Foreign Minister: Austria among first to help Lithuania repel hybrid attack by Lukashenko’s regime

Austria was one of the first countries to help Lithuania repel a hybrid attack by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime by providing assistance in an expeditious manner, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis told his Austrian counterpart on Friday, the Foreign Ministry announced.

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CCTV to cover all border with Belarus by end of year

Officers of Lithuania's State Border Guard Service are expected to have full CCTV surveillance of the country's border with Belarus by the end of this year, Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said on Friday after visiting the border.

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Vilnius' resident diagnosed with dengue fever after trip to East Africa

A resident of Vilnius has been diagnosed with dengue fever after returning home from a trip to East Africa, the National Public Health Centre said on Friday.

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Nigerian asylum seeker injures two center staff members

An Nigerian asylum seeker, 19, has injured two specialists at the foreigners' registration center in Lithuania's western city of Kybartai, using a homemade knife.

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Deputy Defence Minister steps down

Deputy Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška has stepped down from the position after two years in office.

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Conservatives will select new chair of Budget Committee next week

The Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD) next week will select a new chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance after MP Mykolas Majauskas was expelled from the party and resigned as committee chair. The politician was expelled from the party for supporting value added tax (VAT) amendments that had not been harmonised with the Government.

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Matijošaitis says he buys real estate legally

Šarūnas Matijošaitis, son of Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis, claims that he follows all the real estate purchase procedures properly and calls recent reports on non-transparent schemes used by his family “rumours”.

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Vilnius court rejects Shoigu's ex-girlfriend's residence permit appeal

The Vilnius Regional Administrative Court on Thursday upheld the Migration Department's decision to revoke the temporary Lithuanian residence permit of Yelena Kaminskas, the mother of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu's children.

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State of emergency extended until 10 March 2023

On Thursday, the Seimas gave the green light to the extension of the state of emergency at the borders with Russia and Belarus until 10 March 2023.

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Government to introduce and extend emergency mode from now on

The Seimas has approved draft amendments to the Law on Civil Protection which propose systemic changes in the event of a national emergency, including enabling the Government to introduce or extend monthly restrictions on people’s lives and businesses for more than three months in the event of a declared state of emergency.

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Former Labour Party’s MP considers running for Vilnius mayor

Parliament Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen announced Thursday that MP Aidas Gedvilas, former member of the Labour Party, has also left the Labour Party’s Political Group in the Seimas.

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Seimas speaker: Lublin Triangle is becoming very important today

The 12th session of the Assembly of Members of the Seimas of Lithua3nia, the Sejm and Senate of Poland, and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine was solemnly opened on 7 December by the three parliamentary speakers: Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Marshal of the Senate of Poland Tomasz Grodzki and Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk, said the Office of the Seimas.

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Majauskas leaves TS-LKD political group

On Thursday, 8 December, MP Mykolas Majauskas withdrew from the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat (TS-LKD) Political Group in the Seimas, days after he was expelled from the party for supporting value added tax (VAT) amendments that had not been agreed with the Government.

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US vice-president calls Lithuania model of courage, resilience as she meets PM

Lithuania is a model of courage, resilience and democratic values, US Vice President Kamala Harris said as she met with Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

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Lithuania stopped 22 illegal migrants on Wednesday

The State Border Guard Service of Lithuania (VSAT) announced that on Wednesday, 7 December, 22 migrants attempted to cross illegally from Belarus to Lithuania.

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National Audit Office: proactive action required to identify people affected by crises

More effective assistance to people in crisis situations requires more proactive identification, better legal and psychological assistance, increased physical accessibility and effectiveness, and wider publicity of such assistance and other services provided, the National Audit Office said in its press release on the results of its audit “Performance of crisis management, specialised assistance centres”.

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STT: group linked to Kaunas mayor’s son buys 37 land plots in 5 years

The deputy head of the Special Investigation Service (STT), Rūta Kaziliūnaitė, says that the STT has found no violation of legal acts after carrying out an analytical anti-corruption intelligence investigation into the acquisition of land in Kaunas by City Councillor Šarūnas Matijošaitis. However, she noted that a certain scheme is evident and that 37 plots of land have been acquired by a group of persons linked to Matijošaitis.

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Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian lawmakers adopt declaration calling for Ukraine’s NATO accession

Parliaments of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine have adopted a declaration stressing that peace, long-term stability and security can be guaranteed in Ukraine after Russia’s invasion only if Ukraine joins NATO. The declaration was adopted in Vilnius at the 12th Session of the Assembly of Members of the Seimas of Lithuania, the Sejm and Senate of Poland, and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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Bribery allegations made against director of Administration of Šilutrė District Municipality

Officers from Klaipėda Board of the Special Investigation Service (STT) are carrying out a pre-trial investigation into suspected systemic corruption at Šilutė District Municipality.

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MP Majauskas will run for Vilnius mayor

MP Mykolas Majauskas has put himself forward as a candidate in the upcoming mayoral election in Vilnius.

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