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  • Lithuania Blocking Minsk-EU Agreement - Belarus Complains in Brussels

    VILNIUS – Belarusian representatives complained in Brussels last week that Lithuania is blocking the European Union and Minsk's agreement on partnership priorities.

    Vilnius says such an agreement is impossible until Belarus, building the Astravyets nuclear power plant, changes its attitude to nuclear safety.

    Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey went to Brussels on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership project and said Lithuania is stalling the talks on the agreement.

    European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn confirmed that during negotiations with Belarus, Brussels is discussing the Astravyets issue with Lithuania.

    Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BNS Lithuania an EU-Minsk agreement on partnership priorities is possible if Minsk takes into account the EU stress test recommendations when finishing the construction of the Astravyets nuclear facility and prepares a plan to ensure its safety.

    "Lithuania's consistent position is that besides ensuring proper nuclear safety in the EU neighborhood, respect for human rights and freedom, the rule of law and the execution of real reforms are an important precondition for further development of EU-Belarusian relations. Belarus' progress in these areas would also step up the development of EU-Belarusian cooperation," the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.

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    Reported by: The Baltic Times

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  • Entrepreneurs Move to Lithuania

    Technology-led countries fight for the attention of prosperous startups in order to attract them to establish their headquarters of branches in their country. Lithuania is not an exception. Since 2017 when Lithuania introduced Startup visa, 20 startups chose Lithuania as their home and the number will keep raising in the future.

    Startup Visa program is coordinated by 'Startup Lithuania' - national startup ecosystem facilitator in Lithuania. The head of 'Startup Lithuania' Roberta Rudokiene says that the main purpose of the programme is to attract startups from non-European countries to Lithuania, offering them a streamlined migration procedure.

    'Lithuanian startup ecosystem receives the most attention from entrepreneurs who have a favorable opinion about the existing legal and tax system for innovative business development in Lithuania. Most applications were received from Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia. But we also received applications from such countries, as Japan, South Korea or Australia – the startups of these countries have already established their successful business in Lithuania', says R. Rudokiene.

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  • Lithuania Celebrates 15 Years in NATO

    As Lithuania celebrates the 15th anniversary of its membership in NATO this coming Saturday, March 30, a festive public event will be held at 12 noon in Daukantas Square in front of the Presidential Palace.

    The open-air ceremony – entitled “15 Years Safe and Secure with NATO! “ – will be attended by President Dalia Grybauskaitė, members of parliament and government, foreign ambassadors and military attachés, founders of the Lithuanian armed forces, Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union, youth and school student organizations, as well as the residents and guests of Vilnius.

    According to the President, Lithuania has never been so safe and secure as today. After joining NATO 15 years ago, Lithuania became part of the world’s most powerful defense alliance with strong collective security guarantees. Today Lithuania not only has NATO’s unwavering support and solidarity, but it is also an active contributor to global peace efforts.

     

     

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    Reported by: Baltic World

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  • Lithuania Convicts Russians of War Crimes Under Soviet Rule

    A court in Lithuania has found a former Soviet defence minister guilty of war crimes over a deadly crackdown aimed at stopping the Baltic state breaking away from the USSR in 1991.

    Marshal Dmitry Yazov, 94, was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison.

    Another 66 former Soviet military and KGB officials were given sentences of between four and 14 years. Only two of them were present in the courtroom.

    Russia says the trial in Lithuania is politically motivated and illegal.

    It sentenced Yazov, a Russian national, to 10 years in jail for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Another high-profile defendant, former KGB officer Mikhail Golovatov, was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison. He is also a Russian citizen.

    Moscow has refused to extradite the two men.

    Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite also praised the court ruling.

    "The guilty have been named for killings of people who peacefully protected freedom," she said in a statement.

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    Reported by: BBC

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  • Lithuania Joins U.S. News & World Report Best Countries List

    Five countries debut in the 2019 Best Countries rankings: Belgium, Estonia, Iraq, Lithuania and Slovakia. 

    Lithuania is the largest and most populous of the three Baltic nations located in the northeast corner of Europe. It ranks No. 57 overall in the 2019 Best Countries report. Health care and education through the primary and secondary levels are free to Lithuania's citizens. According to the Best Countries survey, people in the country are viewed as caring about the environment, gender rights and human rights.

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    Reported by: U.S. News & World Report

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  • Why Lithuania Celebrates Two Independence Days

    Two days of independence are celebrated: the Restoration of the State Day on February 16th and the Restoration of Independence Day on March 11th. 

    Though an independent country since the 13th century, in the 18th century, the Russian Empire assumed rule of Lithuania. During WWI, German troops occupied the region while marching to Russia, and they maintained control until the Russian revolution in 1917. At this time, Germany gave Lithuanians the choice to be aligned either with Germany or Russia. Ignoring these options, the Act of Independence of Lithuania was signed, proclaiming independence on February 16, 1918 (the Restoration of the State Day).

    Independence appeared to be only temporary, as Lithuania was occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 during WWII. Following WWII, the Soviet Union still occupied Lithuania (and the other Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia). In a show of solidarity against the Soviet Union, approximately two million people from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia joined hands to form the Baltic Way, which was a 600-km-long human chain that connected Vilnius (the capital of Lithuania) to Tallinn (the capital of Estonia). This revolutionary, peaceful demonstration that took place on August 23, 1989, eventually restored freedom to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

    In 1990, Lithuania was allowed to hold a democratic election, and the elected Parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990, considered the Restoration of Independence Day. This decision, however, wasn’t without consequences, as Soviet forces persecuted Lithuanians until the Soviet Union finally recognized Lithuania’s independence in 1991.

    Celebration of these two independence days are marked with the closure of businesses, and people dress in national colors – yellow, green, and red – or wave flags to show their pride.

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