Posts tagged as US

Coronavirus update: infected person from US visited Vilnius bars

Monday, June 29, 2020

Lithuania confirmed a single new Covid-19 case over Sunday, according to the National Public Health Centre. In all, 1,816 people in Lithuania have been diagnosed with the coronavirus to date. However, only 216 remain active cases, while 1,512 people have recovered. Seventy-eight people have died from Covid-19 in Lithuania. Infected person from US visited Vilnius bars The sole coronavirus infection was confirmed in a person who had recently returned from…

US risks dividing allies by withdrawing troops from Germany, says Lithuanian minister

Thursday, June 25, 2020

United States planned troop withdrawal from Germany risks creating divisions among NATO allies, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Thursday. “A significant drawdown of US troops from Germany would certainly not be positive. They have the necessary infrastructure, they have procedures and possibilities for training,” he told LRT RADIO on Thursday. “We consider that drawdown as a risk of a potential […] division among NATO countries in Europe,” he…

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…

‘Things change at night’. Lithuanians caught up in US protests

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Mass protests have swept across the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers. Lithuanians living in the country have also been caught up in the violence. LRT journalist Aurimas Piečiukaitis, reporting from Washington, said that the protests usually escalated at night. “The protests are mostly peaceful during the day, as people are marching and chanting on the streets. There’s genuine anger not only…

Lithuanians lay flowers by US embassy in Vilnius in solidarity with Floyd protests

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Lithuanian activists have expressed solidarity with American protesters by leaving flowers and candles outside the US embassy in Vilnius. However, they were initially removed by the police. Massive protests across the US have been continuing for eight days following the killing of George Floyd by the police. Rallies against racism have also occurred across the world. In Lithuania, human rights activists have called an action, titled I Can’t Breathe, inviting…

Fake news allege Lithuania will ask US to withdraw troops

Thursday, May 28, 2020

A fake report alleging tensions between Lithuania’s government and US troops targeted the country’s media this week, in what officials say is an intensifying effort to discredit NATO’s presence in the country. An email allegedly from the Lithuanian military spokesman was sent to the news websites Delfi.lt and Ve.lt on Wednesday, which included a false reference that it was being disseminated via the news agency BNS. The two newsrooms immediately…

Estonia wants to join US-led mission in Strait of Hormuz

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Ministry of Defense wants to send Estonian officers to join the United States-led security mission in the Strait of Hormuz in the Middle East. According to the draft decision submitted to the Riigikogu, Estonia would contribute up to five members of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) to Operation Sentinel. “The U.S. government contacted us with the proposal to participate in this mission,” said Minister of Defense Jüri Luik (Isamaa).…

Latvian company AirDog purchased by US technology giant

Friday, May 15, 2020

A Latvian start-up company, unmanned aircraft manufacturer AirDog, has been purchased by one of the largest developers of smart home solutions in the US, Alarm.com, said the start-up representatives on May 15. Alarm.com develops advanced technology that help millions of people in 40 countries manage and protect their homes and businesses. With the acquisition of AirDog, the NASDAQ listed company intends to promote research and development of  Alarm.com robotics for smart…

Latvian Post penalized for tariffs on shipments to US

Monday, May 11, 2020

Latvian Post Office “Latvijas Pasts” (LP) has been fined EUR 9300 for increased tariffs on cross-border mail, said the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). From March 30 to April 17 this year, LP has applied increased tariffs for mail delivery to the United States of America, which do not comply with the tariffs of universal mail approved by PUC. PUC pointed out that those who have used cross-border mail at an…

US nominates first ambassador to Belarus in over a decade

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

The United States has named its first ambassador to Belarus in more than a decade. Washington has previously pledged Minsk to help build a souvereign country, as recent months saw a flurry of activity between Vilnius, as well as EU and US diplomats, and Belarus. US President Donald Trump announced on April 20 that he intended to nominate career diplomat Julie Fisher, a top State Department official for Europe, to…