EU Ambassador Ušackas: EU-Russian relations are at all-time worst
Friday, August 8, 2014
The European Union (EU) is considering to address the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the Russia's restrictions on imports of agricultural and food products, EU Ambassador to Russia Vygaudas Ušackas said on Thursday.
Gitanas Nausėda, advisor to the president of SEB Bank, claims that a slowdown in the Russian economy, triggered by various EU and US sanctions, will affect Lithuanian exports which are retail-oriented.
The effect of Russia's restrictions on imports of agricultural produce and food products on Lithuania's economy will be small but the country will look for ways to help the business sector, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says.
Lithuanian Agriculture Minister Virginija Baltraitienė says that the country's milk and meat producers would be the most affected by Russia's ban on importing agricultural products from countries that imposed sanctions on Moscow.
Lithuania has joined Poland's appeal against the European Commission's decision to give Russia's Gazprom more capacity on a branch of the Nord Stream gas pipeline in Germany, with the government saying that Brussels' move may increase Europe's dependence on Russian gas and harm Ukraine.
As the European Union is reinforcing its border controls from April 7 to enhance security, all people entering or leaving the EU, including citizens of the bloc's member states, will have their documents checked against various registers and databases on lost and stolen documents, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.
MEP Antanas Guoga is the only member of the European Parliament and Lithuanian to be included in the TOP 200 list of Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs, compiled by the positive content portal Richtopia. The top of the list includes entrepreneurs Buffett, Soros Musk, Gates, Branson, Rowling and others.
Lithuanian and German foreign ministers agreed on Friday that an original copy of Lithuania's 1918 Act of Independence that was found this week in Berlin's diplomatic archives will be put on display in Lithuania and that the possibility of handing the document over to Vilnius will be discussed in the future.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Thursday asked his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, to return an original copy of Lithuania's Act of Independence of February 16, 1918 that has been found in Berlin's diplomatic archives, to Vilnius.