Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuania bans 49 Russians from entering the country under Magnitsky Act

    The Lithuanian Minister of the Interior, Eimutis Misiūnas, has banned 49 Russian citizens from entering the country under the Magnitsky bill, as reported by Ministry spokesperson Karolis Vaitkevičius to BNS.

    A list was compiled by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) based on consultations with foreign partners, said MFA spokesperson Rasa Jakilaitienė. She specified that the list had been prepared prior to adoption of the Magnitsky bill by the Seimas, and included Russians accused …

  • American bombers to take part in military exercises in Lithuania

    The Air Forces of the United States and Lithuania plan to hold a joint exercise in Lithuanian airspace in which American bomber jets will conduct training, as reported by Delfi, citing a statement released by the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania.

    The aircraft participating in the exercise will include jets from the Fifth Bomb Wing of the United States Air Force stationed in North Dakota.

    The U.S. authorities did not specify the number of aircraft that will participate in the training or the types of …

  • Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs: There is no point in political meetings with Russia

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius stated that, at the present time, there is no sense in high-level political meetings with Russia. That said, all necessary pragmatic non-political contacts are being maintained, reported the news portal Delfi, citing an interview by the Minister on the radio station Ziniu radijas.

    "We really do not see the point in high-level political meetings at present [with Russia]; moreover, they won’t solve anything additional, except politicize the situation. …

  • Number of Lithuanian work permits issued to Ukrainians doubled in 2017

    In 2017, Lithuania issued 34,500 employment visas or residence permits. About 20 thousand of them were received by residents of Ukraine, Delfi.lt news agency writes, referring to the data of the Migration Department.

    In 2016, 18,000 people came to work to Lithuania, of whom about 10,000 were Ukrainians.

    According to experts, Ukrainians often get jobs as long-distance truck drivers, concrete workers, bricklayers, finishing specialists, ship's hull assemblers and welders. Business owners claim …

  • Lithuania suspects celebrities of working for KGB

    The Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania says that the well-known Lithuanian actor, People’s Artist of the USSR, Donatas Banionis, who passed away in 2014, as well as the Lithuanian violinist and conductor, People’s Artist of the USSR Saulius Sondeckis, who died in 2016, worked for the KGB during the Soviet period, reported by Delfi news agency, citing a statement by the center.

    The statement claims that Banionis worked in the KGB under the alias “Bronos”, and provided …

  • Lithuania bans Kaspersky antivirus

    On Thursday, December 21, Lithuania banned the use of anti-virus programs produced by the Russian company Kaspersky Lab on computers of government agencies and private companies.

    Specifically, this has to do with computers that manage the energy, financial, and transport infrastructure sectors, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Reuters news agency quotes the statement from the Lithuanian government which said that that using Kaspersky software can threaten national security. In response, the Russian …

  • Lithuania intends to demand the seizure of Gazprom's European property

    Lithuania accused Gazprom of abuse of its monopoly position in the natural gas market and imposed a fine of EUR 42 million, TASS reports. Vilnius expects to collect the fine using Gazprom’s property in other European countries.

    Lithuanian Ministry of Justice has prepared a special action plan for the recovery of the fine and any accrued interest. The plan outlines the actions of various Lithuanian ministries and departments. The accusations of Lithuania relate to the events of 2012, when the …

  • Lithuania called on Ukrainian politicians not to interfere with work of Anti-Corruption Bureau

    Lithuania calls upon Ukraine to ensure the independence of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) from political influence, as stated by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, at a joint briefing with Petro Poroshenko in Vilnius.

    "Our main requirement for Ukraine is to ensure the independence of NABU in such a way that politicians cannot affect its work. At the same time, NABU should not in any way be involved in the political process," she said.

    According to her, during a …

  • Ukraine: supply of weapons by Lithuania is an example for other countries to follow

    Lithuania’s provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine should send a signal to other former Soviet Union countries where there is still production of USSR's weapons, as stated by the acting Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Leonid Holopatyuk, Radio Liberty reports.

    "Lithuania does not pursue just any security issues that are being discussed at the EU and NATO. This decisive step of Lithuania must be a signal to other post-Soviet countries, where the weapons of …

  • Lithuania ratifies transfer of nearly €2 million of weapons to Ukraine

    On Wednesday the Lithuanian government decided to transfer weapons and ammunition worth nearly €2 million to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense for free. Weapons that were used by the Lithuanian military until they were replaced with new weapons, corresponding to NATO standards, will be given to Ukraine, the official website of the Lithuanian Defense Ministry reports.

    “The transfer of assets is consistent and comprehensive support of Ukraine by Lithuania, by strengthening her defensive …