Posts tagged as Baltic States

Baltic, neighbouring ministers undecided on summer, winter time choice

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Representatives of the transport ministries of the Baltic states, Finland and Poland who met in Tallinn on Monday were of differing opinions regarding whether to remain in summer or winter time once the practice of changing the clocks twice per year comes to an end. A recent survey indicates that more than half of Estonians would prefer permanent summer time. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland jointly acknowledged that the…

Lithuania, Russia could launch demilitarization in Baltic — Lithuanian ex-president

Friday, December 7, 2018

Russia and Lithuania could initiate the process of demilitarization in the Baltic Region, Lithuanian ex-president Rolandas Paksas said after a meeting with the Russian president in Moscow. The Lithuanian official said he met Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, and the Russian leader gave a positive response to his initiative. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the meeting had taken place, but gave no details. “Lithuania and [Russia’s Baltic exclave…

Ineffective decisions destroy European Union

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, December 3, 2018

European Council President Donald Tusk stated last week that the European Union will extend its existing economic sanctions on Russia this month. This decision is to be taken at a summit of EU leaders on Dec. 13-14. The EU measures against Russia’s defense, energy and banking sectors should become another “punishment” for Moscow’s role in the turmoil in Ukraine and the naval skirmish in the Sea of Azov. Though at…

Baltic states object to cutting cohesion funding and direct payments

Friday, November 30, 2018

At the summit of the Friend of Cohesion group in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, Baltic countries, along with 11 other European Union (EU) member states, took a stand against reduced funding for cohesion and direct payments during the EU’s next budgetary period, LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry. While participating in the summit, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) underlined the need for the upward convergence in prosperity…

Baltic defense ministers agree to raise defense spending above 2% of GDP

Monday, November 26, 2018

During a meeting in Vilnius today, the defense ministers of the Baltic states agreed to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP, LETA was informed by the Latvian Defense Ministry. During the meeting, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, Raimundas Karoblis and Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik signed a joint communique today, expressing the commitment to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP. The communique also emphasized the importance…

NATO in Exercise Iron Wolf trains to fight against teachers

By Kovas Azbis on Friday, November 16, 2018

Lithuanian Ministry of Defense announced, that on November 4 Exercise Iron Wolf began. The exercise has been running for two weeks, not only in military areas (Gaižiūnai and General Silvestras Žukauskas training fields), but also on civilian territories and in surrounding areas. Columns of military vehicles are planned to move on public roads and inhabited territories. The Lithuanian Armed Forces invite Lithuanian residents to be attentive and calm. The main…

All Baltic states saw their exports rise this year

Friday, November 16, 2018

All three posted exports increases in nine months of this year, the latest figures from the EU statistics agency, Eurostat, show. Lithuania’s exports rose 8 percent to 21 billion euros in January-September year-on-year. It also grew 8 percent to 10 billion euros in Latvia and increased 11 percent to 11 billion euros. Imports went up 9 percent to 23 billion euros in Lithuania, grew 10 percent to 12 billion euros…

Successful cooperation discussed at the Baltic-Korea political consultations

Monday, November 5, 2018

On Friday, Vilnius hosted the third political consultation between the Baltic States and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The parties addressed the topics of bilateral cooperation, developments and security policy issues in Asia and Europe, as well as cooperation for tackling global problems, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. The parties discussed the ongoing cooperation between the Baltic States and South Korea, as well as prospects for cooperation…

The deployment of US and NATO troops in Poland and Baltic states violates the NATO–Russia Founding Act

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, October 22, 2018

The United States and NATO countries continue to strengthen their military presence along the Western border of Russia disregarding all previously concluded treaties. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, declared that the deployment of US division in Poland would be the direct violation of the NATO-Russia Founding Act. Meeting Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier in September, Polish President Andrzej Duda made a direct appeal…

Clocks to be turned one hour back on 28 October

Thursday, October 18, 2018

28 October marks the end of daylight savings time in Latvia and elsewhere in the world. This is when all clocks are to be turned one hour back, Latvian Economy Ministry reminds. The transition to winter time in Latvia will take place at 04:00 a.m. Sunday, 28 October. Clocks will be turned one hour back. The transition back to daylight savings time will take place 31 March 2019. «As it…