Foreign affairs

Image of Vilnius' Gate of Dawn losing popularity in vote on new design of Polish passports

Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:28
The background image the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius is losing popularity as a possible choice for the design of new Polish passports, according to the latest results of online voting.

Former Vilnius police chief Lančinskas seeks Europol director job - sources

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 20:03
Kęstutis Lančinskas, a former Vilnius police chief and currently the head of the European Union's advisory mission in Ukraine (EUAM), is seeking the job of director at Europe's police agency Europol, several sources have confirmed to BNS.

PM hails progress in relations with Poland

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 14:02
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.

Defmin hopes there won't be incidents during Putin's trip to Kaliningrad

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:38
Su-27 Flanker fighter jet
RIA / Scanpix
Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects that there will be no incidents as Russian Vladimir Putin will fly to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday.

Russian nationalist Gorsky applies for political asylum in Lithuania

Monday, August 14, 2017 16:38
Migration Department
DELFI / Juozas Markevičius
Yuri Gorsky, a Russian nationalist who fled Russia in July, has applied for political asylum in Lithuania.

Lithuanian leaders dismiss US Congressmen's fears about Šnipiškių cemetery

Monday, August 14, 2017 13:13
Lithuania's leaders say that Šnipiškių Jewish cemetery would not be affected by the reconstruction of the derelict Sports and Concert Palace in central Vilnius, dismissing the fears voiced by a group of US Congressmen as ungrounded.

US Congressmen urge Vilnius to halt Sports Palace reconstruction project

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:17
US Congressmen urge Vilnius to halt Sports Palace reconstruction project
DELFI skaitytojas
Twelve member of the US Congress call for termination of the reconstruction project of the Vilnius Concert and Sports Palace.

70 years of Indian independence and 25 years of relations with Lithuania (1)FREE

Friday, August 11, 2017 11:42
This year India is celebrating its 70th Anniversary of Independence and has become one of the most important economic, political and cultural centers in the world. August 15, 1947, the Indian Independence Bill took effect and during the last seventy years since that time a free, democratic country has reached new heights and gained international recognition in various fields such as space technology, physics, medicine, chemistry, literature, music, film industry or sports achievements. Moreover, the country's diverse cultural heritage and spectacular landscape have meant that India is currently one of the most attractive tourist areas.

PM going to Punsk for Assumption Day

Friday, August 11, 2017 11:38
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is going to the Polish city of Punsk next week to celebrate the Assumption Day with the local Lithuanian community.

PM hopes to reach full stop in Baltic gas talks

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:20
Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis hopes to reach full stop in the Friday's negotiations among the Baltic prime ministers in an effort to ensure European support to the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal. In his words, if the discussions end in failure, Lithuania will seek to end the discussions and move on.

Seimas speaker meeting with Latvian colleague in Jūrmala

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:12
DELFI / Adomas Pivoriūnas
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with his Latvian counterpart, Inara Murniece, in the Latvian seaside resort of Jūrmala on Thursday to discuss the positions on the Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus.

Lithuania's ambassador to Japan proposed as envoy to Ireland

Thursday, August 10, 2017 09:00
Egidijus Meilūnas
Ludo Segers
Lithuania's government on Wednesday gave a green light to appointing Egidijus Meilūnas, Lithuanian diplomat completing his ambassadorial term in Japan, as diplomatic envoy to Ireland as of Aug. 24.

Baltic PMs readying for gas talks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 16:39
Independence FSRU
DELFI / Erikas Skardžius
The prime ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will this week attempt to agree on a common liquefied natural gas (LNG) market to be able to apply for support from the European Union (EU).

Poland's energy minister: Russian influence in Lithuania, Poland still extensive

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 13:10
After the Polish media leaked a secret recording of a conversation involving by former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski where he urged "to teach Lithuanians a lesson" in connection to Polish investments in a Mazeikiai refinery, Poland's Energy Minister Krzystof Tchorzewski says it indicates a strong Russian influence in Poland and Lithuania.

Lithuania's Pranckietis hopes Poland won't ruin ties over passport illustrations (1)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:40
Inside the Gate of the Dawn
Vilniaus turizmo informacijos centras
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis hopes that Warsaw will not ruin relations between the two neighboring states over the proposed illustration for Polish passports, including the Gate of Dawn church in Vilnius.

Lithuanian center unable to find specialist to calculate Soviet occupation damages - daily

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:08
The Lithuanian Genocide and Resistance Center has failed since the start of this year to find a specialist who would be able to calculate the damages caused by the half-century Soviet occupation, Lietuvos Žinios daily said on Wednesday.

Saakashvili's words about Belarus annexation ungrounded - Lithuanian political scientists

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 10:00
Belarussian troops
Sputnik / Scanpix
The warnings made by Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili during a visit in Lithuania on Tuesday about Russia's readiness to annex Belarus are not grounded, political scientists say.

Saakashvili in Vilnius: Russia readying to take over Belarus

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 17:30
On the 9-year anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war, Georgia's then leader Mikheil Saakashvili said in Vilnius that Belarus would be Moscow's next target.

Georgia's ex-president Saakashvili doesn't plan to seek Lithuanian citizenship

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 14:03
Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili said in Vilnius on Tuesday he would not apply for Lithuanian citizenship, thanking the country's politicians for the proposition.

Italy's chief of defense coming to Vilnius

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 13:55
Italian flag
DELFI / Dainius Sinkevičius
A delegation headed by Italy's Chief of Defense Staff General Claudio Graziano is vising Vilnius on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Georgia's ex-president Saakashvili attends Vilnius protest of Georgia occupation

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 13:38
A protest action against occupation of Georgia's territories was held in a square in front of the Russian Embassy in Vilnius on Tuesday, attended by Georgia's former president Mikheil Saakashvili, Lithuania's first post-independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis and some MPs.

Lithuania doesn't accept demands to buy friendship - Grybauskaite on Sikorski remarks

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 11:40
Lithuania's cooperation with Poland should be equal, and the instructions or demands to buy friendship are unacceptable, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Tuesday.

Dutch PM coming to Lithuania

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:40
The prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, is coming to Lithuania this week to meet with President Dalia Grybauskaitė at the Training Regiment of Great Etmon Jonušas Radvila in Rukla on Friday.

Lithuanian formin sees Sikorski's words as warning for Poles to view ties realistically

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:15
The published secret recordings of fragments of conversations involving Poland's former foreign minister that downgrade Lithuania is a warning for Polish politicians to view the bilateral relations more realistically, says Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Children from Ukraine attend Young Riflemen's camp in Lithuania

Monday, August 7, 2017 18:06
Lithuanian Riflemen's Union
Augustas Didžgalvis
A group of Ukrainian school children from war-struck Eastern regions are attending a camp of the Lithuanian Young Riflemen's Union.

Lithuanian prosecutors turn to Russia in Judex case

Monday, August 7, 2017 10:00
The Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office has turned to Russia with a request for legal assistance in the case of violations possibly committed by Judex, a Kaunas-based frozen food company, and actions of veterinary authorities, however, have not received a response for a long time.

Lithuanian formin urges Ukraine to allow Saakashvili defend in court (1)

Monday, August 7, 2017 09:47
Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Saturday urged the Ukrainian administration to facilitate conditions for former Georgian leader and Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili to defend his right to Ukrainian citizenship in court after he was stripped of his passport by President Petro Poroshenko.

Lithuania's ambassador at UNESCO takes office

Friday, August 4, 2017 15:18
Lithuania's new ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irena Vaišvilaitė has handed letters of credence to the organization's Director General Irina Bokova.

Lithuanian formin against images of Gate of Dawn in Polish passports (1)

Friday, August 4, 2017 09:07
Images of the Gate of Dawn, a church in Vilnius, should not be used in the new Polish passports, says Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

Lithuania: Russian FSB spying convict files appeal against verdict

Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:18
Russian citizen Nikolai Filipchenko sentenced in Vilnius in early July on charges of spying has filed an appeal against the verdict.