Posts published in Baltic states

Lawyer who filed complaints to UN against Lithuania over CIA black sites wants leaders indicted

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A human rights lawyer, who sent complaints to the UN against Lithuania for allowing the CIA to host secret prisons on its soil, is sure he will see the country’s leadership indicted. He talks exclusively to RT. In May of this year, Lithuania and Romania were found responsible for knowingly allowing the torture of prisoners at secret CIA facilities on their territories, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled.…

Saeima committee forwards constitutional amendments on open presidential vote to parliament

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Saeima Legal Affairs Committee decided today to forward to Saeima amendments to the Constitution, proposed by Latvian Association of Regions, which stipulate that Saeima will elect the president of Latvia by open vote. As reported, the Saeima committee approved the amendments in principle this past June, therefore the bill was not put to the vote again today. The committee agreed that the legislation would be reviewed at one of the…

Auditor General: Plan to build eastern border must list alternatives

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Auditor General Janar Holm has invited the Ministry of the Interior to make additions to the plan for the construction of Estonia’s eastern border to include the criteria for the selection of the technical solutions set out in the plan as well as the effect and cost of potential alternatives. “As we are talking about very big investments, I request that you make additions to the materials concerning the construction…

Migration from Baltics, Eastern Europe to UK lowest in years

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Migration to the UK from the Baltics and other member states of the European Union has been the lowest it has been for nearly four years in 2017, Britain’s official statistics show. British public broadcaster BBC reported on Monday, July 16, that the British Office for National Statistics is for the first full calendar year since the Brexit vote. Net migration from eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in…

Czech soldiers are joining the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Soldiers of the Czech Republic will join the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (NATO eFP) deployed in Lithuania for deterrence and defence as of July 17. Roughly 250 Czech troops will be serving with the NATO eFP stationed in Rukla. “Deployment of Czech forces to Lithuania demonstrates the country’s firm support and NATO solidarity in ensuring security of Lithuania and the Baltic Region. The active allies’ participation in the NATO eFP…

Pabriks to be PM candidate of For Development/For! bloc

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

European Parliament member and former Latvian foreign and defense minister Artis Pabriks will be the prime minister candidate for the For Development/For! bloc in the upcoming Saeima elections. Meanwhile, former economy minister and the co-chairman of the bloc Daniels Pavluts will head the party’s ticket in the Riga election district. The bloc’s other co-chairman Juris Puce will head the bloc’s ticket in the Kurzeme election district. Former MP and Unity…

Next rotation of U.S. forces arrives in Latvia for Operation Atlantic Resolve

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In continuation of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. troops and Black Hawk helicopters have arrived in Latvia to strengthen regional security and to demonstrate the U.S. presence in the region, the Latvian Defense Ministry said. Over 70 U.S. troops from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Aviation Regiment, and five UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters will be serving at the Lielvarde aviation base in central Latvia, replacing the soldiers of…

Kasekamp: Maybe a good thing Trump, Putin didn’t bring up Baltic region

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

It may be a good thing that US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not touch on the Baltic states during their joint press conference in Helsinki on Monday, as Trump’s messages are always unpredictable, said political scientist Andres Kasekamp. Speaking at a joint press conference following their meeting on Monday, Trump and Putin did not mention Finland as a neutral intermediary country in the disagreement between…

OSCE to send observation team to Latvia for Saeima elections

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Organization for Security and Cooperation and Europe will be sending a team of election observers to Latvia for the October Saeima elections, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. The OSCE will be sending it smallest format election team to Latvia, which mostly aims at observing specific identified election problems. The 2018 Saeima elections will take place on the first Saturday of October.

British soldier in Estonia died of gunshot wound, possibly self-inflicted

Monday, July 16, 2018

A British soldier who died in Estonia nearly two weeks ago was ruled to be killed by a “gunshot wound, believed to be self-inflicted,” according to the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Office. According to the coroner’s office, the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s death were still being investigated, and an inquest will take place in December, a report by the BBC cited by daily Postimees said. Pte. Reece Miller, 29, died on 3…