Landsbergis: only the West can determine further action plans of other authoritarian regimes

Authoritarian regimes are observing the war in Ukraine and designing their foreign policy accordingly, says Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. It means that the security of the rest of the world will depend only on the Western stance and response to Russian aggression, he said.

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Freedom Party’s leader doubts that State Defence Council may solve drug use problems

Minister of the Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė is sceptical of the presidency’s idea that the State Defence Council could solve the problem of drug use by teenagers. The Freedom Party’s leader says this would be ineffective and instead suggests focusing on awareness raising and prevention measures.

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Trade union of teachers puts forward proposal on wage raise

The Lithuanian Education Employees’ Trade Union (LŠDPS) has submitted to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport its proposals on teachers’ wage raise. The trade union launched a strike on 29 September when an agreement was not reached with the Government on higher salaries for teachers.

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Russia may have taken unlawful actions against Latvian nationals

The information at the disposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia indicates that the Russian Federation (RF) may have taken actions within the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) to target present and former Latvian officials who have participated in taking decisions aimed at condemning the RF’s aggression against Ukraine and reducing the influence of the RF on EU member states, said the Latvian MFA.

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Minister of the Economy and Innovation pays working visit to Japan

Minister of the Economy and Innovation of Lithuania Aušrinė Armonaitė is paying a working visit to Japan on 2-5 October. She will meet with governmental and business representatives to discuss investment opportunities in Lithuania and further cooperation.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs hopes EU will dispel doubts about support for Ukraine

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis on Monday is participating in an informal meeting of the European Union’s foreign ministers in Ukraine.

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State Defence Council may join efforts to tackle teen drug use, presidency says

President Gitanas Nausėda is considering the possibility of discussing the issue of teen drug use and prevention at the level of the State Defence Council (VGT), his national security adviser says.

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Latvia to host forum for safe and sustainable Baltic Sea Region

On 4 and 5 October, Latvia will host the 14th Annual Forum of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), “Safe and Sustainable Baltic Sea Region for Future Generations”. Its thematic focus will be placed on green energy, climate issues, and youth engagement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

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Landsbergis: we have to admit we need Ukrainian victory

Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis on Thursday attended a discussion at the forum “Winning the War: Winning the Peace” held by the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

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Defence Minister calls on Estonia to join coalition to demine Ukraine

National Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas on Thursday met with Estonian Ambassador to Lithuania Kaimo Kuusk to discuss bilateral cooperation and efforts to support Ukraine, the ministry said.

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Šimonytė believes Lithuania could accept migrant quotas instead of paying to EU

As the European Union is considering a new migration and asylum policy, including a solidarity mechanism to relocate migrants, Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė thinks Lithuania may agree with a migrant quota instead of paying EUR 3 million annually.

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Family association protests against new life skills programme taught in schools

Several dozen representatives of the National Association of Parents and Families (NTŠA) on Thursday held a protest against the new life skills programme taught in schools.

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Nausėda says EU’s new migration policy should consider that thousands of Ukrainian refugees already live in Lithuania

President Gitanas Nausėda argues that the European Union’s solidarity mechanism on migrant quotas does not take into account that thousands of refugees from Ukraine and Belarus already live in Lithuania.

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Lithuanian Gay League meets with Seimas speaker to discuss legislation

Representatives of the Lithuanian Gay League (LGL) on Thursday met with Seimas Speaker Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen to discuss a motion to amend the law that says information about the LGBT community has a negative impact on minors.

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Thousands of teachers will start a strike on Friday

Thousands of teachers from hundreds of schools will start a strike on Friday, the Lithuanian Education Employee’s Trade Union (LŠDPS) has announced.

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Interior ministry decides to fence marshy areas bordering Belarus and Russia

Responsible authorities have agreed to build a physical barrier on marshy areas at the borders with Belarus and Russia, the Ministry of the Interior said on Wednesday.

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Taiwanese investment not bringing ‘huge’ economic benefit yet, presidency says

Asta Skaisgirytė, chief foreign affairs adviser to the president, says friendly relations between Taiwan and Lithuania have not brought any significant investment and economic benefit yet. However, she is optimistic that the Taiwanese investment in Lithuania will rise eventually.

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Parliament speaker hopes teachers’ strike will not last for months

A teachers’ trade union is still determined to start a strike later this week amid disagreements with the government on higher salaries. Speaker of the Seimas Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen hopes that teachers will not resolve to extreme measures and expects a compromise to be reached, and more funding to be earmarked for wage growth.

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Prosecutors question Žemaitaitis over antisemitic statements on social media

Prosecutor General Nida Grunskienė told a parliamentary commission on Wednesday that MP Remigijus Žemaitaitis was interviewed a day earlier in a pre-trial investigation into his potentially antisemitic statements on social media.

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Three candidates in race for LRT chief post

Three candidates have been formally registered for the election of the public broadcaster’s director general, the LRT Council said on Tuesday.

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