Alexander Lukashenko

Europe’s last dictator comes in from the cold

Lukashenko’s fortunes have changed. Once known as “Europe’s last dictator,” he has won friends in Europe, while antagonizing his traditional ally, Russia. It’s a situation that has left the Kremlin in a difficult positon: should it punish Belarus for its pro-Western tendencies? Or should it continue to prop up the Belarusian economy rather than risk further unrest in the region? […]

Nadiya Savchenko

Lithuania’s representative to observe Savchenko trial in Russia

A Lithuanian diplomat will be sent to observe the trial of Nadiya Savchenko, a Ukrainian pilot and member of the country’s Verkhovna Rada, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. […]

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Opinion: Renewing the Transatlantic commitment to democracy

The dangerous actions by Russia and Vladimir Putin pose the greatest challenge to security and democracy since WWII. This applies not only to the countries within Eurasia, but to our post-war vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace. While not necessarily a return to the Cold War, the current situation nevertheless has brought a clear competition of ideologies to the forefront: democracies founded on free elections, accountable governance and rule of law versus authoritarian ideals of “managed democracy.” […]


Lithuanian foreign minister unconvinced by Ukrainian separatists’ withdrawal statements

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius says he is not convinced by statements of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine about unilateral withdrawal of certain weaponry. […]

Aivaras Abromavičius

Lithuanian minister in charge of making Ukraine economy more efficient: 400 ministry staff gone in 7 months

Many Lithuanians follow closely developments in Kiev, where Aivaras Abromavičius, a 39-year-old Vilnius-born businessman, has been put in charge of Ukraine‘s ministry of economy and trade. He is one of several foreigners invited by Ukraine’s current leadership who decided it takes an outsider to tackle corruption and inefficiency that plagues the country’s economy. […]


Opinion: Peace on paper

The world is still waiting for measures of the Minsk Agreement to be implemented. Ukraine experiences continual military confrontation, and situation in Debaltseve region has also worsened dramatically. According to the recent information thousands of Ukrainian troops could again be trapped in the Debaltseve boiler. The Ukrainian side denies siege possibilities, whereas separatists inform on their achievements in encircling Ukrainian troops. […]

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Lithuanian foreign minister conveys condolences over deaths in Donetsk coal mine

Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Wednesday conveyed condolences over deaths in the explosion in a coal mine in Donetsk, Ukraine. […]