Posts published in Day: October 24, 2019

Russian delegation walks out during Lithuanian parliament speaker’s address in Strasbourg

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Vyacheslav Volodin, the chairman of Russia’s State Duma, and the majority of the country’s delegation left the conference room in Strasbourg on Thursday when the Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas, Viktoras Pranckietis, delivered a speech on sanctions for countries that violate human rights. “Part of the Russian delegation stood up and left the room” when Pranckietis mentioned human rights violations and Russia’s occupation of Crimea, Gintarė Žukautė, the head of…

After US Syria pullout, Lithuania may send more troops to Iraq instead

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuania will not send troops to Syria if US troops stage a complete pullout, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday. “Until the situation [following Turkish incursion] has been stabilised, definitely not. Another thing is that the architecture of the US presence is unclear, and if there are no US troops, or if there is [only] a symbolic force, we would not see much added value either,” he told the Žinių Radijas…

Natalia Maj wears whimsical looks for L’officiel Baltics

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Natalia Maj channels her inner child for L’Officiel Baltics‘ latest online editorial. Photographer Paulina Manteryscaptures the brunette in fantastical dresses and gowns while she poses outdoors. Styled by Yana Bodyak, Natalia wears whimsical makeup and accessories including masks and hair clips. For beauty, Marcin Wypych works on makeup with hair by Marcin Kulak. / Film by Karolina Stachura

Lithuania climbs to 11th spot in global Doing Business ranking, 4th in the EU

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Lithuania has risen three notches in the World Bank’s Doing Business report this year, ranking 11th among 190 economies, its highest spot so far. Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius expects Lithuania to make it to the top ten next year. “The Law on Insolvency of Legal Entities, which is not included in this year’s report, but has already been adopted and will take effect early next year, […] will…

Tender announced to select five members of Rigas Satiksme management board

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A tender has been announced today to select five new members of Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company’s management board.  In the tender, the company is looking for a chairman of the management board, a board member for development and commercial matters, a board member for finances, a board member for infrastructure and a board member for operational matters.  Rigas Satiksme was left without a management board after an investigation started…

Lithuanian and US forces guide B-52 strategic bombers on training mission over Baltics

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Air support controllers (JTACs) from the Lithuanian special forces and the US military trained to coordinate strategic B-52 jets, the largest bombers in the US air force, on a training mission over Lithuania. It was the first time the B-52s flying in formation attacked targets in Lithuanian shooting ranges, according to Lithuanian Defence Ministry press release. The bombers released 12 projectiles from roughly the height of six kilometers. The jets,…

Presidential aide calls for not using Klaipeda LNG terminal for Russian gas imports

Thursday, October 24, 2019

An advisor to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says the Klaipeda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal should not be used for Russian gas imports in the long term.  “From the long-term perspective, the terminal should undoubtedly remain an alternative supply channel and the capacities of the facility, which was built with Lithuanian consumers’ money, should not be given away to players from the East,” Jaroslav Neverovic told BNS.   If LNG prices are favorable,…

Estonian defmin to take part in NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Estonia’s Defense Minister Juri Luik is about to take part in a two-day meeting of NATO ministers of defense in Brussels on Thursday and Friday where strengthening of the alliance’s deterrence and defense will be talked about. Luik and his Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish counterparts are to meet with Gen. Tod D. Wolters, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe (SACEUR). In addition, the ministers of defense are to discuss matters related…

Poland’s richest man to invest in wind power

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Polish billionaire and business mogul Michał Sołowow seeks to build or take over operating onshore wind farms as well as invest in offshore wind projects, the daily Puls Biznesu wrote on Thursday. In March, he applied for building 800 MW in offshore power and if permission is granted he will build wind farms on the Polish territory of the Baltic Sea, Sołowow told the daily. Last Monday, the billionaire announced his…

Ukraine’s defense minister to meet with Stoltenberg, defense chiefs of UK, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and US

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A delegation of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine led by Minister of Defense Andriy Zahorodniuk is on a working visit to the headquarters of NATO. According to the ministry’s Facebook, Zahorodniuk is hold meetings with the counterparts from Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and United States in a QUINT format two days long. The delegation will take part in the NATO sitting between the defense ministries of the states-contributors of…