Posts published in Day: February 25, 2020

Lithuania’s pancake day of oddities

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Lithuania on Tuesday marked its version of the pancake day – Užgavėnės. As per tradition, the celebration marking the end of winter saw the burning of Morė – the effigy of winter – and staged fights between Lašininis, a fat man embodying winter, and Kanapinis symbolising spring, The latter’s victory symbolises the end of the winter darkness. In Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, people brought masks aimed to scare away the cold.…

Soviet Marshal Yazov sentenced by Lithuania dies in Russia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The last marshal of the Soviet Union Dmitry Yazov, who was sentenced by Lithuania for his role in the 1991 crackdown in Vilnius, died in Moscow on Tuesday aged 95. Yazov was the highest ranking military official and played a key role in the 1991 coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev and the repressions in Vilnius that led to the death of 14 civilians on January 13, 1991.  Read more:  Occupied…

USA Is Pulling Nukes Out Of Turkey

By Rod Renny on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

As reported earlier, Air Mobility Command’s C-17A Globemaster III arrived at Incerlik AB, Turkey from Sicily, Italy on February, 20 as a part of US-led train Defender Europe 2020, Air Mobility Command officers mentioned. 5 extra C-17A Globemasters III arrived to Incerlik AB from Ramstein Air Base on February, 21. Our sources at Incerlik AB affirm that the presence of 5 further transport plane is a transparent proof of getting…

Lithuanian businesses to feel coronavirus effects

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Lithuanian businesses are starting to feel the effects of the coronavirus in China as spare parts and imports are drying up. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian finance minister said the country has enough financial reserves if the virus reaches Lithuania. The biggest problem is the lack of spare parts in Europe as they are produced in China, according to Lithuania’s Baltik Vairas, the largest bicycle producer in Northern Europe.  Read more:  Coronavirus:…

Lithuania moves to limit publicity of defence documents

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Lithuanian  Defence   Ministry proposed introducing “official use” label for sensitive information in the national  defence   system, saying this would make it easier to share information with NATO and EU partners. According to the ministry, the new label would help manage information that is not classified but whose public disclosure could pose risks. It would be the national equivalent to the NATO UNCLASSIFIED or EU LIMITE markings. In…

Latvia applies to join CERN nuclear research body

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

On 24 February in Geneva, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, submitted a letter signed by the Latvian Minister of Education and Science, Ilga Šuplinska, applying for membership of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), in the presence of Fabiolai Gianotti, Secretary of the CERN Council and the organisation’s Director-General. “The Foreign Minister expressed the conviction that Latvia has gathered competence in science, and in high-energy particle physics in particular……

Cuban activists call on Lithuania to block EU pact with Havana

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Cuban activists in Vilnius are calling for Lithuania to block the EU-Cuba pact signed in 2016. Only Lithuania is yet to ratify the deal. Hugo Acha from the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba asked Lithuania to give Cuba the same chance Lithuania received from Iceland 30 years ago when it recognised Lithuania’s independence.  Read more:  Lithuanian opposition wants ‘Cuba card’ as leverage in Brussels “Lithuanians are at the crossroads.…

Around 300 Latvian dependents held in jail overseas each year

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The high profile extradition case of Kristīne Misāne has put the spotlight on Latvians detained abroad. On average, 300 Latvian citizens and nationals (so-called “non-citizens” are also entitled to consular protection) are detained abroad for various types of crimes each year, reported Latvian Radio on February 25. This figure could be considerably higher, as it is suspected that in many cases the detainee or convicted person does not want anyone back home to know about it and…

Emergency Riga elections to be held on April 25

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

President Egils Levits promulgated a bill on dissolution of the Riga City Council, which Saeima had endorsed on February 13. According to law, emergency municipal elections must be organized within two months since the respective local government is dismissed, and it is planned that the emergency Riga elections will be held on April 25. After the dissolution of the Riga City Council, a provisional council will fulfill the functions of…

Estonia needs to save more than before for sense of security

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Although Estonia has been doing well, for our own sense of security, we actually need to save more, President Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Viljandi on Monday evening. “We are accustomed to our world being diverse, beautiful, and rich in species. The technology that was available on Robber’s Rise — mainly the shovel in Sauna-Madis’ calloused…