Posts tagged as Baltics

How Baltics tried and failed to end war in Karabakh

By Vytautas Landsbergis on Monday, October 26, 2020

When the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh began in the late 1980s, Lithuania and the Baltic states helped bring the warring sides to the negotiating table in Riga. Despite sharing tea, jokes, and reaching an early breakthrough – the deal ultimately failed. On the other side of the Soviet Union and the ethnic violence in Caucasus, the Baltics states were moving closer to declaring independence. But the road ahead was not yet…

Radisson expands its portfolio in the Baltics

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Radisson Hotel Group confirms its commitment to the Baltic market with the opening of a Park Inn by Radisson hotel at Vilnius Airport. With 120 guest rooms, four meeting rooms totalling 400m², the Italian style Bocca Buona restaurant and bar, a modern gym and parking, the new upper-midscale hotel offers guests the best and most convenient start to their trips. Tom Flanagan Karttunen, Area Senior Vice President, Northern & Western Europe for Radisson…

Baltics imposed sanctions on themselves

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Sanctions are used as a tool of foreign policy by many governments. This month such restrictions were imposed on Belarus in order to force Belarus leader Alexsandr Lukashenko to leave office. Political and economic situation in this country has been remaining complex for about two months since the Presidential elections in August. The U.S. and EU leaders say they do not recognize Belarus’ election result though the vote was not…

Chinese data firms tracks people in Baltics who may be ‘friendly to Beijing’

Monday, September 28, 2020

Independent researchers revealed last weeks that a Chinese firm was collecting information on 2.4 million people worldwide, including over a thousand individuals in the Baltic states. “First, you identify your targets and their associates. Next, you scrape data on them, determining whether they are friendly to China’s policies and if they have any secrets worth gaining. Finally, you make an approach to cultivate a relationship,” Anna-Marie Brady, resarcher at the…

CIA operations in Soviet-occupied Lithuania: ‘Not a story of success’

Thursday, September 17, 2020

After the Second World War, the newly established American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) collected information on struggles against the Soviet occupation in the Baltic states. But the Soviets convinced the West that people in Lithuania did not support the resistance movement. When the World War ended, the US feared that there could be another war with the USSR. The American intelligence wanted to find out if the Soviet-occupied countries would…

Baltics in competition for Belarusian IT firms

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Since the August 9 Belarusian presidential election, the country’s booming IT sector has faced internet outages and a climate of repressions. Seeing opportunity, the Baltic states have turned to attract some of the 1,500 firms that may seek to relocate. Both Latvia and Lithuania have moved to simplify the visa application process for workers. Riga has created a dedicated team to deal with the enquiries, while Lithuania has introduced an…

Nordics and Baltics call for release of political prisoners in Belarus

Friday, September 4, 2020

The delegations of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden (NB8) on September 4 submitted a joint statement to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (EPPA) on the situation in Belarus after the presidential election, offering strong support to democratic forces and calling for action from the Council of Europe. “We call on the governments of the member states of the Council of Europe to support democratic reforms and…

Latvian Health Minister: free travel within Baltics increases COVID-19 risk

Friday, September 4, 2020

Maintaining open contacts with Lithuania and Estonia, where the incidence of COVID-19 is increasing significantly, risks are also increasing in Latvia, which may lead to new tighter restrictions within the country, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in an interview to Latvian Radio September 4. The Minister acknowledged that conditions for Lithuania and Estonia will be more nuanced than for the other European countries, but exactly what they will be, the  government…

Joe Biden’s VP pick and its consequences for the Baltics – opinion

Friday, August 7, 2020

The choice of the Democratic vice presidential candidate is going to be more consequential for the US and the Baltics – but judging her solely by hawkishness towards Russia is too simplistic, argues Audrius Ričkus. In the next few days, Joe Biden is posed to choose his running mate for the upcoming American presidential election. In recent history, there has not been a situation when a vice presidential pick would…

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.…