President’s adviser: Lithuania does not consider starting ‘repairs’ of railway tracks to Russia

After the European Commission allowed Russia to transport some sanctioned goods to and from its Kaliningrad exclave via Lithuania, there have been calls in the public sphere to dismantle or start “repairing” Russian-gauge railway tracks leading to Kaliningrad. Kęstutis Budrys, chief national security adviser to the president, says this would be an unlawful action, whereas Lithuania will not follow in the steps of countries that disregard international law, their commitments and agreements.

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Coronavirus: 1,820 new cases and 3 deaths

On 25 July, Monday, 1,820 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania and three patients died.

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Lithuania plans to close foreigners' registration center in Medininkai in Septembers

Lithuania is planning to close the Foreigners' Registration Center in the border town of Medininkai in September and move all migrants accommodated there to other centers, a top border guard official said on Tuesday.

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Corruption Prevention and Investigation Group starts work at Defence Ministry

A Corruption Prevention and Investigation Group at the Ministry of National Defence will begin the work on 16 August to ensure even more effective implementation of corruption prevention measures in the National Defence System, stated the Ministry of National Defence.

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Nausėda: Lithuania and Poland will stand united and strengthen regional security

President Gitanas Nausėda started his visit to Poland on Monday. The president of Lithuania and the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, discussed bilateral cooperation in security and defence, the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on the security of the region, assistance to Ukraine, and its reconstruction, stated the president’s press service.

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MP Mazuronis confirms he will run in Labour Party’s leadership election

Following MEP Viktor Uspaskikh’s resignation as the chair of the Labour Party, its member Andrius Mazuronis announced he would participate in the upcoming leadership election.

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EU’s new package of sanctions against Russia enters into force

On 21 July, the European Union adopted its new “maintenance and alignment” package of sanctions, which introduces a new prohibition to import gold, also includes one of Russia’s largest banks – Sberbank – and extends for six more months all the already existing restrictive measures, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania.

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Zuokas confirms plans to run for capital's mayor

Arturas Zuokas, a former mayor of Vilnius, has confirmed that he is planning to run for the Lithuanian capital's top job in the 2023 municipal elections.

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Health Minister says COVID-19 vaccine stock is price for being among 1st

The remaining stock of coronavirus vaccines is the price for being among the first to receive it, Lithuanian Health Minister Arunas Dulkys says.

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Coronavirus: 13,125 active cases

On 22-24 July, 1,428 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Lithuania: 1,184 on Friday, 153 on Saturday and 91 on Sunday.

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New defence attaché of Poland accredited to Lithuania

Colonel Slavomir Pavlikovsk was accredited as Poland’s new Defence Attaché to Lithuania during a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence Friday. He was welcomed to the position and wished success by Deputy Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius who underscored the shared history between Lithuania and Poland but also common security challenges and consequently a vital need to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Nausėdienė introduced assistance scheme for Ukrainian children

At the Second International Summit of First Ladies and Gentlemen “Ukraine and the World: The Future We (Re)Build Together” held in Kyiv on 23 July, Diana Nausėdienė shared Lithuania’s experience in integrating Ukrainian children into its education system and introduced the world's first Ukrainian Centre, which opened in Vilnius in June on the initiative of the First Ladies of Lithuania and Ukraine, said the presidency.

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Lithuania’s defence procurements stand as role model for Allies: experience in Vilkas system development shared in Slovenia

On 21 July, Deputy Minister of National Defence Vilius Semeška met with State Secretary for Defence of Slovenia Damir Črnčec during a visit to Ljubljana to share information and Lithuania’s experience in developing the Vilkas Infantry Fighting Vehicles for the Lithuanian Armed Forces, stated the Ministry of National Defence.

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7 out of 10 Lithuanians feel Ukraine war's impact on their wellbeing

Seven out of ten Lithuanians (72 percent) say they feel the impact of the ongoing war in Ukraine on their wellbeing, according to Kantar's War Barometer survey published on Thursday.

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Lithuania and Oman will seek closer cooperation

On 19 July, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with Foreign Minister of Oman Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Albusaidi, said the Foreign Ministry.

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League of Free Nations will hold rally in Vilnius

While Russia is continuing its war against Ukraine, indigenous activists from Russia established the League of Free Nations, which launched its activities in July. It unites social, political and civil organisations as well as activists from Russia that oppose Russia’s imperialism and support the sovereignty of captive nations in the Russian Federation.

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Leaders of Lithuania and 4 other states call for increased EU attention to historical memory

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and the leaders of four other countries have called on EU bodies to step up efforts to preserve historical memory, the Lithuanian president's office said on Friday.

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Coronavirus: 1,112 more cases confirmed

On 21 July, Thursday, 1,112 people in Lithuania were diagnosed with COVID-19 and one person died.

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Lithuania to join Ukraine vs Russia case at International Court of Justice

Lithuania will on Friday formally join Ukraine's case against Russia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

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MP’s former aide found guilty of bribery

Vilnius Regional Court on Thursday ruled that Kęstutis Motiečius, a former aide to MP Mindaugas Puidokas, was guilty of bribery and imposed a fine of EUR 5,000. The fine was reduced to EUR 4,900 taking into account the time the defendant spent detained in custody.

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