Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Opinion: How Mikhail Khodorkovsky came to identify with Putin

This January, the Vilnius-based Eastern Europe Studies Centre organized a big two-day international event for experts, politicians and intellectuals. The centrepiece of the second day of the conference was an address by Mikhail Khodorkovsky. […]

European Union

EU endorses postponement of Ukraine free trade deal

European Union (EU) ministers on Monday endorsed the postponement of the free trade agreement with Ukraine until 2016, stipulating that the document can only be changed by bilateral agreement, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said. […]

Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin
European Union

Association Agreement with EU – victory for Ukraine or Russia?

“It’s a historic moment,” was the reaction when Kiev and Brussels ratified the Ukrainian-EU Association Agreement on Tuesday. However, celebration might be somewhat premature, since Moscow, eager to keep Ukraine within its own sphere of influence and away from the EU, has won significant concessions. […]

Ukraine's Ambassador to Lithuania Valery Zhovtenko

Ukraine’s ambassador to Vilnius: EU should be on active side of “gas war”, not its victim

Ukraine will never accept the loss of Crimea. Valery Zhovtenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Lithuania, said in the exclusive interview to ELTA news agency that only negotiation measures would be used to solve the issue of Crimea. In case it fails, the issue should be taken to international court, whereas the option to use military force is not being considered. […]

Linas Linkevičius
Foreign affairs

Lithuanian specialist will help Ukraine implement reforms, foreign minister says

Ukraine will receive a Lithuanian specialist who will help the country implement economic and integration reforms. The specialist who will provide assistance to the reform group established within the Ukrainian president’s administration will be chosen and dispatched as soon as in September, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, who visited Kyiv last week and met with President Petro Poroshenko, told the radio Žinių Radijas. […]

Linas Linkevičius
Foreign affairs

Foreign Minister Linkevičius on new European Commission president, symbolic gestures in politics and tweeting

EN.DELFI has interviewed the Minister of the Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius. We spoke about the next European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, significance of the European Union association and free-trade agreement with Ukraine and two other Eastern Partnership countries and about self-discipline required for tweeting. […]

Mindaugas Jurkynas

Opinion: Challenges in Europe and how Lithuanians should feel

These days, the international political scene has been shaken by two processes: the Kremlin’s aggression against Ukraine and the repercussions of the European elections, […]