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  • Latvija in brief
    s registration application on April 29 and a decision surrounding its approval had been postponed several times The Russian Foreign Ministry also said Latvian mass media had publicly published comments from Latvian officials and politicians which called for a ban on operations of the Russian news agency in the country It believes the comments can be viewed as direct pressure on the Enterprises Register the body considering Rossiya Segodnya s application The Russian side has repeatedly drawn attention to these innovative methods of Latvia s censoring of information the ministry commented These are contrary to the country s international obligations to ensure freedom of speech and the media We are calling on the international community and specialised organisations it continued First of all the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE representative for media freedom to assess this overtly discriminatory and politicised decision of the Latvian authorities the ministry said On August 27 Latvia refused Rossiya Segodnya s application Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of

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  • Ghost airport awaits resurrection
    doesn t answer the question why there is still little to no progress despite glimmers of initiative over the last 10 years Another curiosity is that despite the airport technically not being in existence and despite little sign of that changing the airport still has its own chairman of the board Janis Kudins the chair member of the airport tried to explain this rather complicated issue to The Baltic Times At the moment there is indeed no activity going on We ve been trying to attract various investors for years now and had some serious ones he says Unfortunately the crisis has ruined many possible deals But you also have to understand he implores That the airport business is one of trickiest ones many investors don t want to deal with it because they don t get any considerable profit as fast as they would like to It s more of a long term investment Without further funding he pointed out it would be impossible for this airport to take off again Let s say we would need at least around 15 million euros to start any kind of flights and it would take years to pay off in a good case scenario he notes But there are also bad case scenarios just look at many Spanish airports which got substantial EU funding but are not functioning now Funding is another interesting matter to consider in this case which is quite different from other regional airports The Daugavpils airport was never trying to get money from the EU funds unlike the airports in Liepaja and Ventspils Why no attempt at applying for some of the billions of euros heading to Latvia as part of the regional development fund It s a strange answer When the EU was allocating money for regional development Latgale lost out due to a decision made at the state level even though it had the lowest development index out of all of the regions in Latvia All regions received equal levels of funding in the latest round of EU regional development funding from 2014 2020 despite Latgale being in far more desperate need of funds As Mr Kudins commented it seems fair but as it is already quite obvious if you develop every region equally the poor regions will still stay poor and rich regions will get richer He mentioned that the airport in Latgale would be crucially important for its regional development and if this project finally goes through its initial stage it could potentially attract many other projects and investors The officials from Riga however do not seem to consider this project to be a priority or even a rational use of financial resources As Arnis Muiznieks the director of the Aviation department in the Ministry of Transport told The Baltic Times The initial activities from Daugavpils city council were not effective enough when they were given a working airport before he said referring to the denationalization of the airport in 1993 What Daugavpils

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  • Battle for Estonian Coastline continues
    as the wide bypass is known will relieve traffic problems currently in evidence in other parts of Kalamaja It will also provide HGV access to a financially important part of the city where a great deal of construction work is currently taking place Erki Korp Head of Public Procurement at Tallinn City Government explained Kalarand street was planned before the Culture Kilometre The Culture Kilometer project was temporary The design prerequisite of Kalarand street was to provide a route for light traffic on the path of the cultural kilometre The new road creates additional opportunities spreading traffic from the extremely congested streets of Kalamaja also taking into consideration the requirements of Pro Kapital s plans concerning the beach promenade which is going to bring even more light vehicle and foot traffic Korp was clear in his support for development work to take place in the Kalarand area Tallinn City Government will support the changes including the proposal for a beach promenade to be built As Korp saw it the mooted changes were positive for an area hitherto little developed in relation to many other parts of Tallinn Kalarand is located in the port of which AS Pro Kapital is registered as owner The detailed plans aim to open access to the sea and to the citizens of the city to create a coherent public space and to provide appropriate solutions for the perimeter of the city and for ongoing building and development in the region Korp also denied any conflict between the popularity of the Cultural Kilometre with residents and tourists and Tallinn City Government s desire to create a vehicle route on the site The footpath and cycle route had been featured on a regular basis in tourist focused literature such as the monthly Baltic Guide magazine but Korp

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  • 800 Estonian islands sneak onto map
    bigger Most also do not have names but are already under ownership Speaking to Postimees Environmental Board adviser Roland Muur said that improvements in mapping technology are significantly better and this has helped to create a more accurate map He said It is interesting to watch the changes in coastal lines of the islands Comparing the Soviet maps with what we have today some islands have had their area altered by 30 percent In some instances islands have merged like three becoming one This is the second time in two months that Estonia s territory has grown after new aerial photography maps revealed the country was 112 square km bigger than expected The Director General of the Land Board Tambet Tiits said new technology had painted a more accurate picture of the country s borders where previously they could be up to 50 meters out when created using a pen or pencil on a handmade map The photographs showed that both Tallinn and Narva were larger than previously thought and other changes occurred around the Baltic Sea coastline Narva River and inland lakes The new findings mean Estonia has a landmass of 45 339 square kilometres rather than 45 227 square kilometers Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic

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  • Eesti in brief
    Of course it s extremely regrettable these very serious suspicions have arisen Roivas told reporters If they are confirmed this is not only about immense greed but it is also a serious security risk The Prime Minister said corruption within major state owned businesses must be addressed seriously He added Port of Tallinn must work together with investigators for the proceedings to be successfully completed On the morning of August 26 officers of the Estonian Internal Security Service detained the Port of Tallinn chairman Ain Kaljurand and board member Allan Kiil for accepting suspected bribes ISS officials conducted searches on the company premises and the suspects homes Searches were conducted also at several other locations Three others have been detained as bribery suspects Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic

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  • NATO scales back Baltic Air Policing
    150 of these intercepts were done by aircraft from NATO s Baltic Air Policing Mission NATO s Baltic members Estonia Latvia and Lithuania do not have the means necessary to provide air policing of their own territory So ever since the Baltic nations joined NATO in 2004 other Allies have taken turns protecting the integrity of their sovereign airspace enhancing their collective security The majority of these air incidents were triggered by Russian military aircraft operating with their transponders off or not communicating with air traffic control but some were due to other incidents such as a loss of communications with civilian aircraft So far in 2015 however there have been no violations of Allied airspace by Russian aircraft according information sent to The Baltic Times by NATO Russia has also set nerves on edge in the Baltic States by expanding beyond its borders with the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea in March 2014 and its subsequent support to pro Russian separatists in the east of Ukraine The Crimea annexation in particular has evoked chilling memories across the three Baltic States which were annexed by the Soviet Union during the Second World War only regaining their independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite however believes NATO s recent decision to halve its Baltic air policing mission was made in relation to NATO substantially strengthening its defensive capabilities in the Baltics elsewhere She pointed out that she considers the downsizing not that significant I would like to pay attention to the fact that eight fighter jets will remain in the Baltic States That s twice as many as we had before the Ukrainian crisis Grybauskaite informed the press So we retain the double air policing mission Poland will handle things on its own so that downsizing is not that significant According to Grybauskaite Lithuania Latvia and Estonia still enjoy NATO allies major attention She believes the support is reflected by NATO s decision to establish a headquarters in the region plus its decision to deploy U S heavy weaponry in the Baltic States of autumn 2015 The president added that the scope and intensity of NATO military exercises across the region is unprecedented We need to look into the security situation on the whole and I think there s no need for us to react to the downsizing of the air policing mission that much she continued These are decisions that are made by taking into account all security bolstering elements in the region Eoin MacNamara a NATO specialist at the University of Tartu in Estonia and an associate fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs agrees with the Lithuanian president s assessment From the perspective of military planning this lightening of the air policing mission is consistent with NATO s overall strategy for its eastern flank he tells The Baltic Times At NATO the word scalability is often used this means providing enough protection and deterrence through a light

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  • Kohver Sentenced, West reacts, Russia surprised
    S dollars Russia claims that Kohver a father of four detained in September 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service FSB was armed and carrying large sum in cash while attempting to illegally enter Russia Estonia insists that Kohver was abducted to Russia by the FSB agents on the Estonian side of a border checkpoint Kohver also refused to plead guilty Both the European Union and Estonia on Wednesday called on Russia to immediately release Kohver and return him home Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas condemned the verdict calling it a clear and grave violation of international law I strongly condemn the verdict on Eston Kohver his illegal detention constitutes a grave violation of international law by RF Russia he said on his Twitter account EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini called on Russia to release Kohver saying he had been deprived of the right to a fair trial a claim Zakharova denied According to Zakharova the legality of the court s ruling cannot be questioned Moreover she added Russia has been surprised by such Western reaction because no rights of the Estonian citizen were violated Kohver now has 10 days to appeal the court s ruling The security services traditionally practice the swapping of detained foreign moles for their own operatives detained abroad said a Russian senator Igor Morozov formerly an officer in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Still the swap must be equal he told the RIAN news agency Having Kohver apprehended gives the Russian secret services more room for maneuvers Morozov said Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows

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  • Lithuanian Language State Commission - "pointless" to install signs in English on Vilnius buses
    and from Vilnius international airport A statement issued by the commission on Wednesday September 2 2015 read Attention should be paid to the fact that the main elements on any bus route in Vilnius are location names which have not been translated Therefore it is pointless to install signs on buses in English The commission believes transport information for foreign tourists should be made available at bus stops and public information stands Vilniaus Viesasis Transportas Vilnius Public Transport had asked the Lithuanian Language State Commission and the State Language Inspectorate about the possibility to install bilingual information signs on buses to make travel easier for tourists arriving to Vilnius The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to

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