Posts tagged as russia

Estonian formin reminds Council of Europe of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Georgia

Saturday, May 18, 2019

In his remarks at a dinner on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called upon the Council of Europe to remain resolute in continuing the dialogue on Russia fulfilling its obligations as a member state. “We must remain unwavering when confronting blatant violations of human rights and the rule of law, such as the ones Russia is carrying out in…

Latvian citizen fined for trading Russian military goods

Friday, May 10, 2019

The Riga Vidzeme District Court on May fined Latvian citizen Pavels Gubskis for illegal trading with Russian military goods, according to the Latvijas Avize daily reported LETA. Prosecutor Ando Skalbe had pressed charges against Gubskis based on Section 84 of the Criminal Law – for violation of sanctions imposed by international organizations and the Republic of Latvia. Gubskis had ignored the decision of the European Council of 2014 to ban…

Research: Russian-linked disinformation may have reached 241 million Europeans

Friday, May 10, 2019

Before the European Parliament’s election, an online security firm has found that about a half of all European Union citizens could have been exposed to disinformation promoted by social media accounts linked to Russia. British news portal The Guardian reports that the company that produced the research, is American company online security firm SafeGuard Cyber, which has stated that it had a database of more than 500,000 known troll and…

Russia may hinder construction of Polish-Lithuanian submarine power cable, expert warns

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Russia may hinder the construction of a submarine power cable between Lithuania and Poland, a project that is part of plans to synchronize the Baltic power grids with the continental European system, an energy expert warned LETA/BNS. Arturas Petkus, head of strategic analysis and research at the NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence, says efforts must be made to avoid risks as Russia will likely pay particular attention to protecting its Nord…

Lithuania to continue to boycott May 9 Victory Day events in Russia

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lithuania plans to continue to boycott May 9 events in Russia, which celebrates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany on that day, the Foreign Ministry has told BNS. Lithuanian diplomats will pay tribute to the victims of World War Two on 8 May. “The ambassador and embassy staff would lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin Wall on May 8. This will happen this…

Estonians worried about haze, smell of smoke, apparently from fires in Russia or Belarus

Saturday, April 27, 2019

In central and southern Estonia, a cloud of bluish haze has made people and fire-fighters worried about possible wildfires, but meteorologists and NASA point to smoke coming from Russia and Belarus. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports that a plane of the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) plane seeking to determine the source of a bluish haze over Central and Southern Estonia on Thursday, April 25. Earlier on Thursday,…

Arms control inspectors of the Russian Federation conducting an evaluation visit in Lithuania

Friday, April 26, 2019

On April 24 a team of arms control inspectors of the Russian Federation are conducting an evaluation visit to the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin of the Lithuanian Land Force according to the requirements of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Russian arms control inspection team is planned to pay an evaluation visit to the Griffin Brigade based in the Klaipėda city…

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,…

Spurned by Washington, North Korea’s Kim seeks a friend in Putin

Thursday, April 25, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at a summit on Thursday intended to show Washington is not the only power with enough clout to engage with Pyongyang on its nuclear program. The two men were holding a day of talks on an island off the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok two months after Kim’s summit with U.S. President Donald Trump ended in disagreement, cooling…

Before elections in Latvia, 63 percent of publications in the Russian press was negative

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Last year before the Saeima elections in Latvia, 63 percent of publications in the Russian press expressed a negative attitude towards Latvia, said the Latvian Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), citing its monitoring results. Considering that in recent years Russia had implemented several complicated influence operations in the West coinciding with the elections in the United States, France and Germany, SAB intensively analysed Russia’s propaganda media in the period before the…