Posts tagged as russia

Finance ministry opens new Estonian-Russian infrastructure project tenders

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Ministry of Finance is waiting for ideas for large-scale infrastructure projects in the Estonian-Russian cross-border cooperation program. The finance ministry says it is awaiting proposals for large-scale, cross-border projects on Estonia’s eastern frontier. The time-frame is 2021-2027 and projects much have a cross-border impact affecting both Russia and Estonia, for instance environmental activities, the ministry says. The program is set for the years 2021-2027 lena Musthallik, ministry adviser, told ERR:…

Rīga Conference opens with warnings about Russia

Friday, November 13, 2020

The main public discussions of the annual Rīga Conference got under way November 13 with Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg both emphasizing that Russia remains a threat. Both men underlined that the longstanding threat from Russia remains, even in the era of COVID-19 and numerous other challenges. “Russia remains a great big problem,” Kariņš said. “What we are seeing with Russia is they are…

Lithuanians fear COVID-19 more than Russia

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Generally speaking, the Lithuanians don’t take much interest in defence matters. We know we’ve got armed forces, but what they’re doing generally passes average civilians by. We usually pay attention to defence matters only in case of real war or when defence demands more money then we could afford. This is exactly the cause to think about new budget distribution. According to the Lithuanian Ministry of defence, NASAMS medium-range air…

Everything looks good on paper in Russia ­– even CSTO

By Zintis Znotiņš on Tuesday, October 27, 2020

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) was established on 15 May 1992 after Russia’s initiative and can be considered the ideological heir to the Warsaw Pact, albeit of a considerably lesser quality. Russia was aware that the previous military bloc it headed has come to its end, so it was required to establish a new one in order to stand against NATO. Thus, the CSTO was created but it can’t…

Russia to open border with Latvia for e-visa travel

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Starting January 2021, holders of an electronic visa from Latvia will be able to enter the area of Pskov, Russia, through the border point of Grebnev, LSM’s Russian language service said October 26. Electronic visa holders will be able to stay in Russia for up to 16 days. In total, 29 Russia’s border points will be open for e-visa travel from January, but it is planned to add to this list in…

Russia put Tikhanovskaya on wanted list to discredit Belarus opposition

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Russia’s move to put Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on a wanted list is political persecution and a continuation of Moscow’s efforts to discredit the Belarusian opposition, Lithuania’s foreign minister has commented. Tikhanovskaya, a Belarusian opposition leader, was placed on Russia’s wanted list, the country’s interior ministry said on Wednesday. The 38-year-old, who took refuge in Lithuania following her claim to have beaten long-running leader Alexander Lukashenko in August elections, is “wanted on…

France needs ‘strategic dialogue’ with Eastern Europe, not Russia

By Jeroen Bult on Thursday, October 8, 2020

Not always natural allies, France and the Baltic states have a more nuanced relationship than their disagreements over Russia may suggest, argues Dutch historian and journalist Jeroen Bult. Baltics in-depth. “The visit I am paying to your country is a visit of the Eternal France to the Eternal Russia. Since the very distant times when our two nations were born, they have never ceased to feel a particularly special interest…

Lithuanian president: EU dialogue with Russia cannot be ‘one-way street’

Thursday, October 1, 2020

The European Union’s dialogue with Russia must not be a “one-way street”, Lithuania’s president said ahead of an EU summit in Brussels “I am also a supporter of dialogue – a dialogue is always better than fighting, but dialogue should be based on fair rules,” Gitanas Nausėda said. An EU response to the poisoning of the Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is among the issues to be discussed by European…

Macron’s approach to Russia ‘realistic’, but may be disappointed, Lithuanian president says

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approach to relations with Russia is “realistic”, the Lithuanian president has said, but he might be disappointed if the strategic dialogue does not pan out. Macron and his Lithuanian counterpart Gitanas Nausėda visited French troops stationed in Rukla on Tuesday afternoon, a culmination of the French president’s two-day visit in Lithuania. “He’s a realist and he really looks at Russia with open eyes, but in this…

We should start dialogue with Russia – Macron

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are not naive, but we should start a dialogue with Russia in order to find solutions when it is necessary, said French President Emmanual Macron in a press conference during his visit to Riga last night. He said that it is necessary to develop a strategic dialogue with Russia. Macron emphasized that dialogue with the neighboring country is not detrimental to European history, stressing the need to look ahead.…