Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Linkevicius: Lithuania does not recognize legitimacy of Russian elections in Crimea

    Lithuania refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the elections to the Russian State Duma that took place in the Crimea. The Russian MPs elected in the Crimea will not be considered as legitimate by Lithuania with all the attendant consequences, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius stated in his interview with DELFI.

    “It doesn’t mean the direct assessment of elections as a whole; it means that we believe everything that is happening in the Crimea to be illegal. We don’ …

  • NATO air defense exercises begin in Slovakia

    The international Tobruq Legacy 2016 exercises began on Monday at the Lest training area in Slovakia. The air defense units of eight NATO countries are participating in the exercises. The countries involved are Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovenia and the US. This was reported by the press service of the Czech Ministry of Defense.

    “The goal of the exercises is to test and strengthen the level of interaction of ground air defense units in accordance with …

  • Lithuania to remain as NATO Contact Embassy in Ukraine for two more years

    The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is expected to announce that it will continue its work as NATO Contact Embassy in Ukraine until 2018, sources in the diplomatic corps told the European Pravda. According to the sources, the decision was agreed to by the Alliance and the Ukrainian side. It will become official after it is formally announced.

    As European Pravda previously reported, the Lithuanian Embassy took over the functions of NATO Contact diplomatic mission in early 2015. Before that, the …

  • Lithuania rejects Steinmeier's arms limit proposal

    Lithuania found the arms proposal for eastern Europe made by the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, totally unacceptable. As the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Linas Linkevičius, stated on Monday, September 5 in an interview with DPA (German Press Agency), the country “cannot be overloaded with additional limits and upper bounds.”

    According to him, the situation in the region remains unstable. The leader of the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes …

  • Lithuania donates unused ammunition to Ukraine

    The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Lithuania donated ammunition that is no longer in use by the Lithuanian Armed Forces to Ukraine. The transfer took place on the 2nd of September, the Defense Ministry reported on Saturday.

    “The ammunition was transferred to Ukraine in accordance with the decision of the Defense Resources Agency in response to Ukraine’s request for support in 2014,” the report says. The ammunition was made available after the Lithuanian Army’s rearmament in …

  • Lithuania purchases German armored vehicles

    On Monday, August 22nd, Lithuania signed an agreement to purchase German “Boxer” combat armored vehicles in the amount of 386 million Euros, reports. It is supposedly the most expensive purchase in the history of the Armed Forces of Lithuania.

    "88 combat wheeled armored vehicles will be bought for 385.6 million Euro and issued in accordance with the requirements of Lithuania,” said the Minister of National Defense of Lithuania, Juozas Olekas. The Minister signed the agreement with the …

  • Linkevicius: Russia's accusations about Ukraine's involvement in terrorist plot in Crimea are 'bogus'

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius commented on the Federal Security Service's (FSB) statement about the alleged Ukrainian sabotage in Crimea. He called the Russian Federal Security Service’s statement a bogus accusation.

    “Aggressor accused the victim of an attack. Old KGB methods. False Russia's accusations towards Ukraine to justify future ‘retaliation’?” Linkevičius wrote on Twitter.

    On Wednesday, Russia claimed it had thwarted a terrorist attack in the Crimea, which was …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Sanctions against Russia should continue

    Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius believes that the West should continue sanctions against Russia. He detailed his opinion in his Twitter account, recalling the anniversary of the Russian-Georgian war.

    “Eight years ago, Russia's war in Georgia had to be a lesson to the world. Russia annexing Crimea showed it was not the case. Sanctions must continue,” Linkevičius posted.

    The Russo-Georgian war of 2008 was an armed conflict between Georgia on one side, and Russia with …

  • Lithuania criticizes Russia for issuing coin commemorating liberation of Vilnius

    The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry is outraged by the issue of a Russian coin dedicated to the liberation of Vilnius in 1944, the political director of the ministry, Rolandas Kačinskas, told BNS news agency.

    According to him, such a move confirms that Russia has not accepted the “historical truth about the Soviet occupation of Baltics.”

    A commemorative silver coin with the nominal value of five Russian rubles was issued by the Bank of Russia on August 1. It depicts a now-disassembled monument to …

  • Ukraine and Lithuania lift air travel restrictions between the two countries

    The State Aviation Administration reports that as of now, there will be no restrictions on the number of designated airlines, points of departure and arrival, and flights between Ukraine and Lithuania.

    The State Aviation Administration of Ukraine has agreed with the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania on the complete removal of restrictions of air transportation between the two countries. This was also reported by the State Aviation Administration.

    Earlier …