Customs nab shipment of counterfeit toys from China

Lithuanian customs officials have detained a shipment of counterfeit toys that arrived in a sea container from China.

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Eight in ten Lithuanians think situation in country is getting worse

Slightly more than eight out of ten Lithuanians think that the situation in the country is getting worse, a poll conducted by Baltijos Tyrimai for the public broadcaster LRT has found.

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PM to visit US next week

Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte will pay a visit to the United States next week.

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Interior Minister calls for due attention to human trafficking

Minister of the Interior Agnė Bilotaitė says that trafficking in human beings takes place every day and pledged that her Ministry will continue its efforts to prevent these crimes.

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MP turns to central electoral commission over Financial Times articles

MP Agnė Širinskienė of the opposition Lithuanian Regions Political Group says she has addressed the Central Electoral Commission (VRK) for its evaluation whether the high-profile series of publications on Lithuania by the Financial Times is in compliance with the country’s electoral code.

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Culture ministry seeks new head of Lithuanian national opera and ballet theatre

The Ministry of Culture has announced a search for the new head of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT) to succeed to the current general manager whose five-year term of office is close to an end.

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Kaunas Mayor Matijošaitis to seek third term

Kaunas City Mayor Visvaldas Matijošatis has announced his intention to seek a third term in the position.

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Landsbergis: Russia’s responsibility for barbaric war must be addressed by all international bodies

On Thursday, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Ministerial Council meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Lodz, Poland. It was the first meeting of the OSCE foreign ministers since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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No illegal border crossing attempts observed

Last day, as the day before, was calm at the Lithuanian border with Belarus, with no illegal attempts to cross the border observed, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) reports.

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NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission enhanced with French top fighter jets

The Polish Air Force which provided the reinforcement of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states conducted from Lithuania took over the lead of the mission from Hungary on December 1. The Polish with four F-16 fighter aircraft will be reinforced by a French Air Detachment with four Rafale fighter jets, France’s most powerful fighter aircraft never deployed to Lithuania before, the National Defence Ministry reports.

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Second shipment of JLTVs arrives in Lithuania

The second shipment of the 50 units of the JLTV Joint Light Tactical Vehicle was delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Depot Service in Mumaičiai, Šiauliai District, earlier this week, said the Ministry of National Defence.

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Lithuania submits EC request for EUR 565 mln RRF payout

Lithuania has submitted its first request to the European Commission for a 565 million euro grant from the European Union's Recovery and Resilience Facility after a slight delay.

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Russian Embassy employee declared persona non grata in Lithuania

On Thursday, 1 December, a representative of the Russian Embassy in Lithuania was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Seimas speaker: belarusians’ fight for freedom cannot take a back seat

The Seimas speaker warns that the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine has threatened to marginalise the Belarusian struggle for freedom and democracy and it is essential to free Minsk from the authoritarian regime of Alexander Lukashenko as soon as possible.

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Nausėda signs 2023 state budget

President Gitanas Nausėda has signed the Law on the Approval of Financial Indicators of the State Budget and Municipal Budgets for 2023 and accompanying legislation, as well as legislation on social and health insurance budgets for the next year.

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Vilnius VVT bus drivers to go on strike as of December 5

Bus drivers of the public transport company Vilniaus viešasis transportas (VVT) are to go on strike as of 5 December, with all the routes served by VVT open, but less frequent, the Vilnius municipality’s company Susisiekimo paslaugos reports.

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No illegal migrants observed at Lithuania–Belarus border

Last day, Wednesday, was calm at the Lithuanian border with Belarus, with no illegal attempts to cross the border observed, the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) reports.

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Landsbergis after NATO meeting: our allies see Europe’s security the same way as we do

On 29-30 November, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis was attending a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Bucharest, Romania, aimed at discussing security in Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

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Anticorruption Commission will ask security services to declassify data about former Government chancellor

On Wednesday, members of the Seimas Anticorruption Commission met with representatives of the State Security Department (VSD) and the Special Investigation Service (STT) to clarify how in 2019 MP Algirdas Stončaitis, then chancellor of the Government, now chair of the Anticorruption Commission, was authorised to access classified information.

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Army set to buy military off-roaders for almost EUR 32 mln

The Lithuanian Armed Forces are buying Mercedes-Benz military off-road vehicles for almost 32 million euros, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

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