Number of people with granted and restored citizenship down

The number of people who have been granted Lithuanian citizenship of have had it restored has dropped in Lithuania, according to the latest data from the country's Migration Department.

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Deputy Energy Minister: no money paid for gas by Lithuania goes to Russia

No money paid for gas by Lithuania is going to Russia, Deputy Energy Minister Albinas Zananavicius said on Friday, after Latvijas Gaze (Latvian Gas) has resumed purchasing natural gas from Russia.

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Coronavirus: 1,279 new cases confirmed

On Thursday, 28 July, 1,279 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Lithuania and one person died of COVID-19.

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Anušauskas confirms to Ukrainian counterpart: more assistance is coming soon from Lithuania

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas left for Kyiv on 28 July to hold a meeting with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov and confirm that Lithuania would give over additional assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Nausėda: Lithuania will support Ukraine until victory

On Thursday, as Ukraine celebrated its first-ever Day of Statehood, President Gitanas Nausėda addressed the Verkhovna Rada and the people of Ukraine in Kyiv, the presidency stated.

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US serviceman dies after car falls off bridge in Klaipeda

A US serviceman died after his car fell off a drawbridge into a river in the Lithuanian port city of Klaipeda, sources told BNS on Thursday.

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President's adviser: giving up Russian gas would be much wiser decision for Europe

As Russia is making sharp cuts to gas supplies to Europe through the Nord Stream gas pipeline, giving up Russian gas would be a much wiser decision for the European, says Jaroslav Neverovic, a top adviser to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda.

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Lithuanian and Polish troops train side by side in Alytus

On 25 through 27 July troops of the Grand Duchess Birute Uhlan Battalion, 15th Mechanised Brigade of Poland, enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland, and Headquarters Multinational Division North East (MND-NE) were training at an exercise in Alytus together, said the Armed Forces.

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Coronavirus: 1,273 new cases detected

On Wednesday, 27 July, 1,273 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Lithuania but patients did not die of COVID-19.

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Military personnel of Hungary deploys to Lithuania to ensure NATO Air Policing in the Baltics

On 29 July, NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission detachments will change over at a ceremony at the Air Force Base in Šiauliai. The incoming Hungarian Air Force Detachment will take over the lead from the Spanish airmen, while the Czech augmentation will carry out a consecutive two-month rotation, announced the Ministry of National Defence.

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Klaipeda hosts port defense military exercise

The Lithuanian seaport of Klaipeda is hosting on Wednesday the Sea Griffin port defense military exercise.

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow barred from entry to Lithuania

The Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania has announced that Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who is a vocal supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has been barred from entry to Lithuania.

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Saudargas: opposition may decide not to interpellate formin

Deputy Parliament Speaker Paulius Saudargas thinks the opposition may abandon its plans to interpellate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Conservative leader Gabrielius Landsbergis over the issue of Kaliningrad transit.

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Šimonytė: EC failed to consider possible reactions to Kaliningrad transit guidance

The European Commission (EC) failed to take into consideration possible reactions to its clarifications on the transit of sanctioned Russian goods to Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte has said.

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Coronavirus: number of cases up by 1,459

In Lithuania, 1,459 new coronavirus cases were detected on Tuesday, 26 July, but deaths did not occur.

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MP suggests UEFA imposing direct rule over Lithuanian Football Federation

On Wednesday, 27 July, the Seimas Committee on Budget and Finance held a joint sitting with the Commission for Youth and Sport Affairs, during which a proposal was made to introduce direct rule over the Lithuanian Football Federation (LFF).

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Semeška: we are doing everything possible to be able to host NATO contingent sooner and in better quality

On 26 July, Deputy Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška met with Roderich Kiesewetter, Special Representative in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU/CSU) Parliamentary Group at the German Bundestag. The officials discussed bilateral cooperation and security in the region, Germany’s military presence in Lithuania and implementation of the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Madrid, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Acquisition of HIMARS artillery systems to be accelerated

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas has revealed that Lithuania plans to acquire US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) in 2025, which is also being used by the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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Lithuanian Orthodox bishop says has positive reaction from Moscow on autonomy

Bishop Ambrose, back in Vilnius after a visit to Russia, said on Tuesday that he had received a positive reaction from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow on the issue of greater autonomy for the Lithuanian Orthodox Church, with the first decisions expected in August.

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1st train with sanctioned goods for Kaliningrad arrives at Lithuanian border

Russia is resuming freight traffic between its mainland and the exclave of Kaliningrad, bordering Lithuania, after the European Commission issued its updated guidance allowing transit of sanctioned goods to Kaliningrad.

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