“I think this demonstrates — which was what the military exercise demonstrated, too — that it is Moscow, not Belarus, not Minsk, that runs things on its territory. And it is Moscow, not Minsk, that makes decisions on who goes where,” she said in an interview with LRT Radio aired on Friday morning.
Lukashenko received an invitation to the Eastern Partnership summit, but sent his foreign minister to Brussels.
Grybauskaitė underlines that Lithuania’s relations with Belarus are complicated due Minsk’s military cooperation with Russia, particularly the Zapad drills held earlier this autumn, as well as the nuclear power plant that Russia’s state corporation Rosatom is building in Astravyets, some 40 kilometers from Vilnius.
According to the president, Rosatom “conceals information and is not a transparent builder” and Lithuania will continue to seek a “full-fledged” SEED mission by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Astravyets site.
Russian oil will be once again supplied to the Orlen Lietuva oil refinery in Mažeikiai as the new head of the company Wojciech Jasinski is increasing raw material imports from Russia, newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reports. […]
The 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way gives food for thought about a number of things: the neo-fascist threats from Russia, about the place of idols and sculptures in Grūtas Park and the museum reminiscent of the occupation of Lithuania, about the security of Lithuania and Ukraine after a quarter of a century since the restoring statehood and about the Baltic identity. […]
Lithuania’s Minister of DefenceJuozas Olekas says that his French counterpart told him at a meeting earlier this week that Paris was searching for ways to solve the issue of Mistral warships that France had built for Russia but suspended the handover following outcry from EU and NATO allies. […]