Traffic queues not increasing after closure of two border crossings with Belarus

Lithuania has temporarily closed two checkpoints at the border with Belarus reacting to the geopolitical situation, emerging national security challenges and seeking to tackle smuggling of goods, mostly cigarettes. Authorities reported that incidents did not occur at Tverečius and Šumskas border crossings after their closure at midnight, 18 August.

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Blinkevičiūtė: restrictions on Belarusian citizens may be tightened

Restrictions on Belarusian citizens arriving to Lithuania may be tightened if agencies responsible for national security see a need for this, says MEP Vilija Blinkevičiūtė, leader of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party (LSDP).

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Bilotaitė does not rule out closure of border with Russia

In order to enhance border security and tackle cigarette smuggling, Lithuania temporarily closed two of its checkpoints on the border with Belarus starting Friday, leaving four operational. The interior minister has revealed that security threats are being analysed and under certain conditions Lithuania might completely close its border with Belarus and with Russia’s Kaliningrad region.

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Minister of the Interior: Border Guard Service and Armed Forces will hold joint exercises

Minister of the Interior Agnė Bilotaitė has announced that the State Border Guard Service (VSAT) and the Armed Forces will hold joint exercises in August. Border guards and the military will train to cooperate in accordance to potential security threat scenarios at the border.

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President appoints deputy chair of Lithuanian Competition Authority

On Thursday, President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, in accordance with the Constitution, the Law on Competition and taking into account the proposal of Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė, signed a decree appointing Žilvinas Klimka as Deputy Chairman of the Lithuanian Competition Council.

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Russia, Belarus residents in Estonia vote ban affects almost 69,000 people

At the initiative of Estonia’s Minister of Justice Kalle Laanet (Reform), though not via a draft prepared by Ministry of Justice staff, the right to vote in local elections in Estonia would be stripped from citizens of a foreign country recognised as an aggressor state, reports public broadcaster ERR.

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VU terminates contract with Russian professor who supported ‘referendum’ on Crimean status, denied occupation of Baltic States

Vilnius University (VU) will terminate the employment contract with Andrey Desnitsky, a professor from Russia who supported a “referendum” on the status of Crimea and denied the occupation of the Baltic Stats, public radio LRT reported Thursday.

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Kasčiūnas: closure of two border checkpoints is a message to Lukashenko regime

The Lithuanian Government has decided to temporarily close two checkpoints at the border with Belarus starting 18 August. MP Laurynas Kasčiūnas explains that the move comes after the security situation in the region has changed and also looking to tackle the smuggling of goods. He told the public broadcaster LRT on Wednesday that the important move demonstrates Lithuania’s readiness to react to any provocations from neighbouring Belarus.

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Petition opposing car tax in Estonia hits record-breaking 50,000 signatures

A petition opposing plans to lay down a car tax in Estonia has collected over 50,000 signatures in the public participation Rahvaalgatus portal by Wednesday, reports public broadcaster ERR.

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Speaker of the Seimas: isolating Belarusians would be Lukashenko and Putin’s victory

The presence of several thousand Wagner private military company’s mercenaries in Belarus intimidates neighbouring countries, which consider stricter policies for incoming Belarusian citizens, says Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen says. Yet she stresses that Lithuania must continue supporting the Belarusian opposition.

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Lithuania will close two border crossings with Belarus on 18 August

On Wednesday, the Lithuanian Government approved temporary closure of two border crossing points with Belarus starting 18 August.

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Poll shows that Nausėda would secure most votes in presidential election

Respondents see incumbent President Gitanas Nausėda as the most likely candidate in the next presidential election, the latest poll shows.

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Image claiming that Wagner fighters crossed Lithuanian border was fake

The State Border Guard Service (VSAT) announced that a fake image was posted online claiming that a mercenary from Wagner private military company had crossed the border from Belarus to Lithuania.

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Family Movement preparing for 2024 elections, holds talks with Young Lithuania

Association the Lithuanian Family Movement (Lietuvos šeimų sąjūdis) has opened talks with the party Young Lithuania (Jaunoji Lietuva) on joint participation in 2024 elections.

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People think Šimonytė is best suited to lead Government

Most respondents would like to see incumbent Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė to continue leading the Government, the latest poll shows.

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Conservative party’s branches begin nominating potential presidential candidates

On Monday, branches of the Homeland Union-Lithuanian Christian Democrat party (TS-LKD) across the country will start putting forward candidates for the 2024 presidential election.

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Some e-scooters may be required to have civil liability insurance

The Ministry of Finance has registered legal amendments that would expand the list of vehicles requiring compulsory insurance against civil liability. If parliament passes the bill, powerful e-scooters would have to be insured against civil liability.

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Former deputy minister of foreign affairs fined for driving under influence

Former deputy minister of foreign affairs Mantas Adomėnas will be fined EUR 800-1,100 for driving under the influence, LNK TV has reported.

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Former PM raises concern over fertiliser manufacturer Lifosa’s fate amid sanctions

MP Saulius Skvernelis, leader of the party Democrats For Lithuania, claims that sanctioning of fertiliser manufacturer AB Lifosa is an example of extreme application of restrictions. The MP is concerned that Kėdainiai region may lose an important employer.

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VSAT is clarifying if border guard vehicle might have crossed into Belarus

The State Border Guard Service of Lithuania (VSAT) is clarifying whether a border guard vehicle might have crossed the Lithuanian-Belarusian border when manoeuvring.

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