Posts published in Day: June 24, 2020

Syrian Military Accuses Israeli Forces of Attacking Army Positions in Hama Province

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Israeli air forces have attacked the positions of the Syrian armed forces in two cities in Hama province and the country’s air defence systems repelled the attacks, the command of the Syrian armed forces said on Wednesday. “At 00:45 a.m. [21:45 GMT on Tuesday], Israel carried out a new act of aggression from the air, attacking several of our facilities in Salamiyah and Sabburah in the province of Hama,” the…

Chinese disinformation begins filling Latvian media space

By Zintis Znotiņš on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

As I have already written, there are notable similarities between China and Russia. If previously Latvian media was dominated by Russian propaganda and China seemed somewhere far away from all of it, then now it seems that China has decided to inject its own propaganda in the Latvian media environment. To what ends – it’s too early to tell, but the first signs are already present. China has chosen the…

NATO exercises with Tunisian Navy in the Mediterranean

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships and Tunisian Navy vessels performed a passing exercise in the Western Mediterranean Sea on 22 June 2020. The Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, now at the end of the Italian Command, exercised with two Tunisian Navy units – offshore patrol vessel Syphax and the fast patrol boat Hamilcar. The exercise was conducted in the waters north of Bizerte, Tunisia, with the four vessels…

Producer price level in Latvia’s industry down 2.4% in May

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

In May 2020 level of producer prices in Latvia fell by 0.8 %. Prices of products sold on the domestic market dropped by 1.2 % and prices of exported products by 0.5 %. Prices of products exported to euro area countries fell by 1.2 %, whereas prices of products exported to non-euro area countries rose by 0.1 %. Over the month, the most significant impact on producer prices was made…

Tennis champ Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19, apologizes for holding tournament: ‘We were wrong’

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Tennis champion Novak Djokovic has issued an apology after he became the fourth player to test positive for COVID-19 at his charity tournament. Djokovic, who ranks No. 1 in the sport, said in a statement Tuesday, “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm.” “Everything the organizers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions. We believed the tournament met all…

Lithuania reintroduces visa fee for Belarusian citizen

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Lithuania is reintroducing a visa fee for Belarusian citizens coming to Lithuania as of July and it will stand at 60 euros, the same as for Lithuanians, reported LETA/BNS. The Lithuanian government has on Monday decided to bring back the consular fee for a visa request for Belarusian citizens and apply a 50% discount. Under a decision made in 2011, such a fee has not been taken so far at…

It’s a bit too late to rattle saber over Astravyets

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

I’s a bit too late, albeit impressive, to rattle saber over the Astravyets nuclear power plant, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius says cited LETA/BNS. He also said the issue is not easy in an attempt to secure support of the international community. Linkevicius also downplayed the difference of opinion on Astravyets with Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas. “We’ve had a lot of communication with other states but since interests vary and…

Coronavirus update: medical worker confirmed infected after party in restaurant

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One new case of the novel coronavirus was confirmed in Lithuania on Wednesday, according to the National Public Health Centre. A medical worker from Santaros Clinics in Vilnius, who had already been in self-isolation due to coming in contact with an infected person, was confirmed ill with Covid-19. “[The person] was already isolated after an event at Beer House restaurant, where medics were holding a celebration on June 12,” said…

Four consecutive days of no new COVID-19 cases in Latvia

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Latvia confirmed no new cases of COVID-19 on June 24 for the fourth day in a row, the total number of cases remaining at 1,111 on Wednesday. No further fatalities were recorded either, with the death toll remaining on 30. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,276 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 141,713 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 903 patients have recovered. 8 patients are in…

Can Eastern Europe teach West what to do with ‘cancelled heroes’?

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While colonial-era statues are being torn down in the UK and Belgium, some Eastern European countries have already banished communist-era monuments to isolated parks, like Grūtas in Lithuania. Are there better ways to deal with canceled “heroes”, asks Deutsche Welle. The fall of a monument is a historical act. There is something irreversible about it. It stands for a victory against the old order, the dawn of a new era.…