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Linas Linkevičius

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Linkevičius: 7 tons of freedom of speech – the new radio transmitter launched

Created: 2017.08.29 / Updated: 2017.08.29 18:03
      Linkevičius:  7 tons of freedom of speech – the new radio transmitter launched
      Linkevičius:  7 tons of freedom of speech – the new radio transmitter launched
      Linkevičius:  7 tons of freedom of speech – the new radio transmitter launched
      Linkevičius:  7 tons of freedom of speech – the new radio transmitter launched

      On 29 August, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with members of a congressional delegation of the United States of America, who are paying a visit to Lithuania. Six representatives from the U.S. Republican and Democratic parties, including the Congressman Doug Lamborn, who also serves on the House Armed Services Committee, and the Congressman of Lithuanian descent Johnas Shimkus, came to Lithuania to acquaint themselves with the security situation in the region.

      Lithuania’s Foreign Minister and the U.S. politicians discussed measures to guarantee security in Lithuania and in the region, support of our allies in this field, the fight against aggressive information propaganda, as well as issues related to energy, information and economic security.

      “Efforts to develop and deepen the Lithuania-U.S. partnership in all fields are of particular relevance today, when intensifying propaganda based on distorted facts is directed against Western values. Lithuania will continue to actively seek to maintain a strong transatlantic link, which is the cornerstone of security of the whole Europe, and to strengthen transatlantic ties,” said Lithuania’s Foreign Minister.

      Together with the Congressmen, Linas Linkevičius participated in the launch of the long-range/medium wave radio transmitter Neutel NX-200. The new radio transmitter will replace the old one operating in Sitkūnai (Kaunas district), which is more than 40 years old. This will allow broadcasting the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s programmes in the Russian and Belarusian languages to the Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian audiences. The USA transferred the transmitter to Lithuania. It is now operating in Viešintai.

      “Seven tons of freedom of speech – that is the weight of the new radio transmitter and a proof of a close cooperation between Lithuania and the United States,” said Linkevičius.

      The ceremony was also attended by the CEO of the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors André Mendes, the Minister of Transport and Communications of Lithuania Rokas Masiulis, members of the Seimas (Parliament), representatives of Government institutions and the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania.

      The participants of the ceremony also honoured the memory of the victims of January 13 events and free speech defenders.

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