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Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said "it's not possible" for the European Union to consider easing sanctions against Russia, which she said continues an "open military attack" against Ukraine. Russia's "imperialistic" leadership is to blame for the bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, Grybauskaite said in an interview on Thursday in Davos, Switzerland where she discussed the security situation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
 
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Energy has always been and will be about geopolitics. If you have reliable partners - fine. For example, Russia has declared that it will not supply gas via Ukraine and in two years Ukraine will be cut off from the route, and if Europe does not invest additionally, [it] will not be able to receive the supply.
 
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The vast ship that eased into this misty seaport early on Monday was hailed by American and European officials as the strongest signal that the stranglehold Russia has on the Baltics and their energy needs can be broken. The vessel, the Independence, is a floating factory for converting liquefied natural gas into the burnable variety. It represents a direct challenge to the Russian way of doing business as many other countries in the European Union have dithered over how to deal with President Vladimir V. Putin and his attempts to reassert Russian influence over parts of the former Soviet empire like Ukraine.
 
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The "Independence", a huge floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal docked in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda on Monday, becoming the first such facility to sever Moscow's energy grip on the Baltic states. Several hundred onlookers waving Lithuanian flags and an honour guard welcomed the massive white-and-blue vessel measuring three football fields in length, an AFP photographer said.
 
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Lithuania will be able to survive without Russian gas after its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal starts up soon, redrawing the energy map for the Baltic states, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Tuesday. The floating LNG import terminal at the port of Klaipeda is planned to open on Oct. 27, ending the supply monopoly of Russia's Gazprom GAZP.MM and isolation from global gas markets. Commercial deliveries are due to start after the terminal's testing in the beginning of 2015.
 
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Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression in Ukraine has raised fears that the Baltic states - all three of which are NATO members - could be next. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite warned of the danger when she spoke this week with The Post's Lally Weymouth. 
 
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Tough new measures designed to halt Russian aggression in Ukraine will be unveiled on the second and final day of the Nato summit in Wales. The United States and European Union are due to announce a new round of co-ordinated economic sanctions against Russia, US and British government sources have reported. These are set to include restrictions on some of the country's all-important energy firms and travel restrictions. But it comes amid reports of further fighting to the east of the port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine, hours before Ukrainian, Russian and European envoys are expected to back a peace plan and a ceasefire.
 
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VLADIMIR PUTIN, we may have met your match. This is one woman you don't want to mess with. Meet Dalia Grybauskaite, Lithuania's President. The 58-year-old has a black belt in karate and refuses to be pushed around by Putin. So much so that she has vowed to "take up arms" herself in the unlikely case Russia would attack her country. Grybauskaite, Lithuania's first female president and the first to be re-elected, pulls no punches. During an interview with German news magazine Focus in June she said of Putin: "(He) uses nationality as a pretext to conquer territory with military means. That's exactly what Stalin and Hitler did."
 
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Europe should slap an arms embargo on Russia, and France should cancel its sale of warships to the country, according to Lithuania’s president. Trading security for profit is “dangerous,” Dalia Grybauskaite said yesterday in an interview in Vilnius, the capital, urging a ban on sales of military technology and weapons to Russia after the Malaysia Air jet disaster. France says it will deliver the first Mistral ship to Russia in October because it’s built and paid for, though it may halt a second. The EU will discuss tightening sanctions against Russia today.
 
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- Madam President, you are travelling to Warsaw for a regional summit. What issues will be discussed there? - Taking part will be the presidents of the three Baltic States, Visegrad Group countries, (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary), Romania, and Bulgaria. It will be a short meeting to coordinate our positions as we prepare for the NATO summit to be held this coming autumn regarding our region's defense issues and also in response to the current situation in Ukraine, especially after the plane shoot-down when we saw direct brutal aggression against the civil population.
 
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