Posts published in Day: October 6, 2020

Baltics imposed sanctions on themselves

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sanctions are used as a tool of foreign policy by many governments. This month such restrictions were imposed on Belarus in order to force Belarus leader Alexsandr Lukashenko to leave office. Political and economic situation in this country has been remaining complex for about two months since the Presidential elections in August. The U.S. and EU leaders say they do not recognize Belarus’ election result though the vote was not…

Lithuanian farmers are going nuts

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuanian farmers have increasingly eyed nut-growing as a lucrative crop. Since 2017, nut farming has increased threefold across the country and farmers say they are now ready to compete with imports from Poland and Italy. Rimas Norus was one of the first Lithuanians to plant a hazelnut grove in the country and is now harvesting around four tons of produce from 500 mature trees in his 20-hectare estate. According to…

Belarus state media begins calling Lithuania ‘former socialist republic’

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Belarusian state-owned Capital TV (CTV) began calling Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine the “former socialist republics” after the three countries no longer referred to Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus. “Lukashenko’s propaganda takes revenge on Belarus’ neighbours for not recognising Lukashenko as president,” Franak Viačiorka, a Belarusian journalist and a researcher at Atlantic Council think tank, posted on Facebook. “Now State TV ‘doesn’t recognise’ the independence of these states and…

Lithuania recalls its ambassador from Minsk

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Lithuania is recalling its ambassador Andrius Pulokas from Minsk for consultations, the Foreign Ministry said late on Monday, as tensions with the neighbouring country escalate over Vilnius’ support for opposition protests. “Our goal is to preserve diplomatic contacts as much as possible. We have also sent this message to Belarus, with which it has been agreed for the meantime that the temporary recall of ambassadors would help reduce tensions and…

COVID-19 test queues grow in Latvia

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Queues for state-paid COVID-19 testing are getting longer in Rīga, and doctors are calling on people without symptoms not to form a line, Latvian Television reported October 5. The waiting time for a state-paid COVID-19 test after calling the joint number 8303 is six days. Increasing spread of the infection in the country has also increased the desire to check one’s health. But doctors are asking without signs of disease, not…

Huawei plans to challenge Estonia 5G ban in court

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Tech giant Huawei says it will challenge a ban on its equipment in Estonia. Huawei says the ban, drafted by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in July, conflicts with EU law in discriminating on the basis of origin. The economics affairs ministry’s draftwould prohibit what it calls high-risk tech by 2030, with the infrastructure and software used in the 5G network required to be risk-free by 2024. This…

Latvian PM: We need to learn to live normally with the virus

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

In an interview to Latvian Radio October 6, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) said that he would not like to see the state of emergency again in Latvia. The Prime Minister said that the pandemic has not subsided throughout Europe and around the world. We have two choices, he said. The first is to limit economic activity and movement again. “That’s what we don’t want because it’s essential to keep  economy…