Cabinet okays EUR 13 mln guarantee for EU aid to Ukraine

The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday a 13-million-euro guarantee to back the European Commission's aid to Ukraine.

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Landsbergis: sanctions on Minsk should be considered due to continuing irregular migration from Belarus

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis does not rule out that the question of new sanctions on Minsk will be raised once again after the Ministry of the Interior expressed concern about the latest situation with irregular migration from Belarus to Lithuania as some migrants try to cross the border barefoot.

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Čmilyte-Nielsen on Ukraine support: it's wrong to focus on howitzers and NASAMS

It would be a mistake to focus only on the transfer of German howitzers or NASAMS medium-range air defense systems when speaking about support to Ukraine, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen says.

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Interior minister concerned about latest developments with irregular migration

Minister of the Interior Agnė Bilotaitė said at a press conference on Wednesday that the situation with irregular migration from Belarus is concerning because recently migrants were trying to cross the border barefoot in an attempt to pressure Lithuania to allow them entry to the country.

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Seimas Speaker: energy minister should have declared ownership of Ignitis Group shares

Parliament Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen believes that Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys should have publicly declared that a company linked to him owns shares of the state-controlled enterprise Ignitis Group.

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Forty-five migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On 22 November, Lithuanian border guards prevented 45 migrants from crossing the border illegally from Belarus to Lithuania.

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Seimas adopts 2023 budget

The Seimas has adopted the draft state budget for next year.

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Landsbergis: any transit of Russian goods goes against Lithuania's national security interests

Any transit of Russian goods through Lithuania goes against the country's national security interests, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Tuesday.

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Restaurants to enjoy cut VAT rate for another 12 months

The existing reduced 9-percent VAT rate for the catering sector will remain in place in Lithuania until the end of 2023, and it will apply to sports events, clubs and performers until July.

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Law enforcement investigating corruption at Veterinary Service finds EUR 300,000 in cash

The Special Investigation Service (STT) is carrying out a probe into corruption at the State Food and Veterinary Service (VMVT). Law enforcement suspects that the staff of the veterinary agency demanded bribes from businesses.

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MP: SocDems will not support 2023 budget

Social Democratic MP Rasa Budbergytė says members of the Social Democratic Party (LSDP) will not vote for the 2023 state budget because it is socially unjust. Parliament will vote on the budget on Tuesday.

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Swedish Foreign Minister in Vilnius: Stockholm doesn’t want to "bind" to any NATO membership timeframe

Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom says he doesn’t want to bind to a specific date when his country could become a full NATO member.

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Finance Minister: possibility of additional borrowing for defence is unrelated to missile strike in Poland

The possibility of additional borrowing has been foreseen in the 2023 draft budget so that defence spending would reach 3% of GDP, yet Minister of Finance Gintarė Skaistė assures this is unrelated to a recent missile strike at the Polish border.

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Fifty-seven migrants attempted to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Monday, 21 November, Lithuanian border guards stopped 57 migrants from accessing the country illegally from Belarus.

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MP Lopata: Armenia geopolitically shifting to West

Certain developments regarding the geopolitical prospects of Armenia with a trend to moving closer to the West have been observed in the public opinion and among the political elite in the country, MP Raimundas Lopata says as reported by the Office of the Seimas.

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Head of Food and Veterinary service detained on corruption charges

Lithuania's Special Investigation Service (SIS) said on Monday it's carrying out a pre-trial investigation into suspected corruption at the State Food and Veterinary Service.

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Lithuania will not transfer PzH 2000 howitzers and NASAMS air defence systems to Ukraine

It transpired after Monday’s sitting of the State Defence Council that Lithuania will continue military assistance to Ukraine but will not transfer its PzH 2000 howitzers or NASAMS air defence systems. The Council was convened by President Gitanas Nausėda.

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Presidency on Ukraine’s warnings: no indication that terror attack is planned against Belarusian NPP

Commenting about the warning by Ukraine’s intelligence, the Office of the President of Lithuania says it does not have information that Russian special services would be planning provocations against the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP) in Astravets.

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Landsbergis on Kaliningrad transit: Russia is constantly engaged in disinformation

Russia is constantly engaged in disinformation, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says in response to the opposition's accusations of allowing Russian propagandists to take over the public information domain on the Kaliningrad transit issue last summer.

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Lithuania decides to step up acquisition of medium-range air defense systems

In response to the recent missile incident in Poland, Lithuania's State Defense Council on Monday agreed to step up the acquisition of medium-range air defense systems.

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