Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister recommends that prosecutors and judges avoid visiting Russia

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius recommended that staff members of the Prosecutor General’s office and the Court refrain from visiting the Russian Federation. Russia’s investigative Committee (RIC) has initiated criminal charges against them for illegal prosecution of the participants of the events of January 1991 in Vilnius.

    Linkevicius stated on Monday, July 23 that the Russian Committee’s decision was meant to “put pressure on Lithuania, the courts and law …

  • Slovakia to replace Russian MiG-29 aircraft with American F-16 fighters

    The government of Slovakia agreed to buy fourteen F-16 fighter jets to replace their aging Russian MiG-29 aircraft.   “We picked the best solution because they are modern machines that we can afford from a price point of vew, quality and capability point of view, and that have no competition, Defence Minister Peter Gajdos said. The country also plans to cancel its maintenance contract with Russia for its MiG-29 that would have lasted until autumn 2019.   The cost of contract with the US has not …

  • Lithuanian president calls Trump’s pressure on NATO allies 'positive aggression'

    On the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė described the pressure placed by US President Donald Trump on NATO allies with respect to defense financing as “positive aggression” which resulted in success, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

     “We confirm once again that President Trump’s pressure worked. Something I call ‘positive aggression’, in a good sense,” Grybauskaitė said.

    This was the Lithuanian president’s take on the unplanned meeting of NATO leaders …

  • President of Lithuania calls on NATO to deploy Patriot air defense systems in Baltics

    In an interview with the newspaper Corriere della Sera, the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė called on NATO to equip submarines with American-made Patriot missile defense systems to strengthen the defense of the Baltic region.

    "NATO air defense is insufficient in our regions and should be strengthened. Patriots can be installed in submarines or in our territory,” she stated.

    Grybauskaitė emphasizes that Russia, the number one danger to Europe, is waging an unconventional war. "As …

  • Lithuania to add Russian citizens associated with the case against Sentsov to the 'Magnitsky list'

    At an extraordinary meeting on June 27, the Seimas of Lithuania, voted in favor of adding persons connected with the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Oleg Sentsov to the Lithuanian "Magnitsky List", TASS reported.

    The resolution was submitted by the representatives of the Right conservative party Homeland Union-Lithuania Christian Democrats. The document was supported by 82 deputies while one deputy abstained and one voted against.

    The resolution calls on Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign …

  • Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania visits the boundary line in the Donbas

    On Saturday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius visited a local school and one of the transit checkpoints in the frontier town of Stanytsia Luhanska.

    On his Twitter, he shared his impressions from the visit. "I am at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint on the line of contact. The only operating checkpoint in the region: a violation of the Minsk Agreements. People are standing in line for 4 hours in the heat. It’s inhumane and unacceptable,” the Lithuanian diplomat wrote.

    The Head of …

  • Lithuania and Canada oppose Hungarian initiative to revise NATO's cooperation with Ukraine

    Hungary's proposal to reconsider NATO's cooperation with Ukraine that was earlier sent to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg was criticized by representatives of Lithuania and Canada at a meeting of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on May 26, Ukrinform reports.

    "One of the Visegrad Group countries is trying to use NATO as a tool to block the NATO-Ukraine meeting, which is unacceptable, and therefore I ask our Hungarian colleagues to help ensure that the Hungarian government does not use …

  • PACE representative preparing resolution on Nemtsov murder case denied entry to Russia

    Lithuanian politician Emanuelis Zingeris, who was supposed to prepare a resolution of the Council of Europe on the investigation of the murder of Boris Nemtsov was denied entry to Russi, Deutsche Welle reports. The politician planned a trip to Moscow to collect materials for the preparation of the resolution.

    "Perhaps the ban is related to my work in the Council of Europe and my investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder of Boris Nemtsov, about which I later intend to inform …

  • An employee of the Vilnius Mayor’s Office is being prosecuted for offensive comments about Russia

    An employee of the Mayor’s Office of Vilnius who is responsible for public safety has been prosecuted for publicly insulting Russians. As reported by Delfi news agency, the Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Darius Kiela and has already transferred the case to the Vilnius local court.

    Kiela is accused of commenting negatively on articles about the military conflict in Ukraine and Russian military exercises in the Kaliningrad region. In February 2017, Kiela wrote that Russia is an enemy …

  • Kremlin invites Lithuanian President to Putin's inauguration

    Russian Foreign Ministry representative Maria Zakharova has reported to RBC that Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was given an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony by the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow.

    "The invitation was given to the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow. Maybe they lost it, or did not transfer it to the capital? " she said.

    On Saturday, May 5, the Lithuanian portal Izinios reported that Grybauskaite had not received an invitation to Putin's …