Posts published in Day: May 16, 2018

2% less cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia in Q1 2018

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the first quarter of 2018, a total of 407.655 million cigarettes were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 8.217 million cigarettes or 2% less when compared to the same period of 2017, according to information from the State Revenue Service. In the first three months, a total of 7.83 million cigars and cigarillos were released for consumption in Latvia, which is 29.7% less when compared to the same…

Russia’s Offshore ‘Missile Tests’: Psychologically Undermining the Economic Security of the Baltics

By Olevs Nikers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the past two months, the Russian government twice warned Latvian authorities that it was planning to conduct missile tests over Latvia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea. Yet, in both cases (April 4–6 and April 17–19), Russia never actually shot off any live missiles during these “exercises” (Tvnet.lv, April 20; see EDM, May 2). This raises the question of what was the real purpose of Russia’s activities in…

Ministry: changes to law to improve cooperation between state and municipal police

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Amendments to the Law on Police that include closer cooperation between state and municipal police through the use of a new unified crime registration system received support from the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday, 15 May, as confirmed by Interior Affairs Ministry. One of the most significant fields in which state and municipal police cooperate on a regular basis is information exchange, which ensures coordinated action and helps save resources.…

US Still ‘Testing’ Same ‘Iron Curtain’ Anti-Missile System After 13 Years

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The US Army is looking to protect lightly armored vehicles from missiles and lethal projectiles with an “iron curtain” that has been under development for more than a decade without being delivered to warfighters’ hands. According to Popular Mechanics, the army is growing increasingly worried about the Russian Army’s Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles as well as Taliban fighters destroying vehicles with shoulder-fired rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). “Passive” protection in the form of more armor does not always…

Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

On May 15 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed security situation, aspects of cooperation with NATO, and Montenegro’s progress on European Union membership at a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđjan Darmanović, on a visit in Lithuania. Minister R. Karoblis congratulated Montenegro upon becoming a member of NATO in June 2017 and stressed that the membership in the world’s strongest alliance accelerated Lithuania’s development processes and…

Merkel: No Solution to Syrian Conflict Without Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The conflict in Syria has taken an enormous scale and cannot be settled without the participation of Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe and other regional powers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday. “The civil war in Syria and the fight against Islamic terrorism have escalated into a regional conflict of an enormous scale, which cannot be resolved without Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and, I would say, Europe,” Merkel said…

Lithuanian Officer honored for saving Armenian serviceman in 2004

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lithuanian Armed Forces Captain Saulius Paliulis has been awarded with Vazgen Sargsyan Medal of the Armenian Ministry of Defense for saving Armenian Officer Makuchyan in 2004, Armenia’s Ambassador to Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia Tigran Mkrtchyan said in a Twitter post. On 19 February 2004 Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov murdered Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan by decapitating him with an axe, as the two men were attending a NATO-sponsored English-language course in…

Why the US-European Defense Umbrella is on the Brink of Folding Up

By Gevorg Mirzayan  on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Academic, journalist and political commentator Gevorg Mirzayan explains why NATO’s Eastern flank, as well as the countries of the former Soviet space aspiring to join the Western alliance, are being set up have their security and geopolitical ambitions thwarted. The past week has seen important statements by high-level EU officials on the subject of European defense. On Friday, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini declaredthat the world was in “a state of chaos,” with the “European way…

Grey economy proportion in Latvia reached 22% last year

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The proportion of grey economy in Latvia was 22% of GDP in 2017, which is 1.3 percentage points higher than it was in 2016, according to results of Grey Economy in Baltic States 2008-2017 study. Envelope wages form 45.5%, undeclared income – 37.2%, and undeclared employees form 17.4% of grey economy in Latvia. Grey economy had increased in all three Baltic States last year. Grey economy in Lithuania was 18.2%…

Russia unveils bridge to Crimea, Ukraine condemns the move

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Russia has opened a strategic bridge in the Kerch Strait of the Black Sea connecting its illegally annexed peninsula of Crimea and mainland Russia. British news portal The Guardian reports that 19 km-long bridge is Moscow’s only direct road link to Crimea as since 2014, all car traffic passed over the Kerch strait by ferry or by passing through Ukraine Russia. Russia plans that the bridge would carry millions of…