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Conscript dies following sudden serious illness

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A conscript from the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) died in hospital on Tuesday following a sudden serious illness. On Monday evening, the conscript had complained of difficulty breathing after going to the gym. An ambulance was called and they were transported to Rakvere Hospital. A day later, the conscript died of a sudden serious illness at North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH). A memorial formation was…

Tragic gas poisoning in family home investigated in Estonia

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In Tallinn, the death of two children from gas poisoning is under investigation. The tragic accident in a semi-detached house in the Estonian capital has taken place on Saturday, October 13. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Tuesday, October 16, citing the daily Postimees that it has not yet been determined whether the tragedy was caused by carbon monoxide (CO) emitted in the burning process or by natural gas. The…

Export growth recorded in all Baltic states – Eurostat

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Exports grew in all three Baltic states in the first eight months of this year, the latest figures from the European Union’s statistics service, Eurostat, show. Euro area The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in August 2018 was 181.5 bln euros, an increase of 5.6% compared with August 2017 (171.9 bln euros). Imports from the rest of the world stood…

The UEFA Nations League: Estonia and Hungary shared six goals in Tallinn

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Estonia and Hungary in the UEFA Nations League shared six goals in a 3-3 draw in Tallinn. The hosts opened the scoring through Siim Luts in the 24th minute but were quickly pegged back by Dominik Nagy. Estonia lost their goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu just before the break through injury. Nine minutes after the interval they were behind when Hungary captain Adam Szalai turned the ball home. An reinvigorated Estonia turned…

Montenegro defeat Lithuania in Nations League group stage

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Montenegro beat Lithuania 4-1 on Sunday in the fourth round of the UEFA Nations League group stage. At the LFF Stadium in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, Montenegro’s Stefan Mugosa tapped in the opener in the 10th minute, and in the 35th minute Boris Kopitovic turned in a corner. Mugosa converted a penalty in the 45th minute. Subtitute Darko Zoric added the fourth before Rolandas Baravykas pulled one back…

Rinkevics: Eastern Partnership should be maintained as a priority in the EU’s foreign policy

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On October 15, 2018, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the meeting of the European Union’s (EU) Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg, at which EU foreign ministers discussed preparations for the European Council of October 18, as well as developments in Venezuela, with the focus on the humanitarian situation in the country, the migration crisis and its impact on the neighboring countries. Views were also shared on the…

Lithuania’s 2019 budget to help improve people’s quality of life

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lithuania’s budget for 2019 will be socially responsible and will help improve the quality of life for a large part of the population, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Tuesday. “Most importantly, the budget provides for the structural reforms approved by the government and the Seimas. These are education, social protection, health and innovation reforms and other important things aimed at achieving an improvement in the quality of life and…

Expert: there are no reasons to believe Latvia could change its Euro-Atlantic direction

Monday, October 15, 2018

There are no reasons for concerns that Latvia’s new government may change the country’s Euro-Atlantic direction. Nevertheless, the question how Latvia positions itself in the Euro-Atlantic community will remain topical, says director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs Andris Sprūds. He believes Latvia has stabilized sufficiently. He believes the recent elections did not turn out decisive in relation to the possible change of the foreign policy course. At the…

Why Estonia’s contributions in Africa continue to make sense

Monday, October 15, 2018

Foreign news editor at daily Postimees, Martin Kutti writes in a comment for his paper why Estonia should continue to contribute to international efforts in Africa’s Sahel zone. Kutti accompanied Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to Mali earlier in October. In his opinion piece for Postimees (link in Estonian), Kutti calls the Sahel “one of the world’s forgotten corners” and describes…

Putin-linked oligarch’s plane lands in Vilnius

Monday, October 15, 2018

A plane belonging to Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian oligarch having close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, landed in Vilnius on Thursday, the 15min.lt news website reports. Prigozhin is often called “Putin’s chef” and the funder of the Saint Petersburg-based “Troll Factory”. Speaking with the news website, two separate sources have confirmed the fact that his plane M-Vito landed in Vilnius. Contacted by BNS Lithuania, Marius Zelenius, spokesman for state-run…