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. […]

Latvian President Andris Bērziņš

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”. […]

Latvian President Andris Berzins

Latvian president does not comment if he will attend Victory Day celebration in Moscow

Russia is already preparing for large-scale celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, and Latvian President Andris Bērziņš has been invited to the event as well. […]

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin

Why the West will eventually make up with Russia on Putin’s terms

Six years ago, when Russia attacked Georgia and tore off the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Western countries were, as always, “very concerned”, sent out their observers, provided humanitarian support and Nocolas Sarozy, the then President of France, volunteered to mediate in settling the conflict. […]

Monument to Chiune Sugihara in Vilnius

Son of Jew-saving Japanese diplomat Sugihara coming to Lithuania

Nobuki Sugihara, a son of famous Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis during World War Two, is coming to Vilnius on Thursday. […]