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  • Klaipeda consul-general was Russian spy: new Lithuania threat assessment
    ruling coalition following the presidential election the progress and prospects of the liquefied natural gas terminal project in Klaipeda the VSD s report says Lithuania s Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius says that this case was not exceptional at all because spying under diplomatic cover is quite a common practice both in Lithuania and the entire world We are aware of such cases and of course we assess them and adjust our relations accordingly the minister said on Monday As reported in early April 2014 Minister of Foreign Affairs Linkevicius said that he had no information regarding the reasons for the recall of Russia s Consul General in Klaipeda Vladimir Malygin however he said that it was a common practice At the time Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius also refrained from commenting on the recall of the Russian consul in Klaipeda Malygin had worked as Consul General of the Russian Federation in Klaipeda and was recalled to Moscow in late April last year The port city of Klaipeda is the third largest conurbation in Lithuania its population is almost 20 ethnic Russian the second highest figure of any municipality in the country 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

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  • Latvian FM: in new geopolitical situation we appreciate NATO membership benefits
    their transponders turned off and do not react to instructions from air traffic controllers thereby posing risks to civilian aviation In 2015 a decision was made to establish NATO s Joint Staff Elements in Latvia and five other countries at the eastern borders of the Alliance NATO patrol ships are also undertaking more regular patrolling of the Baltic Sea Rinkevics points out He added that Latvia has made a considerable contribution to NATO by taking part in international peace keeping operations since the 1990s in Bosnia and Herzegovina Kosovo and Afghanistan and by regular participation in the NATO Response Force Since September 2014 the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communication has also been up and running in Riga and devising responses to address information warfare Latvia has committed itself to increasing its defense budget to at least two percent of GDP by 2018 in compliance with the Wales Summit guidelines and contributing to strengthening its own security and that of the other members of the alliance Last year to commemorate the decade of NATO membership Latvian diplomats delivered a series of lectures to 7 000 students in more than 100 schools across Latvia in order to raise public awareness of international policy and Latvia s contribution to the implementation of the alliance s goals Rinkevics goes on to say In 1994 Latvia began its course towards NATO by joining the Partnership for Peace Program and confirming in political and practical terms its interest in cooperation with the alliance From 1999 Latvia implemented the NATO Membership Action Plan MAP and was invited to join the Alliance in 2002 The process of Latvia s accession to NATO was completed in March 2004 in Washington when the prime minister of Latvia together with the head of six other governments submitted accession instruments

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  • Latvian Non-Citizens' Congress asks for legal aid from Russian Duma
    and that the liberal rights protection doctrine is deeply corrupt At the end of the round table sessions deputies of the State Duma and so called experts approved a report urging the State Duma to make an announcement to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE arguing that the violations of rights of Latvian and Estonian non citizens is unacceptable Latvian non citizens are citizens of the USSR who have not completed a naturalisation procedure After the restoration of independence in 1991 Latvia decided to grant automatic citizenship only to those who were citizens of the country prior to the start of the Soviet occupation in 1940 and their descendents Those who moved to the country during the Soviet period have to undergo a naturalisation procedure including a state language exam and citizenship test if they wish to become citizens Non citizens cannot vote in elections or hold certain public sector jobs According to figures from Population Register in January 2015 there were 262 622 non citizens living in Latvia a total of 12 2 of all residents of the country Just under a third of all ethnic Russians in Latvia are non citizens 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

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  • News search
    this winter This winter has been relatively mild meaning that no open ice roads have opened on Estonian waters and the Highways Board has by now completely Read More New Russian news service looks for journalists in Latvia Estonia The Russian news service Sputnik which launched in November is preparing to expand into Latvia and Estonia and is looking for journalists in Read More Hypocritical and cynical Estonia locks up Galojan While Estonians celebrate the anniversary of their independence on Feb 23 Anna Maria Galojan will be spending her 33rd birthday in prison Read More TBT appoints Halloran to run London Bureau The Baltic Times has appointed veteran investigative journalist Paul Halloran as its new London bureau chief Pre Read More Large numbers change official place of residence ahead of Lithuanian local elections It has been noted recently that in certain parts of Lithuania large numbers of people have been changing their official place of residence from Read More Wolves of Kemeri National Park becoming problem claim residents The wolves of Kemeri National Park near Jurmala Latvia are becoming a major problem for local residents the daily newspaper Neatkariga reports Read More Leaders from all Baltic countries to attend Maidan commemoration in Kiev Leaders from all three Baltic countries are to visit Ukraine this weekend to attend commemorations of those killed during the EuroMaidan protest Read More Previous 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 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

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  • Baltic countries will remain among EU's fastest-growing economies: SEB analysts
    project that Lithuania will see 2 6 percent growth this year while in Latvia growth will be 2 4 percent and in Estonia it will be 2 2 percent SEB also points out that finding new markets for exports will remain a serious challenge for the Baltics which means that they will most likely post weaker export and financial figures this year SEB also observes that the Russia Ukraine conflict has had a serious impact on the Baltics which traditionally have close trade ties with Russia Of course this conflict as well as Russia s economic recession are a cause for concern for the whole world however the effects of the sanctions are felt most in the Baltics and Finland It is likely the global situation will remain tense also in the near future that is why it is important for Latvia Lithuania and Estonian businesses to continue actively searching for alternative markets and develop their activities in new direction believes Robert Bergqvist the chief economic expert of SEB group He added that the region s growth is being hampered by debt burdens some countries have problems in the banking sector as well as Russia s economic recession However growth in the eurozone low oil prices the recovery of the global economy and the weak euro will serve as a positive impulse for the eurozone s economy Bergqvist admitted 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

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  • Lithuania: Europe's secret tech powerhouse
    ever in the Baltic States It s also worth mentioning GameInsight on angel co a global games development and publishing giant that moved its headquarters to Lithuania in 2014 GameInsight closed a 25 million series A from IMI VC and is now looking for a new investment of hundreds of millions Other marketplace startups from Lithuania that are worth looking at are MoboFree Copictures CGTrader ReHobby JobRely TutoTOONS OppSites and Aciety MoboFree on angel co is the 1 social e commerce marketplace in Nigeria with strong footprint in Uganda Zimbabwe and Ghana with almost four million registered members This year they are raising 2 5 million to expand further in Africa Copictures on angel co is a one stop shop for selling trading and printing stock images or photos without having to care about the legal details Currently Copictures is raising 2 million CGTrader on angel co is the leading 3D model marketplace for 3D printing and computer graphics In 2014 CGTrader grew four times faster than the previous year and now unites 150 000 professional 3D designers globally offering 100 000 unique 3D models for sale This year they are raising a Series A of 3 million ReHobby on angel co is a p2p marketplace for used hobby equipment In just 13 weeks they have managed to hit 2 000 users This year ReHobby is raising a late seed round of EUR 100 000 to establish their brand in Germany JobRely on angel co is a crowd sourced recruitment platform startup with predictive HR analytics In the first 9 months over 120k bonuses were handed out to referrers by 100 companies in Lithuania This year JobRely is raising a seed round of 400 000 TutoTOONS on angel co is a powerful platform for creating your own mobile games without any coding skills Launched in 2014 TutoTOONS has already published more than 80 games and eight million downloads They are raising a Series A of 1 5 million OppSites on angel co is an economic development platform connecting cities and municipalities with the investment community in a single 250 billion dollar annual market Aciety on angel co a B2B search engine for high end IT services This year they are looking forward to raising a seed round of 300 000 Entertainment In the entertainment field one of the most remarkable Lithuanian startups is Yplan a going out app that lets you to discover and book the best events around you They have already raised 37 7 million in three Rounds from 16 investors Yet by the beginning of 2016 YPlan is planning to raise a round significantly larger than the previous ones Among others that are relatively young yet worth looking at are Tinggly Playgong EveBUZZ and PlateCulture Tinggly on angel co is a global experience gifts company which is on a mission to change the gift giving culture Currently they are raising a seed round of 500 000 Playgong on angel co is an app based around a community

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  • Latvian President refuses to rule out possibility of Putin visit
    interview with the BBC business journalist Vishala Sri Pathma President Grybauskaite said that Russia was behaving like a terrorist state Berzins did not rule out the possibility that Latvian President Vladimir Putin could arrive on a visit to Latvia sometime in the future even though he said that the invitation extended by former Latvian President Valdis Zatlers had now been rescinded Asked when a possible visit by Putin could take place Berzins pointed out that the invitation extended by Zatlers is no longer on the table because of the Ukraine crisis Asked from when exactly the invitation had expired Berzins said since March 1 2014 the date of Russia s annexation of the Crimean peninsula Berzins has previously told LETA that he does not see any reasons why Putin could not visit Latvian during the period of his presidency I do not see any obstacles to such a visit Joint cooperation is necessary for both large and small players We have formed good contacts and I have no reason to be pessimistic in this area Everything is moving forward step by step Berzins 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 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

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  • Lithuanian MEP Uspaskikh stripped of legal immunity by European Parliament
    his human rights were being violated in Lithuania and urging them to vote against the removal of legal immunity However a fellow Lithuanian Member of the European Parliament Antanas Guoga has told Uspaskikh to trust the country s courts Guoga said he trusted the Lithuanian law enforcement and was voting for the issue to end and for the ruling of Lithuanian courts to be recognised because it was time to move forward I have told Viktor that it is not too bad to be imprisoned If you take the path into politics and something happens and the court finds you guilty then you might have to spend some time in prison and face the penalty I do not think there is any other way If you participate in elections in that country it means you trust it He decided to enter elections in Lithuania which means he trusts Lithuania and should acknowledge decisions made by Lithuanian courts Guoga told ELTA news agency on the phone from Brussels Guoga congratulated Uspaskikh and his team for managing to successfully delay the revocation of legal immunity for ten months Guoga said that his party colleague Petras Austrevicius had also voted in favour of lifting Uspaskikh s legal immunity However he was unaware of how other Lithuanian MEPs had voted He was also surprised that some MEPs had proposed to return the issue to the Legal Affairs Committee Another Lithuanian MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis also spoke of the decision with approval According to him justice had triumphed at last Landsbergis said that Uspaskikh had made a major effort to preserve his immunity Landsbergis urged his colleagues not to be affected by such spectacles and afterwards was pleased that they remained principled and consistent He said the EP must not be a haven for those seeking

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