Posts published in Day: September 4, 2020

One more death from COVID-19 in Latvia

Friday, September 4, 2020

Latvia confirmed six new cases of COVID-19 on September 4, the total since the start of the pandemic now standing at 1,416 on Friday. Sadly, one death was also recorded, with the fatality toll rising to 35 as a result. The deceased was aged 55 to 60 with several chronic health conditions. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 1,903 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 260,698 tests have been carried out…

Survey: Over half of Latvia’s population do not think laws are fair

Friday, September 4, 2020

More than 50% of Latvia’s residents do not consider laws to be fair, according to a survey conducted by study centre SKDS by requirement of the Supreme Court, states Supreme Court news release September 4. The Supreme Court said that in the survey, respondents have assessed the quality of the regulatory enactments very critically – only 2% have fully agreed that there are fair laws in Latvia. 29% of respondents rather agree with this…

Activist Latushko: Views of neighbours matter to Belarusians

Friday, September 4, 2020

The views of neighbours matter a lot to Belarusians, Pavel Latushko, from the presidium of the Belarusian opposition’s Coordination Council, said in Vilnius on Friday. Latushko said his trips to Poland and Lithuania were aimed at providing first-hand information about the developments in Belarus. “As a member of the presidium of the Coordinating Council, which was practically formed at Belarusian society’s initiative, I have the goal of informing you about…

Latvia critical of “theatrical” Russian handouts to former Soviet occupiers

Friday, September 4, 2020

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement September 4 condemning cash payments promised by the Russian Federation to members of the former Soviet occupation regime in Latvia. “Latvia has a negative assessment of the 2 September 2020 decision signed by Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, on the bestowing of a monetary reward upon military officers and members of security agencies who were part of the former Soviet…

Nordics and Baltics call for release of political prisoners in Belarus

Friday, September 4, 2020

The delegations of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden (NB8) on September 4 submitted a joint statement to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (EPPA) on the situation in Belarus after the presidential election, offering strong support to democratic forces and calling for action from the Council of Europe. “We call on the governments of the member states of the Council of Europe to support democratic reforms and…

26 new cases of Covid-19 in Lithuania, new infections at military unit

Friday, September 4, 2020

Twenty-six new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Lithuania over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,004, the Health Ministry said on Friday morning. Eleven cases are connected to known clusters, seven infections have been contracted abroad – in Poland, Russia, Sweden, and Belarus – and four people have become ill after coming in contact with an infected person. Circumstances surrounding four new cases are currently unclear. Five…

US troops arrive in Lithuania amid tensions with Belarus

Friday, September 4, 2020

An armoured US battalion is arriving in Lithuania on Friday amid heightened tensions with Belarus. The 2nd Battalion of the 69th Regiment of the US Army 2nd Brigade will train with Lithuanian and other NATO troops in the Pabradė, close to Vilnius, according to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry. The American rotation will bring Abrams tanks and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The US troops are part of the US Army operation…

Key Belarusian activist flees country, to visit Lithuania

Friday, September 4, 2020

Pavel Latushko, a member of the Belarusian opposition’s Coordination Council, is visiting Vilnius on Friday. On Tuesday, Alexander Lukashenko said Latushko had “crossed the red line” when he “switched camps” and joined the Coordination Council and would have “to face the law”. Latushko left the country shortly after. In Vilnius,the opposition activist will meet with a Lithuanian parliamentary delegation and with Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, and take part in a…

Norwegian PM to meet with Tikhanovskaya in Vilnius

Friday, September 4, 2020

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is coming to Vilnius next week to meet with Lithuanian leaders and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the exiled Belarusian presidential candidate. Previously, Solberg told the Norwegian publication VG she expected to meet with Tikhanovskaya to get her views on how the international community can contribute to solving the crisis in Belarus. “Crowds of people on the streets of Minsk and other Belarusian cities show how people want…

Lithuania hopes cross-border workers in Latvia will be exempt from isolation

Friday, September 4, 2020

As Latvia plans to introduce mandatory self-isolation for people coming from Lithuania, Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė hopes to agree an exceptions for people going to Latvia for work. “We will ask for these exceptions that we now have with Poland. We have an exception for people going for work or agriculture-related reasons as we have [cross-]border farmers,” Tamašunienė told reporters on Thursday. “I also believe we will manage to…