Posts tagged as russia

Three US diplomats held near Russian test site where mystery blast killed five

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Three American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported. The US embassy has confirmed the incident, the Interfax news service reported, but said the three diplomats had filed the proper paperwork to travel in the area. The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomats had named a different city as their destination…

Lithuania looks to extend detention of politician accused of spying for Russia

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lithuania’s Prosecutor General’s Office has asked for the detention of Algirdas Paleckis, a Lithuanian politician suspected of spying for Russia, to be extended for another three months. Paleckis has been in custody since October 2018, with his detention regularly extended. The existing detention period expires on October 26 and The court is due to make a decision next week. An unidentified “network of persons” and Paleckis are suspected of having…

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…

Lithuanian intelligence investigated MP with Russia-links for years

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament’s security committee (NSGK) has received enough information from the State Security Department (VSD) to conduct a parliamentary investigation into MP Irina Rozova’s alleged ties with Russia, the panel’s chairman said on Wednesday.  “The information we have now received is certainly sufficient to launch an investigation,” Dainius Gaižauskas told reporters after the first part of the committee’s meeting that was held behind closed doors. According to him, NSGK members…

Estonian court jails former ISS employee for spying for Russia

Friday, October 4, 2019

A court in Estonia jailed Vladimir Kulikov, former employee of the Internal Security Service (ISS) arrested in March, for a period of five years for spying for Russia. The Tallinn-based Harju County Court issued the ruling in September and it has entered into force, the Office of the Prosecutor General told the Russian-language news portal of public broadcaster ERR. Kulikov was accused of engaging in relations against the Republic of Estonia…

Latvia welcomes EU Guidance on non-recognition of passports issued by Russia to residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions

Friday, October 4, 2019

Latvia welcomes the EU Guidance on Visa Application Processing for Residents of Donetsk and Luhansk Regions circulated by the European Commission and the European External Action Service on October 3 to the consulates of the member states of the EU and the Schengen Agreement in the Russian Federation and Ukraine and addressing questions that arise with respect to the Russian Federation international passports issued to the residents of Donetsk and…

New Era of Anti-Russian Policy Begins In EU

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 27, 2019

Valdis Dombrovskis, former Prime Minister of Latvia, has become a Vice President of the European Commission for Economic Affairs after the redistribution of authorities in EU structures this week. He will control the preservation of sanctions against Russia. This situation is a dream of politicians from the Baltic States. Alas, politicians do not care about the fact that the Baltic countries count losses due to the deliberate destruction of relations…

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…

Lithuanian president, in his UN speech, warns against Russia’s continued aggression

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Russia is attempting to further destabilize neighboring countries and has been continuing its “appalling” military action against Ukraine for five years now, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said before the United Nations in New York last night. In his first address to the UN General Assembly, the Lithuanian president said that “determination to adhere to international law is often the last barrier separating our countries from unpredictable and therefore dangerous disorder”.…

Increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It has now become something of a tradition that August and September are a time of increased activity of the Russian Air Force over the Baltic Sea. This is mainly the result of intense military exercises conducted by the Russian army at this period of the year. An interception of a group of Russian aircraft performed by Belgian fighter jets, which took off from Lithuania, on September 17 confirms that…