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A journey into space of first Lithuanian satellites is coming up.The launch of satellites "LitSat-1" and "Lituanica SAT-1" will be carried by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Orbital Sciences Corp., and is scheduled now for January 9th, 2014.
Sunday, 01 December 2013 17:08

Lithuanian flag at Euromaidan

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This past week the world has seen massive protests in Ukraine in response to President Viktor Yanukovich's decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. One of the largest protests so far was a pro-Europe march through the Ukrainian capital Kiev on the 1st of December. Demonstrators demanded the impeachment of the president and the new elections. Developments in Ukraine are being closely watched by Lithuanians, whose country recently hosted the EU Eastern Partnership Summit where the Association Agreement had to be signed. Lithuanians actively support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people, and believe every nation has…
Twenty two years after Lithuania’s membership in United Nations, Lithuania was elected today to the United Nations Security Council with the majority of votes. 187 countries voted in favor of Lithuania. Winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority in the 193-nation General Assembly. The vote was held in New York at UN headquarters, where five new non-permanent members of the Security Council were elected. Ten rotating spots for the Security Council are chosen from within the five regional groups into which the U.N. is divided: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin American and the Caribbean, and the Western Europe…
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 19:13

Lithuania eagerly awaits historic UN vote

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Twenty two years after Lithuania’s membership in United Nations, Lithuania seeks one of the ten rotating positions on the Security Council of the United Nations for the two-year term beginning on 1 January, 2014. The vote in New York at UN headquarters is set for October 17, when five non-permanent members of the Security Council will be elected. Winning a Security Council seat requires a two-thirds majority in the 193-nation General Assembly. Ten rotating spots for the Security Council are chosen from within the five regional groups into which the U.N. is divided: Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin American and…
In its efforts to better understand the needs of Lithuanians living abroad and implement the Global Lithuania strategy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has started a comprehensive survey.
Russia announced on Monday that it will ban imports of Lithuanian dairy products. It is a huge blow to a country, 35 percent of dairy exports of which go to Russia. The Russian consumer protection agency Rospotrebnadzor said that the ban is related to the "numerous violations" of sanitary standards, although there are few who doubt that main reasons are political ones. This move from neighboring country and one of the largest Lithuania’s trading partner adds up to the list of other discriminatory measures that Russia has been increasingly applying against Lithuania starting last month. It all began with Lithuanian…
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 21:25

Papal visit to Lithuania remembered 20 years later

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For Genutė Kazakevičienė, the historic visit by Pope John Paul II in Lithuania twenty years ago seems like yesterday. "Oh, gosh, I don't know, I felt like crying," Kazakevičienė, my Lithuanian aunt from Šiauliai said, whom I called last week to congratulate on her 82nd birthday. My aunt was among many thousands of people who gathered at the foot of the Hill of Crosses to get a glimpse of the pontiff. "It was beautiful. He was throwing holy water at the people, blessing us, and praying with us for the future of Lithuania at a place where for centuries Lithuanians…
During the high level US-Baltic Summit on August 30th in Washington, DC, U.S. President Barack Obama and the leaders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania vowed to cooperate on security, diplomacy and trade.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:24

Soviet troops withdrawal from Lithuania 20 years ago

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Twenty years ago on August 30th, Russia withdrew its last soldier from Lithuania, which became the first Baltic nation to eject all former Soviet troops. In fact, Soviet troops left Lithuania one year earlier than they left Germany.  In 1990, Soviet Army had in Lithuania about 35,000 troops,1000 tanks,180 aircrafts and 1901 armed personnel carriers. The pull in Lithuania started on March 3, 1992. The 446 anti-aircraft missile squad, armed with S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems was the first army unit to leave. The last to cross the state border were about 2,400 paratroopers. See historical footages of the start of…
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