Posts published in Baltic states

Fake news: How Lithuania’s ‘elves’ take on Russian trolls

Monday, February 4, 2019

EU parliamentary elections are seen as vulnerable to disinformation, but some countries are policing false stories. The six continually updated screens in front of Sergeant Tomas Ceponis’ desk in Lithuania’s defence ministry do not transmit conventional military data. On one, he can monitor the most popular stories in the Russian language. Another display shows how content is being shared via social media, while a third tracks trending online news about several…

Fuel prices up in Vilnius, down in Tallinn

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fuel prices this week have risen in Vilnius, remain unchanged in Riga and dropped in Tallinn, LETA has found out. The most expensive 95-octane fuel is in Tallinn, followed by Riga and Vilnius. Meanwhile, the most expensive diesel fuel is in Tallinn, while the lowest – in Vilnius. The price of 95-octane fuel at Circle K gas stations in Riga reached EUR 1.194 per liter this week, while the price of diesel…

PM’s visit to Israel ‘did more harm than good’ to Lithuania, president says

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ recent trip to Israel, which did not include visiting Palestinian territories, “did more harm than good” to Lithuania, President Dalia Grybauskaite said. “This visit to Israel drew mixed reactions from the international community and foreign media. Therefore, (it) did more harm than good,” she said in a comment forwarded by her press service to BNS. Tomas Berzinskas, the prime minister’s spokesman, said Skvernelis focuses on the content rather than…

Prime minister to meet with Baltic counterparts in Riga

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas is meeting with his Latvian and Lithuanian colleagues in Riga on Monday, where he will meet the new Latvian prime minister as well. Mr Ratas will meet Latvia’s new prime minister, Krišjānis Kariņš, and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Riga to discuss the Latvian presidency of the Baltic Council of Ministers, issues concerning the European Union and Brexit, the digital single market, and matters touching…

German Air Force jets to conduct training flights in Estonian airspace

Monday, February 4, 2019

German fighter jets stationed at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia as part of NATO’s Baltic air policing mission will perform training flights in Estonian airspace from Monday to Friday. The German Eurofighter jets will be flying at an altitude of at least 152 meters and preferably away from populated areas, spokespeople for the Estonian defense forces said. A second air detachment of the NATO Baltic air policing mission…

New government’s actions in fighting corruption and money laundering will certainly speak louder than words – US ambassador

Monday, February 4, 2019

U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Nancy Pettit told LETA that the new government’s actions in fighting corruption and money laundering will certainly speak louder than words. She congratulated Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) on becoming prime minister and forming the new government and said that she is planning on meeting with Karins and government ministers in the coming weeks to discuss the government’s priorities and its fight against corruption and money laundering.…

Turnover of Pindstrup Latvia peat company grows 3.1% in FY

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The company’s management noted that last year, Pindstrup Latvia lost 71,000 cubic meters of peat as a result of a major fire that broke out at the company’s largest peat field Lielsalu Purvs on July 17, 2018. The company’s insurer has confirmed that the losses from the fire would be compensated. Last financial year, Pindstrup Latvia invested EUR 2.3 mln in real estate, production equipment and other long-term assets.Commenting on the company’s future perspectives, Pindstrup…

Latvian Border Guard apprehends 29 border jumpers

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Latvia’s State Border Guard officers apprehended a total of 29 perpetrators on the country’s external borders and internal territories. 17 perpetrators were caught attempting to cross the country’s border. Two of them had forged documents. «One person from Belarus was detained for using a forged driver’s licence at Terehova border checkpoint. A criminal process has been initiated. One Russian citizen was apprehended at Riga International Airport checkpoint. Her passport had…

De-icing equipment to be bought for the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai will get de-icing equipment for aircraft. It will be acquired according to an agreement signed by the Ministry of National Defence and the AF Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSACD) on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. The new equipment – a de-icer car – will be capable of removing ice from aircraft at the necessary height which will…

Pabriks at EU defense ministers’ meeting appreciates development of EU defense initiatives

Friday, February 1, 2019

During a discussion on current defense and security matters at an informal meeting of the European Union’s defense ministers, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) said that a number of EU defense initiatives are being successfully developed. Pabriks indicated that the European Defense Fund and the Permanent Structural Cooperation (Pesco) are effective instruments for strengthening countries’ military capabilities and that they also allow for successful cooperation with the bloc’s…