Transport Minister: suggestions to dismantle railway tracks to Russia are not serious

Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis says the Government and Lithuanian Railways (LTG) focus on expanding the standard gauge (European) railway track network in Lithuania but there are no plans to dismantle broad gauge (Russian) railway tracks.

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Defence officials warn of possible risk of social engineering attacks through MS Teams

Virtual communication software MS Teams can be exploited for social engineering attacks without necessary changes to its external access settings, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense warned on Thursday, adding that this could pose risk to the security of organizations using the software.

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Defence Minister: latest assistance to Ukraine encompasses military equipment and training

Lithuania will shortly deliver additional assistance to Ukraine: the much needed M113 and M577 armoured personnel carriers and ammunition for reserve training, announced the Ministry of National Defence.

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Lithuania welcomes ICAO Council’s findings over Ryanair incident in Belarus

Lithuania welcomes the findings of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations’ specialised agency, which has condemned the actions of the Government of Belarus in committing an act of unlawful interference against Ryanair Flight FR4978 in the Belarusian airspace in May 2021.

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Simonyte: EU must remain patient and not succumb to sanction fatigue

Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė on Wednesday met with Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and Capital Markets Union. The meeting focused on the implementation of the European Union sanctions against Russia and Belarus, their impact and the Community’s further steps, said the Office of the Government.

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Sinkevicius: we should also start saving gas, not just looking for more of it

The European Commission's recommendation to member states to cut their gas consumption by 15 percent within eight months is a temporary but timely step that will allow surviving the winter without Russian gas, European Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius says.

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Nauseda: EU sanctions against Russia must be harder and impossible to evade

On Wednesday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Mairead McGuiness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union, who is also responsible for the proper enforcement of EU sanctions. The president and the commissioner discussed the economic situation in Europe, the impact of EU sanctions on Russia and its proxy Belarus, their effectiveness and better implementation, stated the presidency.

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Landsbergis: let's not give extra trump cards to Lithuania's enemies

Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis fears that Lithuanian politicians' internal disputes over the Kaliningrad transit controversy could give Russia additional trump cards.

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Opposition plans to interpellate formin over Kaliningrad transit

On Wednesday, the party Democrats For Lithuania summoned Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis over the European Commission’s additional guidance allowing transit of some sanctioned Russian goods to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave by rail. It transpired afterwards that the opposition intends to interpellate the foreign minister in the autumn session of the Seimas. Opposition MPs suspect that the Government is concealing information regarding the adoption of the European Commission’s additional guidance on transit.

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Seimas ratifies Finland and Sweden’s NATO Accession Protocols

On Wednesday, 20 July, the Lithuanian Parliament ratified Finland and Sweden’s NATO Accession Protocols. For the two countries to join NATO, accession documents have to be ratified by parliaments of 30 NATO member states.

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Coronavirus: 1,111 new cases detected

On 19 July, Tuesday, 1,111 coronavirus cases were detected in Lithuania and two patients died.

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Taiwan's parliamentary speaker to visit Lithuania

A Taiwanese delegation led by You Si-kun, speaker of the self-governing island's parliament, is to visit Lithuania this week.

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EU strongly condemns pro-Russia hacker attacks against Lithuania and other countries

The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has issued a Declaration on behalf of the European Union on malicious cyber activities conducted by hackers and hacker groups in the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, said the Ministry of National Defence.

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Bomb threat was made against parliament

A bomb threat was made against the Parliament of Lithuania on Tuesday, but police officers who searched the area did not discover anything suspicious and the building was not evacuated.

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Landsbergis does not rule out that Russia may completely cut off gas supply through Nord Stream 1 pipeline

Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis does not rule out that Russia may not renew natural gas supply via Nord Stream 1 pipeline. Such suspicions were further fuelled in Europe when Russian state gas monopoly Gazprom informed European buyers about “a force majeure” on gas supply via the Nord Stream pipeline.

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MP: Parliament Committee will consider bill that would oblige businesses to cut ties with Russia

Chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence Laurynas Kasčiūnas has revealed that in the nearest future the Committee will consider a proposal to ban business ties with Russia as it was declared a terrorist state.

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Coronavirus: number of cases up by 1,307

On 18 July, Monday, 1,307 people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Lithuania. Of them, 1,010 individuals contracted COVID-19 for the first time, 284 for the second time and 13 for the third time.

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Landsbergis: breakthrough in war will depend on providing continued military assistance to Ukraine

On 18 July in Brussels, Belgium, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis attended the Foreign Affairs Council and discussed Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU’s next steps in providing comprehensive support for Ukraine, including its reconstruction. The Council reached a political agreement on the allocation of another EUR 500 million for military assistance to Ukraine, said the Foreign Ministry.

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Cyber Range of National Cyber Security Centre unveiled

The National Cyber Security Centre (NKSC) under the Ministry of National Defence acquired a virtual cyber security exercise platform, Cyber Range, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Signatory of Independence Act Aloyzas Sakalas passes away at 91

Signatory of Lithuania’s Independence Act of 11 March 1990, Honorary Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, Professor in physics and mathematics Aloyzas Sakalas passed away aged 91 on 18 July.

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