Nausėda: security situation will not improve after Prigozhin’s death

President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, who is paying a visit to Ukraine, says the death of Wagner mercenary group’s chief Yevgeny Prigozhin changes little in terms of security threats faced by Lithuania as one of the group’s goals is destabilisation of the situation in the region.

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Seimas speaker congratulated Ukraine on Independence Day

Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, on behalf of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania and on her own behalf, has congratulated Ukraine and its people on the occasion of Independence Day, the Office of the Seimas said in a press release.

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Minister of Education, Science and Sport: teachers’ demands are unrealistic

Teachers in Lithuania intend to hold a strike demanding for higher wages and better working conditions, but Minister of Education, Science and Sport Gintautas Jakštas describes their demands as unrealistic.

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National Security Commission is considering prohibiting some Lithuanians from travelling to Russia and Belarus

The National Security Commission is considering prohibiting some Lithuanians from travelling to Russia and Belarus due to safety concerns. If regulations are amended, this would apply not only on state officials, officers and soldiers, but also on individuals working with classified information.

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Nausėda: Russia’s war against Ukraine must end in Crimea, where it started

Speaking at the International Crimea Platform Summit in Kyiv on Wednesday, President Gitanas Nausėda emphasised that the consequences of Russia’s illegal occupation and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula are still painfully felt today and that lasting peace is impossible without the return of control over Crimea to Ukraine, stated the press service of the president.

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Let us join hands today for Ukraine’s victory, says Prime Minister on Baltic Way anniversary

On Wednesday, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia mark the 84th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and the 34th anniversary of the Baltic Way. On this occasion, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė has highlighted the importance of these dates for the history of Lithuania.

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Nausėda arrives in Kyiv for independence day celebrations, Crimea Platform summit

President Gitanas Nausėda has arrived for an unannounced visit to Kyiv, his office reports.

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Teachers will strike in September

The Lithuanian Education Employee’s Trade Union (LŠDPS) on Tuesday set the dates for the upcoming teachers’ strike, which will be held in September.

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Belarusian activist Karach denies working for Russian, Belarusian intelligence

The Migration Department recently refused to grant political asylum to Belarusian activist Olga Karach, head of the international centre for civil initiatives Our House (Nash Dom) Belarus & Lithuania, after the State Security Department (VSD) concluded that she poses a threat to Lithuania’s national security because she cooperated with a Russian intelligence agency. On Tuesday, Karach held a press conference denying her ties to Russian or Belarusian intelligence, and expressing a wish to reside in Lithuania.

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Language inspectorate chief warned for statements on Polish signs

A commission set up by the Ministry of Culture has warned the chief of the State Language Inspectorate (VKI) for his statements referring to Polish signs in Vilnius district as “marking Poland's historical occupation territory”.

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Chief adviser: decision on stripping citizenship from Drobiazko not too great a responsibility for president

President Gitanas Nausėda will decide on revoking the citizenship of figure skater Margarita Drobiazko, who lives in Russia, after hearing all the sides, a chief adviser to the president says.

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Election watchdog signs contract for feasibility study on online voting

The Central Electoral Commission (VRK) said on Monday it had finalised the public procurement procedure and signed a contract for a feasibility study on online voting. The aim of the study is to assess the security and reliability issues and to anticipate possible threats to online voting, the VRK says.

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Grybauskaitė says she will not run for president despite petition

An online petition has been created urging former president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė to stand in as a candidate in the 2024 presidential election. Yet the former president’s representatives says that Grybauskaitė has not changed her mind and will not run for office for a third time.

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Presidency calls for finalising civil resistance strategy plan

The presidency has called for speeding up the adoption of a plan to implement the civil resistance strategy, the LRT public radio reports.

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Defence minister hopes Lithuania will leave cluster munitions ban treaty

National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas says he expects Lithuania to withdraw from the convention banning cluster munitions in the future. The politician shared this on his Facebook account on Sunday, in response to a question about Lithuania’s potential acquisition of cluster bombs.

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Delfi project: Šimonytė, Nausėda, Landsbergis named most influential politicians

The news website Delfi has started publishing the results of Lithuania’s Most Influential Figures – a project it has been carrying out for nine years in a row by interviewing both the public and experts in a variety of fields. On Monday, the news website presents the political figures that are considered the most influential ones at the moment by the public and experts.

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Estonian Minister of Climate: current car tax model does not meet Estonia’s environmental aims

According to Estonian Minister of Climate Kristen Michal, the proposed car tax does not meet environmental objectives. In order to do so, Michael believes the tax needs to give significantly more consideration to the environmental impact of cars, including CO2 emission levels, and pay less attention to their age, reports public broadcaster ERR.

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Huge rise in Russian citizens seeking protection in Estonia last year

The number of Russian and Belarusian citizens seeking international protection in Estonia has soared since the start of Russia’s full-scale military invasion of Ukraine last February, according to the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). The number of Ukrainians who have applied for asylum in Estonia has also increased dramatically, reports public broadcaster ERR.

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Lithuania refuses to grant asylum to Belarusian activist Karach

Lithuania has refused political asylum to Belarusian citizen Olga Karach, human rights activist who heads the international centre for civil initiatives Our House (Nash Dom), Belarus & Lithuania.

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Belarusian citizens residing in Lithuania call not to equate them to Russians

Representatives of the international centre for civil initiatives Our House (Nash Dom), Belarus & Lithuania urge to distinguish Belarusians citizens fleeing from the Lukashenko regime from Russians and not to impose identical restrictions on them.

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