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Beijing outraged at calls by 39 states including Lithuania to respect human rights

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Thirty-nine countries, including Lithuania, have called on China to respect minority rights of Uighurs and other Muslims and expressed concern about the situation in Hong Kong. “We call on China to respect human rights, particularly the rights of persons belonging to religious and ethnic minorities, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet,” said German Representative to the UN Christoph Heusgen, who oversaw the initiative. “We are gravely concerned about the human rights…

Ukraine’s president fires Lithuanian head of defence industry

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired Aivaras Abromavičius, a Lithuanian national, from his position as the head of the country’s defence industry giant Ukroboronprom. After the Maidan revolution in 2014, Abromavičius received a Ukrainian citizenship to serve as the country’s Economy Minister under the former president Petro Poroshenko. He resigned in February 2016, saying that various lobbies were blocking his reforms. He joined Ukroboronprom that employs around 80,000 people…

Lithuania and Latvia deliver drones to Belarus amid crackdown on protesters

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Amid the crackdown on protesters in September, Lithuania and Latvia have delivered drones to Belarussian authorities under an EU-funded programme. They could now be used to gather information on those fighting the brutal regime, EUobserver reported on Tuesday. The EU has bought 15 surveillance drones for Belarusian authorities, prompting alarm they could be used against pro-democracy protesters. Lithuanian police handed over the equipment to the Belarusian State Committee for Forensic…

Belarus state media begins calling Lithuania ‘former socialist republic’

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Belarusian state-owned Capital TV (CTV) began calling Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine the “former socialist republics” after the three countries no longer referred to Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. “Lukashenko’s propaganda takes revenge on Belarus’ neighbours for not recognising Lukashenko as president,” Franak Viačiorka, a Belarusian journalist and a researcher at Atlantic Council think tank, posted on Facebook. “Now State TV ‘doesn’t recognise’ the independence of these states and…

Lithuania recalls its ambassador from Minsk

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuania is recalling its ambassador Andrius Pulokas from Minsk for consultations, the Foreign Ministry said late on Monday, as tensions with the neighbouring country escalate over Vilnius’ support for opposition protests. “Our goal is to preserve diplomatic contacts as much as possible. We have also sent this message to Belarus, with which it has been agreed for the meantime that the temporary recall of ambassadors would help reduce tensions and…

Lithuanian president compares Trump–Biden debate with his own campaign

Friday, October 2, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda gave an interview to the American news network CNN in which he said this week’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden reminded him of his own election campaign. “I would say, honestly, I did not forget my elections. They took place one year ago. And I remember the temperature in those elections was very high, too,” Nausėda responded to Richard Quest’s request to comment on…

Lithuanian president: EU dialogue with Russia cannot be ‘one-way street’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The European Union’s dialogue with Russia must not be a “one-way street”, Lithuania’s president said ahead of an EU summit in Brussels “I am also a supporter of dialogue – a dialogue is always better than fighting, but dialogue should be based on fair rules,” Gitanas Nausėda said. An EU response to the poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is among the issues to be discussed by European…

Tikhanovskaya to name shadow cabinet

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarusian opposition candidate who supporters say won a presidential election that was instead stolen by long-ruling strongman Alexander Lukashenko, has begun creating a shadow cabinet as she takes refuge in neighbouring Lithuania. Tikhanovskaya’s aides said on an opposition Telegram channel on September 30 that well-known human rights lawyer Hary Pahanyayla, who has defended many prominent right activists and journalists in Belarus, is Tikhanovskaya’s representative on human rights…

Armenia MOD representative: Relatively stable tension remained overnight

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Ministry of Defense reports that relatively stable tension remained in the Artsakh-Azerbaijani conflict zone overnight. Artsrun Hovhannisyan, a representative of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia, on Thursday morning wrote about this on his Facebook page. He noted: “The exchange of fire—from artillery and firearms—continued in separate directions. In order to improve the tactics, the adversary tried to carry out certain regrouping and relocate its military, which…

Armed forces must lose ‘industrial age capabilities’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Britain Chief of the Defence Staff says there needs to be a focus on the new battlefields of space and cyber. Britain’s armed forces will have to give up some “industrial age capabilities” in order to compete effectively in the new battlefields of space and cyber, the UK’s most senior military commander has warned. General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, said the UK had to…