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Ireland, Denmark, Greece, United Kingdom added to Latvia’s quarantine country list

Friday, August 14, 2020

Latvia’s list of countries requring two weeks of compulsory self-isolation for all arrivals was extended August 14 with four new countries added to the list: European Union member states Ireland, Denmark and Greece, plus former EU member the United Kingdom. The changes take effect immediately and apply to Latvian citizens and foreigners alike. It applies to transit passengers as well as direct travellers. The four states are added to the list…

Lithuania plans human chain from Vilnius to Belarusian border to show solidarity

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuania’s public figures are calling for a human chain, reminiscent of the 1989 Baltic Way that stretched from Vilnius to Tallinn, to show support to Belarusians facing repressions. Andrius Tapinas, a public figure and TV host who is behind the initiative, says several tens of thousand of people for a human chain to be formed from the Cathedral in central Vilnius to the Belarusian border. “We estimate that we will…

Lithuanian MPs to send delegation to Minsk

Friday, August 14, 2020

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, has on Friday backed an initiative to send a delegation to the Belarusian capital Minsk, according to the chairman of the foreign affairs committee, Juozas Bernatonis. The parliamentary foreign affairs committee “unanimously agreed that it will be purposeful to send such a delegation when such a possibility comes, and we will coordinate the programme with the Foreign Ministry” the committee chairman, member of the Social Democratic…

Lithuanian president: Lukashenko not legitimate leader of Belarus

Friday, August 14, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with the British Sky News TV that Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate leader of Belarus. “You cannot call Mr Lukashenko legitimate, [because] there were no free democratic elections in Belarus,” he said in the  interview published on Thursday. Nausėda has proposed to mediate to help resolve the crisis in the neighbouring country. In a move backed by Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, Nausėda…

Traditional craft fair switches to online format

Friday, August 14, 2020

The annual fair organized by the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum was die to celebrate its 50th anniversary season this year, however, due to restrictions on gatherings, the fair was postponed to 2021. However in order to provide buyers from Latvia and abroad the opportunity to purchase goods of local craftsmen and home producers and sellers to market their products, a sales portal  www.egadatirgus.lv  has been created. Gunta Velpa has been active…

‘We want action’ Lithuania to propose EU sanctions against Belarus’ officials

Friday, August 14, 2020

On Friday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said he will suggest imposing EU sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters. The minister plans to raise the issue at the videoconference of EU foreign ministers on Friday. “We don’t want yet another statement of concern; we want action,” Linkevičius told BNS. “Officials who used excessive force must feel responsible, so I’ll suggest imposing individual sanctions on officials…

Latvian Open-air museum launches online fair

Friday, August 14, 2020

The legendary Open Air Museum Fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Due to restrictions on assembly, it has been decided not to hold it on-site this time, but to create a virtual fair on the Internet, Latvian Radio said August 14. From Friday, August 14, until the following summer,  E-gadatirgus.lv   will display and offer for purchase products of Latvian craftsmen and home producers, which would otherwise be…

Baltic, Polish presidents call on Belarus authorities to end violent crackdown

Friday, August 14, 2020

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland have issued a joint declaration calling on the Belarusian authorities to end violence against the country’s citizens, the Lithuanian presidential office said on Thursday. “We urge to stop violence and call for respect of fundamental freedoms, human and citizen rights including the freedom of speech, media, assembly and safety of journalists; urgently release all detained protesters, stop further persecution; immediately initiate a…

Piņķi outlet village first of its kind in Baltics

Thursday, August 13, 2020

A first in the Baltic States, brand outlet sale village “Via Jurmala Outlet Village” has been built in Babite parish, Piņķi, with investment of EUR 27 million, Latvian Radio reported August 13. It is the first open-air outlet village in the Baltic States. In the first round of the development of the project, an are of 14.5 thousand square meters has been built. The area of stores is expected to be around 20 thousand square meters…

COVID-19 case total for Latvia increases to 1,307

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Officials updated Latvia’s COVID-19 statistics August 13 with four new cases confirmed. Now the total number of cases since the start of the pandemic stands at 1,307 on Thursday. No additional deaths were recorded, with the fatality toll remaining at 32. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) said 2,071 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period.  In total 220,827 tests have been carried out since February 29. So far 1,078 patients have recovered from infection.…