Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuanian President-elect Nauseda considers Russia an ‘aggressor country’

    In an interview with BBC Lithuanian President-elect Gitanas Nausėda said that he believes Russia is an "aggressor country" because of the "annexation" of Crimea and their actions in Eastern Ukraine.

    "This is unacceptable. My policy toward Russia is not going to change. It is hardly possible to maintain warm relations with the country, which, unfortunately, is now an aggressor towards Ukraine," said the elected President Nausėda.

    However, he does not believe that these two peoples should …

  • Lithuania to reopen 1991 ‘Soviet aggression’ case

    The Lithuanian Prosecutor General’s Office decided to continue the investigation into the events of January 1991, TASS reports.

    “The lead prosecutor’s decision to stop the investigation on April 30 has been overruled by the higher ranked prosecutor,” said Public Relations Spokeswoman Elena Martinonene.

    As Martinonene explained, this decision was made because a number of legal procedural actions need to be carried out in the case. What exact actions the prosecutor's office was required to take …

  • Lithuanian parliamentarians urge to recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide

     “Crimes” against the Crimean Tatars committed in the USSR should be recognized as a genocide, according to a draft of the resolution registered by Conservatives Audronius Ažubalis and Laurynas Kasčiūnas in the Lithuanian Seimas, as reported by DELFI.

    “There is no statute of limitations for crimes committed during the communist regime,” said Ažubalis. Also, according to the parliamentarians, “oppression, discrimination and violence against the Crimean Tatars began again, five years ago,” when …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky meets with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.

    Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.

    During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Council of Europe will lose credibility if Russia regains voting rights

    Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius said that by restoring Russia’s voting rights, the Council of Europe (CoE) risks losing credibility and influence, BNS reports.

    “If the Council of Europe continues to think that the involvement of all countries is of greater value than the principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, which this organization was created to protect, then, over time, this could become an institutional problem that undermines the credibility of …

  • Russian fund sues Lithuania for €1 billion over nationalization of Snoras Bank

    The Russian Fund for Protection of the Rights of Investors and Foreign States announced in a statement that it has filed a lawsuit against Lithuania at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

    According to the fund, when Snoras Bank group was nationalized, it was worth around € 2.5 billion. “The exact lawsuit amount will be determined at a later stage of the litigation on the basis of the damage assessment. However, the preliminary lawsuit amount is €1.1 …

  • Lithuania calls for tougher sanctions against Russia over issuance of passports for Donbas residents

    ​​The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry condemns Russia's decision to simplify Russian passports issuance to the residents of the occupied Donbas and calls on the international community to tighten sanctions, reads the statement published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania website.

    “The Foreign Ministry strongly condemns the decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, simplifying the procedure of granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainian citizens living in the …

  • Lithuanian ambassador recalled from Russia for consultations

    On Thursday, March 11, the Baltic News Service (BNS) reported Lithuania’s decision to recall its ambassador to Russia, Remigijus Motuzas, for consultations. One of the reasons was the threats directed at Motuzas, after Vilnius District Court found former Soviet Union Minister of Defense, Dmitry Yazov, and a number of other Russians citizens guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for their role in the case of January 13, 1991 events. Then, during the clashes following the Soviet army …

  • Russian spy sentenced to seven years in prison in Lithuania

    Lithuania has sentenced Lithuanian citizen Roman Sesel to seven years in prison on charges of spying for the Russian Federation, DELFI reported. Sesel collected data on the NATO ships, the company Klaipedos Nafta and other facilities. Under Lithuanian laws, spying is punishable by three to 15 years of imprisonment.

    "The evidence collected in the case proved that he had not only been given the assignment, but had also performed specific spying actions," said Gintare Daugelaite, spokeswoman for …

  • The United States and Lithuania sign a five-year plan for military cooperation

    The United States and Lithuania approved a plan of cooperation in the field of defence for the period up to 2024, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Pentagon press service.

    This plan involves joint actions in the field of security of the Baltic region, joint exercises, sharing intelligence and improving the early warning capabilities of threats in the region.

    The US is planning to conclude similar agreements with Estonia and Latvia. As stated by the Pentagon, since 2014, the United …