Foreign affairs

Seimas' speaker Pranckietis going to US

Monday, June 26, 2017 10:22
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is going to Washington D.C. early this week to attend a meeting of Nordic and Baltic parliamentary speakers with top-ranking US officials.

Lithuanian, Angolan Foreign Ministers agree on political consultations

Friday, June 23, 2017 17:59
Angola's Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, who is visiting Lithuania for the first time, and Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a mechanism for bilateral consultations in Vilnius on Friday.

Lithuania hands note to Belarus over airspace violation

Friday, June 23, 2017 09:53
Lithuania's Foreign Ministry on Thursday handed a diplomatic note to Belarus over violation of its airspace, calling to explanation over the incident and urging to prevent such incidents in the future.

Angolan foreign minister to visit Lithuania

Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:05
Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti is to pay a working visit to Vilnius on Thursday.

Mexico's honorary consulate opens in Vilnius

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 13:43
Mexico's honorary consulate, headed by Ieva Kubiliene, a lawyer, was opened in Vilnius on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Defense Minister expects Trump to dispel doubts on US commitments during visit to Poland

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 13:33
Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects US President Donald Trump to dispel any remaining doubts over the US commitment to NATO's collective defense clause during his visit to Poland next month.

Lithuanian language learning opportunities in Kaliningrad on decline - daily

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 11:51
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The number of schools in the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad that are offering Lithuanian-language courses, even as an extracurricular option, is declining at a fast rate, the daily Lietuvos Zinios reported on Tuesday.

NATO jets escort 32 Russian aircraft over Baltic Sea in this year's busiest week

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 09:04
NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air-policing mission in the Baltic countries were scrambled nine times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

Defense Chief in Germany to discuss service of troops, acquisitions

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:42
Lithuania's Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas is visiting Germany to discuss the service of the country's troops in Lithuania and acquisition of equipment.

Economy Minister visiting US

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:38
Lithuania's Economy Minister Mindaugas Sinkevicius left for the United States on Sunday to meet with Lithuanian and US business figures.

Foreign Minister slams efforts to block Istanbul deal amid religious reasoning

Friday, June 16, 2017 15:19
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius on Friday urged members of the parliament to ratify the so-called Istanbul Convention against abuse of women.

Lithuania becomes associate member of CERN

Friday, June 16, 2017 15:12
The Council of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has taken a decision in favor of Lithuania's associate membership in the organization, the Lithuanian president's office said on Friday.

NATO secretary general to visit Baltics next week

Friday, June 16, 2017 13:41
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is coming to Latvia and Lithuania next week.

Parliament to discuss impact of ratified Istanbul convention

Friday, June 16, 2017 09:22
Lithuania's parliament will Friday discuss the effects of ratification of the Istanbul convention for the Baltic state.

Parliament declares Belarus' N-plant a threat to national security

Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:04
The parliament has decided that Belarus' nuclear power plant under construction in Astravyets, a mere 50 kilometers from Vilnius, is unsafe and poses a threat to national security, environment and public health.

UK's chief of defense staff visits Vilnius

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 17:12
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, is to pay a working visit to Vilnius on Wednesday and Thursday, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Court upholds extension of arrest of Lithuanian fraud suspect sought by US

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 16:44
The Vilnius Regional Court on Wednesday dismissed an appeal filed by a lawyer of Evaldas Rimasauskas, a Lithuanian national who is wanted in the United States on large-scale fraud charges, and upheld the Vilnius District Court's decision to extend his arrest for three months.

Another 12 refugees relocated to Lithuania under EU program

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:43
Twelve refugees from Syria were relocated to Lithuania under the European Union (EU) program, the Migration Department said on Wednesday.

Lithuanian, Swedish foreign ministers to visit Ukraine

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:36
The foreign ministers of Lithuania and Sweden, Linas Linkevicius and Margot Wallstrom, will visit Ukraine on Wednesday.

Parliament wants constant updates on Brexit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 14:56
Lithuania's parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday, calling for constant updates on the course of the Brexit talks, as they are crucial importance.

Lithuania to appoint new ambassadors to Germany, Italy, Vatican

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:09
On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry registered draft legislation on the appointment of new ambassadors to Germany, Italy and the Vatican.

Foreign Ministry calls for immediate release of demonstrators in Russia

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:16
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday expressed its concern over the detention of demonstrators in Russia and called for their immediate release.

Another 23 refugees relocated to Lithuania under EU program

Monday, June 12, 2017 15:52
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Twenty-two refugees from the Middle East were relocated to Lithuania last week under the EU's resettlement program, the Migration Department said.

Slovenia's president astonished in Vilnius by scope of concerns over Russia

Monday, June 12, 2017 14:02
Slovenia's President Borut Pahor said in Lithuania on Monday he was astonished about the strong concerns in Vilnius over the Russian threats, adding he understood the concerns in the Baltic states.

Ukraine's vice-PM thanks Lithuania for efforts to accept Ukraine to European family

Monday, June 12, 2017 13:33
Ukraine's Vice-Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv has thanked Lithuania for supporting Ukraine and "accepting it to the European family."

President Dalia Grybauskaite congratulates Ukraine on visa-free travel, calls for further reforms

Monday, June 12, 2017 11:51
President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Ukrainian President Petro Porošenko
Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday congratulated Ukrainians on the start of visa-free travel to the European Union and urged them to continue reforms in order to join the EU and NATO.

Slovenian president to pay official visit to Lithuania

Monday, June 12, 2017 09:02
Slovenian President Borut Pahor on Monday is coming to Lithuania for an official visit that will focus on defense and cybersecurity, the Lithuanian president's office said.

President arrives in east Ukraine to celebrate visa-free travels

Friday, June 9, 2017 15:11
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Friday arrived in the city of Kharkov in eastern Ukraine to congratulate Ukrainians on visa-free travels to the European Union (EU) and express support in the Kiev conflict with Moscow.

President before visit to Kharkov: It is Ukraine's city of strength

Friday, June 9, 2017 10:21
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is going to Kharkov in eastern Ukraine on Friday to meet with President Petro Poroshenko, saying that the city had been chosen in sign of respect to the people of Ukraine fighting for freedom.

Formin dismisses Russian envoy's words about Lithuanian 'debt' for occupation as absurd

Friday, June 9, 2017 09:18
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has dismissed as absurd the statements by Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov about Russia's right to demand 72 billion US dollars in compensation for the Soviet Union's Soviet-era investments.