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Russia’s decision to block Lithuania’s haulers and imports of Lithuanian dairy products may be considered at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as early as this month, Lithuania’s Ambassador at the UN, Albinas Zananavičius, has said. Lithuanian Ambassador added that Lithuania is collecting the required materials and intends to hand them over to the European Commission, which could lodge a complaint against Russia with the world’s trade body. “I may only say that a meeting, during which this problem may be [...]

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Lithuanian opposition leader Andrius Kubilius stated on Monday that Lithuanian politicians and political parties should be united and agree on a strategy to resist the Russian trade war. Kubilius, Lithuania’s former prime minister, criticised the actions of the current administration, saying the Cabinet should be more active. “Throughout the entire month of the trade war on the border, it remains unclear what the government did and what its strategy of operations is. The impression is that its only strategy is [...]

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VILNIUS – The three Baltic NATO states on Sept. 20 questioned the purpose of major war games by Russia and Belarus close to their borders, accusing their Soviet-era master Moscow of a secret “anti-West” agenda, reports AFP. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia all expressed concern about the scale of military maneuvers publicly intended to prepare defenses against terrorism. “Russia has officially stated that these are anti-terrorism exercises. But the number of participants and amount of military equipment indicates that that this [...]

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Lithuania must turn to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over Russia’s “discriminatory” actions, Andrius Kubilius, the parliamentary opposition leader and a former prime minister, said on Friday. “Lithuania must urgently respond to Russia’s actions and turn to the WTO together with the European Commission over Russia’s discriminatory behaviour regarding both trade and dairy product imports and over energy problems. Especially when we see really serious support from the European Commission for such possible steps by Lithuania,” he said in a [...]

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Lithuania could block Russia’s road and rail access to its enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow keeps pressuring its neighbors over their ties to the European Union, the Baltic state’s foreign minister said. Vilnius, which currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency, will host a summit in November between the bloc and six states in eastern Europe and the Caucasus that are negotiating closer trade ties with Brussels. All six are ex-Soviet republics that Russia views as part of its sphere of influence. It [...]

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“We’ve got those reports from our partners who work in customs terminals in Russia, take care of documents… They said that no trucks had been taken for detailed checks today,” Atroškevičius told BNS. Russia on Tuesday called off tightened border checks on Lithuanian truckers, the vice-president of the national road carriers’ association, Linava, Mecislavas Atroškevičius told BNS. “The reports are unofficial since we still haven’t got any official information. However, full checks are not being conducted today; hence, we conclude [...]

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The Lithuanian Competition Council confirmed officially for the first time on Monday that it is probing Gazprom’s actions in Lithuania. The competition watchdog said on its website that last Tuesday it extended its probe, which was opened on 30 July, 2012. It would not comment previously on whether it was probing the activities of the Russian gas concern. “We confirm that the Competition Council is conducting an investigation on a complaint over Gazprom’s actions allegedly violating the terms and conditions [...]

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Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen,    There are two years left until the deadline of the Millennium Development goals. It is time to review what we have succeeded to achieve and set the guidelines for further work.    Development is a global challenge. Every contribution that is made, every experience that we share and every lesson that we have learned are very important.    By sharing, we set the stage for learning from each other – not only from our [...]

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- During her working visit in New York, President Dalia Grybauskaitė presented state decorations to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and artist Michael Philip Davis. The decorations were awarded on the occasion of the Lithuanian State Day, but H. Clinton and M. Davis could not collect them during the awards ceremony on 6 July. “Lithuania is proud of having true friends around the world who help us consolidate our independence and build a more secure, more advanced [...]

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- Please ask your Representatives for their support – Washington, DC (JBANC) — Baltic Caucus co-chairman Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) introduced the “Black Ribbon Day” resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 16. The legislation supports the designation of August 23 as a day of remembrance to recognize the victims of Soviet Communist and Nazi regimes. Your help is needed to increase cosponsorship of this legislation in order for it to be considered for further action. Please contact your Congressional Representative [...]