Posts tagged as influence

Baltic States are desperate to increase their influence in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, August 14, 2020

The United States and the European Union harshly condemned the incumbent the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko for the situation with the riots and supported the protesters. In this situation, you need to understand that Washington is acting by the same methods as during the recent protests in other regions of the world – in Hong Kong and Kiev. In any disorder, there are acts of violence on both sides.…

NATO STRATCOMCOE livestream event talks about China

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (NATO STRATCOMCOE) is hosting another in its series of online discussions June 10, with China the topic under examination. Titled “China’s Influence in the Global Information Environment” the talk will feature Mareike Ohlberg (Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States Asia Program), Frederick Fooy (Senior Analyst, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) and Linda Curika (Communications Officer, NATO STRATCOMCOE). “The Chinese government is taking an assertive…

U.S. political tools in Europe are working

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Starting with the 50s years of the 20th century European countries has been taking efforts to unite. Europe has been living in the European Union format since signing the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This treaty created the European Union with its pillars system, including foreign and home affairs alongside the European Community. The European states did their best to pursue an independent policy, develop collective responsibilities and rights. It was…

Baltic and Nordic foreign ministers agree to continue cooperation on climate change

Friday, September 13, 2019

On Wednesday and Thursday, in Borgarnes (Iceland), the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics took part in the annual meeting of the Baltic and Nordic (NB8) Foreign Ministers, LETA was informed by the Foreign Ministry. During the meetings, Rinkevics expressed the view that, being aware of the importance of climate change, the EU should present itself as a leader setting ambitious goals in climate change mitigation. The ministers agreed on the…

China using influence in Estonia, Baltics

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Daily newspaper Postimees is running a series of articles about Baltic-China relations, a collaboration between journalists in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which look at how China interacts with the region and how it uses its influence in each of the three countries. The first article in the series, published on Wednesday, explored how China tries to puts pressure on Estonian politicians when it comes to relations with Taiwan and Tibet…

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn’t asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement framework adopted by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in June, saying it supports sovereignty, transparency, good governance and a rules-based order…

Two men detained in alleged youth burning murder

Monday, July 1, 2019

Two men were detained by Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) personnel Sunday night/Monday morning, following the death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found inside a burning house in Tartu County in the small hours of Monday, Baltic News Service Reports. The two men, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are aged 21 and 22 and are being held as murder suspects, BNS reports. An emergency services…

Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service warns of China’s growing influence

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A report made available by the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service points says that China’s impact and influence activities are increasing, and warns of possible threats posed by technological devices of Chinese origin. In recent years, the European Union, as well as the US and many other countries, has taken a more cautious stance on Chinese  foreign investment and technology, the Foreign Intelligence Service’s report published on Tuesday reads. Chinese investment in Europe has boomed…

Ukraine is a stone of discord for the US and Lithuania

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has decided in February to donate Soviet-made light small arms ammunition to the Ukraine Ministry of Defence (MoD). Worth €255,000 and transferred on a non-reimbursable basis, the ammunition can be used in automatic rifles, machine-guns to ensure national security and defence. Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “The transfer of assets is a part of consistent and comprehensive Lithuanian support to Ukraine as it strengthens its…

Latvijas Banka is issuing a collector coin dedicated to Curonian kings

Saturday, August 18, 2018

On Friday, 17 August, Latvijas Banka is issuing a silver collector coin dedicated to Curonian kings. In the run-up to the centenary of Latvia, we are both looking at the past and thinking about the future. This coin is dedicated to Curonian kings, part of the Latvian nation who have managed to safeguard their personal freedom and independence for centuries. The collector coin Curonian Kings was created by artists Arvīds…