Posts tagged as Poland

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…

Lukashenko sacks Belarusian ambassador to Latvia

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko signed an order on Wednesday for the dismissal of the Belarusian ambassador to Latvia, Vasily Markovich  (Маркович Василий Михайлович), Latvian Television reported September 16. The Belarusian ambassador has been dismissed from his duties and deprived of his diplomatic rank. Vasily Markovich has been dismissed in connection with “inappropriate performance of duties”. This is reported by the Belarusian news agency Belta, referring to the presidential press service. Markovich became Belarusian ambassador…

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…

Lithuania and Poland ‘destabilise’ Belarus, says Minsk

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Poland and Lithuania have contributed to destablising the situation in Belarus, claimed a senior official at the Belarusian Defence Ministry, Oleg Voinov. Activities aimed at “heightening tensions in the information space, and provoking mass unrest have strained the interstate relations,” the major general wrote in an op-ed, according to the Belarusian state news agency BelTa. “The European Union in general and our closest neighbours Poland and Lithuania in particular have…

Lithuania’s former president receives Poland’s Kaczyński award

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lithuania’s former president Valdas Adamkus has been presented with the Polish Lech Kaczyński Prometheus Award for his efforts to further regional cooperation. Adamkus accepted the award on Tuesday in Vilnius from the hands of Poland’s former foreign minister Anna Fotyga. Adamkus, who was Lithuania’s president from 1998 to 2009, said he was very glad and moved to receive the award. “I am very glad as it’s always nice to meet…

Poland to give money to ‘LGBT free’ towns denied EU funding

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Poland’s government announced on Tuesday that towns whose applications for European Union funding were denied because they’ve declared themselves “LGBT free” would receive money from the state instead. Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, the leader of the right-wing, Catholic-nationalist United Poland party, handed over a symbolic cheque of 250,000 zloty (€57,000) to the mayor of Tuchow at a ceremony on Tuesday. Tuchow, located some 100 km east of Krakow, was one…

Poland uses chance to merge Lithuania

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Poland has entered a new era of political dawn. It has been progressively defending its interests in the international arena. Its voice has become louder and more significant. Poland has also received the most desired support among the European countries – the support from the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak signed a recently negotiated Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) on August, 14 in…

Poland Tells the Kremlin and NATO It’s Prepared to Fight

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In late July, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Army’s V Corps headquarters would be reactivated and permanently stationed in Poland. The Kremlin, its Twitter bots and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda twits objected. Chinese Communist Party flacks likely hissed (if so, I missed it). Reactions throughout still-free Europe were either quiet nods of agreement or reserved acceptance. These reactions reflect strategic reality. Putin’s nuclear-armed Russia is an expansionist…

Lithuania to ramp up checks on Polish border

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Lithuania’s police and border guards will intensify checks of travelers across the border with Poland, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė says. Lithuania introduced mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for people arriving from Poland this week in response to the growing number of coronavirus infections in the neighbouring country. “We are appealing to people to be aware as those arriving from [coronavirus] affected countries or travelling in transit via affected countries should self-isolate. Our…