Those who dare: celebrating 31 years of the Baltic States‘ independence

For almost half a century the BALTIC NATIONS were the forgotten nations of Europe. Their lands had been razed from the map; their national identities and distinct cultures had partly gone underground. They had simply disappeared from the political radar screen of the outside world. When discussing the Baltic issue with a distinguished foreign minister of a NATO country, he dismissed the subject with a wave of his hand and added: „Haven´t these peoples always belonged to Russia anyway?“

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Customs to tighten checks for those trying to evade sanctions

Lithuanian Customs is stepping up checks to monitor the execution of the existing EU sanctions for Russia and Belarus and shipments whose senders, receivers, carriers or customs intermediaries have already tried to circumvent the sanctions will be deemed high-risk and subjected to extra checks, the Customs Department said on Thursday.

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Defence minister: Lithuania’s aid to Ukraine exceeds EUR 500mn

In an interview with the Ukrainian news agency Ukrinform, which took place on the eve of Ukraine’s Independence Day, Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas said that Lithuania has provided aid to Ukraine for more than EUR 500 million since the Russian invasion.

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Monument to Soviet soldiers in Kelmė smeared with red paint

A monument to Soviet soldiers in Tytuvenai, a small town in the central Lithuanian district of Kelme, has been smeared with red paint, the Police Department said.

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Lithuania stopped 71 illegal migrants on Wednesday

On 24 August, Wednesday, Lithuanian border guards stopped 71 migrants who attempted to enter the country illegally from Belarus.

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Government is launching rebuilding projects in Ukraine

The Government has approved projects for rebuilding war-torn Ukraine. In the short run, the focus will be on the reconstruction of Ukraine’s educational institutions and transport infrastructure as well as the provision of temporary housing for war refugees; Lithuania is planning to establish a mobile residential camp, rebuild a bridge and a kindergarten in the Kyiv Oblast, in the cities of Borodianka and Irpin, stated the Office of the Government.

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Nausėda tells Ukrainians: we want your victory as our victory

On Wednesday, on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine, President Gitanas Nausėda visited the Ukrainian Centre in Vilnius, which was opened on the initiative of the first ladies of Lithuania and Ukraine, the president’s press service stated.

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70 migrants attempted to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

Lithuanian border guards stopped 70 migrants from entering Lithuania illegally from Belarus on Tuesday, 23 August.

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1 400 monkeypox vaccines delivered to Lithuania

1,400 monkeypox vaccine doses have been delivered to Lithuania, the country's Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Anušauskas: new military campuses to provide better conditions for troops

The construction of three new military campuses will provide Lithuanian soldiers with completely different service conditions from the existing ones, National Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas says.

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MP warns about travel to Belarus

Chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence Laurynas Kasčiūnas warns Lithuanians travelling to Belarus that they might be targeted by its security services.

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Nausėda: we need to protect most vulnerable in face of rising energy prices

On Tuesday, President Gitanas Nausėda met with Virginijus Sinkevičius, a Member of the European Commission for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said the Office of the President.

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Defence Minister: Ukraine offered to invest in Lithuanian companies that could quickly boost drone production

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas attended the presentation of Lithuanian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers at the Drone Day 2022 organised by the Ministry of National Defence at Kyviškės Aerodrome. He told reporters that Ukraine offered to invest in Lithuanian companies that could quickly boost the manufacturing of surveillance drones.

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Coronavirus: number of new cases reached 2 179

On Monday, 22 August, 2,179 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in Lithuania and 3 individuals died.

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Landsbergis sees no real transport action from China

As China announced in mid-August its decision to suspend cooperation with Lithuania in the area of transport, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis says he has seen no real action from China yet.

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Cmilyte-Nielsen: democratic world will manage to defeat occupation plans

On 23 August, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, extended an invitation to honour the victims of Stalinism and Nazism and to remember the Baltic Way, said the Office of the Seimas.

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European commissioner does not rule out EU agreement on visa restrictions for Russians

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius does not rule out that Schengen countries may reach an agreement on tourist visa restrictions for Russian citizens.

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64 illegal migrants were denied access to Lithuania

On Monday, 22 August, Lithuanian border guards prevented 64 migrants from entering the country illegally from Belarus.

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Simonyte: electricity and gas price subsidies may cost state up to EUR 1 b next year

Subsidizing electricity and natural gas bills may cost the Lithuanian state between 500 million and a billion euros next year, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said on Tuesday.

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Simonyte, Nauseda, Landsbergis ranked as Lithuania's most influential politicians

Lithuanian experts see Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, President Gitanas Nauseda and Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, as the country's most influential politicians, according to a survey published by the Delfi news website on Monday.

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