minsk, where he met with Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Myasnikovich and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei.
The Crimean annexation by Russia has played out big for Lithuania: holidaymakers from Belarus, who usually choose Crimea for their vacation, this summer have been swarming Lithuanian resorts instead. The numbers of Belarusian tourists in Lithuania could be even higher if it were not for the lengthy and often intimidating visa procedures.
Belarus’s Independence Day is celebrated on 3 July. On that day, 70 years ago, Minsk was liberated from the Nazi occupiers. This 3 July, President Vladimir Putin of Russia participated in Minsk’s celebration. Two days prior to that event, during a grand ceremonial meeting devoted to the national holiday, President Alexander Lukashenko delivered part of his speech in Belarusian.
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.