Posts tagged as independence

Thirty-one years of Lithuanian dreams

By Adomas Abromaitis on Friday, March 12, 2021

Thirty-one years ago, on March 11, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania declared independence. As inevitable as it seems today, many countries were very far from supporting this outcome. Thus, Moscow said the action was meaningless, and the administration of George H W Bush worried it could trigger the collapse of what it saw as a new international order made possible with Mikhail Gorbachev at the helm…

Zelensky congratulates Lithuania’s President on Day of Restoration of Independence

Thursday, March 11, 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky congratulated Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on the Day of Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence. “The truth always wins. Some 31 years ago Lithuania reaffirmed its European vector of development and chose such values ​​as human dignity and freedom. Gitanas Nausėda, congratulations on the Day of Restoration of Independence of Lithuania!” Zelensky wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Lithuania celebrates the Day of Restoration of Independence

Thursday, March 11, 2021

In Lithuania, on Thursday, March 11, Independence Day is celebrated. 31 years ago, the Supreme Council of Lithuania adopted the Act “On the Restoration of the Independent State of Lithuania”. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the celebrations will be quieter than usual this year, but there will be a number of traditional events. The festive morning in the capital Vilnius will begin with the laying of flowers at the monument…

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…

Celebrations of Latvia’s ‘de jure’ independence

Friday, January 22, 2021

Latvia declared de facto independence on November 18, 1918 but it wasn’t until January 26, 1921 that the Entente powers responsible for drawing up Europe’s post-war borders approved the new country’s existence de jure in international law. Achieving international recognition represented the completion of a very complicated process of building a Latvian state. In the period between the world wars, 26 January was a national holiday celebrated in individual Latvian families and…

Independence remains an unattainable Lithuanian dream

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Lithuanian political activist Žilvinas Razminas in his article “HOPE – MOTHER OF POLITICAL FOOLS …” admits that Lithuania steps on a rake again. He and his supporters called to boycott the elections and predicted the results of this electoral farce. “Our so-called “anti-system” parties have been stepping the same rake for 30 years and will do the same in the future instead of stopping and thinking calmly about the causes…

Baltic states take major step towards full energy independence

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The largest ever grant from Brussels should allow the three Baltic states to gain full control of their electricity networks by 2025 and complete their transition away from Russian infrastructure. Emerging Europe, partners of LRT English, report. The European Union has agreed to provide Poland and the Baltic states with a grant worth 719.7 million euros to carry out phase two of a project to link the electricity networks of…

Thirty kilometres and thirty years, a visit to Belarus – opinion

By Charlie Bauman on Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Charlie Bauman left Lithuania for Belarus where he had to isolate for two weeks. Perched on a windowsill in a hotel room flanking the central October Square in Minsk, he watched the protests against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and the subsequent crackdown unfold. Bauman, a now retired writer from the US, reports for LRT English. Belarus is only some thirty kilometres from Vilnius, but to cross the border is in some…

Baltic independence depends on NATO

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, May 8, 2020

The militarization of the Baltic States continues. Defense spending grows and military infrastructure is being developed. Even in the context of COVID-19, the Baltic authorities are ready to conduct large-scale NATO military exercises. And nobody cares about the opinion of local residents on this matter. That said, NATO ships arrived in Latvia this week to participate in the annual Open Spirit 2020 mine warfare exercise. This exercise is an international…

Latvians on virtual parade

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The May 4 virtual parade “Put on your folk dress for Latvia” brought together more than 4000 participants on social networks. On 4 May 1990, Latvia proclaimed its independence from the USSR, and restoration of the Republic of Latvia. Four years ago, a new tradition was launched in Latvia: “People of Latvia. Honor. Gowns.” The parade takes place on May 4 each year, and calls for the participation of any interested person who owns a folk gown. This year, Facebook and Instagram was flooded with…