Posts published in September 2020

Lithuania grants entry to 64 Belarusians fleeing persecution

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Lithuania has so far granted entry to 64 Belarusians under the so-called humanitarian exception, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Tuesday. “Sixty-four permits have been issued to date, but not all of the Belarusian citizens have used them,” she told LRT RADIO. Belarusian nationals who do not hold a residency are not permitted to enter Lithuania due to coronavirus restrictions. Lithuania’s government granted the exception to Belarusians coming “for special…

Some 268 people fined in Lithuania in August for flouting isolation rules

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

A total of 268 people have been fined in Lithuania since early August for flouting coronavirus self-isolation rules, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė said on Tuesday. “I believe this is due to the upward trend in infections,” the minister told LRT RADIO. “The more cases we have […], the more people need to self-isolate, hence the proportionate increase in violations.” Tamašunienė said that around 100 people had been fined for failing…

Lithuania reports 23 new coronavirus cases, half in military unit

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Twenty-three new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Monday, the Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning. Three of the new cases are infections contracted abroad, while 18 people caught the virus from other known cases. The sources of two cases have not been traced yet, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Two people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Greece and one got infected in the…

Lukashenko supporters rally outside Lithuanian embassy in Minsk

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

On Monday, a group of people carrying Belarusian flags gathered outside the Lithuanian embassy in Minsk. A few dozen people chanted pro-regime slogans, according to independent Belarusian media TUT.by. Прямо сейчас провластный митинг проходит у посольства Литвы. Там же стоят журналисты БТ.  pic.twitter.com/KjHT7Pnbr9   — TUT.BY (@tutby)  August 31, 2020 Reporters from state-owned media have also reported gathered outside to cover the protest, according to TUT.by. No incidents had been…

Latvia: Passenger ticket lottery begins Tuesday

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, campaign “Biļete JĀ-ŅEM” begins in Latvia. Passengers in regional buses and trains are asked to save their ticket and register it on panembileti.lv for a chance to win 300 EUR, said Transport Administration representatives. As previously reported by LSM,   this is necessary not only for passengers themselves but for Road Transport Administration. According to board chair Kristiāns Godiņš, these tickets help to form statistics which later are…

Police asks to slow down near schools despite absence of signs

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The State Police calls on drivers to observe a safe speed of 30 kilometres per hour in the vicinity of schools, although there are no signs to regulate it, said the Deputy Chief of State Police, Normunds Krapsis, to Latvian Television September 1. “The time with the emergency elections of Riga City Council it has been forgotten to set up road signs with a warning that the speed of driving…

Rīga interim administration hands over Rail Baltica land for free

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

On Monday, August 31, even as talks about forming a new city council got under way, the interim administration of the Rīga City Council decided to transfer to the Ministry of Transport, free of charge, 18 plots of land owned by the city municipality or parts thereof, which are necessary for the construction and operation of the Rail Baltica transport infrastructure project. In total, the municipality will hand over 18 different plots…

Tikhanovskaya in Vilnius: Crimea is a divisive issue in Belarus

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

When there is a new free and fair election in Belarus, its discredited leader Alexander Lukashenko will not have the moral right to run, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said in an interview on LRT TV. She also announced plans to form a transitional government and explained her position on Crimea.  What must happen in Belarus to make it possible to hold free elections? The most important condition before holding…

Minsk rebuffs Baltic sanctions: their statements matter ‘less and less’

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

The Belarusian government does not care about criticism from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the country’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said after the three Baltics states imposed entry bans on Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other high-ranking officials. Attempts to put pressure on Belarus through sanctions have always had “the opposite effect”, Anatoly Glaz said in a statement on Monday. “We have thoroughly examined the statements by Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. After all,…

Four factions agree to form coalition in Riga

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Four factions have agreed to form coalition in Riga City Council has agreed under the leadership of Mayor candidate Mārtiņš Staķis: election winners Development/For!/Progressives, New Unity, National Alliance and Latvian Association of Regions, and New Conservative Party, Latvian Television reported August 31. With each potential coalition partner, Riga Mayor candidate Mārtiņš Staķis met for about an hour. Development/For!/Progressives (AP/P) proposed a draft memorandum of cooperation on which the new deputies of Riga City…