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  • NATO’s StratCom shambles
    providing anything fresh Tsun Tsu inevitably got a gratuitous mention as did other cliched war theorists like Karl Von Klausewitz and Niccolo Machiavelli The apparent research breakthrough that everyone got excited about seemed to be some rather baffling pseudo scientific findings about men over forty five being more prone to interact online with misinformation spreading social media users if the profile picture features a scantily clad woman The researcher called these users bikini trolls Clearly event organisers must have been far too pleased the with the lofty vague and arbitrary wordplay of the event s title Perception Matters to think about how to create a genuinely engaging instructive event Politicians and diplomats queued up to laud it as a success nevertheless but they were doing so for the most part with bland and pre prepared speeches On the bright side citizens of NATO states can breathe a sigh of relief that the 28 member state alliance has finally come to this realisation about the importance of perception The trite observation that Perception Matters gets to the heart of how NATO struggles to grasp even the most basic tenets of communications As Mark Laity the Chief of StratComs at NATO s Supreme Headquarters in Brussels acknowledged in his speech To anyone outside our bubble what we are doing now is blindingly obvious Some journalists decided to try and break down the border to ascend the stairs and hear some insights from one or two of the invited speakers These were mostly politicians and diplomats from the countries participating in the NATO StratCom COE as well as uniformed NATO military personnel and political scientists The journalists who tried this were sent back down by security and told to wait There might be short interview down in the basement during the lunch break if there was time It was like waiting for Greek Gods to descend from Mount Olympus The timing for their descent would mean missing the inauguration of the new COE premises probably the only newsworthy development of the day especially considering the center had been previously located in a dingy Soviet building behind the Latvian ministry of Defence When journalists tried to enter the area where the experts were eating during the lunch break hoping to catch a few quick insights on the matters at hand they were once again sent back downstairs as though they were some kind of security threat That s just how it is said Zane Štāla NATO s Contact for Speakers Delegations and General Issues And that was that The scraps of the expert s lunch were gathered up hours later and sent down to the basement All in all the yellow press ribbon and the gigantic laminated press card dangling from it was as useful as a leper s bell serving as a means of segregation By the end of the day the COE didn t even bother to keep up pretences that it was not a case of us and them One speaker

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  • Ukraine celebrates 25 years of independence; President Grybauskaite sends congratulations
    has grown even stronger over the past year I am convinced the close relations between the citizens of both countries fully fledged cooperation and good willed support will contribute to our countries growing stronger To conclude the message Grybauskaite wished Poroshenko and the Ukrainian nation strength peace and prosperity Estonia s Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand also joined Grybauskaite in congratulating Ukraine Congratulations to our Ukrainian friends on Independence Day she tweeted We strongly support Ukraine in stranding up for freedom Meanwhile in the Ukrainian capital Kiev President Poroshenko was far less low key in his celebration of his country s 25th year of independence In his Independence Day speech Poroshenko added 2 100 Ukrainian army soldiers had been killed in the country s eastern region since the conflict began with pro Russian separatists in April last year The 24th of August is a key holiday of the country said Poroshenko The 25th year of our independence can still be like walking on brittle ice The war for our independence still goes on Ukraine s Independence Day coincides with the one year anniversary of the Ilovaisk tragedy which followed the direct invasion of Russian troops on Ukraine s territory Russian aggression has claimed the lives of nearly 2 100 of our soldiers Poland and Canada were the first countries to recognise Ukraine s independence from the USSR both on 2 December 1991 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

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  • Russia “surprised” by Western reaction to Kohver sentencing
    rubles equivalent of 1500 U 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 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

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  • News search
    veto into MH17 disaster blocks justice for victims families Dainius Baublys Counsellor at the Lithuanian Mission to the United Nations believes Russia s decision to veto a resolution on investigat Read More Latvia begins talks with US on deployment of heavy weaponry According to the Baltic News Service Latvia has formally started talks with the United States regarding the deployment of heavy weaponry at the Read More Vilnius Municipality considers swapping Green Bridge statue swap with Russia Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius has confirmed he received a letter from Nikolai Voishchev the mayor of the Kaliningrad city Sovetsk which req Read More Up to 12 Russian military aircraft spotted near Latvian airspace On July 29 2015 Latvian armed forces confirmed on Twitter as many as 12 Russian military planes had been spotted flying near the Latvian borde Read More Narva Alexander s Cathedral now exempt from auction The cathedral and other properties belonging to the the bankrupt Alexander Congragation in Narva have been temporarily saved from auction nbsp Read More Latvian Security Police identify terrorist sympathisers On July 28 2015 the Latvian Security Police confirmed it has identified over two people people who have voiced support to and joined terroris Read More Kaliningrad city requests Soviet Green Bridge statues from Vilnius The administration of Sovetsk a city in the Russian region of Kaliningrad has officially made a request to Vilnius Municipality to adopt the S Read More Previous 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login 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

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  • Estonia and UK react to Russia's sentencing of Eston Kohver
    detention constitutes a grave violation of international law by RF Russian Federation In a statement he called the court case staged and said considering Kohver s detention and how evidence had been gathered he had not been free in his decisions Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand also condemned the sentence She said The abduction of Eston Kohver from the territory of the Republic of Estonia by the FSB on 5 September and his unlawful detainment in Russia thereafter constitute a blatant breach of international law Today s judgement does not change our position We call on Russia to immediately release Eston Kohver Kaljurand added that there has been no fair administration of justice in the proceedings concerning Eston Kohver Our consul was not allowed to be present at the hearings and Eston Kohver was deprived of adequate legal aid We demand that Russia act by its international obligations release Eston Kohver and guarantee his safe return to Estonia David Lidington the UK government s Minister to Europe also called for his release He said I am deeply concerned that Estonian security officer Eston Kohver has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in Russia following his abduction from Estonian territory by Russian Security Services and almost a year in illegal detention I have repeatedly raised my concerns about the handling of Mr Kohver s case and called for his release during my meetings with the Russian Ambassador to London I urge Russia to release Mr Kohver immediately and guarantee his safe return to Estonia 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

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  • Russian court sentences Eston Kohver to 15 years imprisonment
    crossing plus the possession and smuggling of a firearm The prosecutor originally sought a 16 year jail sentence for Kohver who pleaded not guilty Russian news agencies quoted Judge Yulia Ulanova as saying the court would hand over the cash a pistol and a recording device found on Kohver to the Russian Federal Security Service FSB On September 5 2014 the Estonian Internal Security Service confirmed Kohver had been arrested by the FSB on Estonian territory near the checkpoint of Luhamaa on the Estonian Russian border Kohver who was performing official duties related to the prevention of cross border crime was taken to Russia at gunpoint at 9 a m that morning The abduction took place under operational radio communication interference and the use of a smoke grenade Kohver was held in Moscow s Lefortovo prison of Moscow until his transfer to Pskov for the trial 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 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

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  • Disagreements over minimum wage in Latvia continue
    next year The first situation provides for keeping the minimum wage at 360 euros the second for a slight increase to 367 euros and the third to 375 euros In my opinion it was a mistake to increase the minimum wage so steeply also this year said Augulis As a minister I think we should keep to the current minimum wage level Latvia s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma of the ruling Unity party believes the minimum wage should be raised to 380 euros per month in 2016 However Unity s leader Solvita Aboltina believes it should be increased by another 20 to 400 euros The coalition partners will be requested to increase the minimum wage from 360 euros to 400 euros a month On January 1 this year Latvia s monthly minimum wage was raised from 320 to 360 euros 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

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  • Duda visit to Estonia reflects Lithuanian-Polish relations
    Liekis added the thaw in bilateral relations between the two countries is the result of the Lithuanian government s unwillingness to allow the original Polish spelling of Polish names on official documents The Chairman of the Seimas Committee on European Affairs Gediminas Kirkilas echoed Liekis opinion He believes the passing of a bill which would allow the correct spelling of Polish names on official documents would help improve Lithuanian Polish relations At present the bill is currently being debated by the Lithuanian parliament However former Lithuania s former Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius believes Duda s choice to head to Estonia and not Lithuania was determined by an unwillingness to escalate the problem amidst Poland s current parliamentary elections I believe the new president s choice of visits might reflect his unwillingness to escalate those recent never ending Lithuanian Polish problems related to ethnic minorities said Kubilius During the presidency of Duda s predecessor Bronislaw Komorowski the Lithuanian government was heavily criticised for how it dealt with its Polish minorities However Lithuania rejected the criticisms as unfounded 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

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