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Lithuanian president: Lukashenko not legitimate leader of Belarus

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the British Sky News TV that Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate leader of Belarus. “You cannot call Mr Lukashenko legitimate, [because] there were no free democratic elections in Belarus,” he said in the  interview published on Thursday. Nausėda has proposed to mediate to help resolve the crisis in the neighbouring country. In a move backed by Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, Nausėda…

President Levits suggests OSCE assessment of Belarus election

Monday, August 10, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits issued a statement August 10 expressing hope that the Organization for Security and Economic Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) might be able to intervene to improve the situation in Belarus after President Alexader Lukashenko launched violent suppression of protests against an unbelievable election landslide in his favor. “As a neighbor of Belarus, Latvia fully supports the deep desire of the Belarusian people to live in their own independent, free and democratic…

President Nausėda out of temporary self-isolation

Monday, August 10, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda and his family came out of isolation on Saturday after a staff member, who was thought to have had contact with a coronavirus-infected person, tested negative for Covid-19. The entire staff of the president’s office went into self-isolation on Friday. Offices at the presidential palace have been disinfected and staff members advised to work remotely, if possible, according to a statement. Moreover, all visitors to the…

Belarus NPP launch this week ‘just a ribbon-cutting ceremony’, president’s adviser says

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Belarus may officially open its Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) on Friday in a symbolic move ahead of the presidential election, but the facility is unlikely to start actual operations until late this year or early next year, according to the Lithuanian president’s adviser. “The wording that the Astravyets NPP can be launched is not accurate,” Darius Kuliešius, a national security adviser to President gitanas Nausėda, told LRT RADIO on…

EU may have to close borders again, Lithuanian president says

Monday, August 3, 2020

EU member states may be forced to close their borders again as coronavirus cases surge, Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nausėda said on Monday. The president stressed, however, that any decisions on border closures would have to be taken jointly by EU member states. “The issue of border controls must be the next step and it requires European-level solutions,” Nausėda told reporters in Birštonas, a spa town in south Lithuania. As EU…

President Levits backs Kuldiga’s UNESCO application

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Latvian President Egils Levits on July 28 gave his support to a bid for UNESCO recognition by the town of Kuldiga in western Latvia. During a visit to the town Levits was introduced to the traditions of wooden restoration and the involvement of the population in the preservation of the city’s cultural and historical heritage at the Kuldīga Restoration Center. As Kuldīga is preparing to submit an application to be included on the …

Cut in EU’s cohesion funding to Lithuania ‘unacceptable’, president says

Friday, July 17, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Friday that the proposed cut in the cohesion funding for Lithuania in the EU’s next long-term budget was “unacceptable”. The president expressed the opinion before arriving in Brussels for the European Council meeting which starts on Friday. The EU’s Cohesion Fund seeks to reduce economic disparities within the bloc and is aimed at the member states with gross national income (GNI) per capita less…

Lithuanian president convenes Defence Council as Belarus moves to launch nuclear plant

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is convening a State Defence Council meeting on Thursday over the upcoming launch of Astravyets nuclear power plant near the border with Lithuania. The Council will meet to assess Lithuania‘s preparedness to respond to any potential incident at the Belarusian nuclear facility, the president’s office said in a press release on Wednesday. “Despite violations of international nuclear safety and environmental requirements, in violation of international conventions…

Looking for Lithuania’s president

By Vaidotas Beniušis on Thursday, July 16, 2020

Last week, Lithuanian president Gitanas Nausėda marked the one-year anniversary since his inauguration. Vaidotas Beniušis, editor-in-chief of the BNS news agency, gives an overview of the president’s achievements over the first year. In conversation with Lithuanian expats in London in December 2019, Nausėda confessed: “I cannot manage to do everything […] due to workload.“ Nausėda also admitted that Valdas Adamkus, an ex-president and his role model, criticised him for his…

Poland’s president ‘grateful’ to Lithuania for helping fight off EU sanctions

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Poland’s newly re-elected President Andrzej Duda sees Lithuania as a strategic partner helping Warsaw to fight the EU’s sanctions, according to an editor of the Polish biggest daily Rzeczpospolita. The EU has expressed concern that Duda’s party, Law and Justice (PiS), has been systematically tampering with the rule of law, attacking judicial independence, democratic institutions and minority rights in Poland. “It was Lithuania, the [Prime Minister Saulius] Skvernelis government, that…