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  • Fire at Riga Circus; no one injured
    Viktorija Gribuste reported that 13 trucks were sent out manned by 44 people No one was injured or killed and all of the animals were brought to safety They had been on the lower levels and were at risk from the dense smoke The blaze erupted on the top floor of the circus courtyard building and the roof also caught fire It is not yet known what the cause of the fire was Firefighters and circus personnel were quick to evacuate the animals on the premises LETA saw birds being brought out as well as three horses and several dogs The Riga Circus building was built more than a hundred years ago in 1888 It has changed little since that time and has always remained in use as a circus In 1986 Riga City Council recognised the building as an architectural monument of local importance 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 Observer

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  • Latvian FM State Secretary: five properties should be returned to Jewish community
    forums related to WWII Similar discussions are taking place in other countries We are part of a Europe wide process We wish to give our support to the Jewish community which suffered horribly during the occupation Pildegovics said explaining that Latvia will continue to work to find the most suitable solutions to overcome historical injustices As reported Saeima forwarded several draft bills to committees in January that deal with the restitution of five Jewish properties which are to be returned to the Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia The legislation proposes returning five sites in Latvia to the Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia a former Jewish school at 2 Abrenes Street in Riga a former Jewish religious school at 12 Ernesta Birznieka Upisa Street in Riga a former Jewish nursing home at 25 Ludzas Street in Riga a former synagogue at 13 Klavu Street in Jurmala and another former synagogue at 31 Liela Street in Kandava These properties are to be returned in order to mitigate the injustice Latvia s Jewish communities suffered during World War II Parliamentary committees will also decide whether to revoke restrictions on the property of the Jewish Community of Riga namely a prohibition on alienating or mortgage the property Amendments also stipulate that the property would not have to be returned to the state if the Community ceases to exist The amendments concern a 1 122 square meter land plot and building at 6 Skolas Street The draft bills were submitted by MPs Ojars Eriks Kalnins Unity Atis Lejins Unity Artis Rasmanis Greens Farmers Solvita Aboltina Unity Lolita Cigane Unity and Rihards Kols All For Latvia For Fatherland And Freedom LNNK Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia

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  • Estonian President: not meeting defence spending targets makes Latvia, Lithuania vulnerable
    countries He believes that each country should speak primarily about themselves instead of offering opinions about all three Ilves said moreover that they did not need to share opinions about everything adding that the Baltics do not have common positions and he doubts whether they ever will At the same time Ilves also pointed out that the Baltic countries are expecting a bit too much from NATO by asking for more in return than they themselves contribute to the alliance in order to accommodate allied soldiers the conditions and infrastructure to accommodate them must be in place Due to this we will be spending more than the required two percent of GDP this year to construct modern barracks We must be able to accommodate allied soldiers he said At the end of the interview when asked about Baltic cooperation Ilves said that cooperation is not just about expressing and signing joint declarations but about making actual contributions But if you do not want to pay for this than this just becomes singing about Estonia Latvia and Lithuania This is not cooperation but just feeling good together Cooperation requires money time and energy It also needs people to work on this cooperation the Estonian president 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

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  • Proposed Sillamae plant Estonia's biggest industrial investment since independence restoration
    gas condensate a by product of gas exploration We re going to produce nearly a hundred different products the lion s share of which will be petrol and diesel fuel but from the production waste substances we will produce for example lubricants explained Jukonoil s technical director Igor Kleiner We intend to export to Florida the United States for example where there are particularly high car fuel quality requirements Jukonoil will employ approximately 250 employees but other associated services needed for the factory to operate may increase that to over 300 If Sillamae town council gives Jukonoil a construction permit following the public debate regarding the environmental impact of the plant the design and construction will take up to 30 months The Jukonoil project will be extraordinary also for the impact on the port of Sillamae it will require the construction of four terminals and a truck parking facility and will cover a total of 65 hectares taking up nearly a tenth of the total area of the port Despite the fact that the Jukonoil factory could provide work to the majority of unemployed people in Sillamae who numbered around 440 at the end of last year there are active opponents to the project in the historically industrial town who say that the concentration of potentially dangerous industrial companies in one area in Sillamae is already most likely the highest in Estonia that the factory would be located just 700 metres from residential areas and that pollution levels in the town are already close to the permitted limits 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

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  • Lithuania has learned five important lessons from Ukraine conflict: Chief of Defence
    November 2014 and their response time is between two and 24 hours The second thing that the Ukrainian crisis has caused Lithuania to realise according to Zukas was that interaction between a country s power structures is important in cases of hybrid conflict As a result the military now cooperates increasingly closely with the Ministry of the Interior the Police Department the State Border Guard Service the Fire and Rescue Department the Public Security Service and the VIP Protection Department The institutions are exchanging intelligence information and training together while the legal basis and activity procedures are being developed The third lesson of the conflict in Ukraine is the necessity of modernisation Zukas says that armament and military equipment has to be constantly modernised in order to ensure that the Armed Forces remain at an adequate readiness level He says it should be focused on enhancing its intelligence anti tank air defence and fire support capabilities However this is determined by funding Zukas says that Lithuania s defence funding has returned to the level that it was in 2008 but it is still far below the two percent of GDP required by NATO According to the Chief of Defence decisions about armament purchases take into account current priorities For example Lithuania has purchased FN SCAR marksman rifles and GROM portable air defence systems It also plans to acquire anti tank weapons self propelled artillery infantry fighting vehicles to modernise mortars etc The fourth lesson is an increased understanding of how important information war is The major general maintains that success in the information space plays an important role in an armed conflict The armed forces and the media have to ensure that society has access to objective information Capabilities are needed to ensure information and cyber security strategic communication and anti propaganda activities Lithuania has advanced in this area by founding the National Cyber Security Centre which will be responsible for monitoring and managing highly significant information infrastructure and cyber incidents involving information resources It is also responsible for planning related to information infrastructure In addition the Strategic Communication Department of the Ministry of National Defence monitors and analyses the information space providing assessment and proposals for how to respond The Riflemen s Union and the Non Kinetic Operations Company of the Volunteer Forces are actively involved in the fight in the information space as well as representatives of the media and those sympathetic to the armed forces The fifth lesson learned according to Zukas is that the society has to be prepared to act if there is a war In early 2015 the Ministry of National Defence introduced a publication entitled What We Must Know to Prepare for Extreme Situations and War Zukas says that a joint mobilisation and civic resistance system is being developed Public spiritedness and patriotism are currently being promoted and information about the Lithuanian armed forces and opportunities to undergo military training is also being advertised Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London

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    ready to host additional NATO troops Public Broadcasting reports Read More Lithuania s how to manual for foreign invasion With its mild climate and shuttered nuclear reactor Lithuania s more than 20 years of independence have be Read More Baltics rise in World Press Freedom Index All three Baltic countries have risen on the latest World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders despite what the organisat Read More Latvian President to meet ministers PM to discuss problem of population decline Latvian President Andris Berzins said during a meeting today with representatives from Nakotnes Fonds the Fund for the Future that he was read Read More The story of Latgale s unofficial flag Two weeks ago attention was drawn to Latvia s south eastern region Latgale when pictures were posted on social media sites Read More The Baltic perspective on the crisis in Ukraine Before Russia began its aggression against Ukraine including the annexation of Crimea Lithuania Latvia and Estonia had felt a higher level of Read More Lithuania Finance Minister urges World Bank to make Baltics donor countries In a meeting with Jim Yong Kim president of the World Bank WB Lithuanian Finance Minister Rimantas Sadzius asked him to change the status of Read More Test sdfsdfsdf Read More Previous 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 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 business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of

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  • Vilnius mayor-elect Simasius starts coalition talks with four other parties
    agreement on the essential issues with all political parties According to Simasius who defeated incumbent mayor Arturas Zuokas yesterday the Liberal Movement in the future Council will hold 16 seats out of a total of 51 and this will be a decisive factor in forming any coalition Even if we do not have fully coinciding approaches it is still very important to tell the most important things from others When it comes to the most essential issues our approaches will probably coincide Regarding the issues of secondary importance I am convinced that divergent opinions will not hinder to solve the most important questions Simasius said The majority of seats in the coalition will be held by the Liberal Movement and the Conservatives although Simasius is also holding negotiations with the Social Democrats Order and Justice and Lithuania s List 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 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

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  • Latvian Interior Minister urges people to avoid Freedom Monument today
    authorities are prepared to keep the peace during today s events they have indicated that provocations may still take place which is why people are urged to avoid gathering by the Freedom Monument and stay away from provocations The minister stressed that participants in the authorised events are of course allowed to assemble Kozlovskis said that a number of people had been included on Latvia s blacklist prior to March 16 The minister reminded listeners that opponents of March 16 may try to discredit Latvia by claiming that fascism is being reborn in the country The politician also mentioned that the Security Police have received information that the so called antifascists are being funded by Russia As reported all four events for and against WWII Latvian Legion Day for which applications were submitted to the municipality will take place by the Freedom Monument in Riga today Rallies will also take place by the Russian and German embassies in Riga today in order to remind the public and the media about the illegal actions of the Soviets and Nazis in the occupied territory of Latvia during World War II the events organiser Ieva Brante informed LETA The organisers of the rally have stated that while Germany has repented for its war crimes Russia continues to disassociate itself from the crimes perpetrated by Soviet authorities by asserting that the country is not heir to the political regime of the Soviet Union Such claims are hypocritical she argued considering that Russia has taken over the Soviet Union s special status at the UN Security Council and has stressed its special role in the victory over the Nazi regime The activists believe that during the past couple of years March 16 in central Riga has become an information battlefield where Russia funded antifascists publicly defame Latvia calling it a place where Nazism is being reborn This false rhetoric is also used against the other Baltic States as well as in Ukraine I believe it would be great to have a new tradition to remind Germany and Russia every year about their crimes against Latvia during World War II Why not do it on March 16 The creation of the Latvian Legion is an acknowledgement of that the events organiser said The traditional memorial ceremony for Latvian soldiers who fell in WWII will be held at the Lestene Brethren Cemetery near the town of Tukums in western Latvia LETA was informed by Tukums Regional Council spokeswoman Aiga Priede She said that various memorial events will take place at Lestene today all taking place at the cemetery and in Lestene Lutheran Church Thousands of Latvian WWII legionnaires are buried at the Lestene Brethren Cemetery as well as many Latvian partisans who fought against the Soviet regime after the war 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

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