Lithuania expects Norway's support on expansion of NATO battalions

Vilnius expects Norway to support its push for NATO to expand its battalion in Lithuania into a brigade, Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said after hosting his Norwegian counterpart, Bjorn Arild Gram, on Thursday.

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Government recalls Russia ambassador

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday decided to officially recall Eitvydas Bajarunas as its ambassador to Russia.

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Defense Ministry website came under massive cyber attack in May

The website of Lithuania's National Defense Ministry came under a massive cyber attack after it was updated several days prior, National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas says.

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Ambassador on reducing energy dependence: Lithuania has done all work

Lithuania has already done everything to give up its energy dependence on Russia, Lithuanian Ambassador to the European Union Arnoldas Pranckevicius says.

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Parliament revises 2022 budget

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday voted in favor of revising the 2020 state budget for the second time this year.

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President's aide: Hungary's blocking of Russian oil embargo 'disappointing'

Hungary's decision to block the European Union's move to impose an embargo on Russian oil is disappointing, Asta Skaisgiryte, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda's chief foreign policy advisor, said on Tuesday.

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Landsbergis: Ukraine's cut-off from Russian networks would resolve sanction issue

The ongoing negotiations on a new sanction package for Russia are stalling due to Hungary's opposition to a proposed energy import embargo, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says, adding that helping Ukraine to secure energy independence could help resolve the issue.

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Interior Ministry representative: illegal migration route via Moscow emerges

One should not be misled into thinking that the recent drop in the number of illegal migrants trying to enter Lithuania from Belarus means the attack is over as a new illegal migration route via Moscow is emerging, says Darius Domarkas, head of the Public Security Policy Group at the Lithuania Ministry of the Interior.

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Police chief: crime levels up by fifth

The crime level in Lithuania has risen by a fifth in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, the country's Police Commissioner General Renatas Pozela told the delfi.lt news website, adding that victims include not only Lithuanians, but also Ukrainian war refugees.

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War in Ukraine: parliament lets gun owners buy night vision sights

In response to Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine, the Lithuanian parliament adopted amendments this week to allow gun owners to buy night vision sights.

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Nauseda: Vilnius backs Sweden's NATO membership

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson by phone on Friday that Vilnius supports her country's NATO membership.

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Anusauksas: Lithuania and Poland will mull joint arms purchases

Vilnius and Warsaw will consider joint arms procurements, Lithuanian National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas said during a joint press conference with his visiting Polish counterpart Mariusz Blaszczak in Vilnius.

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Baltics and Poland urge EU institutions to coordinate demining mission in Ukraine

The Baltic and Polish interior ministers are calling on EU institutions to coordinate the provision of support for demining operations in Ukraine and to provide funding.

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Landsbergis: Finland joining NATO would 'dramatically' change situation in region

Finland's joining of NATO would dramatically change the security situation in the Baltic region, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Thursday.

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Bilotaite: Lithuania looking to send deminers to Ukraine

Lithuania is looking into the possibility of sending deminers to Ukraine at the country's request and already has one specialist working there, Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said on Thursday.

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Lithuania to keep military patrols on some Belarus border sections

Amid a decrease in illegal migration flows, Lithuania's interior and defense ministers agreed on Wednesday to keep military patrols only on border sections where irregular migrants still try to cross in from Belarus.

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Seimas recognizes Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide

The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday unanimously recognized the Kremlin's war against Ukraine as genocide of the Ukrainian people and Russia as a state that supports and perpetrates terrorism.

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Ukrainian parliament vice-speaker in Vilnius: Ukrainians are fighting for freedom of all Europe

Ukrainians are fighting for the freedom of Europe as a whole, Olena Kondratiuk, deputy speaker of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, told the Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday.

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Presidential aide: Lithuania likely to extend state of emergency into July

Lithuania is likely to extend the state of emergency after it expires in late June, Kestutis Budrys, President Gitanas Nauseda's chief national security advisor, said on Tuesday.

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Russian war symbols appear on three at Soldiers' Cemetery in Kaunas

Russia's war symbol, the Z letter, being used in Ukraine appeared on trees at the Soldiers' Cemetery in the Sanciai area of Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city.

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