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Lithuania’s political and economic diary. «Lithuanian president’s assaults on Russia exceeds those of Ukrainian radicals», Russian Foreign Ministry

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė has been such a vociferous critic of the Russia that even the Kremlin is exhibiting her to the world as an example of the «extreme» animosity.

According to Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Alexander Lukashevich,the Lithuanian head-of-state’s «anti-Russian statements and the extremism» exceed the statements by nationalist radicals in Kyiv and this obviously impedes resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

«Last Thursday, November 20, President Dalia Grybauskaitė belched out a new set of rude verbal assaults on Russia in an interview with a local radio. She went as far as to label Russia as a terrorist state in the context of Ukrainian events. She also made an outright appeal to give military assistance to the incumbent Ukrainian regime, claiming that if Russia’s so-called aggression was not stopped then it could spread farther on into Europe. In contrast, soberly-minded politicians who are not trying to win the liking of marginal forces and are really alarmed by the situation in Ukraine abide by a different, responsible approach,» he said.

He recommended the Lithuanian president to tone down her «fervor of a Komsomol activist» and to drop off the complexes about her Soviet past, which obviously pushed her into being holier than the Pope.

Meanwhile Grybauskaitė said in her opening speech at an international conference on civil defence that the focus of the people of Lithuania and their readiness to deter aggression is the most efficient deterrence.

Addressing the issue of active unarmed participation of the public in the country’s defence, Grybauskaitė said that every citizen can make a different contribution, i.e., from resisting propaganda and strengthening the cyber space to organizing transport and support.

«Our focus and readiness to deter the aggression is the most efficient deterrence. This is a signal to anyone who may attempt to infringe upon our sovereignty or breach our freedom. It is a message to every aggressor – this is our home and we will defend it,» said the President.

NATO’s new chief pays visit to Lithuania

NATO’s new Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has met on Friday, November 2, in Vilnius with Lithuania’s top officials and discussed regional security.

The Lithuanian President and the NATO chief visited the Air Space Control Centre in Karmėlava where the joint Baltic Command and Reporting Centre is stationed. Its main function is to carry out air defence operations, including command and control over the fighter jets participating in the Baltic air policing mission, the Presidents’s Office said.

Stoltenberg came to Lithuania after visiting the other two Baltic states of Latvia and Estonia where he discussed Russia’s increased military activity next to the Baltic countries.

NATO fighter-jets have been scrambled more than 100 times so far this year, as compared to just four times in 2010, in response to Russian military planes flying close to the Baltic States.

The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence says the figures are raising concern over Russia’s military activity near the borders of the Baltic states.

Research investments in Lithuania among lowest in EU

Research and development (R&D) expenditure in Lithuania was among the lowest across the European Union (EU) in 2013.

R&D expenditure in Lithuania amounted to EUR 332 million last year, accounting for 0.95% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

In Latvia, the ratio was 0.6% and in Estonia, 1.74%. Across the EU, R&D expenditure accounted for 2.02% of the GDP.

Higher education sector last year accounted for 55% of the total R&D expenditure in Lithuania, which was the second highest rate in the EU after Cyprus with 57%.

Business enterprise sector accounted for 25% of the total expenditure, and the government sector – for the remaining 20%.

Lithuanian expatriates send heaps of money to their loved ones back home

Lithuanians abroad will have transferred a record-breaking sum of money to their relatives back home this year.

According to the Bank of Lithuania, transfers from private individuals to Lithuania totaled LTL 5.3 billion (EUR 1.54 billion) last year. In the first half of 2013, the sum was LTL 2.2 billion (EUR 637 million), as compared to LTL 2.7 billion (EUR 782 million) in January-June this year. Consequently, the sum reaching Lithuania in the first semester of year is already LTL 500 billion (EUR 145 million) more, year-on-year.

Statistics from previous years suggest that the last quarter of the year, the holiday season, is usually the most generous – nearly LTL 1.5 billion (EUR 434.4 million) were transferred to Lithuania in the last quarter of 2013, indicating a rise by about LTL 130 million (EUR 37.7 million) from the earlier quarter.

Meanwhile, the Bank of Lithuania has announced that the last day of 2014 for inter-bank payments in the currency of litas will be at 1 pm on December 31, 2014.

Member of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania Marius Jurgilas says that the deadline for the implementation of payments will be brought forward as commercial banks asked for additional time to prepare the systems for the euro introduction. The Bank of Lithuania believes the request is justified and a 2-3 hour shorter payment deadline will not cause inconvenience if the banks inform the customers about this beforehand.

Gas price dips in because of Klaipėda LNG terminal

Lithuania’s National Commission for Energy Control and Prices (VKEKK) has established prices for services to be provided by the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in 2015. The Commission has ascertained that in the nearest future gas price will decrease and cost of heat generated using gas will not rise.

The VKEKK confirmed that the LNG terminal’s maintenance cost (the so called additional security component) will stand at LTL 7.41 (EUR 2.15) per megawatt hour in 2015, after the compensation to consumers is applied. The rate is lower by more than LTL 2 (EUR 0.58) than the one set previously.

The tariff was reduced after using LTL 100 million (EUR 28.9 million) saved on the terminal’s construction. The government decided that this amount collected throughout 2013 will be distributed as compensation in the next two years.

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  1. Linda says:

    Yes Russia TRUTH always hurts!!! I see that someone has the nerve to stand up to Moscow.

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