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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…

R. Karoblis discussed regional security with French counterpart F. Parly

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

“We are grateful to France for your contribution to a stronger security in the Baltic region – that is a clear signal of Alliance unity and resolve to defend to any potential aggressor,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with Minister for the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly earlier today. The officials discussed regional security situation, bilateral cooperation, and NATO and EU agendas. R. Karoblis…

We should start dialogue with Russia – Macron

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are not naive, but we should start a dialogue with Russia in order to find solutions when it is necessary, said French President Emmanual Macron in a press conference during his visit to Riga last night. He said that it is necessary to develop a strategic dialogue with Russia. Macron emphasized that dialogue with the neighboring country is not detrimental to European history, stressing the need to look ahead.…

Latvian cafe business flourishes in England

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Miks Vizbulis, a Latvian resident in England, has opened his second small cafe, despite the pandemic, at the end of September, Latvian Television reported September 29. Miks opened his first cafe last year. Both cafes’ employees are all Latvians. The small town of Lutterworth with 10,000 inhabitants doesn’t have many shops, but locals are happy to have their breakfast in a nearby cafe. When many catering companies had to be closed in the spring,…

France’s President Macron comes to Latvia

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to arrive in Latvia September 29 for a two day visit. It   will be the first bilateral visit of a French President to Latvia since President Jacques Chirac’s official visit in 2001. Macron and wife Brigitte will be welcomed to Rīga Castle at 18:15 by President Egils Levits, after which the two heads of state will give statements to the press at around 18:35, prior to…