Posts published in Baltic states

NATO air policing mission intercepts five Russian planes

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

NATO fighter jets stationed in the Baltic states as part of NATO’s air policing mission were scrambled four times last week to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian defence ministry reported. On 13 February, a Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet was intercepted flying from mainland Russia to the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The plane was flying with its onboard transponder off, did…

Minister: after MPC abolishment, Latvia will have to cultivate green energy more

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Once the mandatory procurement component has been abolished, we will have to think about increasing green energy production, says Latvian Economy Minister Ralfs Nemiro. The minister says there are many ways to contribute to green energy production, but he currently has no detailed plan for this. As one of the examples, Nemiro mentioned supporting wind energy production. «Support for wind energy in Lithuania is expansive, whereas in Latvia it is…

Latvia should do everything possible not to be included in Moneyval’s grey list

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvia should do everything possible in order not to get included in the so-called grey list of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (Moneyval), said Kerli Gabrilovica, the head of the Latvian branch of Luminor Bank, in an interview with LETA. She said that there is a risk that Latvia might not be able to complete all…

Estonian Minister of Defense highlights Baltic states’ defense issues at Munich Security Conference

Monday, February 18, 2019

Estonian Minister of Defense Juri Luik is participating in the Munich Security Conference this weekend, during which several bilateral meetings have been held to discuss current issues relating to security and defense. At a meeting with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Luik thanked the general for his dedicated and effective work in planning the military defense of Estonia and the eastern flank of NATO, spokespeople for…

L.Linkevičius: NATO must continue to strengthen its deterrence and defense posture

Monday, February 18, 2019

On 16 February in Munich, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion dedicated to the strengthening of security in the Baltic states. According to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, we mark the second anniversary of the deployment of NATO’s enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania this month, which is testimony of the NATO ability to respond quickly to changes in the security environment and shows…

Lithuania’s CEC set to finish registering participants of presidential election campaign

Monday, February 18, 2019

Lithuania’s Central Electoral Commission is on Monday finishing the registration of participants of the presidential election’s political campaign. Those failing to register will not be able to submit their application documents to stand for election. Up until now, 14 representatives have been registered participants of the political campaign, and only MP Ausra Maldeikiene early announced her decision to withdraw from the election. The participants will be officially registered presidential candidates…

Estonia: Number of families in need increasing

Monday, February 18, 2019

Although average wages in Estonia have recently grown at a steady pace, the number of people who depend on charity for food is on the increase as well, ERR’s Aktuaalne kaamera newscast reported on Sunday. People from all over Tallinn come to the Salvation Army’s Paljassaare meal centre—an increasing number of families with children among them. The Salvation Army’s Paljassaare rehabilitation centre is currently housing some 20 people. One of…

Ex-KNAB chief’s criminal case develops – lawyer and ex-KNAB worker detained

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian police suspect ex-Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau’s chief Normunds Vilnītis, ex-KNAB worker Andrejs Vasiļevičs and lawyer Ieva Ramiņa of taking bribes, TV3 programme Nekā personīga. According to TV3, some Poland-based company had paid Vilnītis’ owned firm EUR 135,000 for assistance in acquiring a transaction-processing institution’s license. It never got the license in the end, however. Latvia’s Finance and Capital Market Commission refused providing a license. The money provided by…

Latvian municipalities given until September to submit school network development plans

Monday, February 18, 2019

Latvian municipal administrations have been given time until September to compile and submit to the Education and Science Ministry their vision for the development of the country’s school network, says minister Ilga Šuplinska. She says that municipalities have been ordered to decide which education institutions in 2020 will function as secondary schools, which – as state gymnasiums and which will be reorganized as primary schools. This is necessary so that…

Objects of infrastructure developed on U.S. funds transferred to the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Monday, February 18, 2019

Objects of infrastructure – target positions for tracked combat vehicles, fire adjustment range for tracked combat vehicles and tanks, air target positions, firing range HQ, munitions storage area, warehouse – developed for the needs of Lithuania and our allies on United States funding were officially handed over to the Lithuanian Armed Forces at the Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė (Švenčionys region). The infrastructure development in the Training Area…