Category Archives: Lithuania

US troops deploy to Lithuania during heightened tensions in Eastern Europe

3 September 2020 – By Caitlin McFall | Fox News ‘All the exercises taking place in the country are of a defensive nature and are not directed against any state’ The U.S. Army will initiate on Friday the deployment of about 500 troops to Lithuania as part of a military operation, though government officials have said the strategy has nothing to do with recent political

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Belarus may impose sanctions on Poland and Lithuania, Lukashenka says

On August 28, Alyaksandr Lukashenka threatened neighbouring Poland and Lithuania to limit their transit through Belarus. He also admitted that Minsk contributed to smuggling sanctioned goods to Russia. “We are going to show them what sanctions are. They (Poles and Lithuanians) transited our territory to trade with China and Russia. Now they will fly either through the Baltic Sea or

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Lithuania includes Lukashenko, 117 Belarusian officials in sanctions list

All Belarusian officials to be banned from the entrance to Lithuania and their assets in the banks will be frozen President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and over 100 officials and public servants are included in the sanctions list of Lithuania as TASS reported. “The Foreign Ministry of Lithuania filed to the Interior Ministry the specified list with

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Tens of Thousands in Lithuania Form Human Chain for Belarus

Tens of thousands of Lithuanians linked arms on Sunday in solidarity with the people of neighboring Belarus who have been holding mass protests against authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko since a disputed presidential election two weeks ago. The participants formed a human chain stretching 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Baltic EU state’s capital Vilnius to the border with Belarus, with

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THREE SWORDS

The Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade is preparing to host its first international exercise as the brigade emerges as a fully operational actor in European security. ​ The success of the “Hetman Konstantiyn Ostrogskiy” Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade (LITPOLUKR) represents a new era of multilateral security cooperation in Europe. Lithuanian, Polish, and Ukrainian efforts to bolster European stability in the wake of Russia’s destabilizing invasion

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Lithuania bans Kremlin’s RT

Lithuania’s media watchdog has banned RT due its connection with Dmitry Kiselev, a Russian national who is under EU sanctions for his role in promoting Kremlin’s propaganda during the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. “Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission (LRTK), basing its decision on the Foreign Ministry’s recommendations, decided to stop the broadcasts of five RT programmes in Lithuania,”

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LRT FACTS. Why is Lithuanian MEP accused of interfering in Georgia?

Jurga Bakaitė As Georgia prepares for general elections in October, a letter from Lithuanian MEP about the government’s treatment of opposition leaders has ruffled some feathers in Tbilisi. Andrius Kubilius has been accused by Georgia’s ruling politicians of exerting unacceptable pressure on the country’s domestic issues. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian MEP told LRT.lt the current situation in Tbilisi reminds of pre-Maidan

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Sputnik: Revising History One Infographic at a Time

Every year on the 13th of January, Lithuania commemorates the events of 1991 when Soviet forces attempted to crush the country’s recently re-established independence. On that winter night, Soviet troops, still garrisoned in the capital city of Vilnius, attacked its radio and television centre, killing civilians who had congregated there to form a human shield. More than a dozen people

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Norwegian Arctic resident held in Russia comes home in Cold War-style swap with Norway and Lithuania

Frode Berg, a retired border guard from Kirkenes, on Norway’s Arctic border with Russia, had been held since 2017. VILNIUS — Russia freed two Lithuanians and a Norwegian on Friday in return for two Russian spies held in Lithuania, in a Cold War-style spy swap that brought several high-profile espionage cases to a close. “The exchange took place at one

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Lukashenka threatens Lithuania with asymmetrical response to American ‘armored fist’

On October 27, Alyaksandr Lukashenka held a meeting with State Secretary of the Security Council of Belarus Stanislau Zas, Defense Minister of Belarus Andrei Raukou and Chief of General Intelligence Directorate of the Armed Forces Pavel Tsikhanau. The main topic of the conversation was the “armored fist,” located in Lithuania, 15 km from the Belarusian border, BelTA informs. “One shouldn’t

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Putin Urged to Pardon Norwegian Jailed for Spying Amid Hopes of Swap

A Russian commission on Thursday recommended President Vladimir Putin pardon a Norwegian man jailed for spying, spurring hopes in Norway that he may be released as part of a spy swap brokered behind closed doors. Frode Berg, a retired guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in December 2017 and jailed for 14 years after being convicted of gathering intelligence

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Ukraine has to do what Lithuania did 20 years ago – interview with US Special Envoy Kurt Volker

In an exclusive interview for LRT.lt, the US Special Representative for negotiations in Ukraine, Kurt Volker, says that Ukraine still has in front of it all the steps needed to become a member of EU and NATO that “Lithuania had to do 20 years ago”. Speaking in August on the sidelines of Valdus Adamkus’ Conference in Vilnius, Volker told LRT.lt

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Presidents of Ukraine, Lithuania discuss Ukraine’s path of EU integration

17:46, 01 September 2019 The Lithuanian leader invited Zelensky to Vilnius. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky met with his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda during his visit to Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of World War II and discussed with the Lithuanian leader Ukraine’s movement toward the European Union. “We have chosen this course and will continue to make reforms. We

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Russian FSB officers ‘mistakenly’ cross border with Lithuania

Two FSB border officers armed with pistols mistakenly entered Lithuania where they were detained by local border guards, LNK TV channel reports. The Russian officers ‘made a mistake’ and got 500m inside the Lithuanian territory. Deputy Head of the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania Vidas Machajtis said that Russian citizens entered the territory near the village of Nida. Lithuanians

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