BNN - Baltic News Network

Business news portal Baltic News Network was launched on September 1, 2010, to provide objective and immediate information on both Latvian and global economic, social and politic events. The portal is available in three languages: Latvian, English and Russian.

Week in Lithuania: Seimas deems Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide, Kaunas investigates appearance of Kremlin’s war symbols

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Last week, Lithuanian Post said it would increase service prices, lay off 600 employees, but Seimas recognised Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide. Police in Kaunas investigated appearance of Kremlin’s war symbols. Russian war symbols appear in Kaunas Russia’s war symbol, the «Z» letter, being used in Ukraine appeared on trees at the Soldiers’ Cemetery […]

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BNN ANALYSES | Some Lithuanian municipalities hesitate to remove Soviet heritage after minister’s backing

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Linas Jegelevicius for the BNN Even with the green-light from the Lithuanian Culture Minister, Simonas Kairys, to remove Soviet memorials at cemeteries and elsewhere, some Lithuanian municipalities just do not rush to demolish them – in a respectful manner, understandably. The minister’s order gives leeway for the country’s municipalities to decide themselves on the fate […]

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Lithuania declares Russia a terrorist country

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On Tuesday, 10 May, Lithuanian Seimas unanimously voted in favour of the resolution that declares Russia’s war in Ukraine a genocide of Ukrainians and Russia – a country supporting and enacting acts of terrorism.

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Week in Lithuania: Cabinet approves easier hiring of third-country nationals, Poland-Lithuania gas link inaugurated

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were decisions to facilitate employment of third-country nationals and the launch of the Poland-Lithuania gas network interconnection. Seimas expands hate criteria list to include skin colour, ethnic origin The Parliament of Lithuania, the Seimas, expanded on Monday, May 2, the list of hate criteria to include a ban […]

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BNN ANALYSES | Record-high inflation for the second consecutive month keeps Lithuanians jittery

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Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN After Lithuania grabbed last month the international spotlight for being an EU member state with the highest inflation in March, at 15.7 percent (in Estonia, it was 14.8 percent, in Latvia – 11.5 percent), according to the Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, many hoped that inflation had reached the highest […]

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Week in Lithuania: Railway company to lay off about 2,000 employees, Estonian logistics centre acquired, Ryanair investing in Kaunas

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were the announcement of a large lay-off at the railway company LTG Cargo, Lithuanian businessmen acquiring a logistics centre in Estonia and Ryanair airline’s plans to expand its aircraft maintenance base in Kaunas. Lithuanian President congratulates Macron on his re-election Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda congratulated his French counterpart […]

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Lithuanian minister suggests imposing sanctions on Patriarch Kirill of Moscow

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Lithuania urges the European Union to impose sanctions against Patriarch Kirill of Moscow for his support of Kremlin’s aggression in Ukraine, as Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis told 15min.lt portal.

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BNN ANALYSES | Ukraine’s bombing and shelling lead to Westerners’ holiday cancellations in Lithuania

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Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN War in Ukraine is reverberating across the world, echoing in Lithuania too. Unfortunately, horrific photos and videos from the war-ruined Ukrainian cities frighten some Westerners so much that they cancel their holiday plans even in Lithuania, some 1 000 kilometres away from the war zone. «The hotels that usually accommodate […]

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania starts retransmitting Ukrainian public radio programme, intelligence warns of possible provocations

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Last week, 1 775 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths reported on Friday, body of filmmaker, killed in Ukraine, brought back to Lithuania

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BNN ANALYSES | Vilnius again ahead of Brussels – slaps Moscow with ties’ downgrade, expels Russian Ambassador

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Linas Jegelevičius for the BNN Having downgraded this week its diplomatic relations with Russia and expelled Moscow’s ambassador, Lithuania is turning just another page on Russia and the other page in its recent diplomatic record on lower ties. But in November, it was China, the other geopolitical adversary, that downgraded its ties with Vilnius, thus […]

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Death of Lithuanian film-maker in Ukraine blamed on Russian soldiers

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The mortal remains of Lithuanian documentary film-maker Mantas Kvedaravičius have been transported to Lithuania from Ukraine. Media report that the man had been killed near the city of Mariupol, but his Ukrainian associate has said that the real circumstances of his death have been initially falsified to manage to return him home and then reveal […]

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Lithuania announces end to natural gas imports from Russia

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Lithuania has ended importing natural gas from Russia, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry has stated and evaluated that the Baltic country has become the first EU member to do so. In a press release on Monday, April 4, it wrote that the Lithuanian gas transmission system operator Amber Grid, which shows that on 2 April the […]

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Week in Lithuania: Grants to Ukrainian culture workers, Russia expels Lithuanian diplomats

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Last week, Lithuania applied to open trade representative office in Taiwan, Russia expelled four Lithuanian diplomats and Lithuania will offer grants to cultural workers from Ukraine. Lithuania’s Klaipėda included in new MSC route Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), a global container shipping company, has included the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda in a new route connecting Europe […]

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War affects Lithuanian real estate market, as bunker on sale in Vilnius

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In Lithuania, Russia’s war against Ukraine has affected the real estate market. The segment of basements has become more popular and a private bomb shelter is on sale, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and Gabrielė Sagaitytė report. «One of the few surviving private shelters in the centre of Vilnius, which was used by the city residents […]

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Week in Lithuania: Media watchdog urges Google to block banned TV apps, Seimas speaker visits Kyiv

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were the increase in the powers of authorities to curb war propaganda, Lithuania’s media watchdog urges Google to block banned TV apps, while 58 irregular migrants were turned away on border with Belarus. Seimas Board bans MP from going to Ukraine to volunteer The Board of the Seimas […]

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Lithuania open to IT companies from Russia and Belarus

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Lithuanian Economy Minister Aušrinė Armonaitė has stated that companies and a large number of workers in Russia and Belarus are looking for ways to move to Lithuania. This activity is especially visible in the sector of information technologies, Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and journalist Irma Janauskaitė report. Since 2021, the Imaguru start-up hub has been […]

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Week in Lithuania: Seimas supports no-fly zone over Ukraine, Bank of Lithuania to revise growth forecast

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were Lithuania calling for a no-fly zone over Ukraine, the opinion of the Bank of Lithuania on the current economic situation and businesses asking for help. Teltonika to invest 30 million into Vilnius tech park Teltonika IoT Group, a fast-growing manufacturer of vehicle tracking and control systems, owned […]

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Lithuanian transport minister warns Russian ships may be banned from entering sea ports

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Because the decision regarding the ban for Russian ships to enter sea ports in the EU is delayed, Lithuania may make this decision on its own together with other countries of the region, said Lithuanian Minister of Transport Marius Skuodis on Thursday, 17 March.

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Week in Lithuania: Lithuania set to open new centres for Ukrainian refugees, Kaunas official caught with 140,000-euro bribe

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were, plans to open new centres for Ukrainian war refugees, Lithuania posting, a Kaunas official caught with 140,000-euro bribe and 14.2% annual inflation for February. Lithuania sees much higher than usual demand for guns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered a surge in demand for professional military gear, […]

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Week in Lithuania: Constitutional Court drops Covid-19 certificate case, Achema workers go on strike

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Last week, the top news in Lithuania were a major strike in the fertiliser producer Achema, the Constitutional Court dismissing a Covid-19 pass case and government’s readiness to accept refugees from Ukraine if needed. Lithuanian, French presidents discuss regional security during phone call President Gitanas Nausėda had a phone conversation with French leader Emmanuel Macron […]

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