Posts published in Day: February 12, 2020

Can Minsk-2 peace deal between Ukraine and Russia be salvaged?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Five years after the peace protocol was signed, fighting still rages in eastern Ukraine. Now, efforts are being made to salvage the deal – but key issues remain unresolved. Five years ago the Minsk Protocol – also known as Minsk-2 – was signed on February 12 to bring the fighting in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region to a halt. The peace agreement’s 13 terms, however, were never properly implemented. To this…

Lithuania ‘ready’ to offer humanitarian aid to China

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lithuania is ready to offer aid and work more closely with China to tackle the spread of coronavirus, the government said on Wednesday. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has offered assistance in his letter to his Chinese counterpart, Li Keqiang. “Let me express our solidarity with the Chinese people, medical workers and frontline fighters in their relentless efforts to combat the coronavirus outbreak,” Skvernelis said in the letter. “We have been…

US troops opened fire on Syrians – one man was killed

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

A Syrian was killed and another was wounded in a clash Wednesday between the Syrian army and a U.S. patrol in the town of Khirbet Ummo in Qamishli city in northeastern Syria, state news agency SANA reported. The Syrian army stopped four U.S. military vehicles at the checkpoint in the town of Khirbet Ummo, adding that hundreds of civilians gathered at the checkpoint and prevented the patrol from passing. Later,…

Leaving a manager position in Ireland to become a Latvian entrepreneur

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Father of three Armands Džeriņš moved back to Liepāja after 13 years in Ireland to start his own metalworks company in Latvia, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on February 12. Džeriņš is still at the beginning of his business journey, as Armsol Metāls has only been operational for a few months. He does all the metalworks himself, which means long hours for the budding company, but he got his…

Father gives other side of the Misāne case

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The extradition case concerning Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne and the legal systems of Latvia, Denmark and South Africa has been extensively reported in Latvian media, including LSM , but until now comment from the South African side and specifically from Johann Grobler, the father of onoe of the children concerned, has been notable by its absence. But on February 12 his supporters posted a video online giving his side of the story, which…

Latvia and Moldova pledge further action tracking down billion-dollar fraud

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

On 12 February 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Aureliu Ciocoi, who was in Latvia on a working visit. The Ministers discussed bilateral relations between Latvia and Moldova, Moldova’s cooperation with the EU, and current developments concerning the Eastern Partnership, but also confirmed that attempts to recover cash from  a notorious fraud operation   that siphoned more…

Lithuanian president refuses to appoint PM’s adviser as economy minister

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has refused to appoint Lukas Savickas, an adviser to Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, for the job of economy and innovation minister. “The president considered Savickas’ candidacy for the post of economy and innovation minister and he made the decision not to approve his nomination,” Antanas Bubnelis, Nausėda’s spokesman, told reporters on Wednesday, suggesting that Savickas’ lack of experience made him unsuitable for the role. With less…

Karins to meet with Finnish president, prime minister this week

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) on February 12 will meet with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin during his working visit to Helsinki, LETA learned from the prime minister’s office. During the meeting with the Finnish officials, Karins plans to discuss bilateral relations and ways to improve cooperation in economy, transport, energy and security both between the two countries and on a regional level. Karins,…

Estonia’s minimum wage is some of the lowest in the EU

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

According to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics agency, Estonia has the eighth lowest minimum wage in the entire bloc – €584 a month. The seven countries that have an even lower minimum wage than Estonia are Bulgaria (€312), Latvia (€430), Romania (€466), Hungary (€487), Croatia (€546), the Czech Republic (€575) and Slovakia (€580). However, when comparing Estonia with Lithuania, the latter has a slightly higher minimum wage – €607. In…

Lithuania embarks on a ten-year international PR mission

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Lithuanian government has contracted an ad agency to draft a ten-year strategy for the country’s promotion abroad. The deal with New Agency is worth 163,000 euros, the government’s Chancellery said on Wednesday. “We have not had a coordinated strategy for the country’s promotion abroad so far, which lowers our opportunities to be recognised in targeted foreign markets makes it more difficult to highlight our competitive advantages in the region,”…