Foreign affairs

Lithuanian economists see Trump's possible trade wars as key threat

Friday, January 20, 2017 16:16
Lithuanian economists say global economy could be threatened, if the United States' new President Donald Trump started waging trade wars, although the scenario does not seem very likely for now.

Deputy Foreign Ministers assigned to fields of operations

Friday, January 20, 2017 09:51
Fields of operations and functions of Lithuania's foreign vice-ministers Neris Germanas, Darius Skusevičius and Albinas Sananavičius were Thursday approved by decree signed by Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Lithuanian formin didn't attend Paris conf in diplomatic support for Israel (3)FREE

Monday, January 16, 2017 16:15
Israeli flag
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania sent a deputy foreign minister to the Middle East peace conference in Paris, while its neighbors were represented by their top diplomats.

Foreign Minister sees no alternatives to close cooperation with Poland

Friday, January 13, 2017 12:20
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
There are no alternatives to close cooperation between Lithuania and Poland, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday after meeting with Krzysztof Szczerski, the Secretary of State at the Polish President's Chancellery.

Conservative MP slams Seimas speaker for meeting Russian envoy ahead of Jan 13

Thursday, January 12, 2017 16:16
Russian Federation Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov in the Seimas with the Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
Lithuania's Conservative MP Mantas Adomėnas has criticized Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis' decision to meet with Russian Ambassador Alexander Udaltsov shortly before the Day of Freedom Defenders, which is marked on January 13.

Prof Landsbergis suggests inviting Russian MPs to Jan 13 memorial events

Thursday, January 12, 2017 16:05
Vytautas Landsbergis
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post -independence leader, has suggested inviting Russian parliamentarians to memorial events of January 13 coup.

Lithuania hosts Snow Meeting of security policy experts

Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:33
Trakai castle in winter
DELFI (E.Digrytės nuotr.)
Security policy experts are gathering in Lithuania on Thursday for an informal Snow Meeting to discuss the situation in the wake of the US presidential election and threats posed by Russia.

Seimas speaker: meetings with ambassadors a chance to bring up Jan 13 coup

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 10:58
Seimas Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis and advisor Kęstutis Kudzmanas listening to the Russian Ambassador
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says he is astonished by the criticism over his meetings with the Russian and Belarusian ambassadors ahead of the Freedom Defenders Day, noting that the meetings were held to remind the diplomats about their countries' unwillingness to extradite defendants in the January 13 attempted coup trial.

Central, Eastern European politicians urge Trump to stop concessions to Russia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 09:50
Donald Trump
Central and Eastern European politicians have urged United States President-Elect Donald Trump to stop making concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin, as he could view the steps as weaknesses and undertake provocations against the Baltic states and Poland.

Foreign Minister says dialog with Russia must be principled

Monday, January 9, 2017 15:43
Alexander Udaltsov, Russian Federation Ambassador to Lithuania
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
Lithuania's dialog with Russia must be a principled one, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Monday, commenting on the Russian ambassador's call for "improving the atmosphere of bilateral relations" between the two countries.

Lithuanian, Israeli presidents underline Holocaust memory, business ties

Monday, January 9, 2017 10:03
Israeli flag
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
The presidents of Lithuania and Israel on Sunday underlined the importance of preserving the heritage of Lithuanian Jews and of expanding business ties as they marked 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Urbelis to work at Lithuanian embassy to US

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 15:38
Vaidotas Urbelis, a senior official at the Lithuanian Defence Ministry, next April will start serving as defence adviser at the country's embassy to the United States.

Lithuanian leaders condemn Istanbul attackFREE

Monday, January 2, 2017 10:44
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis have condemned the terror attack that claimed a multitude of lives in Istanbul in early hours of 2017.

Seimas congratulates Trump on becoming US president (1)FREE

Thursday, December 22, 2016 11:31
Donald Trump
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed a resolution congratulating US President-elect Donald Trump and wishing him every success in performing his duties and meeting the international and domestic policy commitments.

US Republican senators McCain, Graham to visit Lithuania next week (2)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 11:13
Two influential US Republican senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, are expected to visit Lithuania next week, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed to BNS.

PM denounces attacks in Ankara, BerlinFREE

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:14
After the Nice style terrorist attack in Berlin
Reuters/ Scanpix
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has denounced Monday's attacks in Berlin and Ankara as "deplorable manifestations of hatred and weakness".

Three diplomats appointed Lithuania's foreign vice-ministers

Monday, December 19, 2016 18:16
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has appointed diplomats Neris Germanas, Darius Skusevičius and Albinas Zananavičius as new deputy foreign ministers.

ForMin gets assurances from Trump's Admin on US links with Lithuania

Friday, December 16, 2016 10:02
Michael Flynn
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has received assurances from US President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser that the US will maintain strong economic and defence links with Lithuania.

Lithuanian MPs call to invest in coop with US amid admin reshuffle (1)

Monday, December 12, 2016 13:39
Amid changes in the United States administration, a group of Lithuanian MPs said after returning from a visit to the US that Lithuania should raise funding for maintaining ties with the strategic partner and making of new contacts. They say the regional priority should be cooperation with the neighboring Poland.

Lithuanian Railways has foreign policy of its own

Friday, December 9, 2016 13:41
Lithuanian rail
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
Lietuvos Geležinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, or LG) pursues a foreign policy of its own by cooperating with a Russian corporation linked to the military industry, a member of the Lithuanian parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence said.

ForMin thinks that elections gave fresh view of ties with Poland (1)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 11:22
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
After the parliamentary elections Lithuania and Poland may take a fresh look on the bilateral ties, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said at a Brussels meeting with his Polish counterpart, Witold Waszczykowski.

Honorary Consulate of Austria opens in VilniusFREE

Friday, December 2, 2016 16:16
Honorary Consulate of Austria opens in Vilnius
Augustas Didžgalvis
Distinguished guests came to the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic Austria in Vilnius on December 1. Upon arrival they were greeted by the Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Lithuania, H.E. Johann Spitzer and Prof. Vytautas Mizaras, the newly appointed Honorary Consul of the Republic of Austria to Lithuania.

President appoints new ambassador to Greece

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:11
Rolandas Kačinskas
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Wednesday appointed Rolandas Kačinskas, a top-ranking diplomat of the Foreign Ministry, as the country's new ambassador to Greece.

EC envoy: Populists, Russia, ISIS group aims to destroy Europe

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 22:01
The European Union (EU) is currently faced with pressure from populists, Russia and the ISIS group that aim to create the atmosphere of fear and chaos, says the European Commission's (EC) representative in Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius.

Ukraine's speaker calls for stronger cooperation in Baltic-Black Sea format

Monday, November 28, 2016 15:46
Organizatorių nuotr.
Ukraine's Parliamentary Speaker Andriy Parubiy has suggested stepping up cooperation in the format of countries of the Baltic and the Black Seas, also calling for Lithuanian support for visa-free travels to the European Union.

Foreign Minister calls for better dialogue between EU, Turkey

Monday, November 28, 2016 10:21
Linas Linkevičius
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The European Union has to seek, through its actions, a better dialogue with Turkey, rather than increasing tension, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Friday following a fresh exchange of strong statements by the bloc and Ankara.

Lithuania's diplomats seek to renew contacts in US, make new ones (1)

Friday, November 25, 2016 20:09
Following Donald Trump's election as president, Lithuania's diplomats are working to refresh contacts in the United States and make new ones, outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who will most likely keep his job in the new Cabinet, said on Friday after meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

President Grybauskaitė: US should stay leader in security architecture (2)

Monday, November 21, 2016 11:26
The United States have always been the guarantee of democracy, peace and freedom, therefore, it is important that it stays the leader of the global security efforts, says Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė.

Seimas calls on EU to continue sanctions against Russia

Thursday, November 17, 2016 14:37
Laurynas Kasčiūnas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The Lithuanian parliament on Thursday passed a resolution calling on the European Union to continue its sanctions on Russia over the country's aggression in Ukraine.

PM candidate to seek 'to reload' relations with Poland

Thursday, November 17, 2016 13:14
Saulius Skvernelis
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Saulius Skvernelis, the candidate to become Lithuania's next prime minister, sees Poland as a strategic partner and vows to make every effort "to reload" relations with the neighboring nation, which are currently not in their best shape.