Burning fuel oil to help Vilnius keep heating bills at last year's level or lower

Using fuel oil for district heating in Vilnius in the coming winter season will help keep households' heating bills at last year's level or lower, Mayor Remigijus Simasius said on Friday.

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Russians have crossed Lithuanian border 130,000 times since start of war

Russian nationals have crossed the Lithuanian border 130,000 times since Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in late February, Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Thursday.

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Russian opposition activists: Ukraine lacks weapons, Western politicians lack leadership

Ukraine still lacks weapons to win the war against Russia whereas Western politicians lack leadership to help the country at war as they prefer to appease their voters, Russian opposition activists and experts have said.

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Landsbergis: safety of Zaporizhzhia NPP should be top political priority

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis says the situation with Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), currently occupied by Russia, poses danger not only to Ukraine but also for European Union member states.

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Nausėda: some ministers are noticed more for scandals and misunderstandings than accomplishments

Evaluating the Government’s performance so far, President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview to Defli TV on Wednesday that some of the ministers are more noticed for scandals and misunderstandings than for their accomplishments.

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Baltics, Poland to seek to limit flow of Russians after EU decisions

The Baltic countries and Poland will seek separate solutions to significantly limit the flow of Russian tourists after the European Union decided on Wednesday to suspend a deal that made it easier for Russian nationals to get visas, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said.

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Vilnius court to decide on Gorbachev's successor in civil case over 1991 Soviet crackdown

A Vilnius court will decide on the legal successor of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader who died in Moscow on Tuesday, in a civil case over his responsibility for the Soviet army's crackdown on unarmed civilians in the Lithuanian capital in January 1991.

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EU’s energy future lies in full independence from Russia – Nausėda

On Tuesday, President Gitanas Nausėda attended the Baltic Sea Energy Security Summit in Copenhagen, where together with the leaders of Denmark, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, issues related to Europe’s energy security and independence from Russia, as well as the Baltic Sea region’s green energy transformation were addressed, reports the presidency.

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Lithuanians will not glorify Gorbachev, Gabrielius Landsbergis says

After the passing of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says Lithuanians will not glorify him.

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Lithuanian president to take part in Baltic Sea Energy Summit

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is on Tuesday taking part in the Baltic Sea Energy Summit in Copenhagen.

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Lithuania to eliminate free EV charging stations on national roads by late 2023

Lithuania will eliminate free charging stations for electric cars on national roads by the end of 2023, the Transport Ministry has said, adding that five years have been enough time to promote electric vehicles.

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Vilnius dims street lights as electricity prices bite

The capital of Lithuania has started dimming or, in some places, even switching off street and public space lights due to a drastic rise in electricity prices.

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First-time asylum applicants in EU up 17%

In May 2022, 63,105 first-time asylum applicants (non-EU citizens) applied for international protection in the EU Member States, up 89% compared with May 2021 (33,385) and up 17% compared with April 2022 (54,145), reports Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Explosives will be used to demolish structures of National Stadium

Vilnius City Municipality reports that UAB Vilniaus BDT, which is dismantling the National Stadium, will use explosives for the purpose of crushing down the structures. The first test explosion is scheduled for 29 August.

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Skuodis: payments for transit of goods to Kaliningrad are legal and should continue

Lithuania’s commercial banks that process payments for the transit of Russian goods to Kaliningrad Oblast intend to stop executing payments from Russia as of September, yet Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis says these payments are legal and banks should continue processing them.

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Labour Party’s MP criticises minister’s electricity saving plan

Deputy Parliament Speaker Andrius Mazuronis, a representative of the Labour Party, criticises Energy Minister Dainius Kreivys’ intentions to present a plan in the autumn on how people could save electricity. According to the MP, this should be the task for non-governmental organisations but not for the Ministry of Energy.

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904 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths reported

Lithuania has recorded 904 new coronavirus infections and four deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, official statistics showed on Friday morning.

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Prosecutors ask court to liquidate Paleckis' association

Lithuania's Prosecutor General's Office said on Friday it had asked a court to liquidate the International Forum of Good Neighborhood, an association founded by Algirdas Paleckis, a controversial Lithuanian figure convicted for spying for Russia, as illegally established.

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Large fire erupts at hazardous waste recycling company in Kaunas

On Thursday night, a large fire erupted at the hazardous waste recycling company Žalvaris in Kaunas.

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Lithuanian and other EU legislators call for immediate suspension of tourism from Russia

On 25 August, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas, together with the chairs of the foreign affairs committees of the national parliaments of Estonia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Latvia, Poland and Finland, issued a joint statement on the introduction of further sanctions against Russia and a ban on tourist visas for Russian nationals, stated the Office of the Seimas.

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