Posts published in Day: December 4, 2019

NATO declaration reflects Baltics’ Russia worries

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

In a joint declaration issued following the NATO summit in London on December 3-4, the Alliance has reflected calls by the Baltic states and Poland to recognise Russia as a threat. In a nod to NATO’s eastern members, the document states that the Alliance is “facing distinct threats and challenges emanating from all strategic directions [and includes] Russia’s aggressive actions [which] constitute a threat to Euro-Atlantic security”. Lithuanian President Gitanas…

Climate change

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

“I spent five dollars for a weather app on my phone. I got two dollars and fifteen cents back in ‘climate change’.”  

Latvia to make contribution to Global Media Defense Fund

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

On 3 December 2019, the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers approved a draft resolution prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that will mean Latvia pays contributions to various international organizations from the Foreign Ministry’s budget. The resolution says that EUR 10,000 is to be paid into the Global Media Defense Fund, run by UNESCO, which is described as “a way for Latvia to contribute to the strengthening and development of global…

Foreign minister: ‘Tartu Peace Treaty is proof of our maturity as a state’

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu made a statement on the centenary of the Tartu peace negotiations and said celebrations will be held between Jan. 27 and Feb. 3, 2020 in remembrance. Reinsalu said: “A hundred years ago today, the most important international negotiations for Estonia began. Two months later, thanks to the efforts of our peace delegation, Estonia and Soviet Russia signed the Tartu Peace Treaty and the Republic…

Lithuanian PM faces pressure

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on Tuesday called on the country’s Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis to turn to the Chief Official Ethics Commission (VTEK) over the 300,00-euro improvements to a street near his home. The VTEK has already asked the government and other institutions for information regarding the incident. The watchdog will then decide whether to launch an investigation into possible ethics violations. The prime minister says he was not involved…

MP proposes downgrading Seimas’ speaker position

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Agne Širinskienė, an MP in the ruling coalition, has proposed removing the parliament speaker from the existing definition of state leadership, which would remove the position from mandatory VIP protection. “The speaker of the Seimas could be protected just like any other MP without establishing a separate legal status for him, [while] taking into consideration possible threats to his security, if such are identified,” said Širinskienė, MP from the Lithuanian…

Stoltenberg assures Poland and Baltic states defense in case of attack

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO once again assured Poland and the Baltic States of their support in the event of an attack by Russia. With the presence of NATO forces in the countries, the Alliance sends “a very strong signal to Russia,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Polish newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Tuesday at the beginning of the NATO summit in London. “If Poland and the Baltic States are attacked, the entire Alliance will…

Latvian Welfare and Interior Ministers disagree

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Welfare and Interior Ministers can’t agree on which ministry should take responsibility for the refugees who arrived in Latvia, left, and have since been deported back, according to the Latvian Television De Facto broadcast. These are people who received asylum in Latvia, but decided to leave and go to a different European Union country. There they were “caught” and deported back to Latvia, but then in Latvia they no longer qualify…

Turkish veto on Baltic defense plans is bad

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Turkey’s decision to block the updated defense plans for the Baltic states and Poland might make military planning more difficult but it’s not a catastrophe as other planning instruments remain, retired US General Ben Hodges says. The ex-commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) underlined that military officers have to take into account what defense plans are formally endorsed by all NATO members at the North Atlantic Council. “In…

Tallinn to raise public transport ticket prices for non-residents

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The city government of Tallinn, capital of Estonia, has submitted a draft regulation to the city council according to which the prices of Tallinn’s public transport tickets for non-residents will increase from the new year, the city government informed. Single ride tickets will be replaced by one-hour tickets. The price of a one-hour ticket bought from the bus driver will remain the same, that is two euros. Instead of the…