Border guards stopped more than 220 illegal migrants at border with Belarus in last 4 days

Lithuanian border guards thwarted 229 border crossing attempts by illegal migrants in the last 4 days as they attempted to enter the country from Belarus.

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NATO brigade command element will be stationed in autumn

It was decided in June that the battalion-sized NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group would be increased to the size of a brigade. Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas now says that its command element will be stationed in Rukla this autumn.

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Lithuanian radio station to inform Russian speakers about war in Ukraine

A radio station in Lithuania resumed its operation in early August and will use medium-range waves to rebroadcast the Russian-language radio station Radio Pravda for Russian speakers in Europe and Asia, including Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

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Lithuania asks ECHR to join case on Russian aggression in Ukraine

Lithuania on Friday asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to join its case on Russia's military aggression and human rights violations in Ukraine.

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MP Gedvilas will seek to become Labour Party’s leader

MP Aidas Gedvilas has decided to take part in the upcoming election of a new leader of the Labour Party.

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Lithuania launches probe into pro-Russian Ukrainian blogger's finances

Lithuania's Prosecutor General's Office last week launched an investigation into the assets and finances of Anatoliy Shariy, a pro-Russian Ukrainian blogger, as well as possible money laundering, the 15min news website reports on Friday.

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1 318 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Lithuania has recorded 1,318 new coronavirus infections and no deaths from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, official statistics showed on Friday morning.

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30 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Thursday, 11 August, Lithuanian border guards stopped 30 illegal migrants at the border as they attempted to access the country illegally from Belarus.

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Foreign Affairs Minister welcomes Estonia and Latvia’s decision to quit China’s 16+1 cooperation initiative

More than a year after Lithuania withdrew the 17+1 cooperation framework of Central and Eastern European countries and China, making it a 16+1 format, Estonia and Latvia have quit from it as well.

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Lithuania looking for possibilities to give Ukraine additional assistance in weaponry, more training for Ukrainian military

On 11 August, Deputy Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius took part in an international donor conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, held to assist Ukraine. He underscored that Lithuania continued looking for possibilities to donate additional weaponry to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to the deputy minister, it would be possible sooner if the Allies agreed to backfill, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Democrats For Lithuania nominate Savickas in Vilnius mayoral race

A general meeting of Vilnius branch of Democrats For Lithuania has approved MP Lukas Savickas as the party’s candidate for the 2023 mayoral election in Vilnius.

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Former chief epidemiologist suspected of document forgery

It has transpired that the Special Investigation Service (STT) made allegations of document forgery against Loreta Ašoklienė, Lithuania’s former chief epidemiologist.

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Dulkys: no need to consider lockdown or state of emergency yet

Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys told reporters Thursday that so far there is no need to introduce a lockdown or a state of emergency because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Changes announced in team of deputy ministers at Ministry of Economy and Innovation

Minister of Economy and Innovation Aušrinė Armonaitė will appoint her current adviser Karolis Žemaitis as the new Deputy Minister, who will be in charge of export, investment and talent attraction issues. He will replace Jovita Neliupšienė in the Ministry’s management team, who is returning to diplomatic service at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The deputy ministers will change in September, reports the Ministry of Economy and Innovation.

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Two more monkeypox cases detected

Two more monkeypox cases have been confirmed in Lithuania. Minister of Health Arūnas Dulkys made the announcement on Thursday.

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Two new deputy ministers will join Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis has announced changes to his political team this autumn. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be joined by Deputy Ministers Jonas Survila and Jovita Neliupšienė, the foreign minister’s spokeswoman Paulina Levickytė and the Foreign Ministry’s policy director Inga Stanytė-Toločkienė.

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3 MPs propose stripping people of citizenship for supporting aggressors

Three Lithuanian lawmakers representing the ruling conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats have drafted amendments to the country's Law on Citizenship, stipulating that a person could be stripped of their Lithuanian citizenship granted by means of exception if they support aggressors.

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NATO eFP Commander Lt Col Maulbecker: we will deter, and if necessary, we will defend territory of Lithuania

On 10 August, a handover-takeover of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence mission ceremony took place at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment. Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys and Deputy Minister of National Defence Žilvinas Tomkus underscored welcoming the allies that the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania was a pillar of deterrence, security and stability in the region, reports the Ministry of National Defence.

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Maulbecker takes over as commander of NATO eFP Battle Group Lithuania

Lt Col Marco Maulbecker of Germany took over as commander of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group Lithuania at a changeover of contingent and command ceremony on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said in a press release.

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Poll: two parties equally popular

The latest public opinion poll commissioned by the news website Delfi and conducted by the pollster Spinter Tyrimai revealed that two parties were at the top of the rating table as they were equally popular in July.

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