Posts tagged as russia

Stratcom director: China and Russia top Covid-19 disinformation sources

Thursday, April 9, 2020

China and Russia have been the main sources of disinformation during the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, but Latvia is well prepared for the situation compared to many other countries, according to NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Director Jānis Sārts. “During the last week the amount of Russian disinformation has decreased, but the amount of disinformation from China has increased,” said Sārts. According to the director, there is a very…

Lithuanian accused of spying for Russia to be released

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Algirdas Paleckis, a former Lithuanian politician suspected of spying for Russia, will be released on bail after being held in solitary confinement since October 2018. The Lithuanian Court of Appeal on Monday annulled the decision of Šiauliai Regional Court in northern Lithuania to extend the detention of Paleckis for another two months, opting instead for less restrictive measures. He will have to pay a 50,000-euro bail, surrender identity documents, and…

Lithuania to send new ambassadors to Russia and Ukraine

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lithuania is sending new ambassadors to Moscow and Kyiv in May, while the country’s representatives to the United States and the European Union are ending their terms this summer. Under the government’s draft resolution, diplomat Eitvydas Bajarūnas is proposed as Lithuanian ambassador to Moscow. He has previously served as ambassador in Sweden and consul general in Saint Petersburg. Bajarūnas should replace Remigijus Motuzas who was recalled from the Moscow embassy…

Lukashenko shows his teeth to Putin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 16, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s attempts to use economic levers to force Belarus to submit to Putin’s demands, and many readers didn’t like it. It’s understandable – many Latvian commentators go out of their way to support the Kremlin’s attempts of interfering in the information space of Latvia. Remembering the article about the Kremlin’s instruments of economic leverage used to influence Ukraine and Belarus, it can be predicted…

Turkey grants huge favor to Russia

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, March 13, 2020

Turkey has been a member of NATO already since 1952, but a serious question has recently emerged: is Turkey on the side of NATO, or has it perhaps sided with Russia? Turkey’s late attempts to maneuver and gain as much benefit from every side as possible have become obvious even to the naked eye. For instance, Turkey purchased S-400 air defense systems from Russia, while simultaneously cooperating with the US…

Nuclear ‘blitzkrieg’: NATO ally Latvia fears Russia will stage swift invasion using small nukes

By Joel Gehrke on Thursday, March 5, 2020

Russian forces have been training for a blitzkrieg operation targeting NATO members under the cover of recently developed nuclear weapons, according to a senior Baltic defense official. “That is probably the most dangerous scenario,” Janis Garisons, the second-ranked official in Latvia’s Ministry of Defense, told the Washington Examiner. “If you would look at Russian exercises, then you would see that they are exercising for such a scenario.” Latvia joined NATO in…

Ukraine makes it harder for its citizens to travel to Russia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Starting March 1, Ukrainians will need an international passport to go to Russia. The new measure will limit traveling for many Ukrainians who only have their Ukrainian IDs. Until now, Ukrainians could travel to Russia using their domestic passports that each Ukrainian has by default. Children under the age of 16 were able to travel on their birth certificates. But Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers’ put an end to it with its decree on…

Latvian citizen accused of attempt to recruit State Security Service official for spying

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The State Security Service (VDD) has asked the prosecutor’s office to launch criminal prosecution against a Latvian citizen for attempting to recruit a VDD official for spying for Russian special services, LETA learned from VDD. VDD calls on the prosecutor’s office to hold this person responsible for  illegal collecting of non-disclosable information for the purposes of transferring it or transferring thereof to a foreign state or foreign organisation, either directly…

No luck with Ukraine for Russia, now it’s Belarus’ turn: how energy can threaten a nation’s sovereignty

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 2, 2020

For Russia, the role of energy resources has always been dual, i.e. economic and political. In addition, both of these often go hand in hand, only the emphasis changes. Initially, the delivery of energy resources for other countries is viewed through the political prism – as a sign of sheer goodwill. As time passes, this is subject to change, particularly in cases when the country in question ceases to move…

Moscow slams Estonia’s decision to strip Russian journalist of Schengen visa

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged European human rights bodies and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to assess Estonia’s decision to strip Russian journalist Andrei Zakharov of the freedom of travel around the countries of the Schengen zone. The correspondent of the Izvestia multimedia information center was denied entry to Latvia at the request of the Estonian state authorities on Feb. 24, the Russian Foreign Ministry…