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  • airBaltic launches five new flight routes from Vilnius
    airBaltic routes from Vilnius will serve passengers flying to Brussels Stockholm Helsinki Paris and Berlin Christophe Viatte the Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic said in a press release that airBaltic plans to offer 11 direct flights from Vilnius by 2020 He said airBaltic s domestic market is Latvia Lithuania and Estonia and flights from Lithuania are a natural part of its strategy The preconditions for further improvements however said Viatte are making a case regarding the demand for flights to and from Vilnius he said airBaltic is 99 8 percent owned by the Latvian state and serves around 60 destinations with direct flights from its home base in Riga Latvia 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 Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world Estonia was Europe s biggest exporter of wooden houses in 2014 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

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  • Lithuanian prison inmates on hunger strike over smoking ban
    revealed by the the Prisons Department on the day the law was enforced A total of 1 028 prisoners from Lithuania s 7 100 inmates have officially refused to eat prison food The department s deputy director Donatas Matuiza says the inmates are protesting the ban to smoke in closed cells which took effect on Tuesday The department knew about the planned campaign in advance said Donatas Matuiza the deputy directors of the Prisons Department We have been preparing for it for a few months and have attempted preventing the situation However the inmates refused to listen According to Matuiza while refusing prison food the inmates however continue eating the food they buy themselves 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

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  • Linkevicius - latest Kiev violence "huge test" for Ukrainian government
    again show our support to the Ukrainian leadership I believe it will not take Ukraine of the path to peace but at the same time making demands that Ukraine s sovereignty be respected The Monday clashes were the largest since the Euromaidan protests which eventually led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and then president Viktor Yanukovych fleeing the country Later in 2014 Moscow supported separatists sparked a rebellion in the east of the country Ukraine s Interior Ministry has blamed the nationalist party Svoboda Freedom for the most recent unrest It claims a member of the party s paramilitary wing is among those was detained and has been accused of throwing a live grenade Laurynas Kasciunas of the Vilnius based Eastern European Studies Center believes the clashes outside the Ukrainian parliament are unlikely to evolve into mass protests In his opinion the protesters outside the Rada included a small part of the society who are keen to accuse the Ukrainian government of adopting a Russian style model of federalisation Those who stood outside the Rada fought were frontliners and were the first to stop Russia s aggression last year said Kasciunas Those who took part the Maidan protests naturally have a different opinion In his words Ukraine needs the constitutional amendments on decentralization to throw the ball to the Russian side for Moscow not to be able to accuse Kiev of failure to implement the Minsk agreements The decentralization reforms are part of the Minsk truce reached in February through the mediation of Germany and France 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

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  • NATO Force Integration Units officially start operating in Lithuania
    will serve at each of FIU in order to facilitate the rapid deployment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and also coordinate international exercises The FIU in Lithuania will be led by Danish Colonel Jakob Sogard Larsen Its staff will also include representatives of more than ten NATO countries including Germany Canada and Poland All officers are scheduled to arrive in Lithuania by the end of this year In response to the Kremlin s annexation of Crimea and unrest in eastern Ukraine NATO stepped up exercises in the Baltic Sea region via its air and sea patrol missions Earlier in 2015 and the United States pledged to deploy heavy weaponry in the Baltic region by the end of the year The Baltic states and Poland have also asked for military units to be permanently deployed in the region to deter the Kremlin However some European allies believe the deployment may violate the 1997 agreement with Moscow and fuel tension in the region Company size US army units are currently deployed in Lithuania Latvia Estonia and Poland 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 Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with

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  • The strange blindness of Ukraine's Baltic friends
    for children as The Course of Young Patriot for children from 9 year old ones I am a Young Patriot program psycho therapeutic Theory of Race for the older students Simultaneously the students in the universities and already graduated teachers will be tough to fit the requirements of this new national concept of the patriotic education The minister said that this all is only beginning This promising beginning is in fact fulfilment of two major recent decisions of the Ukrainian government in June 2015 the Ukrainian president has signed a decree prescribing establishing a special working panel and implementation of the Ukrainian National Strategy of the National Patriotic Education UNA OUN in the country until 2020 In July 2015 the Ukrainian government has established yet another their own commission on the national patriotic education It has been stated by the Ukrainian authorities that among the projects conducted within the national patriotic governmental strategy there are such events as producing the film on the Ukrainian Galician Army and the annual ceremonies in honour of Bandera on his birthday On presidential decree the day of the establishing of the UNA OUN has also become a new national holiday in Ukraine very important one for them the day of the Ukrainian Army I have written a series of articles going into depth about this entire process Part I is here Part II is here and Part III is here How can the Baltic States not react to this This kind of political selective vision may not be that unique in history Leaders justify it as support for a lesser evil a useful weapon in their arsenal of political tactics But turning a blind eye to the past can often back fire It risks tarnishing the reputation of any statesman or stateswoman for this matter who opt to recklessly forget historical facts In this case the back fire will come when historians look back in consternation at countries like Estonia Latvia and Lithuania who did not speak out against the very obvious neo Nazification of Ukraine Since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict it has been absolutely possible to achieve the goal of stopping this hysterical neo Nazification in Ukraine It could have been possible and still can be to condition the Ukrainian leadership s behaviour on their path towards the West with firm demands issued to them by Western European Baltic leaders These demands could stop the historical rehabilitation of nationalists who were Nazi collaborators while helping Ukraine become a country that truly upholds European values There have even been attempts in the West to do so which the Baltic leaders seem to have ignored Right at the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine the European Parliament did accept a special written motion by the Finnish MEP Hannu Takkula placing support for the integration of Ukraine into the EU on the condition of that country adopting a zero tolerance approach to the blossoming in Ukraine of the glorification of Nazi collaborators Why was

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  • Prime Minister Roivas viewed as "untrustworthy" by 47 percent of Estonians
    scale of 1 to 5 Roivas work merited an average score of 2 77 a figure below the scale s average The survey conducted in August showed the Prime Minister s approval ratings are increasing albeit at a fairly slow pace Since May he has gained 0 2 points Roivas score correlates with party ratings which show a rise in support for the Prime Minister s Reform Party Roivas work received the highest scores from supporters of the Reform Party an average of 3 53 The lowest average came from the supporters supporters of the opposition Center Party at 2 44 The share of respondents unable to rate the prime minister s work dropped to 16 percent in August compared to 19 percent in May and 18 percent in June 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 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

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  • Lithuanian President calls on legal reforms surrounding the regulation of service firearms
    actions According to Ulbinaite Grybauskaite noted during the meeting with Minister Skvernelis that Lithuania does not take into consideration the European standards and practice of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the use of firearms The officer s or another individual s health or life has to be in danger outlined Ulbinaite Or this has to be a detention of a person suspected of a violent crime The need to step up border protection was also high on the agenda of the meeting The 18 year old in question from Alytus in the south of Lithuania was gunned down by a border guard on Thursday morning during a pursuit between two cars driven by suspected smugglers along the Lithuanian Belarusian border After one of the cars was later stopped in Leipalingis the injured teenager was discovered on the back seat He later passed away in hospital Immediately after the incident Grybauskaite said that the use of a firearm was un necessary and described the incident as a poor performance from our border functions Meanwhile the interior minister Skvernelis urged politicians to refrain from public condemnation of the border guard until a thorough investigation has been completed In a public letter circulated over the weekend Skvernelis urged border officers to continue their tough stance against organised crime 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

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  • Establishment of tribunal investigating Communist repressions would be "symbolic act"
    ministries from the Czech Republic Estonia Georgia Hungary Latvia Lithuania Poland and Slovakia In my opinion it would first of all be a symbolic act and an institution to preserve the memory and pay tribute to the victims rather than a tribunal that would decide on liability Zilinskas told BNS The people who committed the Communist repressions are either already diseased or close to death Therefore the bringing them to justice is very unlikely Lithuania s Justice Minister Juozas Bernatonis added the initiative is currently in its initial phase with discussions underway about its specific form A general official communique was approved and an agreement was reached to establish an international institution confirmed Bernatonis No final decision was reached as to what it should be as the proposals were highly different For instance Slovakia suggested delegating the task to European prosecutors which should be established shortly while others suggested setting up a commission But this would be about crimes of all totalitarian regimes including Fascism and Communism as well as those of today 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

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