Posts tagged as Baltic States

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,…

Baltic States urge EU to adopt harsh sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime

Friday, August 28, 2020

On Thursday, 27 August, foreign affairs ministers of multiple EU member states, including Baltics, proposed introducing stricter sanctions that what is planned at the moment against the regime of the President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko. Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius said at a meeting of diplomats of EU member states in Berlin that adoption of sanctions against 15 to 20 officials responsible for falsification of election results and use…

Belarus to lose ‘hundreds of millions’

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Baltic states’ joint boycott of electricity produced at the Astravyets nuclear plant will cost Belarus “hundreds of millions of euros” in lost revenue annually, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas told LRT on Wednesday. With the Baltic states, Poland, and Ukraine saying they will boycott imports of electricity produced at the plant, the project will no longer be viable, according to Tomas Švedas, Lithuania’s former energy vice minister. “The new…

Offshore wind may connect the Baltic states and benefit Poland

By Patrycja Rapacka on Saturday, August 1, 2020

Today the majority of the Baltic states believe offshore wind is one of the pillars of energy transition. Regional cooperation with other countries on the Baltic coast, including Poland, may accelerate energy transition. This is also an opportunity for Polish industry – writes Patrycja Rapacka, editor at BiznesAlert.pl. Lithuania Our eastern neighbors are planning to increase renewable energy sources (RES) in energy generation and limit its import by developing, among…

The Baltic States and sold freedom

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Military personnel from Latvia and Lithuania are participating in joint exercise with the U.S. Northern Strike2020. Northern Strike 20 is held July 19-31 at Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. More than 2,300 personnel participate, including Army and Air National Guard forces from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Active-duty…

Latvia rebuts latest Russian historical revisionism

Friday, July 24, 2020

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement July 24 drawing attention, not for the first time, to attempts to rewrite history by the Russian Federation. It appears to be in response to recent claims by the Russian Foreign Ministry and Russian embassies in the Baltic states that the occupation of the Baltic states in 1940 and subsequent decades was all done in accordance with international law — a claim that few, if…

Baltic states agree to step up translation of each other’s literature

Friday, July 24, 2020

The culture ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have signed an agreement to regularly translate and publish literature by Baltic authors. “The memorandum is an agreement to have works by Baltic authors continuously translated […] in all the three countries,” Lithuania’s Culture Minister Mindaugas Kvietkauskas told reporters on Friday. Under the programme, the works awarded the annual Baltic Assembly Prize for Literature will be translated and published in Lithuania, Latvia…