Posts published in Baltic states

U.S. think-tank offers Baltic defense thoughts

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

U.S. defense think-tank the Rand Corporation has produced a new report titled Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States. The report says: “These three countries are vulnerable to low-level, hybrid, and full-scale attacks by Russian special operations and regular military forces deployed close to their borders” and that there is an “imbalance between Russian and NATO conventional forces deployed in the Baltic region.” It then posits various acronym-heavy remedies, many involving the concept…

The President of Latvia will present the highest state awards of Latvia

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On 3 May 2019, President of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis will present the highest state awards of Latvia, namely the Order of the Three Stars, the Order of Viesturs, and the Cross of Recognition, at the solemn ceremony in the Riga Castle. The highest state awards will be bestowed on the individuals both for the outstanding individual merits in the profession and for life-long contribution and successful activity. All the medalled…

Lithuania’s population to shrink to 2.5 mln by 2025: demographic study

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

In the upcoming six years, the number of residents in Lithuania may decrease to 2.5 million people, while by 2030 the country’s population may shrink to 2.4 million, a new survey showed on Tuesday. The demographic projections were presented at a conference on Lithuania’s demographic policy held by Lithuania’s Employment Service (UZT) and Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (LPK). “In fact, we observe the two main trends: total population decline and…

Lithuania’s RTCL to evaluate Russia-24 violations

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Radio and Television Commission of Lithuania will on Wednesday evaluate possible violations by the Russian TV channel Russia-24 (Rossiya 24) and decide on broadcasting restrictions. The medial watchdog will consider possible restrictions over incitement of hatred during the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov show broadcast in late November. The issue was postponed last week after the channel’s representative presented documents to prove that the TV channel is broadcast from the…

Ministers still lack clearance to access secret information

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Three government ministers from the KPV LV political party still have not received clearance from the security services to access secret materials, LSM’s Latvian language service reported April 16. The news came as Minister of Welfare Ramona Petraviča was interviewed on LTV Tuesday morning during which she revealed that she plus Minister of the Interior Sandis Girģens and Minister of Economics Ralf Nemiro – have not received the necessary clearance to access…

Coalition parties to nominate Levits for Latvia’s president

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The government coalition parties have agreed to nominate European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits for Latvian president, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) after the coalition meeting on Monday. He said that the coalition has agreed on one candidate and he does not see any reason for this candidate not to win the majority support at the parliament. KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimins said that the party will…

Equipping volunteer resistance cells in Baltics would cost around EUR 110.4 million

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Equipping volunteer resistance cells in the Baltic countries to defend against potential Russian attack would cost around EUR 110.4 million, according to the U.S. think tank RAND Corporation’s report Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States Through Resilience and Resistance. The report says that a robust technology initiative to equip resistance cells in all three Baltic states would require about USD 125 million (EUR 110,492,349). The authors find that a…

Norwegian soldier detained in Vilnius on suspicion of involvement in robbery

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Norwegian soldier was detained in Vilnius in the early hours of Sunday on suspicion of involvement in a robbery, police said. Five persons robbed a 36-year-old man of two mobile phones and 1,000 euros in Vilniaus Street, in the center of the capital, at around 3:45 a.m. A Norwegian solder serving in NATO’s multinational battalion was involved in the incident and detained, Captain Gintautas Ciunis, spokesman for Lithuanian Armed…

Government’s action plan may be clarified in time due to shortage of funds

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Because of the shortage of funds, the government plan may be clarified after some time, said Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš during a meeting of the National Council for Trilateral Cooperation on Tuesday, 16 April. He said the government action plan’s implementation in four years will require EUR 1 billion. However, Latvia’s government does not have this much money. With that, the plan will be clarified soon. The prime minister…

Foreign minister expresses condolences to French people in regards to Notre Dame blaze

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) has expressed solidarity from the Latvian people to the French people in regards to the first which broke out yesterday evening at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. In his Twitter account, the minister also pointed out to the feelings and sadness he felt when a fire broke out at Riga Castle six years ago. The minister wrote that he hopes the fire damage will be…