Posts published in Day: June 12, 2020

Latvia and Estonia have village chat about COVID-19

Friday, June 12, 2020

In the village of Kaelase in Pärnu County, Estonia, on 12 June 2020, the fifth informal seminar of the Latvian and Estonian foreign ministries was held along with a bilateral meeting between the Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and, his colleague, Urmas Reinsalu, the Estonian Foreign Minister. “Top diplomats from both sides talked at the seminar about developments in regional and international affairs,” the Latvia Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.…

Woman claims she got the body of her dreams by DOUBLING the amount she eats

Friday, June 12, 2020

A PERSONAL trainer has revealed the exercise secrets she swears by for sculpting her amazing figure – including eating more. Lauren Simpson used to weigh just 50kg, surviving on 1,000 calories-a-day, and admits she took her “obsession” with fitness too far. Writing on Instagram, the Aussie 29-year-old said under-eating led to “horrible” skin, violent mood swings and brittle hair. She said: “I was that girl who was scared of carbs. I…

Latvia’s refusal to back Lithuania may hinder Baltic energy link with Europe, PM says

Friday, June 12, 2020

Latvia’s refusal to join a boycott of Belarusian nuclear energy could hinder the Baltic sates’ switch away from a Moscow-controlled power grid, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday. The Baltic grids are still part of the post-Soviet BRELL network, which also includes Russia and Belarus, and remain dependent on the control centre in Moscow and the Russian electricity system. Following lengthy internal discussions, the three Baltic countries confirmed…

Will post-corona Russia be forced to return Crimea? – opinion

Friday, June 12, 2020

The enormous financial means that West Germany is still transferring to East Germany, 30 years after re-unification, suggest that Moscow’s grab of Crimea in 2014 has been an ill-calculated adventure, writes Andreas Umland for Emerging Europe. Sustaining over a long period of time the highly-subsidised economy of the annexed peninsula will be beyond the capacities of a more and more crisis-ridden Russian state. With deep historical connections between Russians and…

European court to look into Lithuania’s military conscription rules

Friday, June 12, 2020

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will look into whether Lithuania provides a suitable alternative for young people, who do not want to do military service based on their religious beliefs. The case is based on a complaint filed by Stanislav Teliatnikov, a Lithuanian national who now lives in Turkey. Teliatnikov is a ministerial servant of the Jehovah‘s Witnesses, “a religious group whose beliefs include the conviction that service,…

US troops in Lithuania best way to deter aggression, says minister

Friday, June 12, 2020

The presence of US troops in Lithuania is the best way to deter aggression, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Friday. Lithuanian officials have long sought an increased NATO and US presence in the Baltic states and Poland to deter Russia following its annexation of Crimea and the war in Ukraine.   “The deployment of US battalion in Lithuania and joint exercises […] are the best means of deterrence…

Vilnius opens new 100 km track for runners and hikers

Friday, June 12, 2020

A new 100-kilometre Track Around Vilnius was presented by the city mayor Remigijus Šimašius on Thursday. The marked route goes mainly through the woods surrounding the Lithuanian capital and can be used by both runners and strollers. “Vilnius is a city of active people […],” Šimašius is quoted in a press release. “Running is an inseparable part of their lives. I’m happy that my promise to the residents of Vilnius…

Wagner mercenaries in Libya – Putin’s naive cannon fodder

By Augusts Augustiņš on Friday, June 12, 2020

The mentality of Russian soldiers of being mere cannon fodder has not changed since the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we can conclude this from what we have seen and read in mass media. If we objectively disregard the “heroic deeds” – made up by the Kremlin – of Russian soldiers during World War II, it becomes evident that on the battlefield a Russian soldier will follow the following…

Rail Baltica to be discussed with Riga residents

Friday, June 12, 2020

On Monday, June 15, Riga residents and authorities will discuss Rail Baltica line construction from Jelgavas Street to Liepājas Street, representatives said on June 12. The discussion participants include Transport Minister Tālis Linkaits (New Conservative Party), Deputy Head of temporary administration of Riga Artis Lapiņš, representatives of Rail Baltica project from “RB Rail” and “Idom-ineco”, as well as the Riga municipality department of local planning “Grupa 93”. The discussion will be livestreamed  online from 10:00 to 12:30…

Lithuania hands out iodine pills ahead of Astravyets NPP launch

Friday, June 12, 2020

Potassium iodide pills, to be distributed to residents in case of a nuclear accident, have been handed over to the municipalities of Vilnius and Švenčionys, Lithuania’s south eastern regions bordering Belarus. Lithuania’s Health Emergency Situation Centre (ESSC) handed over the pills ahead of the opening of the Belarussian nuclear power plant in Astravyets, some 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. It is up for the local authorities to decide…