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Lithuanian president to pay visit to State Security Department

 Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is set to pay a visit to the country's State Security Department on Friday and will be introduced by its management to intelligence development priorities.

Darius Jauniskis, head of he SSD, will introduce the president to ways to collect and analyze information and will also talk about the department's activity in preventing risks and threats to national security, presidential spokesman Antanas Bubnelis told BNS Lithuania.

It will be the Lithuanian president's first visit to the SSD headquarters in the Pilaite area of Vilnius after he assumed his position in July.

Lithuania Selects 'Bridges of Time' for International Feature Category

The documentary focuses on the 'Baltic New Wave' of filmmakers.
Lithuania has selected Laiko tiltai (Bridges of Time) by Kristine Briede and Audrius Stonys as its entry for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

The documentary explores the less-remembered generation of the 1960s' poetic filmmakers from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, known collectively as the "Baltic New Wave."

Challenging the Communist propaganda newsreels, they turned documentary filmmaking into a poetic form and came up with a groundbreaking visual language heavily focused on metaphor and associative thinking.

Co-produced by Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Bridges of Time premiered at the Karlovy Vary international film festival in 2018. It went on to be screened at a number of other international film festivals, including Shanghai International Film Festival where it won the best documentary Golden Goblet and Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival where it won the Best Documentary award.

Bridges of Time is Lithuania's 12th entry in the best international feature Oscar race since the country became independent in 1991. So far, a Lithuanian film hasn't earned an Academy Award nomination or a statuette.

Lithuania's Nauseda will seek to develop relations with Belarus

 Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he will seek to develop relations with Belarus.

In his words, that will be done without Lithuania changing its position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant issue.

"I believe relations with Belarus can be maintained and we will take steps to develop those relations even taking into account the fact that, nevertheless, everything remains the same on the Astravyets nuclear power plant," Nauseda told the DELFI Demesio Centre program on Tuesday.

"It’s really possible to do and today I find it a bit strange to observe how we plan to further maintain such a position with American and EU delegations flying over our heads to Minsk where very specific cooperation matters are decided," he said.

John Bolton, the national security adviser to US President Donald Trump met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk last week.

Nauseda also discussed possible change in Lithuania's relations with Belarus during his recent undisclosed meeting with political scientists.

Ex-Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during her first presidential term. But later on her position changed and she stopped the top-level dialogue with Belarus, stating that it’s impossible due to Minsk's close ties with Russia and the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant. Under her decision, not only the state leaders but also the foreign minister did not meet.

In recent years, Lithuania has been blocking the Belarus-EU framework agreement on bilateral relations.

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