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  • NATO to halve Baltic air-policing mission; four jets to remain in Siaulai
    sufficient to meet the required number to conduct the air policing mission he said in a telephone interview Since Lithuania Latvia and Estonia joined NATO in 2004 the air policing mission has been largely performed by four jets stationed in Lithuania Following the Russian annexation of Crimea in March 2014 NATO allies sent additional jets to the three Baltic States According to Janzen NATO has decided to deploy four Hungarian Air Force Saab Gripens to its Siauliai base between September and December Four German Eurofighter Typhoons will be stationed in Estonia during the period NATO will no longer send any jets to Poland for the mission On August 4 2015 Lithuania s Defense Ministry announced the issue of sending reinforcements to Siauliai was currently being coordinated with NATO officials and Allies The Baltic States want the main contingent conducting the NATO air policing mission in Siauliai to be backed up with additional capacities in Estonia and Lithuania the ministry commented Lithuania also seeks additional back up to the aircraft in Siauliai beginning in September or at a later date The issue is currently being coordinated with NATO officials and allies the ministry said in a comment The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/nato_to_half_baltic_air-policing_mission/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Vilnius Municipality to form commission on tackling Roma social issues
    Municipality is setting up a special commission to address social issues related to the Vilnius based Roma community The commission will also undertake the issue of Roma integration Vice Mayor Gintautas Paluckas told the BNS news service on July 23 the commission would be set up next week Its first meeting will discuss a five step program on Roma education accommodation employment and fighting drug trade The court have ordered the Vilnius authorities to demolish nine Roma buildings which had been built illegally However Paluckas said it would be inhumane to do so without addressing the issue of their accommodation Figures from the 2011 census show that around 2 100 Roma people live in Lithuania 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 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more

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  • Lithuania backs call for UN tribunal on MH17 shot down over Ukraine
    and the Netherlands said Linkevicius The goal is very simple We want an impartial and effective investigation to indentify the culprits and bring them to justice July 17 also saw British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond call for a UN backed international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the downing of MH17 Linkevicius added the tragedy is directly related to Russia s military actions in Ukraine and must be viewed as a terror attack Russia said earlier this week however it would not back a UN resolution on the establishment a tribunal believing it would be would be premature and counterproductive Linkevicius believes Russia s comments cause some suspicion that Russia doesn t want an impartial and objective investigation The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was shot down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur All 298 people on board were killed The majority of them were Dutch nationals Ukraine and many Western countries claim the plane was downed by pro Russian separatists who used a surface to air missile from Russia Having a veto right at the UN Security Council Russia and pro Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine deny their guilt 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuania_backs_call_for_un_tribunal_on_mh17_shot_down_over_ukraine/ (2016-02-13)
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  • European Union approves 27 million euros in funding to LitPol Link
    European Commission and EU member states on Tuesday July 14 2015 accounted for 67 percent of the amount it had applied for Joint efforts helped to achieve the main goal which is to mitigate the impact of investments on the electricity transmission rate said Energy Minister Rokas Masiulis Therefore the decision to fund the LitPol Link project will benefit all electricity users The Lithuanian part of the project s cost 108 million euros includes investments in a power transmission line and back to back station from Alytus in the southern part of the country which will run to the Lithuanian Polish border The LitPol Link will for the first time link together the energy systems of Lithuania and Poland by the end of 2015 and will eliminate energy islands within the EU The total value of the project which is part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan BEMIP is estimated at around 370 million euros 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/european_union_approves_27_million_euros_in_funding_to_litpol_link/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Mayor Šimašius sees real threat of Hybrid Warfare should Moscow House open in Vilnius
    and it brings very serious doubts about the need for a Dom Moskvy in Vilnius Despite his concerns and the recent political tensions between Lithuania and Russia Šimašius outlined Russian culture has played an important role in the history of Vilnius There is no problem with Russian culture in Vilnius the mayor continued We re a country that welcomes Russian culture and Vilnius was the rescue place for Russian cultural activists for many centuries Šimašius also revealed he declined an invitation from Ambassador Udaltsov to visit Crimea If an ambassador is to invite me to Crimea then I will only happily accept the invitation if it s from the Ukrainian Ambassador to Lithuania This is what I told Mr Udaltsov Šimašius also explained he was initially undecided whether to make the invitation and his refusal of it public Like the majority of other European Union member states Lithuania is supporting the Ukrainian Government against Russian aggression its Eastern region and like its EU peers it refuses to acknowledge the Kremlin s annexation of Crimea Šimašius explained he felt it his personal and political duty to to snub the invitation It is very clear to me this invitation is part of a very clear strategy to devalue very clear principles and bring the idea the annexation and occupation of Crimea was not an occupation he continued to the Baltic Times Of course we are not willing to support this kind of behaviour in any way and that included me keeping silent about the invitation Upon being elected earlier this year Šimašius became the first Liberal mayor of Vilnius in the city s post Soviet history Lithuanian gained independence from the USSR in 1991 Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/vilnius_mayor_feels_hybrid_warfare_is_a_possibly_should_moscow_house_open_in_vilnius_64417951455a4c02d6f5f2/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Kaunas pogrom anniversary commemorated in Lithuania
    whole of Europe Gercas Zakas the leader of the Jewish community in Lithuania s second largest city of Kaunas said during a commemoration on Friday I think this pogrom at the Lietukis garage was one of the most horrendous not only in Kaunas not only in Lithuania but also in the whole of Europe The atrocities that took place there are hardly conceivable Zakas said Also attending the commemoration Isra The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/kaunas_pogrom_anniversary_commemorated_in_lithuania/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Ex-KGB officer wins court case against Lithuania
    occupying various private sector posts Rainys a Lithuanian national born in 1949 took his case to the ECHR in 2005 The court ruled banning former KGB officials from working for private companies was discrimination Despite the ruling Lithuania s Supreme Court later rejected Rainys request to be reinstated to his previous position In the latest case brought before the ECHR Rainys argued his attempts to be reinstated to his position at the telecommunications company were thwarted because of the continued existence of the KGB Act in Lithuania All seven ECHR judges sitting Tuesday ruled in Rainys favor finding Lithuania in violation of Article 14 prohibition of discrimination when taken in conjunction with Article 8 right to respect for private and family life It ruled that Lithuania should pay Rainys 6 000 euros 6 700 in compensation in addition to covering his 2 000 euro court costs the ECHR press release said Two other men Juozas Sidabras and Kestutis Dziautas brought similar cases against the Lithuanian state but the ECHR did not rule in their favor The court ruled Tuesday that the men had failed to prove that their inability to find employment was because of the existence of the KGB Act Lithuania gained independence from the USSR in 1991 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/ex-kgb_officer_wins_court_case_against_lithuania/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Gabrielius Landsbergis: EU-Russia relations cannot be normalised until Russia returns Crimean to Ukraine
    military involvement in Eastern Ukraine Landsbergis resolution states Russia has purposely breached international and democratic norms and treaties It also stressed the EU should be more active in eradicating Kremlin initiated propaganda from its member states and European Partnership countries In the document Landsbergis suggested the promotion of objective information and urged Moscow to respect Ukraine s territorial integrity as well as completely implement the Minsk agreements in order to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine I think Moscow s reaction will be hostile admitted Landsbergis I m under no illusions The fact that while I was drafting this document a delegation headed by me was not allowed to enter Russia and I believe that shows the Kremlin does not want its aggression against neighbouring countries to be clearly outlined Neither does it want its illegal activities surrounding energy in the EU to be revealed along with various corrupt practices and the distribution of propaganda According to Landsbergis Russia EU relations cannot be normalised until Moscow returns Crimea to Ukraine 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/gabrielius_landsbergis__eu-russia_relations_cannot_be_normalised_until_russia_returns_crimean_to_ukraine/ (2016-02-13)
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