Posts published in Baltic states

Work-related immigration in Lithuania more than doubles

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The number of foreigners coming to Lithuania to work has more than doubled in 2018, new figures show, amid the government’s plans to introduce restrictions on work-related immigration. The majority of those coming to work in Lithuania are Ukrainians, the Migration Department told. Its figures show almost 16,900 foreigners received visas or work-based resident permits in the first quarter, up almost 2.5 times from the same period past year when…

Latvian FinMin: shadow economy would be curbed more efficiently if wages were not paid in cash

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Shadow economy would be fought more efficiently if wages were not paid in cash, said Latvian Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers), commenting on a proposal to restrict purchase of excise goods with cash, informs LETA. MP Imants Paradnieks (National Alliance) has proposed a measure to fight shadow economy – restrict purchases of alcoholic beverages and cigarettes in cash. Paradnieks has asked the Finance Ministry to provide its opinion on the proposal and…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on May 14 – 20, 2018

Monday, May 21, 2018

On May 14-20 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On May 14 NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft intercepted one IL-20 flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad. The aircraft had a flight plan, radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre…

EKRE MP demands clarity over citizenship of Estonia’s interior minister

Monday, May 21, 2018

Referring to contradicting reports published in the Saturday edition of Ohtuleht daily, Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) MP Enn Polluaas said that Interior Minister Andres Anvelt must either convincingly dispel the doubts that there exist as regards the lawfulness of his Estonian citizenship, or resign as a member of the government. Polluaas was referring to the fact that the grandfathers of Andres Anvelt, Estonian Communist revolutionaries Jaan Anvelt and Richard…

Dalia Grybauskaite met with the President of Serbia

Monday, May 21, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė had a bilateral meeting with President Aleksandar Vučić of the Republic of Serbia after the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Bulgaria. At the meeting, the Presidents discussed Serbia’s EU accession negotiations, cooperation between Serbia and NATO, bilateral business relations and Lithuanian investment protection in Serbia. Dalia Grybauskaitė underscored that the European Union was open to all countries that demonstrated firm commitment to European values of freedom, peace,…

Latvian agriculture minister’s business partner makes military ships for Russia

Monday, May 21, 2018

The brewery business partner of Latvia’s scandal-prone Agriculture Minister Janis Dūklavs also makes warships for the Russian navy, LTV’s De Facto investigative show reported May 20. Russian businessman Igor Shehelev owns almost half of the Piebalgas beer manufacturer. He is mentioned in Russian media as the president of the Finsudprom group of companies which since 2005 also includes the Yaroslavsky Shipbuilding Plant. The shipyard builds a wide range of craft including fishing boats, tankers and passenger…

Minister of Defence of Moldova E. Sturza to visit Lithuania

Friday, May 18, 2018

On May 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will meet with Minister of Defence of Moldova Eugeniu Sturza visiting Lithuania. At the meeting at the Ministry of National Defence bilateral defence cooperation and its prospects, progress of Moldovan defence reform and cooperation with NATO and the EU will be discussed, Ministers will exchange views on regional security. During the visit on May 18-19 Minister of Defence of Moldova and…

Soldiers of NATO allies to take part in Public and Military Unity Day in Alytus

Friday, May 18, 2018

Soldiers deployed by NATO allies in Lithuania will introduce themselves alongside Lithuanian troops to the public of Lithuania at the Partisan Honouring, Military and Public Unity Day which will be held in Alytus, the town in southern part of Lithuania, on 19 May. Residents and guests of Alytus will be able to view combat equipment of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, try on gear of different NATO…

Seimas approved the proposal to hold military exercise in Lithuania

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Seimas adopted a Resolution approving the proposal to hold a joint military exercise Saber Strike 2018 („Kardo kirtis 2018“) of the Republic of Lithuania and military units of other countries on the territory of Lithuania on 3–15 June 2018, involving no more than 6600 international troops and civil service personnel assigned to military duty at the same time. “The main objective is to train the Lithuanian armed forces and…

Baltic States request expanding NATO’s battalion with air and naval forces

Friday, May 18, 2018

Baltic States plan to request expanding international NATO battalion with air and naval forces, as confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Lino Linkevičiaus, who met with US President’s National Security Advisor John R. Bolton in Washington alongside his Latvian and Estonian colleagues. «Currently we have increased presence of armed forces. It is limited, but an international contingent assists our security. This is not just about ground forces. We would like…