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  • Ambassador to NATO: Latvia must change childish public opinions
    current NATO legislation Latvia is obliged to raise its defence spending to 2 percent of its GDP by 2020 However the government has committed to meeting this target by 2018 It means that no matter how difficult it might be the increase must be ensured also in 2015 he continued He added he expects the defence budget to grow to approximately 1 4 percent of GDP this year Berzins also said Latvia s Defence Ministry fully comprehends what needs to be done in order to increase its defence budget Here we are talking about wise and reasonable spending not just absorbing money into the GDP The Defense Ministry has worked this out and I am completely confident they are ready to spend more wisely and sensibly if they are given the appropriate funds Berzins also commented on the admission of refugees affected by the crisis in the Mediterranean to Latvia He outlined should Latvia expect other countries to help it in times of adversity Latvia must assist fellow EU and NATO member states which are also experiencing difficulties Without helping others we cannot expect others to support us he continued This attitude when we like small children want others to give us more and more while we give nothing in return is just not working We are adults now We are in a different league We have been in the EU and NATO for a long time already Representatives of the Latvian Foreign Ministry told BNS when Berzins assumes his role as Latvia s NATO Ambassador on September 1 2015 incumbent Maris Riekstins will become the inspector general of the Foreign Ministry in the autumn 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/ambassador_to_nato__latvia_must_change_childish_public_opinions/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Education Minister proposes more subjects taught in Lithuanian at Russian and Polish schools
    an opportunity for children to attend more classes taught in Lithuanian The ministry suggests shifting to a new teaching model in which the teaching process is re organised said Pitreniene Classes in ethnic minority schools are taught in those languages Russian and Polish and several key subjects are not taught in Lithuanian Our new model provides an opportunity for children and their parents to choose more subjects to be taught in Lithuanian And another recommended model would involve the teaching process being organised in Lithuanian language but classes would be taught in both Lithuanian and the ethnic minority language she concluded At present in Lithuania the teaching process is organised in Russian or Polish except for certain classes which include Lithuanian language and literature Lithuanian history geography and the basics of citizenship 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 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

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  • Lithuanian UN Counsellor: Russian veto into MH17 disaster blocks justice for victims' families
    carry out a full investigation into the tragedy Many people probably realise who committed this crime and Russia s veto once again shows that simply there s a lack of willingness for a full investigation and the prosecution of responsible people Butkevicius told the Ziniu Radijas on the morning of July 30 2015 But he continued I think the truth will prevail through certain decisions and that other ways to present information to the public and carry out a full probe will be looked for on the international level On July 29 2015 the UN failed to adopt a resolution on the establishment of an international criminal tribunal on the prosecution of those responsible for the tragedy after Russia used its right of veto 11 UN Security council members including Lithuania voted in favour of the tribunal while China Venezuela and Angola abstained The draft resolution was submitted by Malaysia on behalf of the countries involved in the joint investigation group which includes Australia the Netherlands Ukraine Belgium and Malaysia In the immediate aftermath of the MH17 disaster in July 2014 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 2166 which expresses support for the efforts to establish a full thorough and independent international investigation into the incident in accordance with international civil aviation guidelines It also called for the prosecution of the culprits 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/lithuanian_un_counsellor__russian_veto_into_mh17_disaster_blocks_justice_for_victims__families/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvia begins talks with US on deployment of heavy weaponry
    by the end of this year U S Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said during a visit to Estonia in June that its military will be sending 250 units of heavy weaponry which include dozens of tanks Bradley armoured fighting vehicles and self propelled howitzers to allied countries in the Baltic States and Eastern Europe Bulgaria Estonia Germany Latvia Lithuania Poland and Romania will each receive military equipment which would be able to serve a company troops or a battalion The 250 units will be deployed in the countries on at least a temporary basis Carter said the equipment will be moved around the region for training purposes The purpose of deploying heavy weaponry in these countries is to help NATO allies tackle terror threats and deter aggression from the Russian Federation The U S Defence secretary said the U S has no plans to permanently station its troops in the Baltic states and U S soldiers will be rotated in these countries 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 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

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  • Vilnius Municipality considers swapping Green Bridge statue swap with Russia
    the Soviet era sculptures for Lithuanian historical items currently held by the Russian Government I will definitely specify in the letter that a very large number of valuable Lithuanian historical objects and documents are stored in Russia said Simasius If Russia cherishes the sculptures so much we could possibly exchange them for our historical items currently in Russia I personally would like the exchange The mayor said he had not yet discussed the proposals from Russia and Kaliningrad with the Culture Ministry He again repeated all ideas surrounding the future of the sculptures would be considered in Autumn this year Simasius also stressed the sculptures are subject to legal protection due to their position on the Register of Cultural Values After 63 years on the Green Bridge in central Vilnius the four sets of sculptures were removed on July 18 19 An expert board concluded they were in a critical state of dilapidation and presented a health and safety threat to passers by The four groups of sculptures portrayed Red Army soldiers plus Soviet workers farmers and students 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/vilnius_municipality_considers_swapping_green_bridge_statues_with_russia_for_lithuanian_historical_items/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Up to 12 Russian military aircraft spotted near Latvian airspace
    Su 24 bombers three Antonov An 26 transport aircraft and one Ilyushin Il 76 strategic airlifter had been detected flying over neutral Baltic Sea territory close to Latvia s waters Russian military equipment aircraft warships and submarines have regularly been spotted moving close to Latvia s borders in recent months 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 a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer

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  • Narva Alexander's Cathedral now exempt from auction
    not include the properties and movable objects which Estonia s Interior Minister requested to be excluded from the bankrupt estate Exempt from auction are the Narva Alexander s Cathedral the Sininomme and Vaivara cemeteries plus transportable cultural objects needed by the congregation for its religious activities The Interior Minister s proposal was backed by the Minister of Culture The following decisions concerning the bankrupt estate will be taken following the auction of the properties currently on sale The Narva Alexander s Cathedral was declared bankrupt in April 2014 Its small congregation was unable to meet the financial obligations related to the restoration of the church building The bankruptcy petition was filed by the building company Eviko which claimed two million euros in unpaid construction works The Estonian Government has spent more than two million euros to help restore the Cathedral in the now mostly Russian populated border city One million euros of the total was provided via a regional competitiveness initiated by the Enterprise Estonia foundation 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/narva_s_alexander_cathedral_now_exempt_from_auction/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvian Security Police identify terrorist sympathisers
    and joined terrorist organisations Regarding the connection between Latvian residents and ISIL the Security Police confirmed it has information about two Latvian residents who have joined the organisation The Security Police also identified a number of people who have voiced support to ISIL s ideology However the Security Police underlined that participation in the military conflict in the Middle East and voicing support to the violence motivated by religion does not automatically mean relation with ISIL In March this year the website of Latvian Kokla municipality was allegedly hacked by ISIL The Security Police said it does not have information about similar activities against other Internet resources in Latvia The Latvian IT Security Incidents Response Institution Cert lv also confirmed it has not observed any attacks specifically in relation with ISIL 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/latvian_security_police_identify_terrorist_sympathisers/ (2016-02-13)
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