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  The South Stream: is the patient on life support or really dead? (2)

Viktor Denisenko
2015 01 12

Although after an official notice of high Russian officials on termination of the gas pipeline South Stream it would be logical to close the topic, it seems that the game is not over. This situation reminds the joke about  „the patient who is more dead than alive“, or vice versa?



  Is Europe‘s energy independence from Russia possible? (2)

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 05 28

Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine made Europe consider seriously its energy independence. Most of all Europe is afraid of Moscow‘s unpredictability. Recently Russian President Vladimir Putin has been freely treating international agreements and commitments (e.g. the Budapest Memorandum signed in 1994). Therefore nobody can guarantee that in the context of sanctions to Russia Gazprom will not stop supplying gas to Europe.

  Perspectives of Lithuanian LNG terminal (1)

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 05 05

There are practically no doubts that Lithuanian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal will be constructed. But there is also another important issue: who will by gas? According to Lithuanian politicians the terminal will increase Lithuania‘s energy independence but success of the project will depend on many factors. Here are some of them.

  Energy security and its mysteries (1)

Dainius Genys
2013 11 11

Today energy security is one of the key issues of the Lithuanian economic policy. It is usually referred to as a technological or economic  energy self-sufficiency problem, yet recently more focus is given to the impact of energy on the development of society. This aspect creates prerequisites for discussion: what are the views of social sciences with respect to the national energy security?

  Isolated Belarusian energy sector and anticipated reforms (1)

Antanas Šutas
2013 10 07

Belarus belongs to the electrical ring of the BRELL network standing for Belarus, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Energy transmission lines connect the country with Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine. Connections with Russia are of powerful, whereas the power of connections with Lithuania is likely to decrease since our country is determined to join the grid of Continental Europe.  

  Belarusian energy: ongoing processes and opportunities for Lithuania (1)

Antanas Šutas
2013 09 30

Vilnius is only 30 km away from the border of Belarus behind which energy and economic processes, as well as political and daily life of citizens are so different from that in Lithuania and the EU; nevertheless, it would be quite useful to have some basic knowledge about the neighbours (including their energy issues). 

  Shale gas in the US: new opportunities and old problems (1)

Brigita Kupstaitytė
2013 07 29

A person used to technologies and various conveniences can hardly imagine a day without various forms of energy. Demand for energy is rising worldwide. Green technologies and innovations offer an environmentally sound alternative, yet we have to rely on economically feasible energy production technologies.

  Unjustified developments of renewable energy sources: the danger to be lured into a trap (II) (1)

Antanas Šutas
2013 07 02

This part of the article is related to the negative consequences of rapid growth of renewable energy sources (RES) in Germany, and to potential renewable energy developments in Lithuania.

  Unjustified developments of renewable energy sources: the danger to be lured into a trap (I) (1)

Antanas Šutas
2013 06 25

Although energetically Lithuania is still an Eastern country, it has the plans concerning the possibility to choose where to import gas and energy from. Lithuania can generate electricity from thermal power plants by using the imported gas - after 2016 the use of coal and fuel oil will be due to the EU’s environmental restrictions. Another option is to generate electricity in the nuclear power plant (NPP), and under the current conditions this option seems to be the best...

  Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal for Eastern Baltic (1)

Andres Mäe
2013 06 05

The discussion about diversification of natural gas supply for the Baltic States needs to be widened. Alternatives are worth to be considered despite the principal decision of the European Commission to build a regional LNG re-gasification terminal into one of the EU member coastal states of the Gulf of Finland. Alternatives are the floating LNG re-gasification terminal in Lithuania and competing fuels. This article is trying to answer the question: Is the building of a regional LNG terminal economically viable?

  Renewable energy sources: toward energy security? (Part 2) (1)

Inga Sapronaitytė
2013 06 03
Wind energy

The first wind turbine in Lithuania was built in 1991 but due to technical problems it hasn’t been functioning for quite a long time. It was decided then that wind power is not sufficient for an effective power plant in Lithuania. Pursuant to the survey of 1994-1996, the Lithuanian coastal zone has considerable potential for wind power: the average wind speed here is 6,4 m/s.

  Renewable energy sources: toward energy security? (Part 1) (1)

Inga Sapronaitytė
2013 05 28

All countries should give high priority to the development of renewable energy sources (RES) and their effective use.  Alternative energy is one of the ways to establish new jobs, develop „green“ economy and reduce  greenhouse gas emissions. Lithuania should also focus on the development of RES and increase energy independence since it is still highly dependent on Russia. Effective use of RES could increase reliable energy supplies and comply with the environmental requirements of the EU.

  „Flammable Ice“: the Fuel of the Future? (1)

Vaiva Sapetkaitė, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2013 05 13

In March a Japanese state-owned oil and gas company announced it had successfully extracted gas from methane hydrate deposits from under the seabed. Why is it important? Huge amount of gas extracted from the above sources determine radical changes in the global energy map since the Earth is rich with these resources.

  Renaissance of coal or 15 minutes of glory? (1)

Vaiva Sapetkaitė, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2013 02 19

According to The Economist, Europe has some kind of golden age of coal or coal renaissance. Since coal is by far the most polluting source of electricity with more greenhouse gas produced per kilowatt hour than any other fossil fuel, this is making a mockery of European environmental aspirations to reduce (compared to 1990) gas emissions of the EU Member States by 20 percent.

  Nuclear triangle in the Baltic Region and energy alternatives (1)

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 01 28

At the end of the last year the Centre for Geopolitical Studies organised an international conference „Nuclear Energy Triangle: Regional and Global Challenges of Nuclear Power“. The focus during the conference was given to the Lithuanian, Russian and Belarusian NPP projects, their economic feasibility and geopolitical implications.  

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (69)

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities (86)

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass (40)

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries (2)

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia (3)

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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