Posts published in Day: July 9, 2018

Summary of the week: festivities in Latvia; free bus trips in Estonia; double-citizenship resolution in Lithuania

Monday, July 9, 2018

Summary of this week’s topical news in a variety of categories: Change; Direction; Suspicion; Decline; Fight; Growth; Festivities. CHANGE: Seimas paves way for dual citizenship, Constitutional Court hurdle ahead The Lithuanian legislature, Seimas, has lowered the threshold for the adoption of constitutional amendments on a dual citizenship referendum. In a vote this week, 67 legislators voted for the amendments to the Referendum Law, three were against and 16 abstained the…

EBRD to invest €20 million in BaltCap Infrastructure Fund

Monday, July 9, 2018

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has commited to investing €20 million in the BaltCap Infrastructure Fund (BinF), the Ministry of Finance has announced. The President of EBRD, Sir Suma Chakrabarti signed the agreement late last week during a signature ceremony held at the Ministry of Finance in Tallinn. With the additional contribution from Citadele pension funds as well as existing investors, BInF has thus reached its hard…

This is how Russia could test NATO, warns former US army Europe commander

By Patrick Tucker on Monday, July 9, 2018

Ben Hodges co-authors a new report that explores how Russia might engineer a military crisis on the Poland-Lithuania border. At Poland’s northeast border there’s only a narrow strip of inland border connecting it to NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It’s called the Suwalki Corridor and it has long been an object of concern for Western military leaders. To the west sits a unique spot Russian territory, the exclave of Kaliningrad,…

Lithuania: dual citizenship referendum will need a lot of focus, LWC leader says

Monday, July 9, 2018

A referendum on dual citizen will take place in Lithuania and it will need a lot of focus, Dalia Henke, head of the Lithuanian World Community, says. “A referendum on dual citizenship will probably take place on May 12, 2019 and it will take place two days during the first and second round of voting in the presidential election, and we’ll need to really get together for it,” Henke told…

Kremlin: Amesbury incident threat to Europe, alleged links to Russia are absurd

Monday, July 9, 2018

On Sunday, the UK Metropolitan Police said that a woman, identified as Dawn Sturgess, had died in a local hospital after being exposed to a toxic substance in Amesbury. Police have launched a murder inquiry. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on the death of one of the Amesbury victims, saying that the poisoning poses a threat not only to Britons, but to all Europeans. “I do not know what discussions and what statements preceded, and…

UK Navy unveils plan to beef up presence in N Atlantic ahead of NATO summit

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Royal Navy is following the example of Washington, which reactivated its Second Feet two months ago in a bid to counter what they consider to be Russia’s resurgence. A new Joint Area of Operations will be set up in the North Atlantic, Admiral Sir Philip Andrew Jones, the First Sea Lord and chief of naval staff, told Sky News in a television interview. This means that the United Kingdom’s naval and aerial warfare…

Iranian Commander: ‘Islamic Army’ Near Golan Heights Ready to Destroy Israel

Monday, July 9, 2018

The senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commander’s remarks come amid increased tensions between Tehran and Tel Aviv over the situation in Syria. In a recent speech, IRGC deputy commander Hossein Salami boasted of the creation of an “Islamic army” near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which he warned threatened to “end” Israel. “Today, an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan,” Salami said, as quoted by the…

Lithuanians investing EUR 100 mln into wind energy in Ukraine

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lithuanian-capital company Yuzhne Energy starts the construction of a 70MW wind farm in Ukraine, the vz.lt news website reports. The company’s manager Egidijus Simutis says over 100 million euros will be invested into a wind farm of 19 units in Odessa region. The park is set to come online by the end of this year. “Wind projects are very popular in Ukraine due to a favorable tariff and profitability. If…

Calendar of main political events in Latvia, Estonia next week

Monday, July 9, 2018

The following are the main political events in Latvia and Estonia next week. *** MONDAY, July 9 Latvia. A public holiday. Latvia. Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis to meet with Hirofumi Nakasone, a member of the upper house of the Japanese parliament and the chairman of the Japan-Latvia Parliamentary Friendship Association. Latvia. Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis to meet with Hirofumi Nakasone, a member of the upper house of the…

Lithuania hopes for ”military mobility” investment into Rail Baltica, roads

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lithuania hopes the European Unions’ new budget will allocate funds for investment into the Rail Baltica railway, roads and other infrastructure so that it matches military needs. Last spring, the European Commission proposed allocating funds from the EU’s 2021–2027 budget for dual-purpose transport infrastructure to facilitate movement of military equipment in member states. Lithuanian officials says they hope to get at least 430 million euros under constant prices (without inflation…