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The Economist: The Baltics fear European ‘strategic autonomy’

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Perhaps nowhere in Europe was John McCain mourned more deeply than in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He had been one of a small group of American senators who in the 1990s called for NATO to encompass the Baltic states after four decades of Soviet rule. “He was always ready to listen to us ...

Associated Press: Pope honors victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

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KAUNAS, Lithuania — Pope Francis paid tribute on Sept. 23 to Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near-extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. Read more here. The post Associated Press: Pope hon...

Pope of Rome arrives in Lithuania

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VILNIUS – Pope Francis arrived in Vilnius on Sept. 22 morning to begin a four-day trip to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. On Saturday, the Pontiff will meet with Lithuanian officials, pray at the Gate of Dawn, and speak with the young on Cathedral Square in Vilnius, the news agency BNS repo...

Deutsche Welle: Lithuania recruits guest workers, leaves identity crisis for later

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Ukrainian guest workers help plug the gaps left by mass emigration from Lithuania. But Lithuanians don’t really want more foreigners settling in their country. Konstantin von Eggert in Vilnius investigates. Read more here. The post Deutsche Welle: Lithuania recruits guest workers, leaves id...

Reuters: Lithuania commits to spending 2.5 percent of GDP on defence by 2030

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VILNIUS, Lithuania – Lithuania’s main political parties committed on Sept. 10 to increasing defence spending every year for the next decade, reaching at least 2.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2030. Read more here. The post Reuters: Lithuania commits to spending 2.5 percent of GDP on...

UkrInform: Lithuania to allocate about a million euros to Donbas

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The Government of the Republic of Lithuania in 2019 plans to allocate about a million euros to support Ukraine. Chairman of the Donetsk Regional Military and Civil Administration Oleksandr Kuts informed this on his Facebook page after a meeting with Lithuanian Ambassador to Ukraine Marius Janukon...

UkrInform: Lithuania continues to provide support to Ukraine

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Ukraine and Lithuania welcome cooperation between the countries and are open to further cooperation. The press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported this on the results of a meeting of Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar with Seimas Ombudsman of the Republic of Lithuania...

UNIAN: More Javelins to be produced, including for Ukraine, Lithuania

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Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Javelin joint venture has won $307.5 million modification contract for Javelin Weapon System full-rate production for Australia, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey Taiwan and Ukraine. Work is estimated to be completed by Aug. 31, 2021, the United States Department of Defense said...

The National Interest: Lithuania’s European energy war

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President Donald Trump loudly opposes the Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline, quoting the threat of European dependency on Russian energy. Meanwhile, Moscow is using every opportunity to boost its clout on the continent, while the European Union’s decision makers are up at night worrying about energy...

New York Times: In Eastern Europe, US girds against Russian disinformation, as well as Russian tanks

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ORZYSZ, Poland — Soon after a United States Army convoy crossed Poland’s border into Lithuania during a major military exercise this month, two very strange things happened. First, four Army Stryker armored vehicles collided, sending 15 soldiers to the hospital with minor injuries. But hours late...

UkrInform: Parliament leaders of four countries commemorate Holodomor victims in Washington DC

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The leaders of the parliaments of Ukraine, Lithuania, Moldova and Poland honored the memory of victims of the Holodomor famine-genocide of the Ukrainian people of 1932-33.  The ceremony of laying symbolic sheaves of wheat at the memorial in the center of Washington D.C. was held on June 27, an Uk...

112.ua: Lithuanian Foreign Minister says only statements will not help, the pressure is needed to...

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Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius claimed that it is impossible to release Oleg Sentsov and other Ukrainian political prisoners only with statements as 112 Ukraine reported. Read more here. The post 112.ua: Lithuanian Foreign Minister says only statements will not help, the pressure...

UkrInform: Lithuanian FM plans to visit Luhansk region to discuss ways of cooperation

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Foreign Minister of the Republic of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who is on a working visit to Ukraine, plans to visit Luhansk region to examine the current security situation. This was reported by the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. Read more here.  The post UkrInform: Lithuania...

UNIAN: Grybauskaite – Lithuania should be ready for Russian invasion

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President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite says a threat of Russia’s invasion of Lithuania remains but if the country shows that it can and is ready to defend itself, this will not happen. “The likelihood [of Russian invasion] is high if we don’t constantly defend ourselves,̶...

FMs of Lithuania, Latvia to visit Ukraine this week

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius and Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics will visit Ukraine this week to discuss the possibility of imposing national sanctions against those involved in the organization of presidential elections in Crimea annexed by Russia. “We are ...

RFE/RL: ‘Nemtsov square’ sign goes up near Russian Embassy in Vilnius

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A sign honoring slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov now stands near the Russian Embassy in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. Dozens of residents and representatives of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats party attended the ceremony for the unveiling of the Boris Nemtsov...

Lithuania to set quotas for foreign workers due to immigration from Ukraine

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VILNIUS – The Lithuanian government has decided to set quotas for foreign workers in some professions in connection with the intensive rise of immigration from Ukraine, Lithuanian Vice-Chancellor Deividas Matulionis. “The process of ousting our citizens from the labor market may begin...

Lithuanian game publisher acquires Ukrainian game studio

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Nordcurrent, a Vilnius-based game publisher, has acquired Blam! Games Studios, a game development company from Odesa, 500 kilometers south of Kyiv. The Lithuanian company announced the acquisition in late April without disclosing the amount of money they paid for the Ukrainian tech firm. As part ...

UNIAN: Lithuania calls for support to Ukraine on its path to NATO, EU

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Lithuania’s Seimas in a unanimous vote supported the so-called “May 3 Declaration,” calling to support Ukraine’s rapprochement with NATO and European Union. The document, adopted against the recent marking of the 227th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May, 1791, stress...

Muzhenko and Karoblis discuss participation of Lithuanian instructors in training of Ukrainian tr...

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Chief of the General Headquarters and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) Viktor Muzhenko and Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis have discussed issues of further military cooperation between the two countries at a meeting in Kyiv. “During the meeting, the tw...

Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to deter Russia

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VILNIUS – Lithuania wants the United States to bring more defence systems such as long-range Patriot and short-range Avenger missiles to the Baltics where some fear Russia is more powerful in the air. Read more here. The post Reuters: Lithuania wants more NATO anti-aircraft missiles to dete...

UNIAN: Lithuanian FM says sanctions against Russia could be extended

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Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says Russia sanctions over its aggression in Ukraine can be extended for 12 months rather than six months. “We have sanctions because of Minsk. Since we have no progress in Minsk, so additional sanctions or at least extension for 12 months rathe...

UkrInform: Grybauskaite, Trump discuss support for Ukraine

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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and her U.S. counterpart Donald Trump have discussed the issue of regional security and support for Ukraine. She said this in comments to the Ukrainian service of the Voice of America. Read more here.  The post UkrInform: Grybauskaite, Trump discuss support...

CNN: Trump weighing recommendation to expel Russian diplomats

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is weighing a recommendation from his National Security Council that he expel a group of Russian diplomats from the US in response to the poisonings of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in England, a source with knowledge of the situation tol...

About 20 Ukrainian soldiers to undergo rehabilitation in Lithuania this year

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About 20 Ukrainian soldiers from Dnipropetrovsk region, who were fighting in Donbas, will undergo rehabilitation in Lithuania in 2018, Head of Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration Valentyn Reznichenko has said. “The comprehensive rehabilitation of participants in military operations...