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  • VIDEO: Stunning Estonia as seen from the sky
    seen from a small airplane The Baltic State has a population of just over one million but boasts some beautiful scenes including Tallinn Old Town and stunning countryside Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list 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

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  • NATO jets intercept Russian planes over Baltic sea
    s Defense Ministry has reported a rise in the number of Russian jets and warships observed near Baltic territory this year All these processes cause concern I have a question why is such a demonstration of force needed There must be some political reason behind it There should not be fear of a direct threat as we have to see the full picture about how the escalation will turn out However we know that any escalation can lead to unpredictable moves Raimonds Graube the head of Latvia s Armed Forces said last month cited by the LETA news agency Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blasted NATO s thoughtless and limitless expansion Instead of making OSCE a normal organization which would become a real security organization ensuring security for everyone our western colleagues took the course of thoughtless limitless NATO expansion telling us directly that legal security guarantees can only be given to those who join the North Atlantic Alliance Lavrov said in an interview with the Life News TV channel and the Izvestia newspaper cited by Voice of Russia Edited by Rayyan Sabet Parry Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list 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

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  • Latvia ruling coalition agrees to form new government
    will get five ministerial posts while National Alliance will get three and the position of parliamentary speaker Many current ministers are expected to keep their positions but long serving finance minister Andris Vilks who lead the Baltic country into the euro zone will step down He is expected to be replaced by the current head of the parliament s Budget and Finance Committee Janis Reirs The parties will meet the president and inform him of their proposal on Wednesday They must also make a declaration outlining the new government s priorities The president could nominate the new prime minister on Nov 4 when Latvia s new parliament will gather for its first sitting and the current government steps down Solvita Aboltina chairwoman of the Unity party told journalists The parliament could then approve the new government in a vote of confidence the following day While the current coalition secured a majority of seats in parliament pro Russian Concord was the largest single party winning 24 seats with support from the ex Soviet state s large Russian speaking minority It was locked out of negotiations to form a new government however as the current coalition has taken a hard line over Russia s actions in Ukraine Analysts expect the coalition to continue its pro European and market oriented course in the new government The coalition has been in power since January when Straujuma became prime minister Her predecessor Valdis Dombrovskis quit in November after a Riga supermarket collapsed killing more than 50 people 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

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  • Estonia in mourning after pupil shoots and kills teacher in classroom
    and act at the right time Let us not look past situations where misunderstanding anger bitterness physical or mental violence sadness rule Let us talk with each other support each other help each other said the president adding Let us hug our child who came from school today especially long More details have begun to emerge regarding the incident The 15 year old boy is believed to have surrendered his weapon after being confronted by members of staff The revolver used in the attack is also understood to have been owned by the father interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said If found guilty the boy could face up to ten years in prison Postimees Online reports Persons close to the shooter described him as a successful pupil and open person Recent Facebook postings by the ninth grader give some insight in to the shooting Facebook photos show weapons whilst he posted messages including Don t judge me cause I m quiet No one plans a murder out loud He has also posted messages like You inspire my serial killer and Nobody cares Photos further reveal that the boy was involved in medieval fighting Sarap has been described as an experienced and valued teacher The Estonian German Language Teachers society granted her the title of teacher of the year in 2010 and she was elected Viljandi County Teacher of the Year in 2007 Edited by Rayyan Sabet Parry Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare

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  • Russia ramping up ’provocative’ military actions around Baltic states, says NATO
    members of Latvia s parliament last month Graube said around 140 Russian jets and warships had been observed near its borders this year All these processes cause concern I have a question why is such a demonstration of force needed There must be some political reason behind it There should not be fear of a direct threat as we have to see the full picture about how the escalation will turn out However we know that any escalation can lead to unpredictable moves Graube said cited by the LETA news agency NATO which policies the area from the skies says Russian activities are provocative because the planes don t need to fly the way they do to get to where they re going The planes don t file a flight plan and they don t squawk meaning they don t send out information that other airlines and air traffic controllers need to track planes NATO says One of the reasons we intercept is that we need to visually see them so we can tell commercial air traffic control who then passes the information to commercial airliners in the area the NATO spokesman said Sweden on Friday called off a search for what it suspected was a Russian submarine in its territorial waters Last month Russia abducted an Estonian intelligence officer in a cross border raid Russia claimed the officer was apprehended spying in Russian territory Edited by Rayyan Sabet Parry Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action

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  • Seven arrested in football match fixing claims in Latvia
    by Sunday The arrests come after UEFA alleged a Champions League game between the Daugavpils side and Finnish side FC Elfsborg was fixed The Latvian team lost the game last year 7 1 It s not the first time match fixing allegations have been exposed in Latvian football Former Daugava striker Stanley Ibe from Nigeria caused uproar last year after saying that all the club players knew that several games had been rigged Ibe said that the club s coach and players were paid for doing what former president Olegs Gavrilovs told them Gavrilovs was disqualified from Latvian football for life in 2009 and is believed to be one of the arrested media reports say Dinaburg later merged with Daugava Despite the ban Gavrilovs can still be seen in the stands during almost every game Daugava plays Former Dinaburg head coach Tamaz Pertia was also disqualified in 2009 over corruption allegations but his disqualification was lifted whilst he currently coaches Riga Skonto football club Meanwhile it s believed police searches will be carried out other Latvian football clubs sportacentrs com reports UEFA said it was investigating the conduct of Latvian football club FC Jurmala earlier this year Daugava is set to play its next Latvian Higher League match on Sunday against Daugavpils The club became the Higher League champion in 2012 Edited by Rayyan Sabet Parry 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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  • VIDEO: KGB, Torture and Soviet Terror: Why Latvia Worries about Today’s Russia
    in today s Russian aggression Baltic officials have been put on edge amid the crisis in the Ukraine worried that a similar Crimea style scenario could be repeated in the region NATO has agreed to boosting its presence in eastern European as a result More NATO troops will rotate around the Baltics in an effort to send strong signals to the Kremlin its unwelcome in the region Russia meanwhile has denied its troops are actively involved in eastern Ukraine Russia s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for dialog over the crisis and a ceasefire But Russian President Vladimir Putin stoked the flames last week by saying he was concerned over the rise of neo Nazi and nationalist elements in the Baltics Latvia responded by saying the President should look in the mirror Watch the video below Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list 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

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  • Russia denies claims military jet violated Estonia airspace
    above the neutral Baltic Sea The flight proceeded in strict accordance with international rules on the use of airspace Russia s Defense Ministry added according to the Interfax news agency But Estonia s Air Operations Command Centre says the plane entered Estonian airspace for around a minute on Tuesday It s transponder was turned off whilst it didn t make radio contact with the Estonian air traffic service In a response Estonia s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned Russian Ambassador to Estonia Yuri Merzlyakov for questioning Meanwhile Baltic officials say they have noted a rise in the number of Russian warships and planes flying close to their borders amid the crisis in the Ukraine Swedish officials say they have credible reports of foreign underwater activity in its waters last week A search operation is on for what may be a Russian submarine after several credible sightings Speaking in Riga earlier this eek Sweden s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven declined to speculate on the search It s worrying but we don t know what it is the Prime Minister said Comments Related Articles Wounded Ukraine soldiers arrive in Latvia for treatment video Lithuania spy leaked NATO secrets to Belarus Riga named among hipster capitals in the world Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Lithuania s foreign minister dialogue with Russian society key Estonia Lithuania UK Denmark call for EU action on Russian information warfare Latvia refuses to join Latvian Muslim fighing in Syria say security service Estonia tops world internet freedom list 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

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