Posts published in Day: May 19, 2020

EU funding reallocated to COVID-19 crisis mitigation in Latvia

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Tuesday, May 19, the government approved proposals for the reallocation of funds from the European Union (EU) to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the Finance Ministry (FM) said in a press conference on May 19. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said that funds were diverted from EU fund programs where projects have not been started and will not be implemente. The proposals were prepared by a…

Coronavirus update: 15 new cases in Lithuania, outbreak at Vilnius supermarket and McDonald’s

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 15 new coronavirus cases over Monday, the country’s Health Ministry said which was late to announce the results due to a technical glitch. Lithuania tested 6,496 people for Covid-19 on Monday and 37 tests were positive. However, it was unclear initially how many of them were new cases. In all, 1,562 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania so far. Sixty people have died from the disease. According…

Mayor in Lithuania arrested on bribery suspicions

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lithuania’s anti-corruption agency has detained Vaclovas Andrulis, the mayor of Kelmė District in the northeastern part of the country, for bribery. The mayor is suspected of having demanded a bribe of 10,000 euros, according to Special Investigation Service (STT). He was detained on Tuesday after accepted part of the bribe, 5,000 euros, on the same day. STT officers also seized documents from the mayor’s office as part of the ongoing…

Riga and Kalvene zoos open to visitors

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

From Tuesday, May 19, visitors are again welcome at the Riga Zoo, as well as their branch “Cīruļi” in Kalvene parish, as reported on the zoo website on May 18. At Riga Zoo, the Zoo’s entire outdoor area and a part of indoor exhibits will be open to visitors. Open indoor exhibits will include Tropical House, Latvian Amphibian and Reptile Exhibit hall, exhibit of Lemurs and Galápagos Tortoises and second floor of the Giraffe House.…

Lithuania mulls allowing events with ‘hundreds’ of people

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lithuania’s government is considering allowing mass events to resume, but according to the country’s health minister, Aurelijus Veryga, they would remain in the “hundreds of people,” and “not thousands”. The Cabinet is set to consider on Wednesday a schedule on how events and concerts could resume and theaters could reopen. Veryga says “indoor and outdoor” events, as well as the number of their participants will be discussed. “These are any…

Short stories of Lithuanian art. Antanas Sutkus

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting 20 key Lithuanian artists of the 20th century. Antanas Sutkus (born 1939) The photographer Antanas Sutkus stands out for his ability to build a special emotional connection with his subjects. His photography conveys subtle psychological states and everyday moments. For Sutkus, the key is to show the humanity of his models. Along with Romualdas Rakauskas, Aleksandras Macijauskas and other…

NATO Allies practise close air support in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Troops from NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania are training together with British and Spanish pilots from the Alliance’s Baltic Air Policing mission. The training, which began on Monday (11 May 2020) and wraps up this week, provides an opportunity to improve close air support and air crew procedures and skills. It involves the battlegroup’s German and Norwegian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers – specialised soldiers who guide fighter aircraft…

Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet to induct Karakurt-class corvettes armed with nuclear-capable Kalibr missiles, Pantsir-M systems

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Armed with the deadly Kalibr cruise missiles, Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet will soon induct six Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes. Four of the warships will also have the naval version of Pantsir-M close-in weapon systems. Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov made the announcement during the Baltic Fleet Day celebrations on May 18. According to a Russian Navy press release on Monday (May 18, 2020), Project 22800 missile corvette Odintsovo…

Estonia’s GDP to shrink 7% in 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Estonia’s GDP is estimated to shrink 7% this year and recover 5% in 2021, according to the latest forecast by Swedbank, cites LETA/BNS. Swedbank chief economist Tonu Mertsina said in a press release that the coronavirus crisis appears deeper and longer than the bank initially estimated in its baseline scenario two months earlier. On the other hand, the decline in the number of deaths and new infections in the United States and Europe…

With North Macedonia in NATO, Vilnius Group completes 20-year mission

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Two decades ago on April 19, 2000, Lithuania and nine other countries expressed their will to join NATO. With the admission of North Macedonia into the Alliance on March 27, the Vilnius Group has fully achieved its goals. “With [North Macedonia] becoming a full-fledged member recently, mission has been accomplished, intensive cooperation continues,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius tweeted on Tuesday. 20 years ago, Lithuania, Croatia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania,…