The European Union on Thursday agreed to blacklist three Russian executive government officials working in the area of defence as well as two members of the State Duma and 14 Russia-supported separatists, the Lithuanian ambassador said.
With tensions flaring up again in eastern Ukraine after Russian-supported separatists attacked Mariupol, killing 30 civilians, policymakers and observers in Lithuania are particularly touchy when it comes to relations, or lack thereof, with Russia. Their ire can even fall on someone from their own team if he or she is as much as suspected of sympathies for Russia.
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.
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.
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.