Posts published in Day: February 6, 2020

Plane with infected passenger lands in Vilnius, coronavirus ruled out

Thursday, February 6, 2020

A plane landed in Vilnius on Thursday with a suspected case of coronavirus, Vilnius Airport has confirmed to LRT.lt, which was later ruled out. Rolanda Lingienė, director of National Public Health Centre, confirmed that the passenger is not infected with coronavirus, although the symptoms led to the initial suspicions.”The initial clinical symptoms led to believe” that the person was infected with coronavirus, she said, but not the “epidemiological” symtoms.”The person…

After Fox names Lithuanian cities ‘deadliest’, police says country is ‘safe’ but ‘should drink less’

Thursday, February 6, 2020

It is safe to live in and visit Lithuania, a deputy chief police commissioner has assured, responding to a Fox News story ranking the country’s three cities as “deadliest” in Europe. “I can state that it’s safe in absolutely all the territory of Lithuania. […] Many can be envious of the level of security Lithuanians enjoy, especially that website [Fox News],” Edvardas Šileris told journalists on Thursday. His comments came…

China urges Lithuania to ‘abandon Cold War mentality’

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Chinese Embassy in Vilnius on Thursday expressed its strong disagreement with the recent report by Lithuania’s intelligence on threats posed by China. “We urge the Lithuanian intelligence authorities to abandon its Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mindset and achieve mutual security by means of cooperation rather than advocating hostility,” the Chinese Embassy in Lithuania said in a statement sent to BNS. “The Chinese Embassy in Lithuania express strong…

Latvians in foreign conflicts. How many?

By Augusts Augustiņš on Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Latvian State Security Service (VDD) has so far initiated four criminal cases on the grounds of illegally participating in armed conflicts in Syria or Iraq and for joining the terrorist group Daesh. One of the accused persons was charged with crimes against humanity and peace and was given a prison sentence of six years and eight months with two years of probation. The VDD has informed that the activities…

NATO battalion in Baltics would be ready to act – interview

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, a “NATO buffer state”, would have the determination to act, Lithuania’s Chief of  Defence   Valdemaras Rupšys told BNS in an interview. “I think there would be enough determination and will to use [the battalion]. This is guaranteed by their military commanders and not even called into question,” he said. According to Rupšys, the geographical proximity to Russia poses additional challenges, including cybersecurity, to…

Lithuania’s EU commissioner pledges Baltic Sea cleanup plan

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The European Commission is to draft a plan for reducing pollution in the Baltic Sea, Lithuanian EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius has said. The EC can propose various measures and sources of funding, but member states must themselves stop activities that pollute inland waters, according to the Lithuanian commissioner in charge of environment, oceans and fisheries.  Read more:  Baltic Sea polluted with pharmaceuticals, report finds “It will depend on [member] countries’…

Economics Minister suspends senior official

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Economics Minister Ralfs Nemiro (KPV LV party) on February 5 suspended his ministry’s state secretary Eriks Eglitis and asked law enforcement authorities to investigate him for alleged violations related to the supervision of the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system related to electricity tariffs, reported the LETA newswire. The position of state secretary in a ministry is in effect the senior cicil servant. Eglitis, however, believes that he has been suspended for his resistance…

Kaljulaid discussed pension reform with Ratas, Helme and Aeg

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On Wednesday, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center), Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) and Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg (Isamaa) to discuss pension reform. “In recent months, a number of different analyses have been commissioned and carried out, highlighting both the pros and cons and possible constitutional contradictions of the reform. Regarding this issue, I have met with former presidents of the Supreme Court and…

Coronavirus deaths reach 563, with fresh cases on stricken cruise ship off Japan

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in China has reached 563, as health experts prepared to meet in Geneva next week in an attempt to develop a vaccine and Japan reported 10 more infections among passengers aboard a luxury cruise liner quarantined outside Yokohama. Chinese authorities said on Thursday the death toll had risen by 73 in the previous 24 hours – the third record daily rise in a…

Russian observers inspect 1st Infantry Brigade

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On Tuesday, the Russian Armed Forces Mission inspected the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade campus as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Vienna Document. The 1st Infantry Brigade (1. Jalaväebrigaad) represents the main manoeuvre unit of the Estonian Defence Forces which includes the majority of conscripts. It also has the capacity to co-operate with NATO forces. Lieutenant Colonel Peeter Kõiv said: “International commitments are an additional task for…