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  • Estonia ramps up military activity on this year’s Victory Day
    of Crimea and the nation s allies who helped win the War of Independence He also addressed the subject of immigration and war refugees calling for a more tolerant approach Let s speak about these fears in a calm manner It will not help if we replace rational debate with panic right from the start and spurt out the basest of emotions he said Observing the developments during the last few months here and elsewhere in Europe a fear has grown in me and many others that we are falling into the trap of abstract xenophobia fear and general intolerance Starting with the immigration debate and continuing with other topics related to minorities the moods have intensified in the public arena that are turning inward and generate negation But fear even of something strange is a bad leader and anger is an every worse strategy Victory Day is a national holiday in Estonia and is celebrated on June 23 followed by Midsummer s Eve that evening and St Johns Day on the 24th The day marks the defeat of the German forces who wanted to reassert Baltic German control in 1919 during the Estonian War of Independence at the Battle of Vonnu It has been celebrated every June 23 between 1934 and 1939 and then annually from 1992 The parade celebrates all Estonians who fight or have fought to retain their country s independence 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

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  • Eesti in brief
    a total of 184 815 first time applications for asylum 615 more than in the final quarter of last year the EU statistical office said The highest numbers of applicants were registered in Germany Hungary and Italy respectively 73 120 32 810 and 15 245 Slovakia received 50 applications like Estonia Fewer people sought protection only in Latvia Lithuania and Slovenia 45 applications each and Croatia 40 applications While more than a fourth of first time asylum seekers registered in member states of the European Union in the first quarter of this year originated from Kosovo it is mostly Ukrainians who seek asylum in Estonia figures released by Eurostat show Of the 50 asylum applications submitted in Estonia during the same period 30 were received from Ukrainian citizens which makes 60 percent of the total Sudanese and Nepalese applicants numbered five each accounting equally for 10 percent of the overall number 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

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  • EC gets Rail Baltica on track
    s share would be 213 million euros while Latvia is to get 281 million Lithuania 28 million euros and the Rail Baltica joint venture 7 million euros Rail Baltic project manager Miiko Peris said on Monday at a press conference The resources can be used as of 2016 According to Peris about 40 percent of the sum goes toward the preparation works and 60 percent would be used for railway construction The next Connecting Europe Facility financing round should take place at the end of the year and additional requests can be submitted for that he added According to the initial schedule the railway should be ready by 2024 or 2025 and the period for using the support should last until that Peris said He added that submitting additional requests is definitely necessary According to information known to us the Commission plans to carry out an additional financing round each year The interest of the Baltic countries is to definitely take part in that but for that we have to show that the project is moving and activities are being carried out Peris said 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

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  • US to position tanks and heavy artillery in Baltics
    troops This will in turn create a quicker response as soldiers will be using the actual equipment on the actual kind of terrain they will be needed on should any European nation need reinforcements It was also stressed the equipment was temporary in the fact that it would not be static rather than it would only be in the region for a short period of time For us this is a more effective way of doing things but I just wanted to be clear that our presence is persistent but agile that s the whole point Carter said No date was announced for the arrival of the battalion but Mikser said Estonia was ready to host troops as soon as today or tomorrow Carter said We each agreed that while we do not seek a cold war let alone a hot war with Russia we will defend our allies During his two day trip Carter also visited the NATO cyber security centre in Tallinn and announced that the USA would be helping to develop cyber defense strategies and critical infrastructure protection planning Targeting 2 The three Baltic ministers each promised their nations would continue to or continue to work towards spending two per cent of their GDP on defense spending in line with NATO guidelines Sarts said Of course security in this region is first and foremost our own responsibility to that end our government has decided that we will increase of defense spending to two percent by 2018 We will increase out defense capabilities to respond to the challenges as they are emerging in this region but also we will do our job to help others starting with Ukraine as well as other regions in Europe to keep the stability and peace What we are looking for is credible deterrents credible deterrents to dissuade any party from taking unnecessary risks against any of the NATO countries Associate Fellow at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs Eoin Micheal McNamara said that with pre positioning the major allies are still clinging to the hope that the wider crisis in Europe s east can be solved diplomatically He told the Baltic Times There is really two games at play there is the wider diplomatic game and the game of military contingency planning The US and a number of NATO s major allies are trying to make sure that one doesn t stifle of the other They are conscious that should NATO take up a heavier military position on its eastern flank this might well provoke a significant military build up with Russia responding in kind by increasing its military presence in its western oblasts Such a dangerous escalation would obviously make diplomatic resolution a far more difficult prospect than it is already So as the lead ally behind this pre positioning the US is trying to strike a difficult balance where its military presence is relatively light but significant enough to reassure its Baltic allies and deter Russian aggression This is essentially

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    Forum the greatest conflict is between open and closed views of the world KIEV In his speech at the Kiev Security Forum this May Eki Nestor the President of the Riigikogu Estonia s parliament said that the Read More Social Democratic Party elects Ossinovski as new chairman TALLINN Following Estonia s parliamentary elections in March the Social Democratic Party have remained junior coalition partners in the Read More Eesti in brief The Kohver Trial begins On June 2 the first court hearing of Estonian Security Police KaPo offici Read More Russia blacklists 89 EU officials 20 from Baltics RIGA The three Baltic States may barely make up one per cent of the EU s total population but when Russia announced on Friday May Read More 5 more NATO intercepts next to Baltic airspace VILNIUS From 25 May to 31 May NATO air policing fighters protecting the Baltic States airspace were scrambled five times to intercept the mil Read More Eastern Partnership Still On Life Support After Riga Summit RIGA Jean Claude Juncker the President of the European Commission was in jocular form at the Riga Summit on May 21 22 slapping EU leaders o Read More Vejonis wins Latvian presidental election Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis of the Union of Greens and Farmers party has been elected the new Latvian President Read More Previous 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 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 Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic

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  • Russian Prosecutor General's Office to examine legitimacy of Baltic States; Lithuania responds angrily
    Republic in 1954 illegal He then noted this recent move by the Russian Prosecutor General s Office would not carry any legal consequences The Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia merely stated that the transfer of Crimea to Ukraine under Nikita Khrushchev was unconstitutional the source continued Because the decision was made by state bodies which were not authorised to do so On Tuesday June 30 2015 Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskate and Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius responded angrily to the Prosecutor General Office s comments Our independence was gained through the blood and sacrifice of the Lithuanian people Grybauskaite responded on her Twitter account No one has the right to threaten it and only we will decide our fate Meanwhile Linkevicius described the Russian Prosecutor General s Office to investigate the decision of the USSR recognising the Baltic State s independence is a provocation at least and absurd It is in fact legally morally and politically absurd Linkevicius told news agency BNS Unfortunately it s not the first action of such nature recently How far they are going to go in this absurd situation will depend on Russia itself and I also hope for Russia s political comments soon Lithuania declared independence from the USSR on 11 March 1990 However it took a year and a half for the Soviet Union to recognise Lithuania s cessation which it did on 6 September 1991 following a failed coup in Moscow Leaders from Latvia and Estonia both nations with a significantly higher ethnic Russian population than Lithuania have yet to comment 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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  • Latvian MEP hits out at 'inability' of Greek government
    of blaming their own inability the government blames international creditors and has created its biggest enemy out of Germany Vaidere believes should Greece vote against the proposed economic reforms proposed by the European Union on Sunday July 15 2015 there would be no choice for Greece other than to exit the Eurozone She added the country would rank as low as some African countries which have defaulted on their debts to the International Monetary Fund If this scenario comes to reality ordinary Greeks will face very tough times she continued They will be forced to get by with what they earn and it is definitely not much because the state economy has seen no reforms I feel sorry for the common people Vaidere s comments are in line with those of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite who on June 23 2015 also hit out at the Greek leadership s economic failings The Greek government needs to understand in order to overcome the crisis you need to put your shoulders together implement the necessary reforms and live within your means Grybauskaite suggested the Greek government should have adopted austerity measures to control the situation As reported Greece must pay 1 6 billion euros to the IMF on June 30 2015 with another 6 7 billion euros due in July and August 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

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  • How Lithuania can help realise the Rail Baltic project, and make the best use of the available EU funding
    January 2017 It seems that not enough projects corresponding to the priorities and criteria enshrined within the CEF and TEN T Regulations have been proposed under this call to consume the available envelope Additionally some of the projects submitted by Lithuania such as those involving upgrades of the 1520mm railways reflected low EU added value in the context of the oversubscribed call This means that the biggest share of Lithuania s national envelope around 182 million is still available to be utilised in alignment with the priorities and criteria established within the CEF and TEN T Regulations in order to make the most of it Submitting good projects such as cross border sections for the next upcoming CEF Call which is going to be published still in 2015 is therefore vital According to the CEF and TEN T Regulations if a Member State does not commit its national allocation 365 million in the case of Lithuania by 1 January 2017 it risks losing it since it becomes available to all the other Cohesion Member States Will Lithuania with a national envelope as large as 365 million the largest amongst the Baltic States available until 1 January 2017 hear my message and embrace this unmisssable opportunity to commit the money to realise the project of high EU added value the Rail Baltic which is one of the most strategic transport infrastructure priorities of the European Union I believe that it will and I stand ready to supporting Lithuania in this endeavour With the signature of the Joint Declaration on 22 June 2015 in Riga I am confident that this priority agreed by all three Baltic States Finland and Poland will be met in the next call We have created a collective dynamic all the partner countries are invited to move forward

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