Posts tagged as Poland

Closer cooperation between Lithuania and Poland needed

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he will seek closer cooperation between Lithuania and Poland at their shared border to better deal with common security threats. A major fire in Lithuania’s southern town of Alytus and the coronavirus pandemic have highlighted the importance of smooth cross-border cooperation at the municipal level, the minister said in a press release after a visit to Sejny and Punsk. The two towns in northeastern…

Poland’s tumultuous election – what’s in it for Lithuania?

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Thursday, July 2, 2020

With the incumbent Andrzej Duda facing off the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, LRT.lt spoke with experts about what the results of Poland’s presidential election might mean for Lithuania. Following a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda in July last year, Duda said “Lithuania’s security is very important for us and we pay attention to it, not only like neighbours, but also like important partners”. The same sentiment is…

Loan signed to finance planned gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a €65 million loan agreement with Lithuanian gas transmission system operator AB Amber Grid to finance the construction of the Lithuanian section of the planned gas interconnection between Poland and Lithuania. The interconnector will be the first high-pressure gas pipeline between Poland and Lithuania, integrating the Baltic States and Finland into the wider EU gas market and diversifying gas supply sources. The project…

What is the real goal of NATO in the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 29, 2020

U.S. will transfer 2,000 troops and military equipment to Poland. Military infrastructure of NATO continues to be deployed in the Baltic States. The main opponent of the Alliance is Russia. Washington plans to redeploy a new corps headquarters, called V Corps, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Poland. There is also a plan to transfer 30 F-16 fighters of U.S. army from Germany to eastern borders of NATO. Additionally, not…

Politicians hide behind civilians

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, June 26, 2020

The United States plans to transfer the command of the 5th Corps of the U.S. Army from Kentucky to Poland and 30 American F-16 fighters from Germany to the eastern borders of NATO. In addition, the United States is redeploying to Poland not one thousand, as mentioned earlier, but two thousand American troops. In addition to these measures, the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Poland has been publicly discussed…

Poland, US, UK, Romania and Croatia conduct military exercises on NATO’s eastern flank

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Troops have attended the military exercise Bull-Run 12 in Podlasie province near the Suwalki Gap, which is a bottleneck consisting of a 65 km short stretch of land located between Kaliningrad and Belarus. It serves as the only land route through which supplies can reach the Baltic States from Poland and other European NATO member states. War games focused on the defense of NATO’s eastern flank. Together with allied troops…

Turkey still blocking defence plan for Poland and Baltics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Turkey continues to block a NATO defence plan for Poland and Baltic states despite a deal last year between Turkey’s president and allied leaders, three allied diplomats and a French defence official said on Wednesday. Diplomats said while Ankara has approved the plan, known as Eagle Defender, it has not allowed NATO military chiefs to put it into action. The dispute, first reported by Reuters in November, is a sign…

Lithuanian-Polish cross-border movement up 10 times after lifting of controls

Monday, June 15, 2020

A major increase in the flow of passenger vehicles has been recorded on the Lithuanian-Polish border as the controls were lifted on Saturday. “The movement started yesterday [Saturday] afternoon and has risen several times. There’s a constant movement of passenger cars,” Giedrius Misutis of the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service told BNS on Sunday. There has been a tenfold increase in the cross-border movement of passenger vehicles, compared to the…

Lithuania and Poland to restore free movement this week, PM says

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Lithuania is planning to reopen its border with Poland this week, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. Skvernelis said he will meet with his Polish counterpart on the border this Friday. They will discuss restoring free movement between the two countries. According to Skvernelis, cross-border traveling could begin this weekend. “Nothing is preventing [the opening of borders] because the epidemiological criteria are very similar and Poland is on the…

Lithuania not worried by Poland’s record spike in Covid-19 cases, minister says

Monday, June 8, 2020

Lithuania is not worried by a record spike in Covid-19 infections registered in neighbouring Poland over the weekend, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Monday. Lithuania has currently designated Poland as a ‘safe country’, meaning those arriving from the neighvouring country are not required to self-isolate for two tweeks Poland’s nationwide rate of infections per 100,000 people remains below 25 cases per 100,000 people, necessary to be included into Lithuania’s…