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Latvia, Estonia leave China-backed East Europe forum

Aug. 12, 2022 12:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Latvia and Estonia say they have left a Chinese-backed forum aimed at boosting relations with Eastern European countries, in what appears to be a new setback for China's increasingly assertive diplomacy. The move follows China’s boosting of its relations with...

Lithuania won't argue with Brussels over Kalingrad transit

Jul. 14, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania will not try to reverse a decision by the European Union's executive arm to allow certain sanctioned goods pass through its territory on the way to Russia's Baltic Sea enclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte said Thursday. ...

Polish and Lithuanian leaders meet troops at NATO bottleneck

Jul. 07, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

SZYPLISZKI, Poland (AP) — The presidents of NATO members Poland and Lithuania voiced confidence Thursday that allied troops can fully safeguard a strategically vital corridor, which links their countries, between Russian ally Belarus and a Russian Baltic Sea exclave. Concern over...

Lithuanian crowdfunding drive gets Ukraine an armed drone

Jul. 07, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania will present a combat drone to Ukraine that was donated by the Turkish manufacturer after a private crowdfunding campaign among ordinary Lithuanians, who raised nearly 6 million euros ($6.1 million) for the purpose within days. The campaign's...

Ukrainians displaced near Kyiv fear for war-damaged homes

Jul. 05, 2022 02:35 AM EDT

BORODYANKA, Ukraine (AP) — Valentyna Klymenko tries to return home as late as possible to avoid the darkness of her war-damaged home outside Ukraine's capital. She visits friends, goes to the well for water or looks for a place to charge her phone. The 70-year-old Klymenko then...

Russian lawmaker: Baltic exclave blockade may fuel conflict

Jun. 29, 2022 10:23 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lithuania’s refusal to allow some goods targeted by European Union sanctions through to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad could trigger a military confrontation, a senior Russian lawmaker warned Wednesday. Vladimir Dzhabarov, a deputy head of the foreign...

Cyberattack hits Lithuania after sanctions feud with Russia

Jun. 27, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A cyberattack temporarily knocked out public and private websites in Lithuania, the country's Defense Minister said Monday, with a pro-Moscow hacker group reportedly claiming responsibility. A distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attack targeted a secure...

EXPLAINER: Why Russia-Lithuania tensions are rising

Jun. 22, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

New tensions between Moscow and the West are rising after Lithuania decided to halt the transport of some goods through its territory to the Russian region of Kaliningrad as part of European Union sanctions on the Kremlin. The Kremlin warns it will retaliate against the sanctions,...

'Everything is on fire': Ukraine region weathers bombardment

Jun. 21, 2022 22:11 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian attacks laid down a curtain of fire Tuesday across areas of eastern Ukraine where pockets of resistance are denying Moscow full military control of the region, almost four months after the Kremlin unleashed its invasion. “Today everything that can...

Russia vows to respond to Lithuania's ban on goods transit

Jun. 21, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lithuania’s decision to bar Moscow from shipping certain goods by rail to Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad will result in a response that will have a “significant negative impact” on the Lithuanian people, a top Russian security official said Tuesday. The...