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  • Riga Mayor: EU sanctions against Russia are not working
    has never been the initiator nor the main supporter of the EU s sanctions against Russia said Usakovs adding that the crisis in EU Russia relations was hurting Latvia Usakovs cited as examples of this the decreasing number of Russian tourists travelling to Latvia and a fall in the number of residence permits issued to Russian citizens for real estate purchases in Latvia Russia s Transneft company is planning to reroute oil product shipments via Riga and Ventspils to Russian ports Sanctions and the falling value of the ruble have badly damaged Latvia s exports to Russia explained Usakovs Despite these circumstances Riga City Council has nevertheless been able to maintain good relations with the Government of Moscow the city s administrative body This could serve as a positive example for the development of relations between the EU cities and Russian regions said Usakovs It is clear that the crisis in relations between Russia and the EU will end sooner or later but the basis which is largely ensured by relations between our cities needs to be consolidated Usakovs concluded Usakovs has held his position since 2009 becoming the first person of Russian heritage to become mayor of Riga since Latvia s independence was restored in 1991 He is also leader of the centre left political party Harmony the chief opposition group in the Latvian Parliament 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

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    slopes set to open in Latvia for winter season Ski slopes in Latvia will be opening this weekend for business Read More Lithuania says Russia blocking EU goods from crossing borders Russia is blocking Lithuanian trucks carrying EU goods from crossing its borders a Li Read More Two Siberian tiger cubs born in Riga zoo Two Siberian tiger cubs were born at the Riga Zoo this summer Tho Read More More than half of Latvians live in fear war due to Ukraine crisis survey shows More than half of Latvia s residents live in the fear of a threat of war a new su Read More US to deploy tanks in E Europe to deter Russian aggression The U S Army plans to deploy up to 150 tanks and armored vehicles to NATO countries n Read More Latvian man attempts to smuggle 24 tons of cheese across Ukraine Russia border A Latvian man has attempted to smuggle over 24 tons of cheese into Russia from Ukraine Read More US troops to stay in Poland Baltics until 2015 U S troops will remain in Poland and the Baltic states through 2015 to deter Ru Read More Previous 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 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 a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues

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  • North Korea film will not be shown in Estonia
    Jong Un will not be shown in Estonian cinemas Public Broadcasting reports Last week Sony pulled the film from widespread release after threats to attack the New York premiere and following a hacker attack in which private emails and unreleased films were leaked onto the internet As of Monday the film had been removed from lists of upcoming films in Estonian cinemas ACME Film representative Elna Eva Terasmäe said that Sony Pictures was the victim of an unprecedented criminal action which negative affected employees customers and the company itself Attempts were made to break the spirit and morale all in order to thwart a movie that the North Korean leadership did not like being shown in cinemas Terasmäe said that ACME Film stands beside the filmmakers and supports their right to freedom of expression 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

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  • Latvia increases defence spending; priorities Home Guard, anti-aircraft systems and personnel morale
    and anti air defense capabilities The funds will be used to buy and modernise air space radar and sensors anti air defense systems and weapons The Defence Ministry also notes that the Air Force aviation base development project ib which 82 million euros have been invested since 2006 entails upgrading the Lielvarde Airfield according to NATO standards and that the airfield will open to day and night operations this year The airfield has been used multiple times in 2014 for personnel and vehicle transport as well as for military exercises On March 20 P 09 Rezekne the fifth Skrunda patrol boat P 09 which was built entirely in Latvia was delivered to the Armed Forces in Liepaja The five patrol boats of the Naval Forces are regularly used in patrol and rescue missions in the Baltic Sea The vessels will be further upgraded in 2015 As part of the Land Forces Infantry Brigade development on September 4 Latvia and Great Britain signed an agreement under which Latvia will buy 123 combat vehicle reconnaissance tracked armoured vehicles for 48 1 million euros with the first vehicles due to be delivered in 2016 Latvia will also purchase anti tank missile systems to equip the armoured vehicles In addition to this 13 2 million euros has been invested in the development of the Armed Forces infrastructure the most important projects include the construction of new barracks and a weapon repair workshop at the Adazi Military Base a new surveillance post near Ventspils a repair shop at Preili Home Guard Base infrastructure upgrades at Lielvarde Base and the renovation of the NATO Center of Excellence for Strategic Communications in Riga Development of soldiers social guarantees system will continue in 2015 with the goal being to motivate soldiers to remain in service for as long

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  • Estonian suspends Helsinki hunger strike
    of his case was launched at the initiative of the Finnish labour inspection As a result I temporarily suspend the strike until new information is received Continuing the strike depends on what the new information is he added Rain Kolga started a hunger strike two weeks ago because he felt that the Regional Administrative Agency for Southern Finland Avi has harassed his business Kolga criticised Avi for labour racism claiming that his company was regularly visited by Avi officials who gave him fines reaching several thousand euros for any small violation Kolga told Delfi that he has lived in Finland since 2006 starting as a worker and now being company manager They discriminate on grounds of nationality and other Estonians who work here know that too Unfortunately no one dares to say anything people are frightened he said Kolga said the officials have told him directly that they do anything to get the Estonians to leave the Finnish market 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

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  • Lithuania and Tuvalu establish diplomatic relations
    of Abkhazia and South Ossetia which have seceded from Georgia supported by Russia Lithuania in common with all but four world nations does not recognise either of the two as independent nations Lithuania recently called a proposed treaty between Russia and Abkhazia an attempt to undermine the sovereignty and independence of Georgia Earlier this year Tuvalu revoked its earlier decision and established diplomatic ties with Georgia According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius it is important for Lithuania to have as many allies in the United Nations that would support multilateral initiatives and Lithuania s candidacy for various positions in the UN In September the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs recommended to the government that it should also establish diplomatic ties with Tuvalu So far Lithuania has entered into diplomatic relations with ten countries of Oceania Australia New Zealand Nauru Samoa the Solomon Islands Fiji Kiribati Tonga Micronesia and Palau In total Lithuania currently maintains diplomatic relations with 180 countries worldwide There are at present reckoned to be 206 de facto sovereign states in the world 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

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  • Ilves: Estonia needs improvement in laws, not dramatic restart
    It is very clear that our legislative process currently very often gives the impression that we produce things just to produce them instead of thinking why we do it why we revise things that already exist laws are often because they are made so fast of very low quality said the head of state During my mandate perhaps the most famous case was the Traffic Act which had two separate implementation dates inside one and the same law I rejected this law but we need to think a lot more about what laws we need and what we do not need said Ilves He rejected the idea that Estonia was stagnant politically saying that the country had not reached a dead end since under the current system of elections every four years people can elect a new government if they want to and if they don t they can continue with the current one Ilves pointed out that there are states where the same parties have ruled for as long as 150 or 200 years as well as others like the UK Germany and the USA where parties alternate fairly frequently We do not live permanently in the revolution We already have too few people to be able to fill the bench If everyone has to be scattered then who will replace them Where are these educated people Where are these experiences Ilves said 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

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  • Straujuma hopes to achieve budget objectives, despite Bank of Latvia warning
    GDP will increase by around 2 percent In an interview with Latvian State Television Straujuma said she hoped that her government would succeed at attaining the 2015 budget goals reminding viewers that Latvia remains one of the fastest growing economies in Europe She disagreed with the suggestion that the government was ignoring the Bank of Latvia s warnings that the economic growth may be slower It is because of the various worst case scenarios that the Latvian government is looking forward to the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker s investment plan said Straujuma adding that implementation of the plan would be one of the key priorities of Latvia during its Presidency of the EU Council The falling value of the Russian ruble does not only affect Latvia she pointed out the entire global economy is currently in a rather interesting situation therefore business people should pay much more attention to choosing the right export partners and think more about attracting investment At the beginning of December the Bank of Latvia said it expected Latvia s real GDP to grow 2 8 percent this year and 2 7 percent in 2015 Inflation was forecast to be 0 7 percent this year and 1 4 percent next year 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

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