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  • Brzezinski: Putin could take Riga or Tallinn in one day
    the Baltics and three other countries in Eastern and Central Europe National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio According to the portal lsm lv this means that a new unit will be se up in Latvia which will man and operate the new command and control centre This unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises as well as receiving rapid response forces in crisis situations NATO already has a rapid response force model in place however after Russia s aggression in Ukraine as well as the serious concerns over security recently expressed by the Baltics and other countries NATO has agreed to establish a rapid response force which could be quickly deployed to any NATO member country under threat So far the alliance has agreed to the creation of six command and control centres to be sited 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 will also be made up of allied soldiers NATO commanders have agreed in principle for 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 Greens Farmers 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 U S Air Force General Philip Breedlove NATO s supreme allied commander in Europe said fighting in the separatist held areas 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

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  • Latvia's Harmony party: no plans to end agreement with Putin's United Russia
    anything he told LETA Meanwhile Harmony deputy Boriss Cilevics said in an interview with Latvian Television this morning At the moment this agreement is practically blocked due to clear circumstances We believe that it is extremely important to maintain a dialogue it is not an agreement on friendship or submission The agreement is publicly available on our website Anyone can read it and make sure that it concerns only consultations and dialogue And we believe that taking into account the complicated relations between Latvia and Russia every opportunity for dialogue ought to be taken advantage of including on inter party levels Party members later explained that Cilevics wanted to say that because of the complicated geopolitical situation between Russia and the EU as well as sanctions cooperation is hampered at the moment Harmony generally regarded as a centre left political party holds 24 out of the 100 seats in the Latvian Saeima a larger number than any other party By far the most popular party among the country s ethnic Russians Harmony signed a co operation agreement with United Russia the party of President Vladimir Putin in 2009 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

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  • Russia and the Baltics: Once Friend, Now Foe
    well as separate cooperation treaties with Estonia and Latvia recognizing their inalienable right to national independence in an act that in the opinion of many observers prevented further bloodshed While in Estonia Yeltsin met with Soviet troops stationed there and urged them to disobey any orders from their Kremlin commanders to crush peaceful demonstrators On the advice of friends who had well founded fears that the KGB might try to shoot down his plane Yeltsin returned to Russia in a private car Yeltsin was not alone At home Russian public opinion overwhelmingly backed independence for the Baltic states The Russian Parliament passed a special motion condemning the Soviet aggression against Lithuania as did separately the Moscow and Leningrad city councils On January 20 1991 hundreds of thousands of demonstrators went to the streets of Moscow to protest Mikhail Gorbachev s crackdown in Vilnius and demand the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the Baltic states Flags of independent Latvia Lithuania and Estonia as well as those of Ukraine Belarus and other captive nations were often seen alongside the then banned Russian tricolors at Moscow s pro democracy rallies throughout 1990 and 1991 For Russian democrats freedom from Communist Party diktat meant freedom for every republic Russia as well as the others The rest of the article can be accessed through the World Affairs Journal website Comments Related Articles Moscow lacks available forces to seize and hold Baltics Estonian defence expert Searching for energy independence in the Baltic forests The challenge of Russia s decline Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles LIIA examines NATO relations with Central Asia Discussing the EU and Russia s soft power in the Baltic States and the Eastern Neighbourhood The Russians are coming to occupy the Baltic

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  • Latvia takes over responsibility for NATO Contact Embassy in Belarus
    place in Belarus and provide assistance in organising officials visits A formal ceremony will take place soon in which the Latvian Embassy will take over the functions of the NATO Contact Embassy in Belarus from the Estonian Embassy The system of NATO contact embassies was introduced in 1992 in order to support the work of the North Atlantic Partnership Council This is one of the channels through which the NATO alliance disseminates and receives information from its partner countries NATO Contact Embassy responsibilities include participation in the organisation of officials visits and seminars and analysis of partner countries security and defence policy At present there are NATO contact embassies in 35 countries worldwide Contact Embassy status is granted for a period of two years Latvian leaders have stated that development of the Eastern Partnership which involves creating links with non EU countries in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus including Belarus will be a priority for the country s presidency of the EU Council The Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk also announced yesterday that the country planned to open four visa centres in Belarus Two of the centres those located in Minsk and Grodno are already open and the other two in Gomel and Brest will open over the week to come 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

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  • Baltic house price increases among fastest in EU
    by 13 2 percent compared to the same period in 2013 This meant that it was behind only Ireland among EU countries for whom data was available Latvia was in third place tied with the United Kingdom with an increase in house prices of 11 7 percent compared to the third quarter of 2013 It also scored the second highest quarterly increase Lithuania was ranked sixth overall house prices in the southernmost Baltic country rising by 10 1 percent year on year According to the data house prices in the Eurozone rose by 0 6 percent from the second quarter of 2014 and by 1 1 percent in the EU as a whole The largest falls in house prices over the preceding year were recorded in Slovenia 5 4 percent Italy 3 8 percent and Romania 2 3 percent 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 in 1996 The Baltic Times continues

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  • 58% of Latvia's male citizens ready to take up arms to protect country
    Altogether 67 percent of citizens who speak Latvian as their first language said they would be willing to take up arms and protect Latvia while 41 percent of male citizens who speak Russian as their first language agreed with this statement In addition 34 4 percent of male residents of Latvia who do not have citizenship said they would be willing to protect the country The study reveals that men aged between 17 and 25 would be more likely to take up arms to protect the country than any other age group and that men who have higher education were more likely to agree with the proposition than those with lower levels of education The proportion of respondents saying they would take up arms to defend the country was highest in the capital Riga 64 6 percent and lowest in the western region of Kurzeme 54 1 percent The study also reveals that 24 percent of women who live in Latvia would be ready to take up arms to protect the country The survey was conducted in November 2014 A total of 1 020 residents aged between 17 and 74 were interviewed 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

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  • Tartu University ranked fifth in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    and Warsaw University Tallinn University also appeared in the list in 26th position Such a high position is a great recognition to the University of Tartu as a whole and proves the high level of our research and teaching I am glad to see that we are highly appreciated among countries characterised by rapidly developing universities and landscape of higher education commented Reesi Lapa Head of International Cooperation at the University of Tartu A number of other universities from the other two Baltic countries made the rankings Four Lithuanian institutions appeared in the top 100 with Vilnius University ranking the highest in 32nd position The University of Latvia in Riga was the only Latvian university to make it in and featured in 41st place The ranking method took into account academic and employer reputation the faculty members to student ratio the proportion of staff with PhDs the presence of international students as well as other indicators 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

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  • Russian media claims that Russian language banned in Latvian workplaces
    this showed respect for the Latvian nation and its official language The centre also pointed out that Latvian is an official language of the EU while Russian is not and thus Latvia is obliged to support its use during its current Presidency of the Council of the EU Let us not forget that Latvia is the only place on earth where the Latvian language is guaranteed to live and develop and the narrowing of its use inside the national territory should be seen as a threat to its status Therefore we urge all employers to discuss with their employees the significance of the State Language Law as applied to the workplace and also all state officials to use the state language in their interviews to the media However the Russian media has portrayed this as a ban on speaking Russian The St Petersburg Dnevnik newspaper claimed that it is no longer permitted to speak Russian in Latvian Other papers referred to a ban on speaking Russian in offices and stores a prohibition of using the Russian language when third parties are present or a ban on using Russian at workplaces Latvian law does not currently regulate what languages can be used in informal communication in the workplace 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

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