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Baltic countries to discuss compensation for damage of Soviet occupation

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius left for Riga on Thursday to discuss how to demand compensation for damage caused by the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic countries. Research on damage caused to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia during the occupation period will be presented in a conference in the Latvian capital, the Lithuanian Justice Ministry said. “It will be discussed what legal means should be used in seeking compensation for the identified losses,” it…

Lithuania’s Vilniaus Duona sets eyes on Polish exports

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lithuania’s bread producer Vilniaus Duona (Vilnius Bread) hopes to start exporting to Poland, according its director of commerce Arturas Kokoskinas told the Verslo Zinios business daily. “The Polish retail market is very complex and it’s hard for us, such small companies, to enter the neighboring country’s major retail chains. If not on our own, then through Lithuanian retail chains entering Poland,” he said. Lithuania’s Maxima Grupe (Maxima Group), the largest…

Lithuanian and U.S. air capabilities exercised together in Kazlų Rūda Training Area

Thursday, March 21, 2019

On March 20 the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the 2nd Bomb Wing of the U.S. Air Force trained together in an exercise at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Brigadier General Kazys Veverskis Training Area in Kazlų Rūda where aviation firing range is suitable for aircraft to deliver fire at ground-based targets. It was also the first time digital battle control systems were used. “The United States is our strategic partner and…

Teachers’ protest in Riga gathers 2,000 people

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The protest act organized by Latvian teachers outside the Saeima building in Riga gathered approximately 2,000 people, according to Latvian public media. According to local media, at first there were about 1,000 people participating. Around 10:00, however, their numbers had doubled. Protesters held in their hands posters and balloons, demanding respect for their profession and higher wages from the government. At the end of the protest act those balloons were…

Latvian minister: we should work with convicts, not isolate them

Thursday, March 21, 2019

People who are currently isolated from society in prisons should not be kept isolated – they should be allowed to re-socialize, said Latvian Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns at a press-conference about the study on former inmates’ abilities to re-socialize. The board chairman of the company responsible for the study – SIA Comperio – Gunta Misāne explained that the study came to the conclusion that 63% of Latvian residents are acquainted…

Lithuania’s running out of possibilities to buy power from Belarus, part speaker says

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lithuania will have neither technical nor political possibilities to buy power from Belarus, even if Minsk agreed with the Lithuanian prime minister’s recent proposal to convert the nearly-complete Astravyets nuclear power plant into a gas-fueled station, Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis believes, refraining to comment on the prime minister’s proposal in detail, reported LETA/BNS. “We are synchronizing with the European continental networks and all lines are in the…

Finland happiest country in world, Lithuania happiest country in Baltic

Thursday, March 21, 2019

For the second year in a row, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world while Lithuania ranks 42rd in the latest World Happiness Report published by the United Nations on Wednesday. The TOP 10 of the happiest countries also includes Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. The unhappiest countries are South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania and Rwanda. Latvia…

The soldier died during the exercise: the KAM and the President mean compassion

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“The leadership of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defense and Armed Forces expresses its deepest sympathy to Sergeant Sergeant Arvydas Burbe (born in 1966), who served in the Logistics Battalion of Grand Duke Vytenis, who died during the exercise, and friends of the service,” the report said. The soldier felt hard through field tactical training at the Gaižiūnii landfill and the company’s nurses were quickly taken to a hospital in…

Finland is joining the Lithuanian-led project for developing EU cyber response teams

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On March 20 Finland is planned to formally join the Lithuania-initiated project for developing the European Union Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs). The corresponding Declaration of Intent will be signed by Minister of Defence of Finland Jussi Niinistö while on a formal visit in Vilnius. Seven EU member states – Lithuania, Estonia, Spain, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, and Romania, have signed such Declarations of Intent. In total, 13 member states are…