Posts published in Day: February 20, 2020

Contraband cigarettes found on Latvian Honorary Consul in Ukraine

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Extraordinary scenes at the Ukraine-Hungary border have been released featuring Latvia’s Honorary Consul to Ukraine being dragged from his car after he refused to comply with requests to leave it by the normal method. Video cameras captured Honorary Consul Yurii Ihnatko sitting tight as a growing number of border guards congregated arounf his vehicle. Having failed to persuade Ihnatko to exit in the conventional vertical manner, the officials lost patience and decided a…

Trafficking of Lithuanians to Britain could increase after Brexit

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Britain’s move to introduce a point-based immigration system for EU citizens could lead to the trafficking of Lithuanian migrants, according to the head of Lituanian community in the UK. “Human trafficking will grow in scale,” Dalia Asanavičiūtė, the president of United Kingdom’s Lithuanian Community (JKLB), told LRT English.  Read more:  Waiting for Brexit: Lithuanians in UK ‘sick and tired’ of uncertainty    “Illegal businesses” offering passage to the UK were…

Russia unwilling to implement ceasefire in Ukraine – Lithuanian foreign minister

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements and the recent flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine shows there Moscow isn’t willing to implement the ceasefire, Lithuanian foreign minister said on Thursday. “They are testing their force again to look at what the reaction will be,” Linkevičius told reporters on Thursday. “And although [Russia] says it’s not them, but the separatists [and] everyone [else] is perfectly aware that these are the…

Fighting in Ukraine shows Russia unwilling to implement ceasefire – Lithuanian foreign minister

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements and the recent flare-up of violence in eastern Ukraine shows there Moscow isn’t willing to implement the ceasefire, Lithuanian foreign minister said on Thursday. “They are testing their force again to look at what the reaction will be,” Linkevičius told reporters on Thursday. “And although [Russia] says it’s not them, but the separatists [and] everyone [else] is perfectly aware that these are the…

Latvia sides with US in Huawei 5G fight

Thursday, February 20, 2020

On February 18 the Latvian government signed a declaration with the United States regarding 5G network security, according to Latvian Television’s “Panorāma” news broadcast on February 19. This is a signal to mobile network operators (MNOs) that it could be difficult to use technology produced by the Chinese company Huawei in building 5G infrastructure. Latvian MNO Bite had planned on cooperating with Huawei, but now indicates that the company is…

Belarus orders two more oil tankers via Lithuania’s Klaipėda

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Two more tankers with oil for Belarus are scheduled to arrive in the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda in March. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda previously said Vilnius is helping Minsk retain its sovereignty amid the standoff with Moscow over oil tariffs. Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian leader, called for a third of the country’s oil exports to come via Baltic ports, as he threatened to tap Moscow’s transit pipeline. The Belarusian oil…

Latvia: In 2019, the highest harvested production of grain was recorded

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2019 the highest harvested production of grain was recorded – 3.2 mln t, which is 1.1 mln t or 1.5 times more than a year ago. The average grain yield per one hectare reached 42.6 ql., which is the second highest grain yield in the history of Latvia (44.9 ql. were harvested in 2015). Exports of grain reached the…

Gas poisoning killed estonian citizen in France

Thursday, February 20, 2020

An Estonian national working as a cook on a Bahamian-flagged ship has died as a result of poisoning caused by a rodent-killing gas in the French port of Brest, while six other crew members sustained severe poisoning. The crew of the dry bulk carrier, Fri Dolphin, consisted of Estonian and Russian citizens, Interfax reported on Thursday. “The seven-strong crew sustained health damage in the course of a fumigation effort. The…

Estonia holds NATO Parliamentary Assembly cyber crisis exercise

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Estonia led a strategic cyber exercise for members of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Brussels on Wednesday, aimed at enacting a realistic cyber incident with a view to finding possible solutions. “One of the aims of Estonia’s cyber diplomacy is to increase, together with our allies and partners, the know-how on cyberspace and related threats,” said Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, according to a foreign ministry…

PNB bank has license pulled by ECB five months after request was made

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The European Central Bank (ECB) decided to withdraw the authorisation of JSC “PNB Banka” February 17, a full five months after it was proposed by Latvia’s financial regulator, the Financial and Capital Market Commission (FFKT). The FKTK submitted the proposal to the ECB on September 12 last year, following a decision three days earlier by the City of Riga Vidzeme District Court to declare the Bank insolvent. On August 15, 2019 the FKTK decided…