Posts published in Day: April 9, 2019

All ministers must obtain security clearances – Vejonis

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President Raimonds Vejonis said that all government ministers must obtain security clearances. At the moment, there has been no information made public whether or not Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV), Regional Development and Environmental Protection Minister Juris Puce (For Development/For), Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV) and Welfare Minister Ramona Petravica (KPV LV) have been granted access to classified information. Vejonis…

Report names 10 of most powerful weapons NATO has to take on Putin’s Russia

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

For seven decades, the NATO alliance has practiced collective defense and deterrence against evolving international threats, and over the years, its capabilities have changed accordingly. NATO’s most “powerful weapon,” according to Jim Townsend with the Center for a New American Security, is the “unity of the alliance,” but the individual allies also possess hard-hitting capabilities that could be called upon were it to face high-level aggression, Business Insider reports. Heather…

Belarus expells deputy director of Latvian War Museum

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Belarus has expelled deputy director of the Latvian War Museum, Juris Ciganovs, the Latvian public television reported on Monday, reported LETA. Ciganovs was heading to an international scientific conference in Belarus, but was not allowed to cross the country’s border and was deported to Vilnius, Ciganovs confirmed in an interview with the television. Ciganovs had been invited to participate in a conference in Minsk. At the airport he learned that…

Estonian trade union: Salary of bus drivers should be EUR 1,200 starting from 2020

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Estonian Transport and Road Workers Trade Union said it wants the minimum monthly wage of a bus driver working full-time to be 1,200 euros starting from 2020, informed LETA/BNS. The Transport and Road Workers Trade Union and the Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises have been holding negotiations for signing a new extended sectoral collective agreement since the end of last year. Since no agreement has been reached during the…

Former Lithuanian ambassador to Russia arrested

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Lithuania’s Special Investigation Service has arrested Rimantas Šidlauskas, the country’s former ambassador to the Russian Federation. The Lithuanian news outlet Delfi reported that the diplomat is suspected of “influence trading”: law enforcement agents believe that he promised to acquire a Schengen Zone visa for a Russian citizen in exchange for that individual’s efforts to “influence a particular group of people.” That Russian citizen may be Rinat Nasyrov, a co-owner of New Industrial…

Small-scale carrier delivers LNG to Klaipeda terminal for 1st time

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The arrival of the Coral Anthelia in Klaipeda on Sunday evening marked the first time that a small-scale LNG carrier has delivered gas to the FSRU Independence, informed LETA/BNS. Small-scale LNG handling operations in Klaipeda have until now been export-oriented, with bunker vessels take LNG from the Lithuanian port to terminals in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Klaipedos Nafta, the LNG terminal’s operator, told  the unloading of the Coral Anthelia was planned to be…

Aspiring Lithuanian politician smashes plaque honoring Nazi collaborator

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Lithuanian lawyer smashed a controversial plaque honoring a Nazi collaborator in Vilnius, which a local court recently ruled may stay. Stanislovas Tomas, a human rights lawyer running for election to the European Parliament, was filmed smashing the plaque honoring Jonas Noreika on Sunday and streamed it on Facebook. He reported his actions to police and waited to be arrested next to the plaque with a sledgehammer. Last month, a Vilnius…

To be or not to be the Baltics’ and Poland’s defender

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Usually, when we speak about the US we keep in mind its might and influence. This country plays one of the main roles in the world politics. It does its best to be the leader. Everybody used to it. Even Americans used to it. We, Europeans, take its role for granted. Very often Europeans call for the US assistance and help in politics, trade, finance and even on war issues.…

Finance commission: some banks consider leaving Latvia in favour of other countries

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Among the banks that service foreign clients there are some that are considering leaving Latvia in favour of establishing a foothold in another country, says Finance Capital and Market Commission chairman Pēters Putniņš. He did not say exactly how many such banks there are in Latvia. When asked if business models of banks servicing foreign clients have been creative so far, Putniņš said no. «I would like to say no,…

Latvian president in Estonia for three-day state visit

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

From Tuesday through Thursday, Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis will be in Estonia for a state visit, during which he will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) and the Prime Minister, and visit cyber defence exercise Locked Shields as well as Tartu, Estonia’s second-largest city. The Latvian head of state will be accompanied on this visit, his last as president, by Minister of Foreign Affairs…