Posts tagged as Lithuanian President

Lithuanian president: EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions, US to follow suit

Friday, October 2, 2020

As the European Union has agreed on sanctions against Belarus, the United States is expected to make a similar move, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has said. “Lithuania is coming home with good news – a plan of sanctions to Belarus will be approved and we now can expect the United States to approve their sanction plan in the near future,” the Lithuanian leader said in comments to BNS. “Hence we…

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…

Lithuanian president, PM, foreign minister lead popularity ratings

Monday, September 21, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has seen his popularity rating grow in recent months, whole Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga’s popularity has tumbled, according to the latest Lietuvos Rytas/Vilmorus survey published on Saturday. It shows that 64.7 percent of respondents now have a favourable opinion about Nauseda, up from 61.8 percent in July. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius came in second with 50.5 percent (50 percent in July), followed by Prime Minister Saulius…

‘Zhyve Belarus’. Lithuanian president joins human chain event to show solidarity

Monday, August 24, 2020

On Sunday, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda joined the human chain stretching from Vilnius to the Belarusian border to show solidarity with the neighbouring country’s protesters. He delivered a roadside speech, calling on Lithuania to become to Belarus what Iceland became to Lithuania 30 years ago. In 1991, the nordic country was the first nation to recognise Lithuania’s independence. “It became a beacon of freedom that showed the light at the…

Lithuanian president: EU asked Putin ‘to not use force in Belarus’

Thursday, August 20, 2020

EU leaders appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to not use force in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with LRT TV. Nausėda said mediation with the Russian president was necessary because the authoritarian leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, turned to Putin for support. “[EU leaders] predicted that this could happen, so we appealed to Putin to not use force and military means to resolve the situation…

Lithuanian president: Health minister ‘can’t stay away’ during coronavirus procurement investigation

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lithuania’s Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga has drawn criticism from the president for taking a break while his deputy is investigated for a suspected abuse of office in a 6-million-euro coronavirus tests deal. “In our opinion, Minister Veryga can’t stay away. He has to give his explanation, his take on the situation,” Darius Kuliešius, an adviser to President Gitanas Nausėda, told reporters on Tuesday. Veryga is on vacation until mid-August. “The…

Lithuanian president urges EU’s Michel to get personally involved in Astravyets NPP issue

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has called on the European Council President Charles Michel to get personally involved in addressing the safety issues of the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus. “I am asking for your personal involvement at the highest political level and for immediate action to protect the safety and well-being of the EU citizens,” Nausėda wrote in a letter to Michel on Monday. According to the Lithuanian president,…

Lithuanian president hails EU budget deal: unity prevailed

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Green economy and digitalisation will be Lithuania’s priorities in spending EU support, said President Gitanas Nausėda after returning from budget talks in Brussels. The European Council deal, arrived at Tuesday morning, will see Lithuania receive 14.5 billion euros in 2021–2027, including 2.4 billion euros in grants and up to 3 billion euros in loans from the EU’s coronavirus recovery fund. “We are glad for the whole of the EU. We…

Lithuanian president pledges to be tougher on next government

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Lithuania’s president says he will be more demanding for candidates nominated to the country’s next cabinet of ministers. “I will be principled. I’ll have no problem rejecting as many candidates as it will take to get the right result and the right candidate,” President Gitanas Nausėda told a news conference on Thursday. Lithuania is holding general elections in October. “I do hope that the future ruling coalition will have a…