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Russian ambassador sends mixed message in WWII congratulation letter to Lithuania

Alexander Udaltsov, the Russian Ambassador to Lithuania, has released a public letter, congratulating the country on “the 70th anniversary of Lithuania’s liberation from the Germans-fascists”. The ambassador also makes references to topical issues of today, like the conflict in Ukraine, that are designed to provoke controversy, a Lithuanian political observer says. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuanian president to attend Holocaust memorial events at Auschwitz

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė is going to Warsaw on Tuesday to attend a memorial day of Holocaust victims at the Auschwitz concentration camp together with other state leaders and representatives of international organizations. […]

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš
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EU Council presidency to be factored into President Bērziņš’ Victory Day invitation to Moscow, foreign minister says

In deciding whether Latvian President Andris Bērziņš should attend Russia‘s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9, he should take into account the fact that Latvia is presiding over the Council of the European Union, said Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs in an interview to the LNT show “900 sekundes”. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuanian president rejects invitation to Moscow WWII event

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė has received an invitation from Russia to attend festivities to mark 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory against Nazi Germany but will not attend the events in Moscow next year. […]

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Lithuanian army bomb squad finds 2,000 World War Two cannonballs

Bomb disposal troops from the Lithuanian army‘s Juozas Vitkus Engineer Battalion have discovered a record number of around 2,000 World War Two cannonballs in the western Klaipėda District over the last few days, the country’s Ministry of National Defence said on Friday. […]

President Joachim Gauck of Germany and President Bronislaw Komorowski of Poland commemorate the start of World War Two
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History lessons as Poland and Germany mark start of Second World War

On 1 September, in 1939, without a declaration of war a German battleship opened fire on a Polish garrison. […]