Posts tagged as Kremlin

Latvia bans Kremlin propaganda channel RT

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Latvia has banned the Russian state-controlled television channel RT, formerly known as Russia Today, saying that it was under control of Dmitry Kiselev, who is on the EU’s sanctions list. On Tuesday, Latvia’s media watchdog, the National Electronic Mass Media Council (NEPLP), banned seven multilingual channels operated by RT. It also said Latvia will urge other EU countries to follow suit. “We have carried out a very large inspection of…

How does the Kremlin view the results of Russia’s constitutional plebiscite? Putin’s spokesman explains

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On July 1, Russia completed a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments that include reforms to reset Vladimir Putin’s term clock, allowing him to run for another two terms in office. According to federal election officials, almost 78 percent of voters supported the amendments. Turnout was roughly 65 percent. Asked how the Kremlin views the results, spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the plebiscite a “triumph.” “It was easy to predict high interest…

Kremlin reopens chapter on Baltic occupation. Why?

By EUvsDisinfo on Friday, June 26, 2020

An article attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Baltic states were occupied with “consent”. Two days prior on June 16, a story on Russia Beyond – an outlet under the same state ownership as RT – claimed it was a “privilege” to live in the Baltics during the Soviet occupation. EUvsDisinfo  , the disinformation fighting agency of the European Union, looks at the facts behind what Lithuanian officials …

Wagner mercenaries in Libya – Putin’s naive cannon fodder

By Augusts Augustiņš on Friday, June 12, 2020

The mentality of Russian soldiers of being mere cannon fodder has not changed since the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we can conclude this from what we have seen and read in mass media. If we objectively disregard the “heroic deeds” – made up by the Kremlin – of Russian soldiers during World War II, it becomes evident that on the battlefield a Russian soldier will follow the following…

Kremlin may threaten nuclear incidents in Belarus to blackmail Lithuania

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lithuania’s failure to block nuclear energy imports from Belarus could seriously impede the Baltic states’ switch away from the Moscow-controlled power grid, according to Lithuanian MP Dainius Kreivys. The switch to the continental European system, scheduled to take place by 2025, is considered a strategic project by the EU and Lithuania and critical to the energy independence of the Baltic states. Lithuania is currently attached to the Moscow-controlled BRELL network,…

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…

Baltic States use sanctions as a part of politics

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

On October, 10, leader of the Polish Peasant Party Vladislav Kosinyak-Kamysh called for the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia, but at the same time maintaining of political ones. The politician noted that, despite the sanctions, “Russian coal abides in Poland, and the Germans negotiate with Russia.” According to Kosinyak-Kamysh, economic restrictions did not change the situation in the Donbass. The politician also emphasized that other countries, unlike Poland, easily…

Kremlin admits disappointment by Belarus’ refusal to host army base

Friday, September 27, 2019

«An unpleasant episode,» said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looking back at the refusal by close neighbour Belarus to allow the building of a Russian military base in its territory. Belgian news portal EurActiv reports that the Kremlin mounted a bid to set up the air base in Belarus in 2015 and hoped it would host Su-27 fighter jets, but the member of the Commonwealth of Independent Sates (CIS) and…

How the Baltic states spot the Kremlin’s agents

Friday, August 2, 2019

The tip was sent by a city tech worker: a single person could, in one fell swoop, disable almost every traffic light in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital. It proved true, says Aurimas Navys, a former officer at Lithuania’s State Security Department. Mr Navys, who had received the tip despite his recent retirement, made sure the vulnerability was fixed. Lithuania and the other Baltic states, Estonia and Latvia, all nato members, are scrambling, he says,…

Trump offers Putin help with Siberian wildfires

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin help in putting out vast wildfires that are raging in Siberia, the Kremlin said late on Wednesday, a move it said Putin took as a sign that battered ties can be restored. The Kremlin said the two leaders had spoken by phone at Washington’s initiative, hours after Putin ordered the Russian army to help firefighters battle the wildfires. The fires…