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  • LIVESTREAM:“Containment or Reengagement: The Future of Relations Between Russia and the West”
    the international situation Increasing polarization on the global arena has been compared to the Cold War In order to avoid escalation or further conflicts all sides will need eventually to decide on effective long term foreign and security policies regarding each other Will there be an attempt to reengage or will it be merely a strategy of containment Which option is more valid to maintain world peace and post World War II values These and similar issues will be discussed by prominent experts Prof Dr Janos Martonyi former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Dr Ian Kearns Co founder and Director European Leadership Network Dr Margarita Šešelgyte Associate Professor Studies Director Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University Lithuania Dr Igor Yurgens President All Russia Insurance Association and Mr Karsten Voigt Board member of the German Council on Foreign Relations and Atlantik Brücke The discussion will be moderated by Mr Ka rlis Bukovskis Deputy Director Latvian Institute of International Affairs Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list 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

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  • Growth to accelerate in Latvia and Lithuania this year
    States and forced them to search for fast and effective solutions Reducing dependence on the Russian market and forging new external trade links were the main tasks for both politicians and the business community But it can now be tentatively stated that the Baltic States have once again proved their flexibility and skill at adjusting Growth is expected in the entire Baltic region both this year and the coming year furthermore it is expected that the growth will gradually accelerate The potential mid term growth rate in all Baltic States is similar about 4 percent which most likely will be achieved in 2017 The outlook indicates that the largest gross salary increase in 2014 was registered in Latvia 6 6 percent in the fourth quarter year on year while the largest increase in employment 1 8 percent was registered in Lithuania The Baltic States economies differ domestically Their development depends on highly qualified labor force and diverse knowledge offering the opportunity to expand the industries Each country has its peculiarities however there is much in common too for example a fast commercial service export development during the post crisis period said Peteris Strautins economic expert at DNB bank 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

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  • Dealing with Minsk-2
    Minister Linas Linkevicius and Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told the foreign and Lithuanian media about such supplies from Lithuania They did not specify which sorts of weapons have been sent by Lithuania it would be great if the weapons turn out to be the FGM 148 Javelins the U S made man portable anti tank missiles The logic of such supplies is simple a weapon used in Ukraine will lessen the possibility of using it in a battle over the Baltics i e it lessens the possibility of such a battle taking place There is popular approval in Lithuania for the sending of weapons to Ukraine It is supported by President Grybauskaite the Social Democrat led ruling coalition as well as the two main oppositional political parties the Liberal Movement and the Homeland Union Lithuanian Christian Democrats It reflects the opinion of the nation on Feb 20 a presenter of the Lithuania s TV3 evening news asked its viewers to answer the question Must the EU and the U S supply weapons to Ukraine on its Internet site zinios lt and the results were as follows 61 percent chose the answer Yes Vladimir Putin understands only the language of weapons 28 percent chose the answer No it is better not to annoy Russia and 11 percent chose the answer The conflict can be still solved by negotiations A large part of the EU countries electorates especially the electorates of the Kremlin friendly radical right and the radical left the kind of folks who are fans of the coalition led by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras although the mainstream electorate to a big extent as well is hypnotised by the Kremlin s propaganda regarding its fighting for peace That s nothing new in the Kremlin s propaganda Joseph Stalin speaking about the reasons for World War II said the following in his interview which was published in the main Soviet newspaper Pravda on Dec 1 1939 Germany did not attack France and England France and England attacked Germany and they are responsible for the current war After the start of war Germany addressed France and England with peace proposals and the Soviet Union openly supported the peaceful proposals which were made by Germany The ruling circles of England and France roughly rejected the Germany s peaceful proposals and attempts of the Soviet Union to finish the war as soon as possible At that time the pro Kremlin French Communist Party actively supported the Berlin s peaceful initiatives and criticised the war thirsty French government The current Western economic sanctions against Russia are purely symbolic According to estimations by Mikhail Khodorkovsky who spoke at the forum of Russian intellectuals in Vilnius in January one of the last conferences attended by Boris Nemtsov these sanctions have caused little harm a reduction of just 2 percent in Russia s annual state budget Russia s current economic problems are related to the price of oil not sanctions The real sanction would be blocking Russian

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  • Estonia PM: our country's biggest challenge is increasing birthrate
    self defence will remain the shield of Estonian defence while NATO s collective defence guarantee will act as the sword According to Rõivas an implementation of the broad approach of national defence will be continued with in order to ensure that society as a whole would be able to withstand a possible attack This would also ensure that Estonia has the ability to quickly solve hybrid conflicts the society of Estonia will remain coherent and the country will be committed to resisting information war The coalition planned to continue facilitating NATO s presence in Estonia Rõivas said that by the hundredth anniversary of the independence of the Estonian Republic the country s eastern border must be strengthened including with technical surveillance system adequate for the external border of Europe and NATO as well as with well trained and well equipped border guard units In order to achieve economic growth the new government intends to reduce the taxation of labour force at the expense of the taxation of goods harmful to health and the environment It has been agreed in the coalition agreement that the social tax rate will be decreased and the rate of tax free income will be increased The request of the coalition to be created is to ensure that all Estonian people would share the benefits of economic growth To this end the creation of additional payments for people whose income remains between the minimum wage and triple subsistence level has been agreed on This new system is designed to alleviate poverty and to assist people in improving their living standards In order to improve the living standards of people with lower income the minimum wage will be increased to at least to 45 percent of the average wage level within four years however it is up to unions and employers to reach this goal together The minimum wage will also remain to the agreement between the parties to the labour market to decide in the future In order to support families living in poverty the government will increase the rate of subsistence benefit by 130 euros This increase is significant because it is the greatest rise of the rate of subsistence benefit over the last decade To ensure the sustainability of Estonia the biggest challenge of the government is to increase the birthrate According to Rõivas it is important to respond to demographic challenges and act immediately because the results of these processes will not be seen for decades to come To this end the new government plans to increase benefits paid for the first and second child by 60 euros while the monthly payment for the third child onwards will continue to be 100 euros and additionally it is planned to pay the benefit for families raising three or more children in the amount of 200 euros While speaking about the state s plans for reform Rõivas said that Estonia has no reason to undo the progress the previous governments have made instead he said

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  • News search
    5 percent of all votes in the Riigikogu elections were made electronically of which a whole quarter were from older people By co Read More Latvian TV Latvijas Gaze attempting to block consumer access to Lithuanian gas The recent launch of a liquefied natural gas terminal in Klaipeda has made it technically possible for gas from Lithuania to be technically supp Read More Latvia has EU s highest proportion of women in top jobs The proportion of top jobs held by women is higher in Latvia than in any other country in the EU according to Eurostat In the Baltic country Read More Harmony seek damages over Latvia PM s independence threat claim The Latvian political party Harmony has decided to take legal action over statements made by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma on election day l Read More Estonian elections three parties start coalition talks with Reform On Friday morning at the invitation of the Estonian Reform Party the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union IRL the Social Democratic Party SDP Read More Lithuania PM national airline plans to be revealed after Vilnius elections Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has said that he is not against the creation of a national airline in principle is not but Read More EU to Russia free Estonian security official Kohver The European Union made a statement yesterday Wednesday 5 March in which it called on Russia to free the Estonian Security Police official Es Read More Previous 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 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

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  • Lithuanian PM supports decision to suspend Russian TV channel
    all the information and assessed it objectively According to the prime minister TV channel RTR Planeta has repeatedly violated the Law on Provision of Information to the Public Therefore he does not believe that such measure of last resort is an overreaction because the channel disseminated a lot of false information about Lithuania and did this systematically Butkevicius says people who produce and broadcast programs should show responsibility The LRTK decided to temporarily suspend broadcast of RTR Planeta after it was found that its programme Sunday Night with Vladimir Solovyov had incited hatred and disseminated biased information This was the second violation of this kind in less than a year and so the LRTK informed the producer of the programme and the regulating body in Sweden which issued its broadcasting licence as well as the European Commission However the parties failed to reach a solution with the broadcasting country and the European Commission within 15 days of the notice being issued and as violations were continuing the LRTK decided to suspend RTR Planeta s broadcasting RTR Planeta is an international channel operated by VGTRK a state owned Russian broadcaster 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

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  • Russia's nuclear blackmail and new threats of covert diplomacy
    Kremlin s threats and escalation better than a show of actual power NATO after all is much more powerful militarily than Russia Therefore they think Cold War style deployment of forces by the borders of the hostile side Russia s in this case those of Warsaw Pact nations during the Cold War will be a more effective strategy to end the current escalation of tensions than yet another attempt to talk to Russia The Baltic states are also acutely aware that Putin s Russia is aggressive contemptuous of international law and treaties but by no means unpredictable Baltic politicians diplomats and analysts spoke and warned about many things that are happening right now for years but at the time their warnings would be dismissed as post Soviet Baltic paranoia Right now however Baltic leaders sometimes find it hard to convince their partners of the opposite that Russia s threats are just a bluff that the cynical and criminal figures who currently control the Kremlin only care about their own wealth not that of their country or people and are not to be compared to truly unpredictable Islamist terrorists or ideological suicide bombers Therefore nuclear blackmail is just a tool in Russia s diplomatic arsenal in seeking other goals and not a statement of actual intentions Will we be fooled again It is not an accident that Russia picked the US as the target of its covert diplomacy the one country that will in the end decide on what defence forces will be deployed in the Baltics In fact such a strategy is particularly effective when the message is exchanged between some generals whose statements can be easily refuted or dismissed as out of line of Russia s official position What matters however is that American and Western leaders believe and not without justification that the generals were simply passing on Putin s own message despite all public denials from the Kremlin Why did Russia need to send such a message Even before NATO implements all of the decisions made at last year s Wales Summit there are already talks in Western capitals that these might not be enough to deter Russia from attacking the Baltic states let alone effectively defend them in case of an attack Talks than the Baltic states can be under real threat can now be heard not just from politicians but from military men too including US force in Europe commander Philip Breedlove It is therefore natural to expect a real discussion to begin soon on permanent deployment of troops and modern weaponry in the Baltic states This is exactly what Russia tries to prevent with its nuclear blackmail The point of the message is this No need to escalate the military conflict but let s talk or otherwise the consequences might be hard to predict This message is reinforced by a sense that Russia has been trying to show good will lately it has offered to share intelligence information in areas of common threats Even

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  • Russian politician proposes sanctions on Latvia after Rinkevics comments
    up like German Reich after both WWI WWII it ll be to late I do not think we should let foreign politicians say things like that without consequences for these politicians for example in terms of their admission to the territory of Russia that is to say the least the Russian lawmaker said He added that in this case retaliatory measures might extend to a country whose official stance a politician represents If this person officially represents the state this state should bear responsibility for his words Pushkov said noting that in this case he was expressing his personal point of view When the Latvian foreign minister takes the liberty to come up with such statements comparing Russia to the Third Reich he must realize that this may evoke retaliatory measures on the part of Russia which will deal a serious blow to Latvia s interests economic trade and otherwise the Russian lawmaker added I think that we must reciprocate not necessarily by statements but by steps that show that every word uttered has a price he added 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

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