Posts tagged as Lithuania

Lithuania eases facemask restrictions in bars and restaurants

Friday, September 18, 2020

Clients in bars, restaurants, and cafes will no longer be required to wear a facemask while waiting for their order, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced on Friday. People will still be required to wear facemasks when entering a catering establishment. A facemask or “other face coverings” are required when “entering or exiting”, but no longer needed when “sitting at a bar or a table”, Veryga posted on Facebook. Under the…

Lithuania to block freight traffic if Belarus closes borders

Friday, September 18, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said that if Belarus closed its border, Lithuania would also block freight coming from the neighbouring country. Alexander Lukashenko  announced plans to close the borders with Lithuania and Poland on Thursday, but Lithuanian border guards said the traffic remains normal on Friday. Later on Friday, Belarusian State Border Committee confirmed it had beefed up border protection, but said the crossing points were in full…

62 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania, biggest increase since spring peak

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 62 new coronavirus cases over Wednesday, the biggest daily increase since the the peak in mid-April. In all, Lithuania has 3,504 confirmed Covid-19 cases. At the moment, 1,254 are active cases – the biggest number so far – while 2,149 people have recovered. Eighty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far. At the moment, 8,081 people are in isolation. The number includes active cases, their…

Lithuania will not respond to provocations if Belarus sends forces to border

Friday, September 18, 2020

If Belarus deploys forces to the border with Lithuania and Poland as claimed by Alexander Lukashenko, Vilnius will not respond to the escalation, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Friday. “Even if the Belarusian forces move closer [to Lithuania], we are planning no actions which would be unplanned [like] deploying additional forces,” Karoblis told LRT RADIO. Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Thursday that Belarus would shut borders with Lithuania and…

Lithuania to consider introducing state-level Polish exam

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuania will consider to introduce a state-level school graduation exam of Polish as a mother tongue, according to a declaration signed by Polish and Lithuanian ministers. Results of the exam would then be accepted for university admissions. The declaration was signed by Lithuanian Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius and his Polish counterpart Dariusz Piontkowski on Thursday in Vilnius where the two countries held a joint government meeting. Under the document, Lithuania…

Big potatoes and old axes

Friday, September 18, 2020

A woman in Lithuania has unearthed  a mega potato weighing almost a kilogramme. What a Cepelinas. Meanwhile, you can see another monster exhibit – a 13,000-year-old  Baltic hunting axe in Lithuania’s National Museum. But moving on to the actual news. CORONA (NOT) UNDER CONTROL An adviser to the Lithuanian president said coronavirus in the country was  “under control”  . Although the spread of the virus is milder than in March…

Belarus to close border with Lithuania and Poland

Friday, September 18, 2020

Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko has said the country will close its borders with Lithuania and Poland, Reuters news agency reported on Thursday. “We are compelled to withdraw our troops from the streets, have half our army on guard and close our state border with the West, first of all with Lithuania and Poland,” said Lukashenko, according to Reuters. “To our greatest regret, we are compelled to strengthen our border with brotherly…

Lithuanian PM backs Warsaw in dispute with Brussels

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lithuania’s PM says his government will support Poland in its dispute with the European Commission over the rule of law, adding that his country could follow Poland’s example to “de-sovietise our justice system”. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki held a joint government meeting in Vilnius on Thursday, which the Lithuanian PM called a historical event in Lithuanian–Polish cooperation. Asked by reporters about Lithuania’s position…

Coronavirus update: 62 new cases in Lithuania, biggest increase since spring peak

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 62 new coronavirus cases over Wednesday, the biggest daily increase since the the peak in mid-April. In all, Lithuania has 3,504 confirmed Covid-19 cases. At the moment, 1,254 are active cases – the biggest number so far – while 2,149 people have recovered. Eighty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far. At the moment, 8,081 people are in isolation. The number includes active cases, their…

First constitution in Europe: Lithuania and Poland to mark 1791 joint act

Thursday, September 17, 2020

On Wednesday, The Lithuanian Cabinet approved a 2021 programme to mark the 230th anniversary of the May 3, 1791 Constitution of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the first written constitution in Europe. While the act is celebrated in Poland, some historians in Lithuania say it reduced the independence of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and tipped the balance of power toward Warsaw. With the improvement of Lithuanian–Polish relations in recent months, the…