Posts tagged as Baltics

New Lithuanian agricultural minister promises to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia, Poland in fight for higher direct payments in EU

Monday, August 12, 2019

New Lithuanian Agricultural Minister Andrius Palionis has promised to cooperate with Latvia, Estonia and Poland in the fight for higher direct payments to farmers in the EU. “The minister and the ministry should gather everyone around one table – unite the forces of the Baltics and Poland to achieve higher direct payments,” he said, adding that if Lithuania is fighting for this alone, it will not win the battle. As…

Is Online Gambling Legal in the Baltics?

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Baltic sisters have been open towards all things related to progress, with a special focus on technology. Some of them even managed to become leaders in the region when it comes to the IT sector. Can you guess which ones? One of the sectors that has always been closely related to the progress achieved in technology is gambling. In fact, some of the technological trends have been actively reshaping…

The Baltics with ships, but without electricity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It became known yesterday that Lithuania will acquire a rescue vessel for the naval forces worth about 40 million euros. “The contract with the winner of the tender for the construction of the vessel is planned to be signed in December of this year,” the ministry said. A preliminary cost – 39.4 million euros. Moreover, electricity in Lithuania went up by 23% to 47.4 euro per megawatt-hour last week. Prices…

US led air defense exercise “Rapid Forge” starts in Baltics

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

On 16th July U. S. Air Force aircrafts F-15E and C-130 landed at the Siauliai Air Base Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to take part in the U.S. led Operation Rapid Forge, regional air defense exercise. “Exercise Rapid Forge sends a strong signal of commitment of the US to defend Baltic States and Lithuania in increasingly complex security environment”, acting Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says. Rapid Forge is a joint exercise…

Baltic States protest against Moscow’s plans to celebrate Baltics’ «liberation» with fireworks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Latvian, Lithuania and Estonian foreign ministries have summoned representatives of Russian embassies to issue protests against Moscow’s plans to celebrate with fireworks on 22 September Baltics’ «liberation» from German forces in 1944. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador on 10 June to issue a complaint in regards to Russia’s planned festivities. Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes the announcement on the planned festivities in the Russian Federation is «a provocative…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

The price of NATO-Russia contention

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nowadays, tensions between the main political forces of the world are growing. Tightness in relations between the United States and Russia is observed in the political, economic and military spheres. So, many experts call the Baltic region the most verisimilar place of an “explosion” (beginning of large-scale military conflict between NATO and Russia). To achieve its goals in Eastern Europe, the United States uses military, economic, informational and other instruments…

Is NATO military exercise the choice of the Baltics?

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

International military exercises “Summer Shield 2019” officially began this week in Latvia. The exercises will take place from May 13 to 25, reported mil.lv. Around 1,000 NATO soldiers  from Albania, the Czech Republic, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, the U.S. and Germany are taking part in the exercises. The Summer Shield exercises are held to improve cooperation and compatibility of units, procedures for the management of air and…

Putin endorses annual Victory Day payout to veterans in Russia, Baltics

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a regulation under which a payout of 10,000 rubles (EUR 138) will be made to veterans of World War II living in Russia and the three Baltic countries prior to the Victory Day of May 9 every year starting from 2019, writes LETA. The payout will be made annually before May 9 to participants in the Great Patriotic War who permanently live in Russia,…

Europe’s Worst Nightmare: Here’s What a NATO-Russia War Would Look Like

By Dave Majumdar on Thursday, April 4, 2019

If a war were to breakout in the Baltics between Russian and NATO, it might ultimately be irrelevant what the conventional balance is on the ground. “The other problem with the fixation on conventional deterrence in the Baltic fight is that just as in the old standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact, this battle is fraught with opportunities for nuclear escalation,” Kofman wrote. “Most Russian experts I know in…