Lithuania: Europe can’t turn its back on Turkey
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Lithuania's president says that the European Union can't turn its back on Turkey, adding that "it's necessary to search for solutions to assist Turkey" to help curb terror threats and migration to Europe.
Dalia Grybauskaite said after meeting Turkey's visiting foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, that "Turkey needs Europe and Europe needs Turkey in trade, security, migration and other areas."
The Latest: Trump praises Baltic nations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meetings with the leaders of Baltic states (all times local):
President Donald Trump says the U.S. remains a steadfast ally to the three Baltic nations and is pointing to his push for NATO members to increase their defense spending.
Lithuania celebrates centenary of Independence Act signing
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — European leaders and royals gathered Friday in Lithuania, which is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and church bells tolling across the small Baltic nation.
President Dalia Grybauskaite says "we got our statehood back," adding Lithuanians will continue making a country that is "safe and prosperous."
Lithuania: Russia deploying more missiles into Kaliningrad
HELSINKI (AP) — Lithuania's president said Monday Russia has deployed additional nuclear-capable missiles in its Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on a permanent basis, calling it a threat to Europe.
President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters after visiting NATO troops in the central Lithuanian town of Rukla that "Iskander missiles are being stationed in Kaliningrad for permanent presence as we speak." She called it a threat not only to Lithuania but to "half of all European countries."
Germany hands over key independence document to Lithuania
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A copy of Lithuania's 1918 Independence Act found in German archives has been returned to the Baltic country, but only on loan.
President Dalia Grybauskaite says "one of the most important national documents has reached us at the most appropriate time" ahead of the country's centennial.
Grybauskaite received Wednesday the document — to be returned to Germany in 2023 — from German government archivist Elke von Boeselager.
Pope Francis needs a microscope to eye Lithuanian crib
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has given Pope Francis a Christmas present invisible to the naked eye: a Nativity scene where baby Jesus is smaller than a human cell.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday looked through a microscope to see a replica of the crib at Vilnius's downtown Cathedral Square, a copy of the nativity scene that was given to Francis by Lithuanian diplomats earlier this month.
Pope Francis to visit 3 Baltic nations next year
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Pope Francis is planning a visit to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia next year, when the three Baltic nations celebrate their 100th anniversaries.
Janis Siksnis, an adviser to Latvia's president, confirmed it to The Associated Press on Thursday, saying no other details were yet available.
Russia war games in Belarus spark anxiety in Baltics
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are watching with concern the latest round of Russian military drills that some analysts think might be the largest of their kind since the Cold War.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who often criticizes Russian leaders, said the war games getting underway in Belarus on Thursday are a sign the Kremlin is preparing for conflict with NATO.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A court in Lithuania has found a Russian national guilty of spying and sentenced him to 10 years in prison for attempting to recruit local officials to plant listening devices at the offices of the Baltic nation's president.
The Vilnius district court said Friday that Nikolay Filipchenko was an officer with the Russian Federal Security Service and intended to spy on President Dalia Grybauskaite's office for Moscow.
BRUSSELS (AP) — President Donald Trump's push to get in front of the pack at a NATO summit generated indignation in the Balkans and garnered attention on social media — but the man he shoved aside took it in stride.
At Thursday's gathering in Brussels, Trump put his right hand on the right arm of Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and pushed himself ahead as NATO leaders walked inside the alliance's new headquarters and prepared for a group photo.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — U.S. defense officials said a long-range Patriot missile battery may be deployed to the Baltic region later this year as part of a military exercise. The move, if finalized, would be temporary but signal staunch U.S. backing for Baltic nations concerned about the threat from Russia.
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian university says a scholar has discovered a missing copy of the Baltic country's 1918 Independence Act in the archives of Germany's foreign ministry in Berlin.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has asked the government in Berlin how and when Lithuania can get back the document, found this week by Liudas Mazylis of the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas — Lithuania's former capital.
NATO presence in Baltics sends clear signal, Lithuania says
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — More than 1,000 NATO soldiers being stationed in Lithuania sends a clear signal that the alliance stands "strong and united" in the Baltics in the face of Russian aggression, the Lithuanian president said Tuesday.
Dalia Grybauskaite said that Lithuania has "never before" seen "forces of such size and integrity" deployed in one of NATO's easternmost countries close to key Russian exclave Kaliningrad.
Soft is out! Putin, Trump force EU to harden its defense
PABRADE, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite gazed imperiously over snow-covered woodlands, the stage for NATO's "Iron Sword" exercise. One of the European Union's toughest leaders — and a karate black belt to boot — she knows that power these days needs real military hardware to back it up.
With an increasingly bellicose Russia on its doorstep and a capricious ally in U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, the rest of the EU is forced to acknowledge as much too.
Lithuania urges Trump to uphold NATO security commitments
PABRADE, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's president on Friday urged Donald Trump to uphold the United States' security commitment to Europe amid questions about the U.S. president-elect's intentions toward his NATO allies.
Watching over major NATO war games at Pabrade, near her small Baltic country's border with Belarus, President Dalia Grybauskaite said that as "the guarantor of peace after the Second World War in Europe," the United States long has shared responsibility for the continent's safety.
Lithuania town marks 75th anniversary of massacre of Jews
MOLETAI, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania's president has joined hundreds of people marking the 75th anniversary of the massacre of about 2,000 Jews by Nazi occupiers and their Lithuanian collaborators in the town of Moletai.
It was the first such high-profile event commemorating the massacre, which President Dalia Grybauskaite said shows the Baltic country is becoming more "open and tolerant."
Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America's determination to defend the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against any aggression from neighboring Russia.