Šimonytė: Lithuania joins Grain from Ukraine initiative

On Saturday, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė attended, as part of her visit to Kyiv, the inaugural summit Grain from Ukraine initiated by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, held on the day of the commemoration of the victims of the Holodomors in Ukraine, the press service of the Government reports.

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Landsbergis calls on Turkey for swift approval of Sweden and Finland’s NATO membership

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says he has told his Turkish counterpart that a quick process of approving Sweden and Finland as NATO members would greatly increase regional security, the Financial Times reported on Saturday.

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PM in Chisinau: solidarity with Moldova is now needed more than ever

On 25 November, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė met with Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţa, President Maia Sandu and Speaker of the Parliament Igor Gross in Chisinau, the press office of the Government reports.

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Number of suspicious transactions jumps 2.5 times

The number of reports on suspicious transactions jumped 2.5 times in Lithuania in the first nine months of this year, from the same period last year, the country's Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS) said on Monday.

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Two Russian citizens fined for cashing out stolen cryptocurrency in Vilnius

Two Russian citizens have been convicted of cashing out cryptocurrency in Vilnius, stolen from another Russian citizen, Lithuania's Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday.

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Duda in Lithuania: deploying German Patriot systems in Ukraine would be safest for Poland

Warsaw's proposal that Germany deploy Patriot air defense systems to Ukraine would be the best from a military perspective and would provide more security for Poland, President Andrzej Duda said in Lithuania on Friday.

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Nausėda calls for coordinated action to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank

President Gitanas Nausėda on Friday hosted a meeting with presidents of Latvia, Poland and Romania. The heads of state discussed security and defence, reinforcement of NATO’s eastern flank, historical memory and fighting against disinformation, support for Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, the Office of the President announced.

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Law enforcement carries out large-scale international operation against drug traffickers

Lithuania’s law enforcement has announced about carrying out a large-scale operation earlier this week, which targeted an international network of drug traffickers that was smuggling narcotic substances in the EU and beyond.

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Poll: social democrats continue to top party rankings

The opposition Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP) continues to top the country's political party rankings, followed by the opposition Democratic Union For Lithuania in second place and the ruling Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrats in third, according to a Baltijos Tyrimai poll published by the public broadcaster LRT on Friday.

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Interior Ministry terminates cooperation agreement with Belarus

The Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania has announced about the termination of a bilateral cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus.

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Twenty-eight migrants attempted to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On 24 November, Thursday, Lithuanian border guards stopped 28 migrants from entering the country illegally from Belarus, shows data published by the State Border Guard Service (VSAT).

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Northern Group ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation to ensure protection of critical infrastructure

The Northern European Defence Policy Forum (the Northern Group) in Norway’s capital Oslo have agreed to continue the steadfast cooperation on ensuring security of critical infrastructure in the Northern and the Baltic Sea regions, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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New head of National Cyber Security Centre appointed

Liudas Ališauskas, a cyber security professional, has been appointed director of the National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of National Defence reports.

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Nausėda: Lithuania not satisfied with EU's proposed gas price cap

Lithuania is not satisfied with the European Commission's proposed price cap on wholesale natural gas, President Gitanas Nauseda said on Thursday.

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Lithuanian and Romanian presidents discuss strengthening NATO’s eastern flank

On Thursday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with President of Romania Klaus Iohannis who is paying an official visit to Vilnius. The bilateral meeting focussed on security and defence cooperation, strengthening of NATO’s eastern flank, sanctions on Russia, support for Ukraine and Moldova, the President’s Office said.

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Seimas Speaker: Russia is bent on accomplishing today what it failed to carry through during Holodomor

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, the speaker of the Seimas, opened Thursday’s Seimas sitting by summoning the politicians to pay tribute to the victims of the Holodomor, the man-made famine deliberately provoked in Ukraine 90 years ago, said the speaker’s press service.

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Lithuanian troops likely to leave UN Mali mission together with German contingent

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry says that it will no longer be able to participate in the UN-led mission in Mali following Germany's decision to withdraw its troops from the West African country by May 2024, Lrt.lt reported on Wednesday

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Nineteen migrants tried to cross from Belarus to Lithuania illegally

Data published by the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) shows that on 23 November, Wednesday, Lithuanian border guards stopped 19 migrants from illegally accessing the country from Belarus.

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Defence spending is growing with space for more military infrastructure financing

In 2023, Lithuania’s national defence budget will reach 2.52 percent of GDP and even more if a necessity arises to further increase defence spending. The Seimas of Lithuania has passed the State Budget 2023 that enables further enhancement of the national defence capabilities, stated the Ministry of National Defence.

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Freedom Party’s leader welcomes Seimas committee’s approval of cannabis decriminalisation bill

Freedom Party’s leader Aušrinė Armonaitė, minister of the economy and innovation, is pleased that the Seimas Committee on Legal Affairs has approved amendments to the Criminal Code and the Code on Administrative Offences that would decriminalise possession of small quantities of cannabis.

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