Posts published in Day: March 3, 2020

Vilnius seeks €560m from France’s Veolia in arbitration court

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Vilnius Municipality and the municipal heat supply company Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (VST) are seeking 560 million euros from France’s Veolia, a former operator of the Lithuanian capital’s heating sector. Veolia (former Dalkia) operated Vilnius’ heating grid between 2002 and 2017 via its local subsidiary, Vilniaus Energija. Vilnius Municipality took over the assets in 2017 when the 15-year lease expired and now holds almost 100 percent of shares in VST. Read more: …

Gay marriage ruling to foster ‘Western-level tolerance’, says Lithuanian top court

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

After Lithuania’s top court recognised a same-sex marriage undertaken abroad, the president of Lithuania’s Constitutional Court hopes this will lead to “Western-level tolerance” in the country. According to Žalimas, the Constitutional Court also said that a democratic state has to respect every person’s dignity “irrespective of the majority’s dominant values or stereotypes” in the country. “The Constitutional Court also underlined that, differently from the constitutional concept of marriage, the constitutional…

Lithuania deploys troops to airports, seaport amid coronavirus concerns

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Lithuania has deployed several dozen troops to airports and the seaport of Klaipėda to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. The soldiers from the National Defence Volunteer Force (KASP) in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Klaipėda will inspect and register arriving passengers, according to the Lithuanian Armed Forces.  Read more:  No new coronavirus cases in Lithuania – health minister “The soldiers have received instructions from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Military Medical…

Denmark returns Kristīne Misāne to Latvia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Latvian citizen Kristīne Misāne was returned from Denmark to Latvia on March 3, LTV reported. LTV showed a video of a police car waiting on the runway at Rīga International Airport and collecting a passenger direct from a flight, though it is not possible to definitively identify Misāne from the footage. Laura Majevska, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office, told Latvian Radio that Misāne would have to be returned by March 4, and would…

Defender Europe 2020: to defend, to sell but not to abuse

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Tuesday, March 3, 2020

American assassins. This is how sometimes the main battle tank MIA2 Abrams of the US Armed Forces is called. This year, as part of the large-scale exercises of the US Armed Forces and the Allies “Defender Europe 2020”, they are arriving in large numbers in Europe. But not for destruction and murder, but for the protection of Europeans. Although it would probably be more correct to say to demonstrate the…

Vilnius to sign national stadium deal

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

A 156-million-euro contract on the construction and operation of a national stadium in the Lithuanian capital is planned to be signed in two weeks’ time, Vilnius Municipality said on Monday. The last hurdle for signing the contract was cleared when it was endorsed by the Education, Science and Sport Ministry last week. Read more:  National Stadium gets a go-ahead; court lets Vilnius sign concession deal with Axis Under the contract worth…

Pentagon will produce Javelin systems for Estonia and 15 more countries

Tuesday, March 3, 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…

Ukraine makes it harder for its citizens to travel to Russia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Starting March 1, Ukrainians will need an international passport to go to Russia. The new measure will limit traveling for many Ukrainians who only have their Ukrainian IDs. Until now, Ukrainians could travel to Russia using their domestic passports that each Ukrainian has by default. Children under the age of 16 were able to travel on their birth certificates. But Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers’ put an end to it with its decree on…

NATO’s “Crystal Arrow” exercise started in Latvia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

International military exercise “crystal arrow – 2020”, which is attended by 2.5 thousand NATO troops, started on Monday in Latvia, said in a press release of the Ministry of defence of the country. “International military exercises “crystal arrow-2020″ began in Latvia. They will last until March 13. Attended by about 2.5 thousand soldiers of NATO”, – stated in the press release of the Ministry of defense. The exercises are held…

EU supports energy efficiency projects in Latvia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed an €18 million loan agreement with the Latvian National Promotional Institution Altum to finance energy efficiency projects by Latvian companies. The financing is complemented by a €3m guarantee under the ‘Private Finance for Energy Efficiency‘ instrument, provided by the European Union under the LIFE programme. With Latvia already one of the leading countries in the use of renewable energy, this EU-backed financing agreement will allow Latvian…