Posts tagged as End

Baltic, Polish presidents call on Belarus authorities to end violent crackdown

Friday, August 14, 2020

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland have issued a joint declaration calling on the Belarusian authorities to end violence against the country’s citizens, the Lithuanian presidential office said on Thursday. “We urge to stop violence and call for respect of fundamental freedoms, human and citizen rights including the freedom of speech, media, assembly and safety of journalists; urgently release all detained protesters, stop further persecution; immediately initiate a…

The END of Rail Baltica

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 15, 2020

Estonian Interior Minister Mart Helme said that Rail Baltica will not be built. The Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) has always opposed the common railway from Scandinavia to Central Europe. Such a statement by the Estonian Minister puts a final point in the history of the largest infrastructure project in the Baltic countries. Apparently, because of the sabotage of the construction of Rail Baltica by Estonia, the European Union…

Annual Spring Storm large-scale military exercise will end today

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Estonian Defense Forces are hoping that necessary amount of conscripts will be cleared by a medical committee for summer call-ups despite the emergency situation. “It’s a challenge compared to the Canadian Prairies and fields of Great Britain. The landscape here is more difficult, but we have been training and can manage,” NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup gunner Brown told “Aktuaalne kaamera” on Thursday. More than a thousand soldiers…

Celebrating end of WW2: when victory does not mean liberation

By Ivan Krastev on Friday, May 8, 2020

The fact that the Red Army helped defeat Hitler does not give Moscow the right to claim that it liberated Central and Eastern European nations, writes Ivan Krastev. Shared memories of World War Two are fading as the generation for which the war was a personal experience passes away. As a result, the conviction that the war was part of the European past, but not Europe’s future is fading too.…

Will breaching EU sanctions be the end for Kremlin media in Baltics?

By Holger Roonemaa on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

An alleged breach of EU sanctions, and a possible fine of up to 10 million euros, casts doubt on the future of Baltic Media Alliance, one of the largest media holdings in the Baltic countries focusing on local Russian-speaking audiences. “Today we are saying goodbye to our viewers. Every evening for 16 years, you were with us, between 50 and 200 thousand people. I, Julia Plyen, having spent 16 years…

Foreign Ministry warns of end of current repatriation flight arrangements

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is warning Latvians abroad that flights to Rīga over the next few days will likely represent their last chance to return home for quite a while. “In the interests of public health and under conditions of the state of emergency, no state-organised repatriation flights are scheduled to take place after 27 March. At the same time, to enable travellers who are currently in far removed regions with irregular…

‘The most serious crisis’ – Lithuania among countries calling to end Syrian offensive

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lithuania was among 14 countries to sign an open letter calling on Russia and the Syrian regime to halt its offensive in rebel-held Idlib in northwestern Syria. “It’s the most serious crisis throughout the […] Syrian conflict,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told LRT.lt. “Syrian regime with Russian support is continuing aggressive military action,” he said, adding that hundreds of thousands of people are enduring cold and hunger amid a…

Estonian formin calls on Turkey to end unilateral military action in northeastern Syria

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu expressed concern on Wednesday in relation to Turkey launching military operation in northeastern Syria, which according to the minister may undermine the United Nations’ joint efforts in the region and reinvigorate Islamic extremists, spokespeople for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “We are concerned about Turkey’s military operation in northeastern Syria, which further damages stability in the whole region. We are calling on Turkey to…

$5 billion fine doesn’t mark the end of Facebook’s troubles

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Facebook will pay a $5 billion fine for privacy violations and will be subject to broader oversight, but ongoing probes in Europe and the U.S. could present even bigger headaches for the company. The FTC fine is by far the largest the agency has levied on a technology company. The settlement also comes with restrictions and government oversight. Facebook for a decade had largely been trusted to regulate itself and keep its…

Ventspils Musical High School ends up in bribery scandal

Monday, June 3, 2019

A bribe of EUR 7 000 was reportedly given to ensure Ventspils Musical High School is declared compliant with fire safety requirements, as reported by public broadcaster TV3 programme Nekā personīga. Construction of Ventspils Musical High School cost EUR 25 million and the building itself is to be commissioned at the end of June. Internal Security Bureau has acquired information about an attempt to bribe the fire-fighters committee. Investigators waited…