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Global COVID-19 cases pass the 15-million mark

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic passed the 15-million case mark on Wednesday, with more than half of them in the United States and Latin America, according to an AFP tally. The pandemic continues to accelerate, the data showed, and many countries are being forced to step up their prevention measures. In less than five days, one million new cases have been recorded worldwide. While in the past week, more than 230,000 cases…

EU leaders may have agreed on the EU’s COVID-19 recovery package after marathon talks

Thursday, July 23, 2020

EU leaders may have agreed on the EU’s COVID-19 recovery package after marathon talks, but it is not yet a done deal. It now faces scrutiny in the European Parliament on Thursday. MEPs must sign-off on the package, but the Parliament’s president sees room for improvement after cuts to the one-trillion euro budget. “There is a proposal on the table, but we would like to improve that, we want to…

Pompeo and Baltic countries condemn Russia

Thursday, July 23, 2020

“Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition policy, by which it never formally accepted the occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union. The Welles Declaration established an international framework for the survival of the three Baltic states de jure throughout the entire period of Soviet occupation and for the eventual restoration…

Lithuanian MPs call on EU to sanction Belarusian government

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

A group of Lithuanian politicians have called on the EU to impose sanctions on the Belarusian government, responsible for the ongoing repression of the opposition and media in the run-up to the presidential election. The letter, published on Wednesday, was signed by Gediminas Kirkilas and Juozas Bernatonis, chairs of the Lithuanian parliamentary Committees on European and Foreign Affairs, opposition leader Gabrielius Landsbergis, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of the Liberal Movements, and…

Fighting in Ukraine’s trenches. ‘I am so tired of all of this’ (II)

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

LRT English presents a story from inside the Grey Zone in Donbass. Although controlled by Ukrainain forces, this buffer zone is still contested by both sides, who use artillery, raids, as well as propaganda to gain an edge in this ongoing war of attrition. “Are they still shooting there?” This question often follows conversations about the frontline in Donbass not only abroad, but also in Ukraine. Isolated from the rest…

Lithuania to fight tighter EU road transport rules

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The European Parliament (EP) has passed the so-called Mobility Package, a major reform of the road transport sector that is opposed by Lithuania and eight other EU member states. MEPs endorsed a compromise on the Mobility Package reached in December. “The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ driving times and rest periods and better enforcement of cabotage rules […] aim to put an end to distortion of competition in…

Comprehensive approach is necessary to fight money laundering in EU

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The European Commission has made a clear commitment to deliver a comprehensive approach to fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, to better protect the European Union economy and financial system in the future, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said at the European Parliament plenary debate on preventing money laundering and terrorist financing on July 8th. “The Commission fully shares the European Parliament’s view that it is high time…

Baltic ministers and EU commissioner discuss electricity trade

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Baltic ministers in charge of energy and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson discussed electricity trade with third countries in Brussels on Tuesday as Lithuania continues efforts to convince its neighbors to joint its boycott of electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant. “A discussion with the commissioner took place. The negotiations are ongoing and consensus on trade with third countries is being sought,” Aurelija Vernickaite, an advisor to…

Georgia allows entry to citizens of Baltic states

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Georgian authorities have decided to allow entry in the country by plane to citizens of Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Irakly Chikovani, press speaker of the Georgian prime minister. Citizens of these countries can visit Georgia unimpededly, but only by plane, he said. Before visiting Georgia, people will be required to fill our special electronic questionnaires that will state specific data, history of trips in the past 14…