Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Linkevicius: Putin may test NATO before the start of Trump’s presidency

    Lithuania has not ruled out the possibility that Russian President Vladimir Putin may test NATO for several weeks before Donald Trump officially becomes the president of the United States.

    This was stated by the minister of foreign affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, in an interview with BBC.

    Linkevičius said that there is a danger that Putin considers the period between now and the start of Trump’s presidency in January as an opportunity to test the combat readiness and diplomatic …

  • Russian TV channel taken off the air in Lithuania

    The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (RTCL) decided on Wednesday, November 17th, to stop the rebroadcast of the Russian TV channel RTR Planeta for three months in response to the incitement to war, strife and ethnic hatred. This sanction was applied by RTCL after violations were recorded for the third time this year, Delfi reports. This decision will become effective as of Monday, November 21st, and will be enforced until the 21st of February.

    The last violation was recorded by the …

  • Lithuania adopted resolution for EU to extend sanctions against Russia

    Delfi has reported that the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania has adopted a resolution which calls on the EU to extend sanctions against the Russian Federation until the Minsk Agreements have been fully implemented.

    A total of 105 members of Parliament voted in favor of the resolution, none voted against it and one member abstained.

    According to the Lithuanian Parliament, any attempt to ease or lift sanctions against the Russian Federation would encourage the aggressive policy of the …

  • United States demands explanation from Lithuania concerning sale of donated weapons

    The United States is demanding an explanation from Lithuania regarding how the M14 sniper semi-automatic rifles, donated to the Lithuanian Army and highly valued by collectors around the world, appeared in private hands, Delfi reported.

    “The US Embassy believes that the aid, transferred by the US government, was illegally handed to third parties, disregarding the signed agreement on prohibition of re-sale of the arms donated by the Americans,” the news portal notes.

    It was noted that the M14 …

  • Lithuanian army to receive new AXMC sniper rifles

    The Lithuanian army has received new AXMC sniper rifles, which have twice the range of the weapons that are currently in the army’s arsenal, Delfi reported, with reference to the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense.

    The sniper rifles purchased for EUR 1.3 million from the UK manufacturer Accuracy International will be distributed among battalions and training facilities by the end of 2016. The distinctive feature of the AXMC sniper rifle is that it can use bullets of two calibers – 338 …

  • Russian TV Channel is facing restrictions on broadcasting in Lithuania

    Russian Channel Planeta TV is facing restrictions on broadcasting in Lithuania due to the incitement of inter-ethnic discord and calls for war, the DELFI news portal reported. The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission began investigating violations of the law on the Russian TV talk show, Duel. The program by Vladimir Solovyov was broadcast on the 16th of October by RTR-Planeta.

    The Chairman of the Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission, Edmundas Vaitiekunas, reported that the …

  • Lithuania issues manual specifying what to do if Russia invades

    Lithuanians have been handed a 75-page manual telling them what to do in the event of a Russian invasion. As reported by СNN, the guide on what to do if the country is invaded is entitled, "Prepare to Survive Emergencies and War."

    “Attention needs to be paid to Russia’s actions," the manual says. “This country does not hesitate to use military force against its neighbors, and at this moment it continues military aggression against Ukraine.”

    Postimees news agency indicates that it is the third …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Russia is a ‘super problem,’ not a superpower

    The minister of foreign affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, stated during a meeting at the Warsaw Security Forum that the European Union and NATO should respond to the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation, reported a correspondent for Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    “When we talk about troublesome countries, the first country that comes to mind isn’t ‘superpower Russia’ but ‘super problem Russia.’ Today, it is important to react in due time, but not wait until it is too late, which is what …

  • Germany to deploy Leopard 2 tanks to Lithuania

    German Leopard 2 tanks will be deployed to Lithuania along with German soldiers as part of NATO’s plans to create multi-national battalions in the Baltic States and Poland, TASS reported, citing a representative of the German Defense Ministry, Thomas Frueh.

    "Indeed, the decision was made to dispatch tanks, but we cannot say what their numerical strength will be," Freuh said.

    He also added that the tanks will participate in military exercises, and that their “main aim is to demonstrate their …

  • Lithuanian President: Russia's military activity in the Baltic is a threat to all of Europe

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said that Russia’s military activity in the Baltic Sea is a threat to not only the Baltic States, but to Western European countries as well, as reported by Delfi.

    While commenting on the presence of the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea and the recent deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander missile systems to Kaliningrad, Grybauskaitė said "There is no doubt that it is not directed just against the Baltic States, but against European capitals. This …