• Lithuanian Police Free Pole Abducted in Lithuania

    A Polish businessmen on a business trip to Lithuania on January 4-5, who was kidnapped for a ransom of EUR 20,000 in that country, has been freed by Lithuanian police, the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau announced on Tuesday.

    The Polish Police Central Investigation Bureau (CBS) informed the Lithuanian police about the abducted Pole on January 7. A rescue mission took place on January 8. Two Lithuanians were detained.

    The abducted Pole was not hurt. An investigation is ongoing. The two abductors face a jail sentence of three to ten years.

    #Lithuania🇱🇹  #Kidnapping #PolishPolice #Restored #Lietuva #LithuaniaStrong

    Reported by: The First News - Photo Credit: Michał Szalast/PAP

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  • Lithuanian Troops in Iraq

    VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and officials responsible for foreign and security policy are meeting on Wednesday to discuss the situation of Lithuanian troops in Iraq.

    Two air bases in Iraq were US and coalition troops are stationed came under missile attacks from Iran last night. Six Lithuanian troops were at one of the bases in Iraq where they train local forces to fight the Islamic State.

    According to the Lithuanian presidential office, Nauseda is meeting with Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius and National Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation.

    Arnoldas Pikzirnis, a national security adviser for the prime minister, told BNS that Skvernelis met with Robertas Sapronas, the Ministry of National Defense's defense policy director, and Major General Gintautas Zenkevicius, commander of the Defense Staff, earlier in the day.

    "They discussed the situation regarding the security of our troops and measures being taken to protect them. The prime minister once again thanked the troops and their families for their contribution to Lithuania and the Alliance's security," Pikzirnis said.

    Iran launched ballistic missiles against two Iraqi bases housing US and coalition troops in retaliation for the US killing of General Qasem Soleimani last week.

    The Lithuanian troops were unhurt during the attack.

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    Reported by: The Baltic Times - Photo Credit: BNS/TBT Staff

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  • 2019 - Warmest Year on Record in Lithuania

    2019 was the warmest year in Lithuania since records began, meteorologists announced on Thursday, attributing it to global climate change.

    Based on figures from the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service, the average annual temperature stood at 8.8 degrees centigrade last year and was 1.9 degrees above the 1981-2010 average.

    “The change is huge. We have a very big difference from usual conditions and from previous records,” Donatas Valiukas of the Hydrometeorological Service, told BNS on Thursday.

    2019 exceeded the previous record temeprature in 2015 by 0.5 degrees. The five warmest years on record in Lithuania occurred over the last decades, from 2008 to 2019.

    “Global climate change is the only reason. Such a tendency is reflected by the records of many years,” Valiukas said.

    Globally, 2019 was the warmest year over the whole period of two and a half centuries (1778-2019) of weather observation.

    Climate change in Lithuania manifests itself through more frequent and intense heatwaves as well as a changing nature of precipitation, with periods of heavy rain alternating with dry periods, and squalls also happen more frequently.

    #Lithuania 🇱🇹 #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #Restored #Lietuva #LithuaniaStrong 🇱🇹 

    Reported by: LRT English Newsletter - Photo Credit: J. Stacevičius/LRT    

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  • Lithuania Outraged by Chinese Tourist's Removal of Hong Kong Cross

    Lithuania officials have condemned the actions of a Chinese tourist who removed a cross expressing support for the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement from the Baltic country's top religious heritage site.

    In a video ( that came to the Lithuanian public's attention over the weekend, a woman is seen taking the wooden cross from its place at the Hill of Crosses, a pilgrimage site adorned with tens of thousands of crosses.

    "We have done a good thing today. Our motherland is great," the woman is heard saying in the video, which was originally posted on Instagram in November, after she threw the cross away.

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius condemned the woman's action in a tweet that called it a "shameful, disgraceful act of vandalism" and said such behaviour "can't and won't be tolerated."

    #Lithuania 🇱🇹 #HillofCrosses #Šiauliai #Restored #Lietuva #LithuaniaStrong 🇱🇹 

    Reported by: CTV News - Photo Credit: National Geographic                                                                                   



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  • Vilnius Airport - Christmas Tree Made Of Confiscated Items

    Vilnius Airport Puts Up A Christmas Tree Made Of Confiscated Items To Highlight The Importance Of Aviation Security

    Here at Lithuanian Airports, we are certain that you have seen many different Christmas trees: natural, modern, innovative, and simply quirky. However, we can guarantee – you’ve never seen anything like this one.

    With the winter travel season well underway, the Aviation security officers at Vilnius Airport opted for an unusual take on the classic Christmas tree, aiming to send an educational message on the importance of aviation security. Using items that are prohibited to carry in hand luggage and which were taken away from passengers during screening, the lads at the Aviation security unit of Lithuania’s main airport created a truly unique educational masterpiece.

    Knives, scissors, lighters, blades, and all sorts of other dangerous goods – this Christmas tree has them all. So if you don’t want your personal, yet prohibited, belonging to land on our next year’s Christmas tree – better check out the baggage requirements before you pack for your next flight.

    #Lithuania 🇱🇹  #VilniusAirport #Restored 🇱🇹 #Lietuva #Vilnius #LithuaniaStrong 🇱🇹 

    Reported by: BoredPanda

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  • Lithuanian Black Hawks Will Have Special Equipment Used by US Army

    VILNIUS – The Lithuanian army's decision to buy six American Black Hawk helicopters from the US administration, and not directly from the producing company, Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky, was determined by finances and the technology needs, says Sigitas Dzekunskas, director of the country's Defense Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defense.

    The ministry announced several week ago its plans to spend 300 million euros on new Black Hawks to replace the Russian Mi-8s the Lithuanian army is using now.

    In an interview with the news website, Dzekunskas said that when buying these helicopters, the Lithuanian army would get the whole package, including the project's management, ensured quality and direct involvement in the production of the helicopters.

    "When buying from the US government, we get secured quality, price and audit when holding negotiations with the producers and supervising the production process. Specialists from the US government will be constantly directly involved in the production process, and we will receive a product that is the maximum best. Another aspect is that (…) some specific equipment used by the US army, for example, the elements of the recognition system, data bases, can be bought only from the US government. We cannot acquire that from the companies directly," Dzekunskas explained.

    In his words, when planning this acquisition, Lithuania also turned to both European and American companies, including France's Airbus, Italy's Leonardo, the US-Canadian company Textron, as well as Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky, the producers of Black Hawks.

    According to Dzekunskas, Black Hawks met all operation requirements set by the Lithuanian army.

    #Lithuania 🇱🇹  #Restored 🇱🇹 #Lietuva #Vilnius #BlackHawks #USArmy #LithuaniaStrong 🇱🇹 

    Reported by: The Baltic Times

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