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‘America Is Back,’ but Europe Has Moved

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Macron and Merkel respond coolly to Biden, and public opinion backs them. President Biden set out to declare a triumphant U.S. return to the trans-Atlantic alliance. “America is back,” the president said in his speech this week to the Munich Security Conference. The leaders of France and Germany promptly made it clear that the four years of the Trump presidency had changed the relationship. France’s President Emmanuel Macron renewed his…

North Korea is a bigger missile threat than Russia, China or Iran: US official

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Top US official warns that there’s a “real possibility” North Korea would actually launch a missile toward Americans. Months after North Korea rolled out its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile for the world to see, a top U.S. military officer said that he’s treating North Korea as a greater missile threat than other American adversaries. On Tuesday, Gen. John Hyten — the second-highest-ranking military officer in all of the United States…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers social media regulation

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCE) is back with another online expert discussion February 24 with the regulation of social media platforms in focus. “Social media have emerged as dominant global platforms for both private and political discourse. While these platforms have transformed communication and information exchange to enable democratic debate, they have also created environments where harassment, disinformation, hate-speech and extremism thrive,” sys advance publicity. “Considering recent controversies…

London fintech players eye edge in Baltic shift

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Lithuania has become the go-to destination for many British fintech businesses in search of greener post-Brexit pastures, the head of online banking service ConnectPay said. While London remains a leader in attracting fintech investment, Marius Galdikas, chief executive officer of ConnectPay, believes Lithuania is shaping up to be the next top destination for businesses due to its rapidly growing fintech sector. Since the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union,…

Amb. Mkrtchyan briefs Lithuanian MEPs on the aftermath of Azerbaijan’s aggression against Artsakh

Friday, February 19, 2021

Armenia’s Ambassador to Lithuania Tigran Mkrtchyan had meetings with Lithuanian Members of the European Parliament Juozas Olekas and Petras Austrevicius. Ambassador Mkrtchyan briefed the interlocutors on the situation and recent developments in Armenia and Artsakh after the war unleashed by Azerbaijan. Special emphasis was placed on the urgency of resolving the issue of war prisoners and resumption of negotiations on the status of Artsakh. The prospects of Armenia-EU relations, the…

Lithuania proud to be the 1st country to have recognized Armenia’s independence

Friday, February 19, 2021

Lithuania is proud to be the 1st country in the world to have recognized the independence of Armenia, and one of the first countries with which Armenia established diplomatic relations in 1991, the Embassy of Lithuania to Armenia said in a Facebook post. This year marks the 30th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and Armenia. The cooperation has since deepened and expanded, creating a strong partnership and…

Statement by the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the political situation in Georgia

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania is concerned about the recent political situation in Georgia. Parliament’s decision to waive the legal immunity of Nika Melia, the leader of the main opposition party, the United National Movement, and the possible arrest of the politician reduces the possibility of dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition, raising questions about selective justice and the rule of law in…

NATO countries discuss reform for the first time

Friday, February 19, 2021

NATO should be made fit for the future. With the change of power in the USA, a possible disruptive factor is gone. But there are other hurdles for Secretary General Stoltenberg. NATO has started discussions on reform proposals from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The defense ministers of the 30 member states exchanged views on the “NATO 2030” project for the first time on Wednesday. Among other things, it includes the…

Estonia-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Group expressed condolences on 29th anniversary of Khojaly genocide

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Estonia-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Group expressed its heartfelt condolences to the Azerbaijan nation on the 29th anniversary of the Khojaly genocide, Trend reports citing the statement of the Group. “We share the pain of the Azerbaijani people about the Khojaly massacre, which meant the massacre of over 600 innocent civilians, including many children, women, and the elderly,” the statement said. “We condemn in the strongest terms the crimes against humanity committed…

Lithuanian president: EU must ramp up Russia sanctions

Friday, February 19, 2021

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has told DW that European Union sanctions against Russia should be ramped up. EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss such measures next week. New, targeted EU sanctions against the Kremlin could have an impact on the Russian leadership, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda told DW. Nauseda’s comments came as EU foreign ministers are seeking to draft an agreement on measures against Moscow following the sentencing of dissident…