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by Euro Reporter
2008-07-27 10:04:40
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Brazil boosting business ties with Lithuania

Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus participated in the Lithuanian-Brazilian business forum organised by the Federation of Industries of the State of San Paulo (FIESP) in Brazil. FIESP President Benjamin Steinbruch said that Brazilian business people were interested in Lithuania because of its economic reforms and the growth of its economy.


Adamkus pointed out that in Lithuania they would find a truly open and free market which could open the door further on to Eastern European countries. “Lithuania’s ice-free port of Klaipeda is not only a gateway to the large 500 million strong EU consumer market, but it also has a convenient rail link with the Black Sea ports, which opens trade routes with countries such as Ukraine, Turkey and others.”

Three years into its EU membership and Lithuania is certainly flexing its economic muscle - I wonder whether China will be their next business partner.

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Lithuania willing to join U.S. anti-missile system


Lithuania is willing to allow the United States to deploy an anti-ballistic missile shield on its soil when the need arises, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said in a recent interview. There were currently no negotiations between Lithuania and the U.S. on the missile shield plan.

Lithuania believes that since the deployment of the anti-missile shield is important to regional stability and security, the country is ready to participate in the anti-missile shield with other allies when it is necessary. However, according to Russia's Ria-Novosti News Agency, Adamkus has refused to confirm reports that Washington would be allowed to deploy its anti-missile system in Lithuania.

There is more here than meets the eye. Just what is Lithuania hoping to achieve by this statement and just how angry do the former Soviet satellite countries want to make their former master?

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Vandals paint Lithuanian embassy


On July 25th, a group of vandals painted the hammer and sickle, and other Bolshevik symbols on the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk. Authorities say that this was a in retaliation to the Lithuanian law passed June 2008 that prohibits the use of Bolshevik and Communist symbols, likenesses of former leaders, or Nazi symbols.

Bottles with notes regarding people’s views about the law were also found by the embassy. Officers at the embassy noticed the commotion and Belarusian authorities were notified, and the case is now under investigation.

This doesn't really say much for the security at Lithuanian embassies.


   
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