Vygaudas Ušackas

EU ambassador to Moscow: “I’m not in the business of prophecies”

The task of a diplomat is to maintain contacts with the authorities and society leaders, so dribbling basketball with the administration chief of the Russian president, playing buskashi with Afghans in Kabul – engaging in what one might call “sport diplomacy” – is part of the job. While such informal contacts might provide a wealth of insights into the unofficial workings of a foreign country, Vygaudas Ušackas, the EU Delegation chief in Russia, admits he is not “in the business of prophecies” to tell how long the Russian-Ukrainian conflict can last. […]

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Opinion: How did West lose war in Ukraine?

The West and Ukraine have lost the war against Russia this could sum up the results of the second Minsk agreement. How and why did this happen and what are the consequences? […]

Angela Merkel, Barack Obama

Opinion: Are Merkel and Obama indeed appeasing Russia?

For over a decade now we in Lithuania are being told that Germany is always indulging Russia. This line of criticism has lost some steam recently, after Angela Merkel played a crucial role in adopting hard sanctions on Russia. However, recent efforts by her and French President François Hollande to find a diplomatic solution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict have rekindled suspicions that there are plans to indulge Russia and betray Ukraine. […]


Chancellor Merkel and President Obama discuss Ukrainian situation as fewer options remain to resolve crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited United States President Barack Obama in the White House on Monday. The visit, which had been planned for some time, saw both leaders discuss a wide array of trade and security issues. The recent developments in Ukraine, with Russia destabilizing the country, dominated a large part of the talks and the hour-long joint press conference that followed. The press conference was attended by Vice-President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Ambassador Susan Rice. […]

Linas Linkevičius
Foreign affairs

Baltic and Benelux countries back expanding Russia sanctions, Lithuanian foreign minister says

The Baltic and Benelux countries agree on the need to expand the existing sanctions against Russia by including more people into the blacklist. They also backed the introduction of new sectoral sanctions, Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linkevičius said on Wednesday after meeting with his Baltic and Benelux counterparts in the Estonian capital of Tallinn. […]

Dovilė Jakniūnaitė

Lithuanian analyst: Russia trying to sow discord in EU with import bans

Russia is trying to sow discord between the Baltic countries and other European Union (EU) Member States by halting plans to resume imports of pork from selected Western European countries, political scientist Dovilė Jakniūnaitė believes. […]