Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuanian President calls on Russia to implement Minsk agreements

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda expressed support for Ukraine before the Normandy Four meeting.

    Nausėda said that Lithuania continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls on the Kremlin to implement the Minsk agreements.

    "The Normandy Summit is approaching. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements," wrote the Lithuanian President on his Twitter.

    Earlier, German …

  • Lithuanian President urges NATO to recognize Russia as a threat to world order

    During the NATO Summit in London, the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda appealed to NATO leaders to consider Russia a threat to the existing world order.

    "It is essential to call Russia a threat. If we do not do this, we will significantly change the whole perspective of NATO's structure," said Lithuanian President.

    Nausėda stated that the Kremlin's actions are the biggest threat to international law, and "to the rules that have been established for decades."

    Commenting on a recent …

  • Lithuanian President urges Zelensky not to make harmful concessions to Putin

    During a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Lithuania, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda urged Zelensky not to make harmful concessions at the upcoming Normandy Four Summit on December 9.

    "We hope that the Normandy Four meeting will take place soon, and we wish every success to our partners during the negotiations. We want you not to make concessions that could harm you. We hope that the negotiations will help facilitate steps that will reduce tension in your …

  • Russia releases Norwegian citizen accused of espionage

    Norwegian citizen Frode Berg has been deported from Russia to the Norwegian Embassy in Lithuania, reports the press service of the Norwegian government. Berg was convicted in Russia for espionage.

    Norwegian citizen Berg, as well as two Lithuanians Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in Russia for espionage, were exchanged for two Russian citizens Nikolai Filipchenko and Sergei Moisejenko.

    The exchange took place on the Lithuanian-Russian border. The day before, …

  • Lithuania to increase its armed forces by 25 percent

    On Wednesday, Lithuanian government approved a draft bill of the Lithuanian National Defense Ministry to increase the number of country's armed forces by 25% in the next five years, reports Lithuanian news outlet Delfi.

    According to the new structure of the armed forces of Lithuania, which should be adopted by 2024, the total number of soldiers in the Lithuanian Army should be increased from 21,290 to 26,850 people. The total number of contract military should be increased from 11,400 to 15,600 …

  • NATO begins Iron Wolf military exercises on border with Russia

    Military exercises with the participation of about 4 thousand troops from 11 NATO member countries started in Lithuania, reports the press service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

    Iron Wolf military drills will last until November 18, and the return of Lithuanian equipment back to the military ranges is scheduled for November 18-22. Soldiers from Germany, Poland, Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will participate in military exercises.

    Lithuanian Armed Forces noted that the …

  • Latvian army receives new rigid-hulled inflatable boats

    The Latvian National Armed Forces presented new Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) to the public, reports Delfi.lv news outlet.

    "These boats are indispensable for special operations. With this new equipment, we are becoming leaders in the region. These boats are effective, modern, and necessary for our armed forces. With these boats, our country can feel safer. In case of possible crises, it is an indispensable tool for tactical operations," said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. …

  • Lithuania allocates millions of euros for disputes with Gazprom

    Lithuania continues litigation in the International Investment Arbitration in Washington against the French concern Veolia. It seeks to annul the decision of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) in the dispute with Russia's gas giant Gazprom. Lithuania has allocated another €3.9 million to pay for the services of lawyers representing Lithuania, reports obzor.lt news outlet.

    The Lithuanian government decided to allocate this amount to the Lithuanian Energy …

  • Lithuania to buy American UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters instead of Russian Mi-8s

    The Lithuanian Defense Ministry has decided to buy six new American UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The cost of the deal is estimated at €300 million, but part of this amount will be covered by Lithuania’s ally – the US, writes the Lithuanian news outlet Delfi.

    The Lithuanian military will be purchasing the six new Black Hawks to replace the Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters currently in the armament. According to the Defense Ministry, the Soviet helicopters are already old and extremely difficult to …

  • Lithuania and Russia prepare to exchange captured spies

    Lithuania and Russia have agreed to exchange a number of prisoners accused of espionage, the Lithuanian news agency BNS reported, citing informed sources.

    Lithuania will hand over Nikolai Filipchenko, a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent who was convicted two years ago. In turn, Russia will release the Lithuanian citizens Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis.

    The exchange agreement also includes a Norwegian citizen who was convicted in Russia and one other Russian citizen. …