Posts published in Day: March 25, 2019

Baltics marks 70th anniversary of major Soviet deportations

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Baltic states on Monday mark the 70th anniversary of mass Soviet deportations. The deportation operation, code-named Priboy (Coastal Surf), was launched on March 25, 1949, and around 95,000 residents of the Baltic states, including 32,000 from Lithuania, 42,000 from Latvia and 21,000 from Estonia, were deported in March-April of that year, with women and children making a major part of them. As the Baltic states mark this painful date,…

‘It was like the Titanic’

Monday, March 25, 2019

Britons’ relive terror after cruise liner is engulfed by storm as traumatised passengers donning life jackets are pictured waiting for helicopter rescue. As many as 200 Brits were among the 1,373 passengers and crew on Viking Sky. At least 20 tourists were injured and 480 were winched to safety by helicopter . Conditions on the ship in Norwegian Sea were compared to ‘being on Titanic’. Traumatised Britons last night told…

By joining NATO, Ukraine will reduce defense spending

Monday, March 25, 2019

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has said that by joining NATO, the country could potentially reduce spending on the defense and security sector from the current 6% of GDP to 2% of GDP envisaged for members of the Alliance, improve the security situation in the state, and stop the deaths of Ukrainians in the Donbas conflict. “Due to the aggression, Ukraine is now forced to spend 6% of GDP on…

Lithuanian Railways sign EUR 11.4 mln contract to rebuild Renge track

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) and Vitras-S, a railway construction and repairs company owned by Estonia’s railway services group Skinest Rail, signed on Friday a contract worth 11.35 mln euros, including VAT, to rebuild a railway section between Mazeikiai and Renge, in Latvia, that was dismantled back in 2008, the company said LETA/BNS. The track is to be rebuild by the end of 2019, in line with Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai’s commitment to the European…

Venezuela crisis: Russian troops in Caracas threaten US intervention plans

Monday, March 25, 2019

Vladimir Putin has flown Russian troops into crisis-torn Venezuela, as the United States dithers over the need for intervention. Two Russian aircraft have landed in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, offloading cargoes of troops and military equipment. It’s President Putin’s latest play on the world stage, after blindsiding the US with its intervention in Syria and Ukraine. Venezuela is in crisis. Its currency is virtually worthless as hyperinflation spins out…

Hungary turns to TurkStream as Russia plans to suspend gas transfers through Ukraine

Monday, March 25, 2019

Hungary’s foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has said that Russian gas deliveries to Hungary through the TurkStream pipeline could start in the second half of 2021. In an interview with Russian state TV broadcaster Rossiya 24, the foreign minister said that Hungary considers Russian energy investments in Serbia and Bulgaria highly significant since Russia and Ukraine have not yet managed to agree on transit deliveries to Europe. “Hungary will realise the…

The European Union has bigger problems to deal with than Brexit

By Larry Elliott on Monday, March 25, 2019

As the clock has ticked down towards Brexit, the state of the UK has attracted even more attention than normal. Every scrap of official data and every survey of business opinion has been pored over by leavers and remainers alike. Much less attention, understandably enough, has been paid to what is happening in the rest of the European Union, where the recent news has been poor. The frustration of the leaders…

Trump cleared of conspiring with Russia

Monday, March 25, 2019

US President Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election, a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report says. However, the summary submitted to Congress by Attorney General William Barr is inconclusive as to whether Mr Trump illegally obstructed justice. On Sunday, Mr Trump responded: “No collusion, No obstruction. Complete and total exoneration.” Opposition Democrats are demanding full access to the Mueller report. Mr Trump, who…

Slower growth in the Baltic countries

Monday, March 25, 2019

The European Bank of Reconstruction and development (EBRD) has a positive outlook for Latvia in 2019. It expects Latvian growth to be the highest among the Baltic States and forecasts is at 3.5 per cent of GDP. Lithuanian growth is forecasted as a bit lower — 2.8 per cent of GDP, and Estonian as 3 per cent. Economic growth in the Central and Southeast Europe (CSE) and the Baltics was…

NATO Confirms Plans For $260 Million U.S. Storage Site In Poland

Monday, March 25, 2019

NATO has confirmed that it plans to establish a storage facility in Poland for U.S. military equipment, including armored vehicles, ammunition, and weapons to arm a full brigade. A NATO official on March 23 told AFP that a report earlier by The Wall Street Journal that said the $260 million facility would be located in Powidz, some 200 kilometers west of Warsaw, was accurate. The WSJ quoted NATO chief Jens…