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EU ministers agree to expand Belarus sanctions

Thursday, November 19, 2020

EU foreign minister have agreed to expand the existing sanctions on Belarus officials and their backers, Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. “Foreign ministers agreed that, in response to the regime’s growing repressions in Belarus, EU sanctions must be expanded by including not only a higher number of officials responsible for the ongoing repressions, but also the regime’s financial supporters,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The EU’s High…

Belarus nuclear plant resumes operations following earlier incident

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus resumed generating electricity in the early hours of Thursday after halting a week and a half ago, Lithuania’s power transmission system operator said. “Litgrid’s System Control Centre recorded, at around 2 a.m. on November 19, data showing electricity being produced at the Astravyets NPP and supplied into the grid,” the operator said. It said the plant was operating at a capacity of around…

Are NATO’s Baltic members safe until Joe Biden’s inauguration? – opinion

Thursday, November 19, 2020

While the transition of power in Washington will be anything but smooth, NATO’s eastern members must be particularly vigilant during the coming two months, writes Kalev Stoicescu for the Estonia-based International Centre for Defence and Security. There is almost no doubt that former Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has won the US presidential elections, although counting of votes has not yet finished in many states, and President Donald Trump…

Lithuania will be able to deploy more troops to the NATO Mission Iraq

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

On November 17 Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved the proposal to increase the ceiling of Lithuania’s military contribution to the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI): Lithuania will be able to deploy up to 50 soldiers and civilian personnel of the National Defence System to the operation. The main objectives of the NATO Mission Iraq are to mentor and advise Iraqi security and defence authorities and corresponding training and education…

‘This is war’, say anti-abortion protesters in Poland

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Poles staged further protests in cities across the country on Monday (2 November) ahead of the expected entry into force of a ruling by the Constitutional Tribunal that bans most abortions and that has prompted nearly two weeks of demonstrations and rallies. The 22 October ruling bans terminations due to foetal defects, ending one of the few legal grounds left for abortion in staunchly Catholic Poland and setting the country…

NATO to protect undersea cables from Russian attacks

Friday, October 23, 2020

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) discussed the protection of critical infrastructure such as submarine cables under the Atlantic, amid growing concerns those could be cut or tapped. Military officials have in recent years noted increased Russian undersea activity and raised the possibility that Moscow could seek to damage cable networks during a potential conflict. Attacks of this kind could be part of hybrid warfare, a mixture of open and covert…

Germany and Lithuania agree to extend military training collaboration

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Germany and Lithuania have agreed to extend their cooperation in the field of military training. The new agreement was signed by the head of the International Relations and Operations Group Karolis Aleksa on behalf of Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defence and Defence Attaché of Germany Lt Col Konstantin Bellini on behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence. The move will enable Lithuanian forces to attend Bundeswehr’s training events to hone…

COVID-19 contact-tracking apps to work throughout the EU

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The European Commission has come up with a new, unified system to control the spread of coronavirus in the European Union EC said October 19. At the request of EU Member States, the Commission has established an EU-wide cooperation system that will enable COVID-19 infection tracking apps from different countries to operate in a single system. Users will need to download only one application when travelling through the Member States of…

Europe’s ‘Three Seas Initiative’ aims to curb Chinese influence

Monday, October 19, 2020

In 2015, Poland and Croatia initiated the Three Seas Initiative, also known as the Baltic, Adriatic, Black Sea (BABS) Initiative. It is an ambitious forum of 12 European Union states along a north–south axis from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic Sea and the Black Sea in Central and Eastern Europe, that includes Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The initiative’s aim is…