After the parliamentary elections in Lithuania in October 2008, the new majority was formed with the Homeland Union/Lithuanian Christian Democrats (TS/LKD) ahead. The Homeland Union (and especially one of its leaders, a deputy to the European Parliament Vytautas Landsbergis) has always supported the Euro-Atlantic solidarity, criticized the Russian foreign and local policy, and consistently supported the Euro-Atlantic integration of its closest neighbors (first of all Ukraine and Georgia). The official appointment of Andrius Kubilius (chairman of TS-LKD) as the Prime Minister of Lithuania might result in a more active Lithuanian foreign policy regarding the CIS, and worsening relations with Russia (especially if the issue on compensation for the damage caused by the Soviet occupation is escalated). However, the new minister of foreign affairs Vygaudas Ušackas seems to have a more pragmatic approach towards Moscow and other Lithuanian neighbors. If so, what would be his relations with Prime Minister and President, and what could we expect from the new Lithuanian foreign policy?
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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.
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.