Posts published in Day: September 6, 2018

“Anakonda-2018” will devour Poland

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, September 6, 2018

In 2018 the intensity of NATO military maneuvers and the number of forces and assets participating in them are increasing in the European region. Let me remind you about the most important of them: in the middle of June, the “Thunder Perkunas” exercise was completed (Baltic countries, 18,000 soldiers), and immediately following it – the “One Trident” (Norway, 40,000 soldiers) and “Anakonda” “(Poland, 100,000 soldiers). Special attention should be paid…

Latvia’s FVS pulls two tonnes of cheese for circulation after surprise inspection

Thursday, September 6, 2018

During a surprise product labelling inspection at SIA RVA Company warehouse in Riga, Latvian Food and Veterinary Service found evidence of re-labelling of food products, specifically a certain type of cheese. FVS officers found that original labels of Radamer cheese slice packages had been taken off and replaced with new labels and changed expiry dates, BNN was told by FVS representative Anna Joffe. Suspicions regarding possible fraudulent schemes appeared when…

British Army football final to be played in Tallinn

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Saturday, 8 September sees the annual British Army Super Cup football final, which pits the two best teams from the UK’s land forces regular and reserve units against each other. This time, and for the first time ever, it will be held outside of the UK, at the Lasnamäe Sports Centre in Tallinn. The Army Super Cup is the annual match between the British Army Football Association Regular Team winners…

Lithuanian PM visits Wawel Castle, pays tribute to late Polish President Kaczynski

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis on Wednesday arrived in Poland to take part in the Krynica Economic Forum. On his way to Krynica, in southern Poland, Skvernelis made a stop in Krakow to visit the Wawel Castle — the residence of Polish kings and Lithuanian grand dukes — and pay tribute to Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash in 2010. The Lithuanian delegation laid a wreath at the Wawel Cathedral crypt, the final resting…

ISS: Security clearance cannot completely rule out traitors

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Deputy director-general of the Internal Security Service (ISS), Martin Arpo said on ERR’s Esimene Stuudio (“First Studio”) talk show on Wednesday that an official’s security clearance that allows access to sensitive information can’t completely rule out that someone might pass on state secrets. Arpo pointed out that Estonian law states very clearly the conditions which rule out security clearance being granted to an individual. The ISS also has discretionary power…

Latvian butter receives European protection

Thursday, September 6, 2018

European Commission has approved the inclusion of two more food products – Spanish sausage Morcille de Burgos and Latvian Rucavas white butter – to the EU register of Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), as confirmed by European Commission’s office in Latvia. Rucava white butter is produced by half from fats and has a sour taste. «It is traditionally eaten immediately after melting with boiled potatoes or rye bread. Its production method…

Why did corruption watchdog chief lie about the information leak?

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau chief Jēkabs Straume explains that when journalists had initially asked him about the possible information leak in relation to the criminal case involving Saeima deputy Askolds Kļaviņš he said he knew nothing because he had no idea information from the report to the prosecutor general had ended up in the hands of the press. Straume also said that no head of a state institution would…

Installation of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline starts in Gulf of Finland

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Solitaire, the pipelay vessel of Swiss company Allseas, started installing the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland on Wednesday. Solitaire has a length of 300 meters and a width of 41 meters and the vessel will lay the pipeline around the clock seven days a week, the company said. Altogether 420 employees can live aboard the vessel. The 12-meter-long and 24-ton pipes of the gas pipeline…

Vatican releases updated program of pope’s trip to Baltic nations

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Vatican released on Tuesday an updated program of Pope Francis’ visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia later this month. Upon his arrival in Vilnius on Saturday, September 22, Francis is scheduled to meet with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite and to address the country’s top leaders, government officials, members of the public and diplomats in Simono Daukanto Square in front of the Presidential Palace. The pope will later in the day visit the Gate of…