Nausėda says legislation on citizenship must be amended

President Gitanas Nausėda urges lawmakers to amend legislation on citizenship that would enable foreign nationals to be stripped of Lithuanian citizenship. The move comes after Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita Drobiazko performed in Sochi in spite of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The show was organised by Tatiana Navka, the wife of the Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov. Drobiazko, born in Moscow in 1971, was granted Lithuanian citizenship in 1992.

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Lansbergis: Amnesty International report about Ukraine’s Armed Forces is disgraceful – formi

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis describes Amnesty International’s recent report on Ukraine as embarrassing. The organisation stated in the report that the presence of Ukrainian troops in residential areas put civilians in harm’s way amid the Russian invasion.

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Number of first residence permits issued in Lithuania down by 7%

In 2021, almost 3 million (2,952,300) first residence permits were issued in the EU to non-EU citizens. The number increased by 31% (or +693,700) compared with 2020, reaching the pre-pandemic level observed in 2019 (2,955,300), reports Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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Coronavirus: 1 560 more cases confirmed

On 9 August, Tuesday, 1,560 coronavirus cases were detected in Lithuania and one patient died of COVID-19.

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Beijing criticizes Lithuanian officials for visiting Taiwan

Qu Baihua, China's acting chargé d'affaires in Lithuania, has warned that any visit to Taiwan by officials from Lithuania or other countries “violates the one-China principle” and called to refrain from such visits in the future.

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President strips Drobiazko and Vanagas of state awards

President Gitanas Nauseda on Wednesday removed ice dancers Margarita Drobiazko and Povilas Vanagas from the list of state awardees over their recent performance in Russia amid the latter's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

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EU ban on Russian coal comes into force

A ban on the transit of Russian coal and solid fuel through the EU comes into force on Wednesday as the transitional period of the EU's fifth sanction package for Russia ends.

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On Tuesday, 51 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Tuesday, 9 August, Lithuanian border guards stopped 51 migrants at the border as they were attempting to enter Lithuania illegally from Belarus.

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Seimas speaker: Kyiv is now bridge to Europe for Belarus

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas, says that two years ago the people of Lithuania were full of hope for Belarus. Even though there was no illusion that Lukashenko, who had usurped power in 1994 and created an authoritarian regime, would compete in fair and democratic elections, the peaceful pro-democratic protests that engulfed Belarus in August 2020 reminded us of the National revival of Lithuania and the changes that came with it, reports the Office of the Seimas.

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Belarusian activist: we have not achieved our goals in two years

Belarusian opposition representative Veronika Tsepkalo notes that the situation in Belarus has deteriorated and the number of political prisoners has increased after the rigged presidential election of 2020, and the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has remained in power.

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Bomb threat made against Belarusian opposition’s event

On Tuesday, the police received an email with threats of bomb explosions in multiple buildings in Vilnius.

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Coronavirus: 1 935 more cases detected

On 8 August, Monday, 1,935 people tested positive for COVID-19 and one person died.

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69 migrants tried to access Lithuania illegally from Belarus

On Monday, 8 August, Lithuanian border guards did not allow 69 migrants to enter Lithuania illegally from Belarus.

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Presidency will consider stripping figure skaters of state awards if they perform in Russia amid war in Ukraine

The presidency will consider stripping Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita Drobiazko of state awards if they perform in a show in Russia.

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Landsbergis: finding ways to pay for Kaliningrad transit is Moscow’s task, not Vilnius’

It is Moscow’s task, and not that of Vilnius, to find ways to make payments for the services related to transit to and from Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has said as the banks operating in Lithuania seek to clarify whether they will not breach international sanctions by handling such payments.

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Foreign Minister plans to visit Odessa

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis plans to visit Odessa, a city in southern Ukraine, to discuss Lithuania’s further assistance to Kyiv with Ukrainian officials.

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MP says figure skater may be stripped of citizenship for participating in show in Russia organised by Putin press secretary’s wife

Lithuania’s figure skaters Povilas Vanagas and Margarita Drobiazko intend to participate in Swan Lake ballet on ice in Sochi, Russia. The show is organised by Tatiana Navka, former figure skater and the wife of Dmitry Peskov, who is the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Lithuanian citizens advised against travel to Israel and Palestine

Lithuanian citizens are advised against traveling to Israel and Palestine, the Foreign Ministry said on weekend in view of the unstable security situation amid intense fighting between Palestinian militants and Israel.

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Coronavirus: more than 1,700 cases detected in last 3 days

More than 1,700 coronavirus cases were detected in Lithuania on 5-7 August: 1,503 on Friday, 156 on Saturday and 77 on Sunday.

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More than 48,000 Ukrainians granted temporary protection in Lithuania

In June 2022, among the EU Member States for which data are available, Poland granted the highest number of temporary protection statuses to Ukrainians fleeing Ukraine (60,125) as a consequence of Russia’s invasion. Poland was followed by Romania (10,360), Ireland (6,985) and Bulgaria (6,920), reports Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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