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  • Lithuania’s decision to boycott Russian Victory Day parade “in line with foreign policy”
    ambassador to Russia nor other diplomats would be attending the parade Grybauskaite claimed that Lithuania understands and appreciates the end of the Second World War but she explained her rationale by stating I do not think that now is the time to watch a military parade during which the flag of occupied Crimea will be carried in reference to the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014 Following the Crimean annexation and Russia s military intervention in Eastern Ukraine concerns surrounding the existing geopolitical situation in former Soviet territories led to increased fears of a Russian invasion of Lithuania At the end of 2014 Russia carried out a military drill in neighbouring Kaliningrad with 55 naval vessels and 9 000 soldiers Lithuanian defences were further bolstered in March 2015 when it was announced by the Lithuanian Chief of Defence Jonas Vytautas Zukas that the country planned to reinstate conscription a decision which will see 3 000 3 500 men between the ages of 19 and 26 enlisted each year for periods of nine months with the first draft taking place later in 2015 A further anti invasion measure was a public information manual introduced in January 2015 entitled How to act in extreme situations or instances of war The Lithuanian defence minister Juozas Olekas claimed the manual was intended to educate the population about what to do in the event of a potential invasion by Russia Keep a sound mind don t panic and don t lose clear thinking it explains Gunshots just outside your window are not the end of the world 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

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  • EC will fund 85% of Rail Baltica's cost if conditions are met
    of the projects have been submitted for review and that an assessment from the EC can be expected sometime in July Bulc said that there have been three times more projects submitted than the total number the EC plans to support and so there will be a rigorous selection process However taking into account all the circumstances the commissioner said that she is confident that the Rail Baltica project will be granted co financing from the EC if it meets the project s conditions As reported the Rail Baltica project involves the construction of a new 1 435 millimeter standard gauge railroad through the Baltic countries which will link Berlin and Tallinn via Warsaw Kaunas and Riga The implementation of the project could cost the Baltic States as much as 3 68 billion The request for funding was submitted to the European Commission in February this year so construction of the railroad could begin in 2016 Further funding for the project is to be provided as part of the next financial period that will begin in 2020 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 access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic

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  • Lithuania can be logistic and transport bridge to Asia: Transport Minister
    to Lithuania Our ambition is to develop a Euro Asian transport network of efficient corridors integrate rail freight services with road maritime inland waterways and air services as well as perform simpler and shorter border control procedures said the minister Sinkevicius said that the presence of integrated multimodal infrastructure of a high quality makes an important contribution to the successful development of the country and its partners One example given was Saule a container train linking western Europe with China via Kazakhstan Russia Belarus and Lithuania this was a strategic cooperative project between Lithuania and Kazakhstan which according to Sinkevicius has a real possibility of becoming a new Silk Road connecting Europe and Asia Hoping to make more efficient use of the possibilities that Lithuania has as a transit country the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania was one of the initiators of the ASEM Transport Ministers Meetings and the first ASEM Transport Ministers Meeting was held in October 2009 in Vilnius 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

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  • Grybauskaite calls for mayoral debt reduction and financial responsibility
    of concern are municipalities which are indebted the worse and where the most opaque things happened In response to Grybauskaite s criticisms newly elected Vilnius mayor Rimagijus Simasius of the Liberal Movement party stated financial changes will only be visible in the city after 2016 Simasius pointed out that for the 2015 2016 financial year municipality spending will continue to happen quickly until after his first budget as mayor is approved The 2015 budget was put in place by previous mayor Arturas Zuokas Part of previous liabilities remain said Simasius The budget for 2015 had been approved and money is being spent fast Naturally it is hard to expect a breakthrough this year However I see ways how to improve spending next year manage companies better and solve some of the problems He added he will be looking to foreign financial institutions to help manage debt refinancing in Vilnius and he has been in discussion with a number already However he did not disclose who they were There have been preliminary talks and I have witnessed a positive reaction from financial institutions concluded Simasius My goal is not to limit ourselves to Lithuanian financial institutions but to talk with foreign ones as well and consider all borrowing opportunities 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

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  • EU ambassador to Russia from Lithuania will head Victory Day delegation
    events Together with ambassadors from the EU member states and the United States we will pay homage to dozens of millions of people who died during WWII he said Many Western leaders including the heads of state of all three Baltic countries have refused to attend the event in reaction to Russia s aggression towards Ukraine Latvia has confirmed however that its ambassador to Russia Astra Kurme will participate in the May 9 events the Foreign Ministry s press secretary Ivars Lasis told LETA Jüri Luik Estonia s ambassador in Moscow will also attend the commemoration according to Estonian Public Broadcasting Lithuania is the only EU state that will be completely boycotting the commemoration in Moscow it will not send any official representatives including its ambassador Delfi reports that Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius explained the decision to journalists in the following terms The state of Lithuania was not involved in World War Two and we are definitely doing the right thing After the war as we know we were occupied for another 50 years so how can we celebrate freedom or democracy and mark the day as a celebration the prime minister said 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

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  • Lithuania denies entry to Russian Night Wolves bikers on "victory ride"
    Lithuanian border at the Salcininkai border post However they did not have documents to explain the purpose and conditions of their stay and thus were denied entry Both men had earlier attempted to enter Poland but had been turned back there as well On Tuesday night another two men 28 and 40 year old citizens of Belarus were denied entry into Lithuania at the Medininkai border post One of them was unable to submit technical inspection documents for his motorcycle while the other lacked documents justifying the purpose and conditions of his stay Earlier on 28 April two more bikers were prohibited from entering Lithuania In total a total of six motorcyclists have been denied entry so far As reported on Monday the Russian biker club Night Wolves were denied entry at Polish and Belarusian borders They were intending to continue with their victory ride from Moscow to Berlin commemorating the victory of the Soviet Union in the Second World War 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 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

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  • Ilves, Rinkevics leading exponents of "Twitter diplomacy": new report
    leaders combined have sent 1 932 002 tweets an average of four tweets per person each day The report mentions that Norway s Prime Minister Erna Solberg is more likely to to respond to a tweet from one of her followers on Twitter than any other leader in the Western world The study also commended Solberg as one of the notable exceptions to the growing trend for world leaders to outsource their Twitter accounts to public relations staff alongside Ilves Rinkevics and European Council President Donald Tusk Both Ilves and Rinkevics are well known for their Twitter use Ilves was involved in a high profile dispute with US economist Paul Krugman using Twitter in 2012 after Krugman questioned Estonia s economic recovery In November last year Rinkevics announced he was gay becoming the first Latvian politician to do so via Twitter Rinkevics also caused an angry reaction from some Russian politicians after a Twitter post earlier this month in which he stated the more I follow modern RU the more I come to conclusion that she will end up like German Reich after both WWI WWII it ll be to late As of March 24th the most followed world leaders were US President Barack Obama who has 57 million followers Pope Francis who has 20 million followers across his nine accounts in different languages and India s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has about 11 million 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

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