Posts tagged as Baltic States

Lithuania’s feud with Baltic states over energy trade

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Belarus’ nuclear plant, Moscow, and political infighting – what is behind Lithuania’s feud with the Baltic states over energy trade? Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have continued sharing the same Russian-controlled power grid with Belarus. By 2025, the three Baltic states  plan to switch   to a European network by 2025. Lithuania has  blocked electricity trade with Belarus after it launched its nuclear plant earlier…

The U.S. election hits the Baltic States

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Political upheavals in 2020 in major countries stir people all around the world. It turned out, that presidential elections in a single country, which are a purely internal affair of the state, have a global impact on the foreign policy of many states. Thus, the world froze in anticipation of the results of the US elections. The Baltic States, in particular, want to know if the new president continues financial,…

Latvia has been relatively stingy with aid measures

Monday, November 9, 2020

Latvia’s economy must face another wave of COVID-19. Latvian Television investigative broadcast De Facto reported November 8 that although Latvian politicians say spring was a success, Latvia’s economy was hit hardest of the Baltic States. The number of infected people and fatalities from COVID-19 in the spring was similar in the Baltics. But the differences are evident in the economy. In Lithuania, gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 4.6% in…

Law and double standards in Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, October 29, 2020

A soldier of the Lithuanian army was detained in Jurbarkas on Tuesday. He was driving under the influence of alcohol. According to the Police Department, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was stopped for inspection. A soldier was dressed in uniform of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The driver was clearly in a state of alcoholic intoxication, but refused a medical examination. Driving under the influence of alcohol pose serious risks to public…

NATO in action in the Baltic States

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, October 19, 2020

Since 2014 NATO has paid special attention to its Eastern flank. The Alliance demonstrates its interest with the intensifying military activity in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – all of them former Soviet republics. The Alliance permanently increases its presence there. NATO has managed to find the efficient tool to deploy more troops which does not violate any agreement. Troops arrive in the Baltic States under the pretext of military exercises…

Canada and Baltic states to hold yearly meetings, coordinate Belarus support

Monday, October 19, 2020

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Canada have agreed to hold annual meetings to build stronger ties. “You will see more and more of Canada in the Baltics,” Canadian Foreign Minister Francois Philippe Champagne told reporters in the Lithuanian capital. In the statement, they also expressed support for Belarusian civil society and the Coordinating Council led by Tikhanovskaya. The ministers also agreed to coordinate support for the civil…

Baltics among EU’s smallest recipients of Chinese investment

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia remain Europe’s smallest recipients of China’s foreign direct investment (FDI), according tothe 2000–2019 stats published by Politico Europe. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have each received just 0.1 billion euros in FDI from China in the 19-year period,  according to Politico. When normalised by GDP, Estonia’s share of China’s FDI was the highest among the four countries with 3.6 percent – which overtook Poland’s 2.6 percent…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

Belarus drafts sanctions against Baltic States

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Belarusian government is responding to Baltic sanctions with measures of its own, the country’s foreign minister has announced. Speaking at a media conference in Moscow, Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Wednesday that Minsk had drafted sanctions against individuals from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. “We also carried out interdepartmental coordination, prepared and approved asymmetric sanctions. We will give an adequate response,” Makei is quoted by Tut.by. The Belarusian Foreign…

Baltic states to announce sanctions on Belarus

Monday, August 31, 2020

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will on Monday afternoon release a list of individuals who will be banned from entering the three Baltic countries for their roles in vote-rigging and violence against protesters in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said. “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will release such a list this afternoon,” the president told reporters on Monday. “It will contain about 30 names, but this will be only the initial version,…