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  • Prime Minister Butkevicius rebukes ambassador over Lithuanian arms to Ukraine comment
    Today Lithuania was ready to supply arms to the pro Western Ukrainian forces on Sunday May 21 2015 On Monday June 22 the P M said Lithuania has not yet made any decisions about supplying weaponry to Ukraine The issue should be discussed at a meeting of the State Defence Council said Butkevicius So far I haven t heard about plans to hold the meeting anytime soon No leader can make the decision without the council s meeting In a rebuke to Janukonis comments Butkevicius accused him of exceeding his powers and confirmed he would be disciplined when Lithuania s Foreign Minister Linus Linkevicius returns to the country I believe the ambassador exceeded his powers continued Butkevicius We support Ukraine but are definitely not sending weapons The Foreign Minister will come back from his business trip and then a conversation will be held Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996

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  • Grybauskaite: Greece must live within its means
    is not in a very dangerous situation that affects its own people the worst said Grybauskaite Its current situation is the result of several irresponsible policies over several generations The Greek government needs to understand that in order to overcome the crisis you need to put your shoulders together implement the necessary reforms and live within your means She further noted if Greece had complied with its financial obligations instead of waiting passively for economic solutions its present situation would have already been under control According to Grybauskaite Lithuania and other European Union members states faced similar serious economic difficulties in 2008 2009 However urgent austerity measures addressed the situation successfully Should Greece fail to reach an agreement with its creditors the European Central International Monetary Fund it would put the country on the edge of insolvency By June 30 2015 Greece is scheduled to repay 1 54 billion euros to IMF Its total debt has reached 177 percent of the country s Gross Domestic Profit It is still uncertain whether the repayment will return Greece s economy to a state of default Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now

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  • Lithuania ready to arm Ukraine
    comments come in light of US Senator John McCain s visit to Kiev where he hit out at President Barack Obama s administration for not supplying weapons to the Ukrainian military I know that this is shameful said McCain Shameful we would not provide them the Ukrainian military with weapons to defend themselves They are fighting with 20th century weapons against Russia s 20st century weapons That s not a fair fight Last week the U S Congress passed the National Defence Authorisation Act which includes a provision that would provide the Obama administration with 300 million U S Dollars to assist Ukraine with security assistance U S military advisors have already started training the Ukrainian military with around 300 US paratroopers arriving in Ukraine in April to train Kiev s National Guard The United Kingdom has already sent military personnel to train Ukrainian troops while Canada and Poland have pledged to send 200 and 50 instructors respectively this year However with the exception of Lithuania NATO member states have so far declined Ukraine s requests to supply weapons Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times

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  • Dalia Grybauskaite most trusted public figure in Lithuania
    Lithuanian Social Democrat Party Algirdas Butkevicius on 12 percent Member of European Parliament and leader of the Order and Justice Party Rolandas Paksas was third with five percent of the vote Chair of the Liberal Movement MP Eligijus Masiulus received four percent of the vote while former Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus newly elected Vilnius Mayor Liberal Movement s Remigius Simasius and Labour Party founder MEP Viktor Uspaskikh were all tied on three percent Obtaining two percent of the total vote were economist and Vilnius Municipality Councillor Ausra Madeikiene MPs Arturas Palauskas and Naglis Puteikis plus MEP Vilija Blinkeviciute Of the least trusted public figures were Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijosaitis Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius Seimas Speaker Loreta Grauziniene and European Commissioner Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis A total of 80 public figures were mentioned in the survey a significant drop from the 102 when the same survey was cast April 2015 Of the 1 000 asked 25 percent said they neither trusted any public figure nor answered the question Paksas was Lithuanian President between February 2003 to April 2004 However he was impeached for violating the Lithuanian Constitution and his oath of office Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full

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  • Amnesty International slams Latvian government for "turning their backs" on EuroPride 2015
    believes the event should not take place According to Amnesty International Latvia s government should break its silence and give a firm commitment to do all within its power to protect the LGBT activists taking part in EuroPride 2015 It is disturbing to see the Latvian government s evident discomfort at hosting EuroPride said Lucy Freeman Director of Amnesty International s Gender Sexual and Identity Programme Instead of welcoming an event meant to champion openness and tolerance Latvia s leaders seem to be turning their backs on it As the country holding the presidency of the European Union Latvia should be leading by example in the fight against homophobic discrimination According to Kasparas Zaltis a board member of Mozaika LGBT rights in Latvia remain a struggle He stated homophobic hate crimes go unrecognised by the authorities and same sex couples are invisible for the government Zaltis added high level politicians employ vicious homophobic rhetoric With homophobic violence a clear and present danger for activists in post Soviet states continued Freeman this week s EuroPride will hopefully send a message that progress is possible and deep seated discrimination can be uprooted and replaced with tolerance The parade will take place in Riga s Vermanes Park with Amnesty International activists joining Latvian LGBT activists for the event Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is

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  • EU Agrees To Extend Sanctions On Russia
    s alleged support for pro Russian separatists in Ukraine In March EU heads of government decided that the duration of the restrictive measures against Russia would be linked to the complete implementation of a cease fire agreed in Minsk in February But with strains between countries that wanted the bloc to take a hard line against Moscow and others like Greece that wanted sanctions eased a final decision was left for a later date Lithuania s EU ambassador Raimundas Karoblis told RFE RL that the scope of the sanctions remains unchanged but they can be expanded if the situation in eastern Ukraine worsens The scope so far is the same so it s sanctions against banks sanctions on export of military and dual use goods and of energy related technologies Karoblis said Probably it reflects the present situation Karoblis added but also in our view the provisions of the European Council conclusion are also valid that in case of the serious deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine also the European Council could come back to this issue for the widening of the scope of the sanctions The lack of political progress to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine appears to have allowed Brussels to agree unanimously on the six and 12 month rollovers Karoblis noted that recent statements made by Russia with regards to the expansion of its nuclear arsenal may have had an effect on the decision Maybe some EU member states expected that Russia would show some progress and make some steps towards the implementation of the Minsk agreement but it is not the case he said Karoblis said that on the contrary Russia shows also that it is really not changing the stance Also there are certain provocations in east Ukraine but not only NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this month accused Moscow of sending sophisticated new weapons to Russian backed rebels in eastern Ukraine including artillery and anti aircraft systems Generally some announcement of the further programs which could deteriorate the security situation in Europe for example the installation of new nuclear missiles including the missiles in the Kaliningrad enclave which is close to my country and Poland these steps shows that Russia is not constructive The EU ambassadors also instructed lower ranking EU diplomats to begin technical preparations for the renewal of asset freezes and visa bans for 150 individuals and 37 entities whom Brussels blames for the destabilization of eastern Ukraine That list which includes both Russian and Ukrainian citizens is valid until September 15 but the EU ambassadors want to extend the date to January 31 Copyright c 2015 RFE RL Inc Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty 1201 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 400 Washington DC 20036 Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login

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    The Latvian Central Statistics Bureau has revealed data showing that during the first quarter of 2015 the average gross monthly salary is 785 e Read More Authorities reluctant to reveal information about ex KGB operatives research commission The director of the research commission set up to provide Latvian citizens with more information about ex KGB agents and their activities in the Read More Lithuania against compulsory relocation of refugees Estonia also skeptical Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite has said Lithuania disapproves of the recommended European Resettlement Scheme proposed by the European Read More Cabinet of Ministers approves request for permanent NATO presence in Latvia On May 27 Latvian prime minister Laimota Straujuma confirmed Latvia s Cabinet of Ministers has approved a request to ensure a permanent N Read More NATO to deploy drones over Baltic States Estonia to assist with funding According to Estonian Public Broadcasting NATO s Alliance Ground Surveillance AGS system drones will be used in Baltic airspace from 20 Read More Audrone Pitreniene nominated as Education and Science Minister Grybauskaite criticised May 27 saw Lithuanian prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius submit his nomination to president Dalia Grybauskaite for Labour Party MP Audrone P Read More Minister of Culture proposes construction of new concert hall in Riga Latvia s Minister of Culture Dace Melbarde has proposed the construction of a new classical music concert hall in Riga to a parliamentar Read More Previous 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times

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  • MP Paulauskas calls for extension of conscription period; Kubilius agrees
    of conscripts and a lot of speculations may arise Therefore the decision should be extended for more than five years and we should consider if we need conscripts only for the next 5 years continued Paulauskas who between April to July 2004 acted as Lithuanian President following the impeachment of Rolandas Paskas As the chair of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defence I can tell you that conscription is needed for a longer time perhaps even indefinitely Hence I propose to begin discussing what kind of military we need This discussion should be organised in the autumn According to Paulauskas in light of increased Russian aggression Lithuanian schools should introduce lessons on patriotism and the military and added the capacities of Lithuania s intelligence service should be improved We see Russia is actively demonstrating its military might he said Not only by holding large scale exercises near Lithuania in Kaliningrad but also by purposefully militarising the region Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition Andrius Kubilius seconded Paulauskas idea of indefinite conscription Let us be realistic said Kubilius Military threats will not subside in 5 years time and on the contrary they may grow Let s not deceive ourselves Lithuania will need conscription 5 years from now in order to have a sufficient and adequately trained military reserve Therefore our political parties must reach an agreement that conscription has been introduced not for a term of 5 years but indefinitely Kubilius added if its defence funding growth rate is maintained Lithuania could reach the required 2 percent of its GDP spending for defence in 2018 as opposed to the originally projected 2020 Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four

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