Posts published in Baltic states

Latvia interested in closer transport cooperation with Kazakhstan

Monday, June 4, 2018

Latvia is interested in closer cooperation with Kazakhstan in transit, logistics and transport, the Latvian parliament’s deputy secretary, MP Gunars Kutris, told the Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Roman Vassilenko, during the meeting in Riga on June 1st, the Latvian parliament’s press service said. Kazakhstan is Latvia’s strategic partner in container transportation in Europe and we are interested in building even closer cooperation with Kazakhstan in transit, logistics and transport,…

Massive NATO exercise starts in Poland and the Baltics

Monday, June 4, 2018

A massive US-led military exercise involving 18,000 soldiers from 19 nations, primarily NATO members, kicked off along the alliance’s eastern border Sunday. Saber Strike 18 will take place until June 15 in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The annual multinational exercise, which is being held for the eighth time, “is the platform to validate our collective capability to rapidly respond to and reinforce allies in a time of crisis,” said…

Several hundred people protest transition to Latvian language at Russian schools in Latvia

Monday, June 4, 2018

At least 500 people on Saturday participated in the yet another demonstration in Riga organized by Latvia’s Russian Union to protest gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction at schools but few of the protesters were youngsters. Before the meeting the leaders of Latvia’s Russian Union, Tatjana Zdanoka and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs, were handing out to the protesters sheets of paper, apparently children’s drawings, with the slogan Our…

International law is of vital importance to small states

Monday, June 4, 2018

International law is of vital importance to small countries, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said on Sunday at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn. “Therefore sometimes you have to make this choice in your heart to go against your allies and they accept this argumentation. This creates a new layer of security,” Kaljulaid said. If Estonia becomes a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, it does not plan to deal…

Czech lawmakers vote to boost army deployments in Baltics regardless of Communist protests

Monday, June 4, 2018

Czech lawmakers on Friday approved government plans to raise the number of troops on foreign missions with their NATO allies, with Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ ANO party pushing the mandate through over Communist protests on deployments in the Baltics. Babis is counting on support from the Communist Party for a new government he is forming with the Social Democrats. Before the vote, some Communist officials said their 15 lawmakers will…

International observers from Belarus, Finland and Sweden to observe Exercise Thunder Storm 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Adhering to principles of transparency and openness, Lithuania invited international observers from four neighbouring countries to attend the largest national exercise in Lithuania’s history, Thunder Storm2018, that began today. The invitation was sent to representatives of Belarus, Finland, Sweden, and Russia in late April via the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Representatives of Russia formally confirmed they will not arrive to observe the exercise, the reason is not clarified.…

The President Dalia Grybauskaite will watch maritime-focused military exercise BALTOPS 18

Saturday, June 2, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė is watching a maritime-focused military exercise BALTOPS 18 on Monday, June 4. It is the annual U.S.-led exercise of NATO and partner countries in the Baltic Sea. The multinational exercise BALTOPS 18 is held in parallel with Thunder Storm 2018, the largest national exercise in the history of restored military of Lithuania, with participation of 9000 soldiers and other officials of national authorities. Simultaneously, the national exercise…

US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminium: Statement of Trade Committee Chair

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Chairman of International Trade Committee of the European Parliament Bernd Lange (S&D, Germany) issued the following statement on the new US tariffs. “The International Trade Committee of the European Parliament condemns the decision of the United States to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium from the EU. We fully support the European Commission in its stance against the arbitrary duties that clearly contradict WTO rules. The EU…

EUR 55 mln Rail Baltica section construction contract signed in Lithuania

Friday, June 1, 2018

Two Lithuanian companies and one German company will build a section of the European-gauge railway Rail Baltica from Kaunas’ railway station to the Kaunas Intermodal Terminal under a contract worth 54.762 million euros. The state railway company Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) on Friday signed the contract with a consortium of Lithuania’s Hidrostatyba and Autokausta and Germany’s Leonhard Weiss RTE. “Once this strategic link is built, the Baltic countries’ largest transshipment hub for freight transported by railways of different standards…

More Estonian families opting for 3rd child

Friday, June 1, 2018

In the past two years, Estonia has registered a significant rise in the number of two-child families who have seen the arrival of a third child, Postimees reported citing data from Statistics Estonia. “If we look at the proportion of babies born into a family as the third child, it has been rising over the whole decade and in the last two years in particular,” Alis Tammur, senior analyst at Statistics…