Posts published in Baltic states

Health Inspectorate: air quality in Latvia is appropriate and does not threaten human health

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Air quality in Latvia is appropriate and does not threaten human heath, said Health Inspectorate manager Indra Dreika in an interview to LNT 900 seconds programme. The head of the inspectorate reminded that air quality is monitored daily by the State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. The inspectorate steps in when indexes exceed permitted norms. Currently there are no risks, she said. According to Dreika, the environment in Latvia is…

Strong wind expected in Latvia this week; weather to become cooler next week

Saturday, August 4, 2018

On Sunday, 5 August, colder masses of air will flow to Latvia, causing the heat to back off for a couple of days. With that, air temperature in the country will not go higher than +20° C… +25° C. Rain and strong wind will be observed at the end of this week and beginning of next week. Wind speed may reach 15-18 m/sec, as reported by State Environment, Geology and…

Lasnamäe shooter investigated for attempted homicide

Friday, August 3, 2018

As a consequence of a shooting that occurred in Tallinn’s Lasnamäe District on 1 August, the Office of the Prosecutor General announced that the suspect currently in custody is being investigated for attempted homicide. The prosecutor wants to extend the man’s arrest to two months. Shortly after 23.00 EEST on 1 August, a fight between two strangers in Tallinn’s Lasnamäe District escalated into a shooting. The police arrested the shooter…

Estonia to allocate EUR 20 mln to help farmers with drought damage

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Estonian government decided to allocate 20 mln euros to the Rural Development Foundation (MES) to cover for drought damage and the foundation will likely offer working capital loans to farmers, informs LETA/BNS. “The agricultural sector has clearly been a priority for the present government coalition,” Prime Minister Juri Ratas said. “The government Cabinet deemed it necessary to allocate 20 mln euros to MES from the government reserve fund to alleviate the…

German Armed Forces Tank Battalion Commander Lt Col R. Braun will be in command of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania

Friday, August 3, 2018

German Armed Forces Tank Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Rene Braun will be in command of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania. He replaced Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Rüdiger Otto, who was in in command of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania for  last six months.  On August 2, in the change of command ceremony, which was held held in Rukla, Vice-Minister of the…

Italian company submits only bid to create Rail Baltic architectural design guidelines

Friday, August 3, 2018

Italian company 3TI submitted the only bid, worth 142,540 euros, to the architectural, landscaping and visual identity design tender announced in June by RB Rail AS, the joint venture of the three Baltic countries for the implementation of the Rail Baltic project to build an European-gauge railway from the capital of Estonia to the Polish-Lithuanian border. A committee will assess if the bid meets the requirements and will soon announce…

Spanish soldier attacked in Lithuania

Friday, August 3, 2018

A female Spanish Air Force soldier was attacked in Šiauliai, northern Lithuania, on Tuesday night. According to Šiauliai County police, the incident took place at 7.30 p.m. when the Spanish soldier, 36, had her mouth covered and a knife placed to the throat from behind. The woman is being treated for shock. The attacker, 23, was detained and taken into custody. Spanish, Portuguese and French troops are now deployed in…

Members of Baltic air forces to practice rescuing at sea in Estonia

Friday, August 3, 2018

Members of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian air forces are to take part in the multinational military training exercise Baltic Bikini, which started on Tuesday and will involve practicing the activity of aircraft crew members in water in the event of a plane crash as well as rescue related cooperation of various power structures. The first day of the three-day exercise is to take place at the Reval Maritime School,…

Latvia planning to buy six helicopters in coming years

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Latvia’s Defense Ministry and the State Border Guard are planning to buy six helicopters in the coming years; the helicopters could also participate in firefighting operations when necessary. The Defense Ministry said that it would decide on purchasing four helicopters next month. The agreement on buying the helicopters could be signed already this year, and Latvia could receive the first helicopter in 2021. The new helicopters will be equipped to…

Estonia planning to develop unmanned military land systems

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Estonia, along with Finland and Latvia, is planning to develop unmanned military land systems. Hidden behind the military-economic jargon is the assumption that unmanned military systems on land are likely to experience a boom similar to that in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UVAs) in recent years. UVAs, more commonly referred to as drones, are already in widespread and diverse military use, for support and reconnaissance purposes as well…