Posts tagged as Baltic countries

Macron in Vilnius: I am aware of your past but cooperation with Russia is needed

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

During a visit to Lithuania, French President Emmanuel Macron said he is aware of the Baltic countries’ experience of Soviet occupation, but said cooperation with Russia is crucial. “If we want to establish lasting peace, we have to work with Russia since we share common geography and the past,” he told reporters in Vilnius after a meeting with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. The French leader said he was aware of…

Pompeo and Baltic countries condemn Russia

Thursday, July 23, 2020

“Today we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Welles Declaration, which laid the foundation for the United States of America’s non-recognition policy, by which it never formally accepted the occupation and annexation of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the Soviet Union. The Welles Declaration established an international framework for the survival of the three Baltic states de jure throughout the entire period of Soviet occupation and for the eventual restoration…

B3+1 – meeting with the Baltic countries

Monday, July 20, 2020

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is meeting his Latvian, Estonian and Lithuanian counterparts in Tallinn today (20 July). This is the 26th time that the Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Germany are meeting to coordinate their foreign policy both in the European Union and beyond. Following the last meeting in Hamburg in 2019, Estonia is hosting the gathering this year. Prior to his departure, Foreign Minister Maas said: Together with my…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

The END of Rail Baltica

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 15, 2020

Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said that Rail Baltica will not be built. The Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) has always opposed the common railway from Scandinavia to Central Europe. Such a statement by the Estonian Minister puts a final point in the history of the largest infrastructure project in the Baltic countries. Apparently, because of the sabotage of the construction of Rail Baltica by Estonia, the European Union…

Baltic countries formally lift travel restrictions, queues may form on borders

Friday, May 15, 2020

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Riga on Friday, formally lifting travel restrictions between the Baltic states. “All Baltic countries have taken active steps to combat the virus,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said in a press release. The opening borders of “is very important for the economies, tourism and people-to-people contacts”, he added. Starting Friday, citizens and residents of the three…

Baltic countries are on the verge of state bankruptcy

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the world. And its victims are not only people, but also the economies of states. As it is known, the number of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 daily increases by 100-130 people in the Baltic countries. At the same time, the International Monetary Fund has predicted GDP decline in these states. According to the IMF forecast, the biggest recession is expected in Latvia. The fund forecasts…

Baltic countries to coordinate reopening of borders

Thursday, April 23, 2020

The three Baltic countries will coordinate the opening of their borders and quarantine exit plans, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Wednesday. “The Baltic foreign ministers have been tasked with coordinating joint actions on opening borders, partially resuming movement, intensifying trade and other measures,” he said in a press release after a remote meeting with his Latvian and Estonian counterparts. Skvernelis, Eatonian PM Jüri Ratas and Latvian PM Krišjānis…

Pro-Kremlin outlets “predict” coronavirus-driven economic collapse of the Baltic countries

By Lukas Andriukaitis on Friday, April 10, 2020

As the Baltic states went into quarantine, pro-Kremlin media predicted the crash of their economies. Pro-Kremlin media outlets routinely push various narratives targeting the Baltic states; usually, these narratives accuse them of Russophobia, or describe them as aggressive. As COVID-19 puts pressure on the world’s economic system, however, these outlets have shifted their attention, publishing stories that claim the coronavirus is going to destroy the Baltic economies and undo their decades of post-Soviet progress.…

Baltic states ‘closer’ to joint boycott of electricity from Belarusian NPP

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Baltic countries are moving closer to a joint decision not to buy electricity from Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant, according to Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The three Baltic prime ministers met in Tallinn on Friday to discuss the development of the Baltic energy market. The Belarus plant, which is being built close to the Lithuanian border and deemed unsafe by Vilnius, was among the topics. Lithuania has decided…