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Baltic States are desperate to increase their influence in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, August 14, 2020

The United States and the European Union harshly condemned the incumbent the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko for the situation with the riots and supported the protesters. In this situation, you need to understand that Washington is acting by the same methods as during the recent protests in other regions of the world – in Hong Kong and Kiev. In any disorder, there are acts of violence on both sides.…

Lithuania rallies behind persecuted Belarusians

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Friday, August 14, 2020

On the other side of the Belarusian border just 30 kilometres from Vilnius, three nights of post-election protests continue to shake Belarus. On Tuesday,  Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the main election opponent to Alexander Lukashenko, arrived in Lithuania under yet unclear circumstances. Meanwhile, Lithuanian civil society and authorities have begun rallying support for persecuted Belarusians: – All major  news outlets in Lithuania have offered support to beleaguered colleagues in Belarus  , saying they…

US to expand Šiauliai Air Base

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, August 13, 2020

On 5th of August Ambassador of the United States of America Robert S. Gilchrist, Vice Minister of National Defence Eimutis Misiūnas and other representatives of the Lithuanian and the U.S. Armed Forces visited Šiauliai Air Base to view and discuss the new infrastructure, which could provide necessary conditions for maintaining air defence tasks. It was presented new ground equipment maintenance hangars, helicopter hangars, air operations center, three fighter aprons, up-to-date…

12 women whose cookbooks across 400 years helped shape modern Western cooking

By Robin Mather on Monday, August 10, 2020

​With nearly 60 years of professional cooking behind her, Anne Willan speaks with undeniable authority on all things culinary. Willan, who founded La Varenne Cooking School in Paris in 1975, has also written more than 30 books, many of them award-winners, and her “Look & Cook” series was a PBS success. She was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Awards’ Hall of Fame in 2013 and serves as an emeritus…

Deep state conspiracy theory coming to Lithuania

By Jurga Bakaitė on Monday, August 10, 2020

The QAnon conspiracy theory, which originated among the supporters of Donald Trump, has spread beyond the US. Claims that secret networks of bureaucratic power are undermining political leaders have been spreading in Lithuania’s social mediapshere, too. Twitter has recently blocked 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon, a conspiracy theory alleging that a secret plot by the “deep state” is aimed at deposing President Donald Trump and his supporters, and restricted the…

Finland is ready to defend itself at war as against pandemic. Interview with Finnish ambassador to Vilnius

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Finland has kept military service and Cold War-era medical reserve even when other countries took preparedness for adversities lightly – and was proven right, says Finnish Ambassador to Lithuania Christer Gustaf Michelsson in an interview to LRT.lt. Finland can also offer advice on how to manage nuclear safety, as the country is planning to have a new nuclear plant built by Rosatom, the developer of Astravyets NPP which has been…

Ceasefire in Ukraine is just a political ploy

By Nick Connolly on Wednesday, August 5, 2020

For the third time in a year President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised Ukrainians a “comprehensive” ceasefire in Donbass. Looming elections rather than progress on the ground are behind that, writes Deutsche Welle’s Nick Connolly. Heavily wounded and wearing a white helmet, Ukrainian marine Yaroslav Zhuravel crawls through no man’s land back toward the Ukrainian positions. Only a few hundred metres separate him from his own regiment and from the Russian-backed…

Lithuania to build new barracks for Americans

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, August 4, 2020

On 30th of July Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said that USA will deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania this autumn for a rotation of more than half a year. The defence minister’s comment came shortly after U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said “there are opportunities” to send additional American forces to Poland and the Baltic States as the United States is slashing its military presence in Germany. Besides, R.Karoblis…

Rail Baltica: the view from Brussels

By Ilze Nagla on Monday, August 3, 2020

LTV’s Brussels correspondent Ilze Nagla interviewed Estonian Henrik Hololei , the European Commission’s   Director-General for Mobility and Transport about the current progress of the giant Rail Baltica project and other matters of regional importance. If we talk about Rail Baltica (RB) – the recent study by the Court of Auditors showed that the delay on the RB project is not the biggest if we compare it with other big…

Energy experts: State control over gas supply – a political ambition

By Edgars Kupčs on Monday, August 3, 2020

In July, state-owned energy transmission operator AS Augstsprieguma tīkls (AST) bought shares in the gas transmission operator Conexus Baltic Grid, gaining control of the company with a majority holding of 68.46%. This has caused a discussion between the State and experts, Latvian Radio reported August 2. The State says that this deal promotes the country’s energy security, independence and development. However, experts believe that there was no point in getting state control – it…