Posts published in Day: March 2, 2020

First case of COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed in Latvia

Monday, March 2, 2020

Latvia’s Health Ministry and Center for Disease Prevention and Control announced March 2 that a first positive test for the COVID-19 coronavirus has been confirmed, reported LSM’s Latvian language service.  A press conference as been called for 20:00 Rīga time (18:00 GMT) at which more details will be given. A tweet from the Health Ministry said just one person had tested positive. As  previously reported by LSM  , in the…

Latvian security service asks for prosecution of alleged recruiter for Russian intelligence

Monday, March 2, 2020

One of Latvia’s security agencies, the State Security Service (VDD) said March 2 that two weeks earlier – on 17 February  – it had asked the Prosecutor General’s office to initiate criminal proceedings against a Latvian citizen for attempting to recruit one of its employees as a Russian spy. “On behalf of the Russian intelligence service the Latvian citizen sought to recruit a VDD official, who then would gather and transfer to a foreign…

Canada to appoint Baltic trade commissioner

Monday, March 2, 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, François-Philippe Champagne was in Latvia March 2 for a series of meetings to discuss bilateral and regional relations. Champagne will also be in Latvia March 3 to meet President Egils Levits and visit Canadian troops at the Ādaži military base near Rīga, but on Monday his itinerary included a joint press conference with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs. During the press conference, Champagne…

March in Vilnius commemorates slain Russian opposition figure Nemtsov – photos

Monday, March 2, 2020

Demonstrators marched in Vilnius on Saturday to commemorate Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician killed near the Kremlin five years ago on February 27, 2015. People in Vilnius carried the pictures of Nemtsov, as well as Lithuanian, Belarusian, Crimean, Russian and Ukrainian flags. Last Thursday, Prague in the Czech Republic became the third city after Vilnius and Washington to name the squares in front of the Russian embassies after Nemtsov.…

Latvian central bank to pay 19 million euros into budget pot

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Board of the Latvian central bank, Latvijas Banka (LB), said March 2 it had approved financial statements for 2019 according to which Latvijas Banka’s profit for the year totalled 27.2 million euros, a 45% increase on 2018’s figure. In accordance with the law, the accounts have been independently audited and 70% or 19 million euros of Latvijas Banka’s profit for 2019 will be sent to the central government budget; the remaining 8.2 million euros being added to the reserve…

No new coronavirus cases in Lithuania – health minister

Monday, March 2, 2020

There have been no new cases of the coronavirus in Lithuania since Friday when the first case was diagnosed in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, according to Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga. Fifteen people were tested for the coronavirus on Monday and the results came back negative, Veryga said on Monday, adding that another seven tests had yet to be carried out.  Read more:  Lithuania confirms first case of coronavirus, to deploy troops…

Pentagon signs contract for Javelin systems for Estonia

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Pentagon has signed a contract with Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin JV for the production of Javelin man-portable fire-and-forget anti-tank missile systems in order to supply them to Estonia, Georgia and another 14 countries, Georgian media reported on Sunday, citing a statement by the US Department of Defense. According to the media reports, the contract is worth more than 18.4 million US dollars. Among the countries that intend to buy Javelin…

No luck with Ukraine for Russia, now it’s Belarus’ turn: how energy can threaten a nation’s sovereignty

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 2, 2020

For Russia, the role of energy resources has always been dual, i.e. economic and political. In addition, both of these often go hand in hand, only the emphasis changes. Initially, the delivery of energy resources for other countries is viewed through the political prism – as a sign of sheer goodwill. As time passes, this is subject to change, particularly in cases when the country in question ceases to move…

Estonia prepared to reinstate border control in case of new migration crisis

Monday, March 2, 2020

According to Estonian Minister of the Interior Mart Helme, migratory flows from Turkey and the increasingly spreading novel coronavirus pose a threat to people’s health and safety, and Estonia is prepared to establish full border control on its external borders. “Europe is facing two rapidly developing crises, which are mutually aggravating one another. Even larger immigrant masses are headed to Europe from Turkey than in 2015, which is why Europe…

Are you media-savvy or info-naive? Take a test to find out

Monday, March 2, 2020

Latvian Public Media (LSM) has developed an online quiz in which you can test your attitudes and responses to the reliability of different stories you might commonly encounter in the media. The quiz takes the form of three separate short tests,    available in both Latvian and English  , and each one takes just a few minutes to complete. Test 1 tackles the reliability of information sources, Test 2 probes whether…