Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • An employee of the Vilnius Mayor’s Office is being prosecuted for offensive comments about Russia

    An employee of the Mayor’s Office of Vilnius who is responsible for public safety has been prosecuted for publicly insulting Russians. As reported by Delfi news agency, the Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Darius Kiela and has already transferred the case to the Vilnius local court.

    Kiela is accused of commenting negatively on articles about the military conflict in Ukraine and Russian military exercises in the Kaliningrad region. In February 2017, Kiela wrote that Russia is an enemy …

  • Kremlin invites Lithuanian President to Putin's inauguration

    Russian Foreign Ministry representative Maria Zakharova has reported to RBC that Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite was given an invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony by the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow.

    "The invitation was given to the Lithuanian Embassy in Moscow. Maybe they lost it, or did not transfer it to the capital? " she said.

    On Saturday, May 5, the Lithuanian portal Izinios reported that Grybauskaite had not received an invitation to Putin's …

  • Russia bans several Lithuanian politicians from entering the country

    Moscow has made a so-called "stop list" with names of politicians, deputies and political scientists from Lithuania, the Russian Foreign Ministry reports.

    List figurants are prohibited from entering Russia. The Russian Ministry has called its decision to take such a step a response to Vilnius’ adoption of an analogue to the American Magnitsky Act.

    The names of officials are not specified in the Russian Ministry’s statement.

    "We warn that the Russian ‘stop-list’ remains open. In the case of …

  • Prime Minister of Lithuania: We must continue to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons

    Saulius Skvernelis, the Prime Minister of Lithuania, stated during the Kyiv Security Forum that he is convinced of the necessity to continue supplying lethal weapons for Ukraine’s defensive purposes.

    Skvernelis stated: “We must continue to help Ukraine with lethal weapons—but not for the purpose to show that we want to encourage a war. We want to defend ourselves, and having lethal weapons means that we can save the lives of the military. I emphasize, this is not the encouragement of military …

  • Lithuania sends another group of military instructors to Ukraine

    Lithuania has decided to send a new group of military instructors, consisting of 12 people, to Ukraine, reports Delfi, citing the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense.

    A ceremony to see off the new group, which included employees of the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces, was held on Friday, April 6.

    The instructors were sent to a training ground in Yavoriv, located in western Ukraine. It is assumed that the Lithuanian military, together with instructors from the United States, …

  • Lithuanian border guards prevent a Russian truck loaded with radioactive cargo from entering the country

    At a border checkpoint on Saturday evening, March 31, officers of the State Border Guard Service of Lithuania (VSAT) detected excessive radiation levels. A Volvo truck with a Schmitz semi-trailer was passing through the checkpoint, heading to Šalčininkai, in the east of Lithuania from Belarus. As it passed through the checkpoint radiation gates, the transported cargo emitted ionizing radiation levels 7.5 times higher than tolerable levels, immediately alerting the guards.

    The incident was …

  • Lithuania bans entry to 44 Russian citizens

    On Monday, March 26, Lithuania banned the entry of 44 Russian citizens. The country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has thus officially begun to implement the blacklisting of 21 Russian officials and functionaries specified under the country’s Magnitsky law.

    So far, the list includes 70 people, including Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Chechnya, and Alexander Bastrykin, head of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation. Vilnius authorities suspect those listed of human rights violations, …

  • Former Lithuanian ambassador: bloodshed during Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity was Putin’s plan

    In an interview with Censor.net, former Lithuanian ambassador to Ukraine Petras Vaitiekunas  said that he believes that the killing of activists during the Euromaidan Revolution in February 2014 was part of Vladimir Putin’s plan.

    “The Maidan shooting was essentially the start of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, and part of the plan to seize Crimea… I am certain that the blood at the Maidan was President Putin’s plan. Removing President Yanukovych was a necessary but insufficient condition for …

  • Lithuania suspends Russian TV channel for a year due to content inciting hatred

    The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) has decided to require re-broadcasting companies to suspend broadcasting by Russian TV channel RTR-Planeta in Lithuania for a period of one year, reported Delfi news outlet.

    The Commission claims that over the past year, three cases have been identified in which three separate violations were recorded linking RTR-Planeta programs with incitement to war and hatred.

    For example, according to the information provided by the LRTK, one RTR- …

  • President of Lithuania: deployment of Iskander missile systems in Russia’s Kaliningrad region poses a threat to Europe

    While speaking at a press conference, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaité stated that the Iskander Tactical Missile Systems that will be permanently stationed in the Kaliningrad region of Russia beginning February 5 will be a threat to Europe, Delfi reports.

    "Iskander missiles are being stationed in Kaliningrad for permanent presence as we speak. This is not just a threat to Lithuania but to half of all European countries," said Grybauskaité.

    NATO believes that the deployment of the …