Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Russia unilaterally redraws Baltic Sea borders with Finland and Lithuania

    Moscow Times, citing a draft government decree published on the legal acts portal, has reported Russia's decision to unilaterally alter its maritime boundaries with Lithuania and Finland in the Baltic Sea.

    The Russian Defence Ministry has prepared a document declaring parts of the eastern Gulf of Finland and areas near the cities of Baltiysk and Zelenogradsk in the Kaliningrad region as Russia's internal maritime waters.

    This will involve changing the geographical coordinates of points used …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister urges EU to find creative solutions to support Ukraine

    Ahead of an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called on allies to devise a creative solution to support Ukraine.

    "Although I am heading to another Council meeting today, I do not believe it should be business as usual. We have to recognize that there is nothing normal about the situation Europe finds itself in, and if we fail to acknowledge this fact, we may end up in even worse circumstances, with the most immediate concerns …

  • Ukraine to move part of its drone production to Lithuania

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has announced that Ukraine intends to relocate some of its drone production to Lithuania.

    Linkevičius said that warfare is evolving, and Lithuania could learn from Ukrainians who have been defending against Russian aggression for nearly two years. "It seems that the Ukrainians are interested in potentially transferring some manufacturing to Lithuania. With our help, and perhaps partly for ourselves, we could provide them with the necessary drones …

  • Lithuania's Foreign Minister: Russia is using Hamas-Israel conflict to ramp up its Ukraine offensive

    Russia was waiting for Hamas to attack Israel in order to resume its offensive in Ukraine, said Lithuania's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis, as reported by Ukrinform.

    "We cannot forget or divert our attention from Ukraine, where the situation is not the easiest. We have seen that Russia has resumed its offensive. This reminded us that Russia is expecting a situation like this where we can be distracted and reduce our focus on these attacks. My main hope is that we can send a …

  • Estonian Prime Minister proposes joint trade embargo against Russia, calls for support from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Finland

    Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has made a proposal following a scandal surrounding her husband's business ties with Russia. She called on the neighbouring countries to introduce a unified trade embargo against Russia. According to Kallas, Finland could play a key role in this matter.

    Kallas said she had not spoken  with Finland's new Prime Minister, Petteri Orpo, yet but promised to do so.

    Estonian broadcaster ERR highlights that daily exports from Estonia to Russia include electronics, …

  • Lithuania recognizes Russian PMC Wagner as a terrorist organization

    The Seimas of Lithuania unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the Russian Wagner Group as a terrorist organization. 117 MPs voted in favor of the resolution, according to the website of the Lithuanian parliament.

    "The private military company Wagner of the Russian Federation is a terrorist organization, and its mercenaries pose a threat to the security of the state and society," the document reads.

    The Seimas strongly condemned the use of any mercenary groups, such as Wagner, created …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister accuses Germany of fearing consequences of a Russian defeat

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis indirectly accused Berlin of being afraid of putting Russia on the brink of defeat in Ukraine. "I think the most important thing we should discuss is fear,”  he said on Monday, January 23, at a meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels. "We must overcome the fear of defeating Russia when it comes to additional sanctions or additional military assistance to Ukraine."

    Landsbergis stressed that the Europeans are deterred from strengthening …

  • Lithuania considers revoking citizenship for those supporting Russia

    The Seimas of Lithuania is considering the possibility of revoking citizenship for those supporting Russia, reported the Lithuanian news outlet

    "The draft bill stipulates that a citizen of another country who has received Lithuanian citizenship as an exception will get the Lithuanian passport cancelled if this person’s actions threaten the security and interests of the Lithuanian state, if this person supports a state that threatens the security of Lithuania and other countries and …

  • Russian Defense Minister’s daughter can be stripped of Lithuanian citizenship, investigation underway

    The Migration Department of Lithuania is investigating the case of dual citizenship of businessman Adolfas Kaminskas. Kaminskas is the husband of Elena Kaminskas (Shebunova), the mother of the children of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, reports the news agency LRT.

    Migration Department spokesman Rokas Pukinskas said Kaminskas had not informed the agency of dual citizenship within the six months required by law. If it turns out that he illegally retained Lithuanian citizenship after …

  • Despite Russia’s threats, Lithuania expands restrictions on goods transit to Kaliningrad

    A ban on the import of cement, alcohol, and several other goods of Russian origin into the territory of the European Union as part of the fourth package of EU sanctions came into force, reported Delfi. These restrictions also affect transit of goods to the Russian Kaliningrad region.

    The representative of the Lithuanian customs noted that imports into the EU of cement, alcohol, lumber, industrial alcohol-based chemicals, and several other Russian-made products are not allowed as part of the …