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Poland sent troops to Latvia

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On 9 May 2018 in Riga, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, who was in Latvia on a working visit. Latvia and Poland are linked by excellent bilateral relations based on an active bilateral dialogue, noted Edgars Rinkēvičs. He added that the current year Latvia and Poland also celebrate their 100th anniversaries of established and regained statehood, respectively.…

Police: events in Victory Park passed without major incidents

Thursday, May 10, 2018

«The annual 9 May events in Victory Park passed without any major incidents and physical confrontations,» said Chief of State Police’s Riga Region Department Juris Šulte in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT. On 9 May, State Police filed administrative violation reports for 30 people. People were fined for appearing drunk or under influence of other substances in public, hooliganism, refusal to comply with police officers’ requests, drunk…

Prime Minister: I invite the UAE to open up an embassy in Lithuania

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has met with Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori and has discussed bilateral relations. The UAE is the major partner of Lithuania in the Arab world. The Prime Minister has stressed that Lithuania is highly interested in its export growth in the UAE and that export volumes have been expanding constantly. The Head of Government has presented development…

MEP: government’s lobbying ability will play major role in talks about EU multi-year budget

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In talks regarding the next multi-year budget of the European Union, the ability of Latvia’s current and future government to lobby its interests in Brussels and with governments of the largest donor member states, allows member of the European Parliament Artis Pabriks. Commenting on European Commission’s proposals for the EU budget after 2020, the MEP underlines that the big fight has begun. At the same time, he is sceptical that…

Victims of World War II to be remembered at Uzvaras Park in Riga on May 8

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

A public commemorative event will be held from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on May 8 at Uzvaras (Victory) Park in Riga to remember victims of World War II, LETA learned from the Riga City Council. The organizer of the event is organization 9maijs.lv and about 1,000 people are expected to participate in it. The Riga City Council has authorized the event. Russian musicians are expected to perform at the…

President: Siil military exercise shows that Estonia is protected

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

According to President Kersti Kaljulaid who visited the Siil (Hedgehog) large-scale military training exercise on Saturday, the exercise assured her that Estonia is protected. “I saw professional active service personnel, motivated reservists, skilled conscripts and allied forces at Siil — and I was once again assured that Estonia is protected,” Kaljulaid said on social media. “I thank all the 15,000+ participants for defending Estonia. And a big thank you also…

Denmark to Join the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) welcomes the decision of Denmark to become a member of the NATO-accredited cyber defence hub. Denmark’s decision would lead to almost all Nordic nations working side by side at this multinational centre of excellence. “Resilience and strength in cyber defence is achieved through cooperation. According to an origin legend, the Danish flag, Dannebrog, fell from the heaven in Tallinn in 1219. It…

Japanese defense minister visits Estonia for first time

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL) met with Japanese colleague Itsunori Onodera in Tallinn on Sunday to discuss bilateral defense relations as well as the global security situation. Onodera’s visit marked the first by a Japanese defense minister to Estonia. The meeting focused on cyber cooperation between Estonia and Japan, the ministry said in a press release. “Estonia and Japan’s views on security are similar because, despite the great distance…

Estonian minehunter to participate in Baltic Fortress exercise in Lithuania

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The EML Ugandi (M315), a minehunter of the Estonian Navy, will participate in the maritime military exercise Baltic Fortress in Lithuania this week, where the focus will be on practicing the protection of seaways leading to the Port of Klaipėda. “The navies of the three Baltic countries at the exercise will jointly practice fulfilling tasks of strategic importance at the exercise,” Cmdr. Peeter Ivask, commander of the Estonian Navy, was…

Russian fighter intercepts US spy plane in new Baltic encounter

Monday, May 7, 2018

Two US spy planes flying over the Baltic Sea triggered the scrambling of a Russian jet in the latest tense encounter in the strategically sensitive waters. The US aircraft flew close to the Russian enclave and naval base of Kaliningrad on Saturday, according to the Mil Radar – a military plane-spotter’s Twitter account. One of the aircraft was reportedly intercepted by a Su-27 fighter. A US Air Force RC-135V electronic…