Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • President of Lithuania expects Gazprom to compensate for damage to consumers

    Gazprom should compensate for the damage caused to consumers because of the opaque gas trade, said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.

    At a meeting with Vice President of the European Commission Maros Sefcovic, who is responsible for the energy union, Dalia Grybauskaite stressed that in the fight against Gazprom's “opaque monopoly” in the European gas market, “not symbolic steps, but real solutions are needed,” reported news agency Delfi.

    “There should not be differences in the EU in gas …

  • Georgian president asks Lithuania for support at NATO summit

    Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili asked Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė for support in bringing up matters important to Tbilisi at the NATO summit which will take place this week in Brussels, Delfi reported.The two national leaders discussed the matter over the telephone.

    “The conversation took place ahead of the NATO summit which will take place in Brussels on May 25. President G. Margvelashvili asked the Lithuanian president for support in bringing up matters important to …

  • Lithuania intends to send more military instructors to Ukraine

    Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis advocated for an increase in the number of Lithuanian military instructors who train Ukrainian servicemen during a meeting with Ukrainian Defense Minister, Stepan Poltorak, on Friday in Vilnius.

    "It is necessary to continue cooperation and increase the number of Lithuanian military instructors who train Ukrainian servicemen in order to improve this work. It is also necessary to expand international cooperation and the exchange of experience with …

  • Lithuania grants asylum to two Chechen homosexuals

    Two gays have moved from Chechnya to Lithuania after being persecuted for their sexual orientation.

    This was announced by Linas Linkevičius, head of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry, as reported by the BNS news outlet.

    He did not provide details, noting only that Lithuania is one of the first EU states to receive gays who have been subject to persecution in Chechnya. He added that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “coordinating actions with allies in the west”.

    “We are gradually raising …

  • Military forces from 25 countries will participate in NATO exercise in Lithuania

    At the end of May, Lithuania will host NATO exercises which will be attended by several international forces. Military personnel from 25 alliance countries will participate, as reported by Delphi.

    The “Steadfast Cobalt” annual exercise will be held from May 21 to June 2. It will be attended by close to a thousand soldiers. During the exercise, soldiers will train in information exchange skills and maintaining communication between combat units.

    This is the second time that Lithuania is …

  • Lithuania will build 45-kilometer wall on Russian border

    Authorities in Lithuania have decided to erect a wall about 45 km (28 mi) long on its border with Russia.

    This was reported on the website of the State Border Service of Lithuania.

    “In total, the sections to be built along the border of the Kaliningrad region of Russia will be 44.6 km long. They will be metal fences two meters high with segments of additional equipment...The construction will cost €1.3 million. The funds will be allocated from the state budget,” stated the report.

    According …

  • NATO exercises start in Baltic states

    On Tuesday and Wednesday the 25th and 26th of April, NATO Ramstein Alloy air force exercises take place in Baltic air space, primarily over Lithuania, Delfi reports, citing the Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

    The exercises will involve fighter jets from the Netherlands and Germany, which will take part in the NATO mission to patrol the Baltic airspace, aircraft from Poland and Norway, as well as transport planes from Lithuania, and US and NATO AWACS planes for air reconnaissance.

    The …

  • Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will continue the project of a unified Baltic battalion

    The project to create a unified Baltic Battalion with the participation of the Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian military will be continued under the leadership of Latvia, as agreed to by the commanders of the defense forces of the three countries at a meeting in Riga, Delfi reported.

    They noted that the Baltic Battalion is the common contribution by their states to their own security and to the security of NATO.

    "In addition to adopting and integrating in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania a …

  • Lithuania will host NATO air exercise

    On April 25 and 26, the Ramstein Alloy NATO Air Exercise will be held in Baltic airspace, predominantly over Lithuania. This was reported by the website of NATO air force command.

    The exercises will be attended by Dutch and German fighters who take part in the NATO air patrol mission of the Baltic States, aircraft from Poland and Norway, as well as transport aircraft from Lithuania, the USA and NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System or AWACS air reconnaissance aircraft.

    The exercise …

  • Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said they will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea

    Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia promised to never recognize the legitimacy of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation as was stated in a joint statement by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic countries and the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman following a meeting in Kyiv.

    “We strongly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine and stress that the sanctions imposed on Russia must remain in place until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented and Ukraine's …