Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuania declares state of emergency due to influx of migrants from Belarus

    The Lithuanian government has decided to declare a state of emergency, due to the influx of illegal migrants coming through the border with Belarus, reports Delfi.

    Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė is heading the emergency operation.

    It is noted that over the past 24 hours Lithuanian border guards detained 150 illegal migrants. This is almost three times more than the previous daily records.

    Currently, 835 accommodation places have been created for illegal migrants. 500 of them have been …

  • Russia expels seven Slovak, Lithuanian and Estonian diplomats

    Russia expels a total of seven diplomats from Slovakia and the Baltic States. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that three employees of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow, two employees of the Lithuanian Embassy and one each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia were declared persona non grata.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these countries. They were given "letters of protest in connection with provocative, unreasonable decisions" to expel employees of Russian …

  • Lithuania prepares to expel Russian diplomats

    Lithuanian authorities are currently discussing with NATO allies the possibility of expelling Russian diplomats from the embassy in Vilnius in solidarity with the Czech Republic, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Asta Skaisgiryte said on LRT radio.

    "We are currently discussing this with our allies," she said.

    According to her, the Lithuanian authorities support this idea. "Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda fully supports the Czech Republic's efforts to …

  • Another President calls Putin ‘a killer’

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda also believes that Russian leader Vladimir Putin can be called "a killer", reported the news agency Delfi.

    When asked by a reporter if he, like his American counterpart Joe Biden, believes that Putin is "a killer," he replied: "Unfortunately, yes."

    According to the President of Lithuania, Russia clearly does not respect the territorial integrity of neighboring states, such as Ukraine.

    "I see many signs of blatant disregard for the values of the civilized …

  • Lithuania refuses to extradite opposition leader Tikhanovskaya to Belarus

    Any attempt by the Belarusian authorities to demand the extradition of ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya from Lithuania is doomed to failure, said Lithuanian Deputy Foreign Minister Mantas Adomenas in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

    "Lithuania does not extradite people who are subjected to political persecution. Minsk is well aware of the answer we will give them," the deputy foreign minister said.

    According to him, any request for Tikhanovskaya's extradition would be a " …

  • Lithuania rejects Russia's request to detain Navalny’s ally

    Lithuanian authorities refused to detain Leonid Volkov, the head of the network of regional headquarters of the opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was put by Russia on the interstate wanted list, reports Delfi with reference to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

    "The use of the international arrest warrant instruments against the opposition, in fact, discredits Russia's participation in these instruments," the Foreign Minister said.

    The Lithuanian Interior Minister, …

  • Lithuania to buy Black Hawk helicopters from U.S.

    Lithuania will buy four UH-60M Black Hawk combat helicopters from the United States. The contract should be signed as early as this week, said the Lithuanian Defense Ministry. Lithuania will pay a total of 181 million euros for the helicopters. The U.S. has allocated 25 million euros to support the project.

    The first deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2024. In addition to the helicopters, Lithuania will also receive equipment, spare parts and training. The contract provides for the …

  • Belarus bans entry to Ukrainian, Lithuanian, and Polish citizens

    Minsk will not allow citizens of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland to enter Belarus, said the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus Igor Kizim on the air of Hromadske Radio.

    According to him, the Belarusian border guards are taking appropriate measures.

    "All the same, they continue to consider Ukraine a threat. All this is groundless, but someone needs it to justify tough actions against the protesters," Kizim said.

    Earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that Ukraine should keep trade …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Donbas and Crimea are obstacles to Ukraine’s accession to NATO

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius believes that the obstacle to Ukraine's accession to NATO is not only the conflict in the Donbas, but also the Russian annexation of Crimea.

    "Of course, the current situation, the war with Russia, is not playing in your favor. NATO's rules are such that the Alliance will not invite a state on whose borders there is a war, regardless of who is the aggressor and who is the victim," Linkevicius said in an interview with Evropeyskaya Pravda.

    According …

  • Lithuania horrified by opening of Belarusian nuclear power plant built by Russian specialists

    Lithuanian authorities have begun preparations for the launch of the first unit of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Astravets scheduled for mid-November.

    According to the Lithuanian radio station LRT, the country's authorities consider the new nuclear power plant as a source of potential nuclear threat.

    The Lithuanian authorities have decided to distribute potassium iodide pills among the population living within a 100 km radius of the nuclear power plant.

    In total, according to the …