Posts published in Day: March 13, 2019

Rail Baltic will provide a fast rail connection between the Baltic capitals every two hours

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Additionally, up to ten trains per day will run on Vilnius-Kaunas-Warsaw route. As a result, Rail Baltic will provide a fast rail connection between the Baltic capitals every two hours. The plan also includes two night trains on the route Tallinn-Riga-Kaunas-Warsaw-Berlin and Vilnius-Kaunas-Warsaw-Berlin, enabling passengers to travel further to other destinations in Europe. Furthermore, travelers will be able to reach Riga International Airport from the Riga Central Station in around…

Boeing 737 MAX 8 banned from taking off in Vilnius

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Boeing 737 MAX 8, banned across the EU, could not take off for a flight to Madeira from Vilnius on Tuesday. “Yes, it’s related to the issued European aviation safety directive,” Marius Zelenius, head of communication at Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports), told BNS Lithuania. In his words, the passengers had to get off and wait for a substitute plane. Zelenius could not say their number, adding, however, that…

Prime Minister: relations with Latvia are of strategic importance for Lithuania

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Prime Minister of Latvia Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš on his first visit to Lithuania to discuss the bilateral and regional cooperation, energy security and other relevant issues. Saulius Skvernelis emphasised the strategic importance of the relations with Latvia, while welcoming the current excellent bilateral cooperation. Latvia has been among Lithuania’s main trading partners. According to the Head of the Government, Lithuania and Latvia are like-minded…

Annual Baltic-Nordic consultations take place in Reykjavik

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On 12 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Darius Skusevičius took part in the Nordic-Baltic (NB8) Meeting of Secretaries of State in Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. The meeting discussed regional co-operation, security, transatlantic relations, Brexit, and other topical items on the international agenda. The Foreign Vice-Minister D. Skusevičius presented the dynamics of relations with Russia and stressed the need to continue to actively contribute to the…

EU’s strategic agenda discussed in Bucharest

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On 12 March, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Albinas Zananavičius participated in an informal General Affairs Council (GAC) meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting discussed the multiannual financial framework and the EU’s strategic agenda for the next five years. As regards the next multiannual financial framework, the Foreign Vice-Minister A. Zananavičius stressed that if the EU wished to adequately fund traditional policy issues, such as cohesion and agriculture,…

Interview: British soldiers with NATO Battle Group reflect on job well done

By Andrew Whyte on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Estonia has been a NATO member since 2004, but only in recent years has any of that become more visible to most people. With US troops first arriving in 2014, the impetus grew after the 2016 Warsaw Summit’s decision to strengthen NATO’s eastern presence in the Baltic States and Poland. Within a space of time which might make Brexit negotiators, on both sides, hang their heads in shame, the Enhanced…

EU: British parliament rejected last chance to leave with deal

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

After the United Kingdom’s Parliament rejected an updated package of its withdrawal deal with the European Union, EU’s Economic Commissioner has commented that the last chance of a deal has been lost. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday, March 13, on France 2: «We have done everything we could do. It is tome now for the British to say what they want, now that they…

Lithuanian parliament gives initial backing to North Macedonia’s NATO membership

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to proposed ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty. The protocol was signed in Brussels on February 6. Allied members need to ratify it to create legal preconditions for North Macedonia’s NATO membership. The protocol will come into force once all NATO members ratify it under their national procedures. The Lithuanian…

Foreign Intelligence Service: Main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The main external security threat for Estonia arises from Russia’s behavior, which undermines the international order, director general of the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service Mikk Marran said. The only serious threat to regional security, including the existence and sovereignty of Estonia and other Baltic Sea states, emanates from Russia. It involves not only asymmetrical, covert or political subversion, but also a potential military threat, a report published by the Estonian…

There is a risk of provocations on March 16 but no reason for great worries – Kuzis

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

There is a risk of provocations also at this year’s March 16 events but there is no reason for great worries, at least for now, State Police chief Ints Kuzis said in an interview to Latvian Television this morning. The police chief indicated that authorities have been monitoring the situation for more than a week already. Kuzis admitted that predicting how the situation will unfold is difficult as various incidents…