Posts tagged as region

Regional reform: three municipalities in Latvia proposed to be united in one

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Latvia’s Environment Protection and Regional Development Ministry’s developed map of Latvian municipalities will include Ulbroka municipalities, which will consist of Stopiņi, Garkalne and Ropaži municipalities, as well as the city of Vangaži, the ministry reports. After consulting with 114 municipalities, the ministry developed and sent for approval a conceptual report on administrative territorial reform. Looking at dynamics of population growth, mobility and service habits, as well as looking at alternative…

EU seeks to deescalate Persian Gulf tensions

Monday, July 15, 2019

European Union nations were looking to deescalate tensions in the Persian Gulf area on Monday and call on Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear deal, despite the pullout of the United States from the accord and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said that “it is still not too late, but Iran really has to stick to its obligations.” Iran recently begun surpassing…

Russia to issue free e-visas to Lithuanians, other foreigners visiting Kaliningrad region

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tatyana Novozhilova, head of the Consular Section at Russia’s embassy to Lithuania, confirmed to journalists on Wednesday that the new e-visa system for foreigners visiting Kaliningrad will be introduced on July 1, adding that citizens of 53 countries, including all EU member states, will be eligible.  “I think the facilitated procedure will allow people to travel for private purposes and to meet with their relatives who live in the territory of Russia more often,” the diplomat…

Ministry turns to intelligence body over rail contracts with Latvia’s Sigmen

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked the State Security Department (VSD) for cooperation in assessing potential threats and risks following a media report that Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) has awarded millions of euros’ worth of contracts to a Latvian company linked, via former KGB officers and agents, to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs subject to US sanctions. Sigmen is one of the major…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

Baltic Sea region: attention to mobility and sustainability

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Several main issues were discussed during this year’s Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland concerning regional future challenges, organised by the Centrum Balticum, including the labour mobility and sustainability, with some circular economy issues included. Over 300 hundred participants and 27 outstanding speakers from all walks of political, academic and business communities in countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the forum. Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland (BSRF)…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

NATO provokes the military crisis in The Baltic States

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, August 27, 2018

As we know, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a $716 billion defense policy bill last week. This document contains the provision for changing the mandate of the NATO policing mission in the Baltic States. Perhaps, the Balts have persuaded Washington to replace the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission with an air defense mission. As there are two airfields for NATO air police mission in the Baltic States, which can be…

Putin: Moscow supports Finland’s proposal to increase safety above Baltic Sea

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Russia supports Finland’s initiative to increase flight safety over the Baltic Sea, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday. Russia supports the initiative of Finnish president to increase safety above the Baltic Sea, Putin said at a press conference following negotiations with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Sochi. “We are ready to discuss this with our NATO partners, but they refuse,” Putin said, calling it an unconstructive position and expressed…

USS Carney Guided-Missile Destroyer Enters Black Sea

Monday, August 13, 2018

The United States’ guided-missile destroyer USS Carney has entered the Black Sea for maritime security operations, the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet said in a statement. “The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) entered the Black Sea, Aug. 12, in order to conduct maritime security operations and enhance capability and interoperability with allies and partners in the region. The ship’s operations in the Black Sea are meant to enhance maritime security and stability, and combined…