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Paris-based Litvak artist reclaims Lithuanian citizenship

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The internationally renowned Paris-based contemporary artist Esther Shalev-Gerz has been presented with the Lithuanian citizenship in acknowledgement of her Litvak roots. During a short ceremony at the Embassy of Lithuania in Paris on Tuesday, Shalev-Gerz received a Lithuanian passport from Ambassador Nerijus Aleksiejūnas. Born Gilinsky in Vilnius in 1948, she and her family moved to Israel in 1957. After graduating from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Shalev-Gerz moved…

Lithuanian government allows flights to Norway

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government has greenlit relaunching regular flights to Norway, making Oslo the fourth destination to be accessible by air from Vilnius. Regular flights have so far been allowed to Frankfurt, Riga and Tallinn. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told the Cabinet that flights from Vilnius to Oslo would resume from May 25, adding that AirBaltic and Wizz Air had asked for permission to operate the service. “Flights would be operated…

Lithuania sends US medical workers protective equipment

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday allocated 100,000 euros to purchase protective personal equipment for medical workers in the state of Pennsylvania, US. “As the pandemic continues, we show solidarity […] by providing support to US medical staff and other key workers involved in life-saving operations,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said in a press release. The money will be used to buy Lithuanian-made protective equipment. “We reaffirm the need to strengthen…

Some 230,000 respirators arrive in Lithuania from China

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Around 230,000 respirators for medics were delivered to Lithuania on Tuesday night, the Health Ministry said. They were jointly purchased by hospitals in Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys as well as Kaunas Municipality. The ministry says there are five safety levels defining when and what specific personal protection equipment should be used by medics. The different levels take into account their work environment and the group of patients the…

People defy Belarusian authorities to resist Covid-19 pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Despite Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko claiming the virus doesn’t exist, the Covid-19 pandemic is visible throughout the country. Andrey Vozyanov, a lecturer at European Humanities University in Vilnius, reports from Minsk. In southern Belarus, brigades of medics and police officers measure the temperature of every commuter and check them against a self-isolation list – established to track people in mandatory 14-day isolation after returning to the country from abroad. These…

NATO Allies practise close air support in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Troops from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania are training together with British and Spanish pilots from the Alliance’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The training, which began on Monday (11 May 2020) and wraps up this week, provides an opportunity to improve close air support and air crew procedures and skills. It involves the battlegroup’s German and Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers – specialised soldiers who guide fighter aircraft…

Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet to induct Karakurt-class corvettes armed with nuclear-capable Kalibr missiles, Pantsir-M systems

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Armed with the deadly Kalibr cruise missiles, Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet will soon induct six Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes. Four of the warships will also have the naval version of Pantsir-M close-in weapon systems. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov made the announcement during the Baltic Fleet Day celebrations on May 18. According to a Russian Navy press release on Monday (May 18, 2020), Project 22800 missile corvette Odintsovo…

With North Macedonia in NATO, Vilnius Group completes 20-year mission

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Two decades ago on April 19, 2000, Lithuania and nine other countries expressed their will to join NATO. With the admission of North Macedonia into the Alliance on March 27, the Vilnius Group has fully achieved its goals. “With [North Macedonia] becoming a full-fledged member recently, mission has been accomplished, intensive cooperation continues,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius tweeted on Tuesday. 20 years ago, Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania,…

Lithuania calls on EU leaders to attend Eastern Partnership summit

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has called on all EU member states to take part in the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit involving six post-Soviet countries – Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus and Azerbaijan. This would send an important signal to the eastern neighbours, especially those seeking political association and economic integration, according to Nausėda. “That is highly important now, when countries struggle to overcome the economic and social consequences of the Covid-19…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers ‘Disinformation in Asia’

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) offers up another online discussion May 20, with Asia the center of attention this time. Titled “Disinformation in Asia”, the discussion will feature Prof. Jonathan Corpus Ong (Associate Professor of Digital Media, University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Dr. Gulizar Haciyakupoglu (Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies), Dr. Jacob Wallis (Senior Analyst, Australian Strategy Policy Institute) and Ms. Monika Hanley (Fulbright Scholar, NATO StratCom…