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  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics
    and other countries regarding security NATO has agreed to establish a rapid response force which would quickly be able to deploy to any NATO member state which is under threat Thus the alliance has agreed to the creation of six command and control centres in Latvia Lithuania Estonia Poland Romania and Bulgaria Graube told Latvian Radio that the cost of the creation of such a unit is still being calculated and that a portion of the unit would also be made up of allied soldiers NATO commanders have agreed in principle to the creation of such command and control centres but on February 5 the defence ministers of alliance members will have to sign off on them during a meeting Latvia will be represented by Defence Minister Raimonds Vejonis of the Greens and Farmers party Meanwhile NATO has detected signs of heightened Russian involvement in fighting in parts of eastern Ukraine the alliance s top military commander said on Thursday Jan 22 U S Air Force General Philip Breedlove NATO s supreme allied commander in Europe said fighting connected to the pro Russian separatist uprising was now more intense in some places than it had been before September s Minsk ceasefire agreement Breedlove told a news conference after a meeting of NATO defence chiefs that military leaders would try to re establish contact with their Russian counterparts broken off amid tensions over Ukraine Reuters news agency reports 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

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  • PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF ... LATGALE?
    Latgale people s republic LETA found out from the Security Police Investigating the matter the Security Police have been able to identify the persons responsible However the Security Police are not revealing the identity of these persons to the public yet nor from what country they are from In recent days a picture with a map of Latvia has been circulating on social networks The region of Latgale is The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section 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 this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news analysis and commentaries

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  • Latvian FM will invite jailed journalist Greste to Riga press freedom prize
    conference will gather hundreds of the world s top journalists media representatives and experts The UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize was established in honour of Guillermo Cano Isaza editor of the Colombian newspaper El Espectador who was assassinated in 1986 Cano was an active anti drug critic The purpose is to reward each year a person organization or institution that has made a notable contribution to the defence or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world especially if they have taken risks to do so Awarded annually the prize is marked by a ceremony and the winner is presented with the sum of 25 000 US dollars 20 274 euros Australian born Greste whose father is from Latvia registered for Latvian citizenship after the restoration of the country s independence in the 1990s While working for Al Jazeera English in Cairo in late 2013 he was arrested by Egyptian authorities along with two colleagues and accused of making broadcasts that were damaging to the country s national security and co operation with the Muslim Brotherhood He was sentenced to ten years in prison but following a retrial last month he has been released and deported to Australia 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

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  • The Baltic view on the conflict in Ukraine
    The Baltic states fears are focused on two issues the escalation of hostile actions by Russia and NATO s preparedness to grant the Baltic republics support within the alliance Although a direct military attack from Russia is still considered unlikely the possible hybrid war remains an important challenge for the Baltic states In a hybrid war the aggressor achieves its goal by using means which do not activate NATO s collective defence measures For Russia one such goal is to weaken the position and the credibility of the Baltic states ruling elite both domestically and internationally One of the tools in this policy involves influencing the election results by fuelling social tensions mainly within the Russian minority and compromising the current elites in the public sphere Another goal which Russia has is to disturb investments which threaten the interests of Russian companies and business by influencing the economic and energy policy using economic and energy blockades or even by destroying energy port and transit infrastructure In the security sphere Russia s goal is to counteract the attempts at strengthening NATO s military presence in the three Baltic states to sustain the fear that a confrontation between the forces of NATO and Russia could take place in their territory and to weaken the trust which the states of NATO have in the Baltic states political elites and services Preparations for a possible hybrid war The United States the Baltic states strategic ally in the area of security has repeatedly criticised the low level of defence spending in Lithuania and Latvia Estonia joined in the criticism as the only country whose defence budget corresponds to the NATO standard of 2 of GDP US 479 million in 2013 2 it claims the right to accuse its Baltic partners of impeding the defence cooperation with NATO Meanwhile in Latvia with its defence budget amounting to 0 9 of GDP US 291 million and Lithuania 0 8 of GDP US 354 million the defence investments have been reduced due to spending cuts introduced as a result of the economic crisis The lack of consensus within political elites over the issue was also evident It was eventually reached in both countries only when the threat posed by Russia grew stronger It seems that by 2020 Lithuania and Latvia will also increase their defence budgets to 2 of GDP which will help maintain a high level of NATO s military involvement in the Baltic region and guarantee the continuity of NATO exercises in the Baltic states territory already underway for several months now 3 The changes have already been evident in the level of defence spending planned in the 2015 state budgets Lithuania s spending is expected to reach US 518 million 1 11 of GDP Estonia s should reach US 512 million 2 05 and Latvia s US 315 million 1 The authorities of Estonia have assessed the FSB s abduction of the Estonian officer as an act of aggression an element of a hybrid war NATO consultations pursuant to Article 4 were considered In the context of other cases of illegal crossing of the border on the Narva River including by two Russian former KGB officers Estonia took measures to unilaterally demarcate the border so that it would be clearly visible and could be properly monitored making it more difficult for Russia to repeat similar provocative actions in the future Latvia has also been forced to unilaterally demarcate its border as Russia has refused to cooperate on this issue Estonia prepared a new draft national defence law with its focus on new challenges in the security sphere both in peacetime and during war 4 It provides for the role of the prime minister and the government to be strengthened in managing the state s defence and is intended to facilitate the decision making process concerning emergency situations It is scheduled to come into force on 1 January 2016 Lithuania has also joined in the preparations for a possible hybrid war The law on the use of arms in peacetime has been drafted as a new legal solution 5 Should foreign military troops appear on Lithuanian territory the country s president would be entitled to sign a decree introducing martial law In connection with the opinion shared by the Lithuanian government that the potential aggressor can be deterred by the country s preparedness for defence alone Lithuania managed to create its own rapid response forces within several months As part of these plans Lithuania decided to maintain the combat readiness of approximately one third of its permanent ground military personnel as from 1 November 2014 6 The task of these troops is to react to all types of provocative acts including nationalist motivated conflicts attacks of groups of armed individuals wearing unmarked uniforms foreign soldiers infiltrating Lithuania via the border the violation of military transport procedures as well as certain threats emerging in neighbouring countries The decision to create this formation was motivated not only by fears that the process of building the NATO spearhead 7 might be prolonged but also by the willingness to demonstrate to NATO that Lithuania is ready to take greater responsibility for its own security and that of the region In the debate on the creation of rapid response forces the importance of territorial defence units has been emphasised including voluntary units operating locally these are considered more effective in estimating the level of threat in its initial phase The problem however involves the fact that the regions where the proportion of national minorities is the largest are the Polish minority Vilnius region and the Russian speaking minorities Visaginas Narva Riga and Daugavpils and that these would be the most vulnerable to the outbreak of a hybrid war In this case the territorial defence units would have to be composed of representatives of exactly those minorities which the authorities do not trust The debate has also focused on the reform of the army itself Only Estonia has retained compulsory military service and regular military training Lithuania has been attempting to replace conscription with the training of volunteers whose numbers have risen considerably in recent months in all three Baltic states The level of advancement of the volunteers training is not comparable with that of the regular reserves Regardless of the level of training and equipment of the Baltic armies the number of soldiers in active military service 11 800 in Lithuania 5 300 in Latvia 5 700 in Estonia and the reserves 6 700 in Lithuania 7 800 in Latvia 30 000 in Estonia 8 is still too small which is why the issue of a possible return to conscription in Lithuania and Latvia has been the subject of recent debates Estonia s specialisation in cyberspace defence has inspired other states to try to identify their own specialisations which could serve as their contribution to the cooperation with NATO but also a response to the needs of the region In 2013 Lithuania opened its NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence and in 2014 Latvia established the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence to focus also on Russia s soft power in the communications space Lithuania and Estonia have made their air force bases available for the purposes of the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission in Šiauliai and Ämari In the context of NATO s increased operational presence in the Baltic Sea Latvia has offered to adapt the post Soviet military port in Liepāja along with the nearby airport to serve as NATO s sea base for the purpose of actions it carries out in the region The port itself a Latvian navy base has already been used by NATO troops The decision concerning this base however will prove more difficult than the previous ones because account must be taken of certain threat factors such as the possible resistance on the part of local groups supporting Russia s policy Today ca 40 000 Russian speaking people live in Liepāja one quarter of whom hold Russian citizenship They receive financial support from local Russian business circles and the embassy Allies of the Kremlin and Russian propaganda To revive Russian propaganda Moscow has re activated its lobby in the Baltic states This action is aimed at challenging the policy of these states and to weaken their citizens level of trust The Baltic states are unable to fully neutralise these influences therefore certain groups and individuals supporting the Kremlin s policy and interests operate officially in the public sphere Their activity was evident right from the first stage of the Ukrainian Russian conflict The mayor of Tallinn and leader of the Centre Party Edgar Savisaar warned against the results of sanctions and joined Riga s Russian mayor Nil Ushakov in attempting to persuade society of the economic benefits resulting from the cooperation with Vladimir Putin s administration The mayor of the Latvian town of Ventspils Aivars Lembergs joined in the criticism of NATO s military presence seen as the presence of an occupying army in the territory of the Baltic states He attempted to spread terror among the town s residents claiming that Latvia might become a battlefield in the confrontation between the USA and Russia Criticism has also been voiced in relation to the dubious position taken by Latvia s president Andris Bērziņš who refrained from condemning Russia s actions in Ukraine and even reiterated his invitation for president Putin to visit Latvia In the opinion of the governments of the Baltic states Russia has been waging an information war against them for many years now and has also exerted economic pressure On 7 October 2014 the Lithuanian Seimas rejected the amendments to the act on the media submitted by President Grybauskaitė The amendments involved a restriction of the retransmission of Russian broadcasts and introduced a requirement for at least 90 of the broadcasts retransmitted in Lithuania to be aired in the official EU language versions The Baltic media are not only unable to fight Russian propaganda they in fact support it indirectly by neglecting certain other information areas The problems of the region have not been covered by the local media which if anything prefer to inform the public of the particularly shocking scandals which occur in neighbouring countries This prevents the building of common interests and mutual trust among the three states Similarly the Baltic states have failed to reach an agreement on the establishment of a common TV station to broadcast in Russian in order to combat Russian propaganda Consequently the operation of Russian television has been temporarily limited in Lithuania and Latvia In Estonia it has been decided that such limitations are ineffective because Russian propaganda spreads via satellite TV and the Internet Nonetheless in early January 2015 Estonia joined the initiative proposed by the foreign ministers of Lithuania the United Kingdom and Denmark calling for the European Commission to adopt a common EU action plan to counteract Russian propaganda The Baltic states have devoted a lot of energy to monitoring the mood within the Russian speaking minority in Estonia and Latvia and within both the Polish and Russian minority in Lithuania The popularity of the Russian media helps sustain a positive opinion of Putin s policy among the Russian speaking population 9 The Latvian Security Police has observed an increase in the number of Internet users whose task is to create the impression that large groups within Latvian society including in particular the Russian speaking population support Russia s policy and oppose the presence of US and NATO troops in the region The tensions between the minorities and the governments have continued to exist relating to issues such as the naturalisation policy in Latvia and Estonia the right to speak the minority language and to receive tuition in the case of the Polish and Russian minority in all three states The situation in Ukraine can be considered as a warning for the minorities Today the potential for organising protests in the form of mass demonstrations and riots similar to those staged in the past in Latvia concerning the restriction of education opportunities for minority groups and in Estonia the relocation of the Bronze Soldier is much smaller although the demands have remained the same The awareness of the difference in the standards of living in the EU and Russia contributes to limiting the radicalism within the minorities and weakens separatist tendencies which is also confirmed by representatives of local communities Despite the sense of marginalisation within society the majority of the Russian speaking residents of Estonia and Latvia have already been granted citizenship of their states and enjoy civil rights including the right to vote also in Lithuania Poles have actively participated in the country s political life The governments of the Baltic states however prefer to monitor the activities of the minorities including using the special services and are even considering further limitations for instance in the field of education rather than engage in an active dialogue concerning their rights Currently the nationalist tendencies within Baltic societies fuelled by the increased threat from Russia and the persistent conviction that the minorities have no loyalty towards the state have been impeding the chances to overcome the tensions and the ethnic division within Baltic societies The difficult economic ties with Russia The governments of the Baltic states have been reluctant to comment on the results of Russia s embargo on foodstuffs imported from the EU announced in August 2014 in response to EU sanctions which the Baltic states support Attempts have been made to expand the list of Russian citizens banned from entering the EU and no support has been granted to demands voiced by the influential farmers lobby in these states to be granted compensation by the EU For the Baltic states the embargo has been equivalent to the loss of an important export market agricultural produce dairy products processed meat vegetables and revenues from the transfer of goods For Lithuania and Estonia Russia is the main export destination with 16 of total exports whereas for Latvia it is the second largest export market with 11 The greatest losses will be suffered by Lithuania in 2013 the value of goods subject to the export embargo to Russia amounted to EUR 910 million which equates to 2 6 of Lithuania s GDP and 3 7 of total exports In the case of Estonia and Latvia the losses amounted to respectively EUR 72 and 67 million 0 4 and 0 3 of GDP i e 0 6 of either of the countries exports volume 10 No quick reorientation of the directions of exports or change in the production profile is possible although the authorities have been making such attempts 11 The Baltic transport companies handling the export of goods to Russia as well as sea ports have also suffered certain losses the Lithuanian port of Klaipėda which mostly handles the transit of goods to Belarus has been relatively least affected In spite of the necessary correction of GDP growth forecasts the rate of economic growth in the Baltic states has continued to be one of the highest in the EU currently the EU s leader in this respect is Lithuania with 2 8 whereas for Latvia the figure is 2 4 and for Estonia 1 7 12 The exports losses have been offset by increased level of domestic consumption and investments which has resulted from the inflow of remittances by expatriate workers When introducing the embargo Russia did not use the full spectrum of possibilities of targeting the economic interests of the Baltic states For example the export of canned sprats has not been blocked this would have particularly affected Latvian exporters It is likely that Latvia may also become the target of other actions the Russian processed oil exporting companies have announced that in January a decision will be taken to continue or terminate their cooperation with the ports in Riga and Ventspils excluding the export of Russian coal however Were Russia to stop the transit of goods via this country cargo from Russia accounts for as much as 80 of foreign goods transit via Latvia this would contribute to a sharp drop in the revenues generated by the Latvian ports and railways Russia would also have to exert influence on Belarus and other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union to discontinue their cooperation with the Baltic ports Klaipėda in particular In the context of the events in Ukraine energy security has again become a key issue and the argument quoting the high costs of limiting energy dependence on Russia has lost some ground For many years energy independence for the Baltic states has been a very distant prospect Energy has been one of the most significant areas of the Baltic regional cooperation shared use of the local infrastructure and the development of electrical energy and gas exchange markets could guarantee the region s independence and integrate the Baltic markets with other EU energy markets For this to be possible the Baltic states would have to unify their energy policies and shape their relations with Russia in a convergent manner Meanwhile only Lithuania has managed to launch multilevel measures to reduce its energy dependence on Russia in spite of resistance from pro Russian groups slowing down this process The key element of Vilnius s strategy has been the implementation of the Lithuanian LNG terminal project 13 completed in December 2014 The prospect of a diversification of gas supplies will considerably change energy cooperation in the Baltic region where so far Gazprom has not only been shaping the prices but also using its gas monopoly as an instrument of economic and political pressure Estonia too seems to be determined to increase its independence However its key projects the LNG terminal and the pipeline crossing the Gulf of Finland depend to a large extent on its cooperation with Finland which so far has been rather difficult The authorities of Latvia where Gazprom s position has been the strongest have focused on negotiating

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  • Income from new export markets exceed CIS losses for Lithuanian businesses
    grew by 176 million euros These results were presented by the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists The total losses incurred in the CIS markets were surpassed by 18 million euros by the creation of new export routes to North America and South America Asia the Persian Gulf states and Africa The confederation s survey reveals that Lithuanian businesses desire to expand in the CIS and EU countries has been declining By contrast the best opportunities are considered to be in Asia 23 percent of respondents are thinking about expansion in this region Taking into account the available statistical information the Confederation has decided to leave Lithuania s GDP growth forecast for 2015 unchanged It is predicted that the country s GDP will rise by 2 6 percent this year Last year the Confederation said that the country s economy would grow by 3 4 percent in 2015 while at the end of the year these expectations were cut to 3 percent 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 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

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  • Over 100 villages vanish from the map of Latvia
    in January 2014 Last year the majority of villages removed were in the regions of Kurzeme and Zemgale although some were also removed from Vidzeme and near Riga The State Land Service explained however that this trend does not mean that Latvia s countryside is completely depopulating it is actually a result of municipalities attempts to bring order to their territories A couple of years ago the State Land Service pointed out that different municipalities have different understandings of what the term village denotes as a result the status of village has been granted both to populated areas consisting of 1 000 or more buildings and areas consisting of one or two farmsteads Recent information indicates that the State Address Register data system includes hundreds of villages which have no buildings registered at all Following an assessment of the criteria these territories have been stripped of the status of a village 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

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  • Estonian President: arm Ukraine or Russia wins
    the latter option will mean Russia winning When you are attacked and you do not fight you lose It must be understood in Europe he said Timmermans also condemned Russia s actions pointing out that even during the Cold War borders were not moved in Europe as Moscow has now done in Ukraine According to him the EU should not waive sanctions pressure must be exerted on Russia to stick to the Minsk agreement otherwise small countries in Europe will no longer be safe Estonia s former foreign minister Urmas Paet also expressed strong views on Russia s actions in Ukraine yesterday Paet who is now an MEP stated that the European Union should include the so called Donetsk and Luhansk People s Republics in their official list terrorist organisations Delfi reports These organisations are acting with all means against the democratic and internationally recognised Ukraine Also the recent bombing of the civilian population in Mariupol reaffirmed the nature of these organizations he added Paet stated that inclusion of these organisations in the list of terrorist groups would not just have symbolic value but also a clear practical reason since supporting terrorist organisations is prohibited under United Nations Conventions Hopefully the upcoming EU foreign ministers meeting will discuss including the Donetsk and Luhansk so called People s Republics in the list of terrorist organisations and will also make a decision he 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

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