Former Lithuanian Interior Minister and head of police, Saulius Skvernelis, gained this week the backing Seimas and the Lithuanian President to become the country’s next Prime Minister. He has pledged to increase defence spending to the threshold required by NATO.
Four economy luminaries have opined this week on looming threats to Lithuania and its national economy in the months to come. Despite disagreements on the tack a new «peasants»-orchestrated government is about to take, leading economists have firmly concurred on a couple of developments.
BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 21-27
Just recently, now outgoing Lithuanian PM Algirdas Butkevičius could easily garner any support in Lithuanian legislature, Seimas. However, with Social Democrats playing now just second fiddle in a new-ruling Coalition, the SD leader failed to muster a necessary number of the MP’s vote to give him a seat of the Seimas’ Vice-Speaker.
Lithuania has stated that miscommunication had been the reason, why valuable U.S. donated rifles have been sold private individuals. Washington has requested an explanation, since a bilateral agreement bars Lithuania from selling American army guns to third parties.
Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. XI International Slavic Folk Festival «Pokrovskije Kolokola»
BNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week during November 14-20
A Vilnius court‘s decision to sentence to life in prison three former members of the Soviet special police unit OMON for murdering seven Lithuanian border guards and police officers at the Medininkai border checkpoint in 1991 did not give much solace to the families of the slain officers as the accused are free.
In a study as to how many emigrants are imprisoned in the prisons of other European Union member states, it has been estimated that Lithuanians make up the largest proportion, with Latvians and Romanians being next.
Lithuanian specialists are sharing their knowledge as to recognising and fighting Kremlin’s information campaign as the UK continues efforts to counter Russian attempts to influence British public opinion.
The Lithuanian government has on October 28 published a handbook as to advisable actions in case of emergency or war. In third such brochure since Russia added Crimea and its population to its territory, the tone is more serious and Lithuanians are instructed to recognise Russian military equipment.
Nearly a week after the second round of Lithuania‘s general election, the Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union, the holder of 54 mandates in the141-member Lithuanian Parliament, has not gotten a step closer to agreeing with other political parties on a new Cabinet.
Lithuanian Roma representatives have been critical about a tour agency organising sightseeing tours to the village of Kirtimai promoted as «an extreme challenge» having a former drug addict as a guide.
A senior Lithuanian military officer has on October 20 stated that Lithuania is considering the deployment of long-range missiles in the country in the framework of hosting a multinational NATO battalion in 2017.