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  • The Lithuanian Goverment’s New Year’s Resolutions for 2015
    economy will implement the reform of the smart tax administration system and will complete its energy projects along with playing an active role in foreign policy Boosting infrastructure is high on the wish list with two electricity connections expected to be completed in 2015 NordBalt an electricity connection with Sweden should become operational by the end of the year whereas LitPol Link electricity connection with Poland should be 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 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 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

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  • Latvija in brief
    national security of Latvia as well as Europe s security interests the Security Police reports War and Peace to be filmed in Latvia The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC plans to create a TV series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy s literary epic drama War and Peace and the series will be shot in Latvia Lithuania and Russia The adaptation will star the American actor Paul Dano British actress Lily James and British actor James Norton The series will be directed by Tom Harper and produced by The Weinstein Company the British based film company behind oscar winning films such as the King s Speech and the Artist I fell in love with Tolstoy s War and Peace as a teenager when I read it for the first time Harvey Weinstein Co Chairman and Executive Producer for The Weinstein Company speaking to a Hollywood magazine Putting an epic iconic story like War and Peace on screen with a cast of this caliber is an incredible thrill Lily Paul and James are all amazingly talented actors and it takes their level of talent to capture the scale of Tolstoy s words The series will be filmed in Russia Lithuania and Latvia from the beginning of this month 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

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  • Giulietto Chiesa Arrested in Estonia
    in Estonia on account of his pro Russian views and the fear that he may have been intending to stir up tension between Moscow and Tallinn The Italian was first held in his hotel room without access to telephone or email and was then transferred to a prison cell for a number of hours Chiesa had violated an order that had banned him from entering Estonia which was imposed on him a few days ea 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 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 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

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  • Kremlin claims that Estonian KAPO agent was undercover Russian super-spy
    coming from MI5 the British internal state security service The programme even stated that the hierarchy within the government of the Russian Federation was well aware of the information that Edward Snowden the former United States National Security Agency operative turned whistle blower began leaking regarding NSA operations back in 2013 The depths of such supposed surveillance interceptions and counter operations can be summed up by the following extract from the programme Several agents of foreign special services were convicted and a leak was prevented of classified information via a device that was to be inserted into a Russian telecommunication cable for the technical penetration of the Russian Embassy in Tallinn The narrator of the programme when on to surmise There are few people in Russia who have done more for its security than the Estonian Uno Puusepp and his handler former KGB officer Nikolay Yermakov A lofty claim but one that highlights the impact that such a character in this position could have had if indeed the programme can be taken as fact Truth or International Mockery In the immediate aftermath of the airing of this programme there was widespread condemnation regarding its factual accuracy with many claiming that the provenance is simply too close to the Russian government to be believable The timing of the release of such a powerful statement is a cause for question also coming at a time when there are such obvious reasons to cause disruption to Estonian security service operations Relations between East and West not least between Moscow and Tallinn are at an all time low in the post Cold War era Such public revelations are something that would have previously been dismissed as a work of pure fiction or just a leak from the script of the next James Bond film However in recent years we have become used to hearing such stories and have afforded them increased credence The information released in the 2006 WikiLeaks scandal and the 2013 leakage of NSA material by Edward Snowden are but two instances in recent history that have lent an air of plausibility to such stories Many have stated that the Puusepp revelation is simply an attempt by the Kremlin to play on this heightened plausibility in an effort to embarrass and destabilise the Estonian and other Western security services Estonian Internal Security Service ISS Director General Arnold Sinisalu has stated that the revelation that there was an operation to plant a surveillance device at the Russian Embassy in Tallinn was partly true telling ETV s Kahekone talk show I can confirm that yes there was such an operation but I unfortunately can t say more The content and aim of it are still a secret It can be said afterwards that he probably interrupted it Sinisalu has directed the ISS to open criminal proceedings against Puusepp under the charge of treason Regardless of the outcome of an investigation or the factual accuracy of this particular account it has become apparent in recent

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  • Eesti in brief
    that the court session would take place at the end of 2014 then he spoke of the end of 2015 now about four months Valter reminded Sausage smugglers stopped on Russian border Residents of St Petersburg failed to smuggle home food products bought in Estonia because Russian veterinary authority Rosselhoznadzor confiscated them at the border according to Estonian Public Broadcasting Russian officials discovered a total of 155 kg of cheese and 143 kg of sausage products in one working day in the Ivangorod border checkpoint in vans of tourists who returned from visiting Estonia to import which they did not have Rosselhoznadzor permits and the required accompanying documents reported rus err ee The agency said they found dozens of kilograms of food in every tourist s luggage Under the current rules a Russian resident can take from Estonia to Russia up to 5 kg of finished products of animal origin canned food cooking oil margarine containing animal fats sausages and fish products that have been through thermal processing dairy products and marine products in branded packages According Rosselhoznadzor the confiscated food was returned to Estonia This comes at a time when questions have been raised over how far the economic sanctions and counter sanctions have impacted trade between the two economies The head of the Estonian Food Union Sirje Potisepp speaking to Postimees Online said We are happy to say looking back at the year that no food industry has due to the Russian sanctions faced such difficulties that massive layoffs have to be carried out or termination of operations should be considered The situation remains tough 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

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  • News search
    hundred schools wou Read More Latvija in brief During a Saeima Defense Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee meeting on Dec 2 Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis Greens Farme Read More Number of Russian tourists could decline by 50 percent during Christmas period RIGA In previous years Russian tourists have flocked to Riga at this time of year But with the West s ongoing standoff with Russia far Read More Rinkevics outlines priorities of Latvian presidency to EU Ambassadors RIGA On 1 December Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics presented to ambassadors from the European Union member states the priorities for Latvia Read More Estonia s e residency permits an e ssential RIGA Estonians are already well versed in e governance they have been able to vote online in their parliamentary elections since 2007 But as Read More ERR starts Russian TV channel TALLINN The Estonian Public Broadcasting Company Eesti Rahvusringhaaling ERR is to found a new Russian speaking news channel The ca Read More Estonia and Finland agree on construction of two LNG terminals TALLINN Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb reached an agreement on Monday to build two liquefied Read More Eesti in brief US troops will remain in Estonia as long as Estonia wants them to said Lieutenant General Frederick Ben Hodges US Army Commander Allied Land Read More Previous 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 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

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  • Lithuania Joins Eurozone
    then placed in a special vault for six months stored and preserved at the Money Museum of the Bank of Lithuania before being encased in organic glass and given out to newborn babies The babies declined to comment What remains to be seen is how price will rise over the long term following the introduction of the euro though many analysts claim most of the price increases had already taken place before the euro was introduced in a similar way to what turned out to be the case in Latvia and Estonia who joined the eurozone in 2011 and 2013 respectively Politicians have effusively praised the coming of the euro keen to mark down this moment as historically important Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has not hesitated to get in on the act citing the prospect of foreign investment The euro will serve as a guarantee for our economic and political security enabling further economic viability job creation and rising public well being said Butkevicius I firmly believe that Lithuania will contribute to the strengthening of the euro family We happen to be among the EU economic growth leaders and we come to the euro family equipped with determination focus and energy On the flipside of the coin there was one less than jolly foreigner who was far from pleased The leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage who steered the British anti EU party to electoral success at 2014 s European parliamentary elections was much more scathing about Lithuania s decision to join the eurozone During his December visit to Vilnius Farage said he was astonished at Lithuania s choice of currency slamming Lithuania s accession to the eurozone as a short term temptation Long term investments or short term temptation Time will tell But the euro has

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  • LATVIA ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OF EU COUNCIL
    Italian presidency for all of their hard work The next six months will be a huge challenge and responsibility for us to move forward with Juncker s announced investment plan In order for this to succeed close cooperation between all the involved side will be necessary as well as a constructive dialogue with all of our partners the finance minister said At the same time Reirs pointed out that the investment plan must be in accordance with the needs of all EU member states and that projects submitted by smaller members should not be turned down in favour of projects submitted by larger members The first dilemma Victory Day The imperative to put EU interests above national interests at least ostensibly during Latvia s six month presidency has already led to an awkward situation Russia s President has invited Latvian President Andris Berzins to Moscow s Victory Day Parade on May 9 and for historical and political reasons this has caused issues in Latvia European Parliament member Artis Pabriks a former foreign minister and current member of Unity Party the leading political party in Latvia s ruling coalition has claimed that President Andris Berzins should turn down the invitation to celebrate in Moscow the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany if the situation in Ukraine does not improve Pabriks compares the situation today with the one President Vike Freiberga faced 10 years ago when there was a border agreement to sign Back then we thought that relations with Russia were improving Now we see a lengthy period of inappropriate Russian moves in the international arena Pabriks pointed out The MEP spoke reacting to comments made this morning on LNTV by Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkevics Unity that in deciding whether the president should or should not attend the context of the invitation must be kept in mind and the fact that Latvia is the presiding country in the EU Council He also advocated a unified EU stance on this issue internal discussion in Brussels In deciding whether Latvian President Andris Berzins should attend Russia s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow on May 9 the context of the invitation as well as the fact that Latvia has become the presiding country of the Council of the European Union ought to be taken into consideration Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics Unity said in an interview with the LNT show 900 sekundes Rinkevics declined to answer whether Berzins should visit Moscow for the May 9 celebrations as he would like to discuss the matter with the president first I would like to note that the context of this matter ought to be taken into account as well We are the presiding country therefore any choice of decision will be judged in this context Of course at the moment I would really like to see the EU take a joint position Before any decisions are made the EU ought to discuss this matter as well Rinkevics said He added that several state

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