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  • U.S urges Russia to release captured Estonian intelligence officer
    to Estonia I do not have more analysis on why this incident took place We are collecting more data she added Meeting canceled A meeting between Estonian and Russian border representatives meant to take place today Wednesday at the Luhamaa border checkpoint was canceled Postimees Online reports The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board had convened the meeting today to be able to get the confirmation of the Russian Border Guard to the joint survey protocol that was signed on September 5 by assistants of Estonian and Russian border representatives A similar four hour meeting on Monday ended without results The Russian Border Guard announced that the joint investigation of the circumstances of the September 5 border incident should be held at a later date when additional circumstances are known Estonian Police and Border Guard Board announces its reply that the border violation circumstances are written down in the September 5 joint observation protocol Estonia has presented all evidence about the border violation and is awaiting confirmation of the protocol that was signed by the assistant of the Russian border representative South Estonian Prefect Tarmo Kohv said that it is not clear how solving the case would proceed The intergovernmental agreement prescribes that if the border representatives are not in agreement then it solving the border case issue ed is taken to the foreign ministerial level added Kohv On Wednesday Estonian and Russian border representatives should meet again to finalize the protocol on the border violation that occurred on Friday during which KaPo official Eston Kohver was abducted from the Estonian territory The two states border representatives first met on Monday During the four hour meeting in Luhamaa no agreement was reached and the border violation protocol was not signed When the document was compiled on Friday Russian border guards

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35532/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Former Baltic PM’s win top jobs in European Commission
    affairs Elsewhere Britain s Jonathan Hill gets EU financial services post while France s Pierre Moscovici has been appointed the new EU commissioner of economic and financial affairs In these unprecedented times Europe s citizens expect us to deliver said Juncker After years of economic hardship and often painful reforms Europeans expect a performing economy sustainable jobs more social protection safer borders energy security and digital opportunities Today I am presenting the team that will put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth In the new European Commission form follows function We have to be open to change We have to show that the Commission can change What I present to you today is a political dynamic and effective European Commission geared to give Europe its new start I have given portfolios to people not to countries I am putting 27 players in the field each of whom has a specific role to play this is my winning team Juncker said after announcing his new Commission team today The makeup of the new European Commission must now be confirmed by the European Parliament with a vote expected in October Former Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip is also a vice president of the European Commission Lithuania s former health minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis has been officially proposed as European commissioner for health and food safety affairs 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

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  • Ukraine’s KVV group set to take over major Latvian firm
    to repay 74 million euros under a loan guarantee to Italian bank UniCredit after the company could not cover its liabilities has welcomed the offer It s important that the buyer wants to invest in the company and to resume production Latvia s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma told reporters Liepajas Metalurgs was the biggest industrial company in the Baltic state of 2 million before its bankruptcy Russian millionaire Igor Shamis and his Luxembourg based United Group says he offered to purchase the insolvent Latvian metallurgical company Liepajas metalurgs for 120 million euros Shamis said that the first payment of EUR 16 million was to be made right after the agreement was signed with the rest of the purchase amount paid within 10 years He also claims that the payment had 100 European financial institution guarantees I respect the decision made by Latvia and the company s insolvency administrator However I do not see myself as losing this tender As I am informed an agreement on the sale of Liepajas metalurgs has not yet been signed Until it is signed there is always hope that the situation could change said Shamis My intuition says that the situation could change 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

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  • EURO 2016: Latvia held to goaless draw against Kazakhstan
    on counter attacks including a shot from point blank range by Vladislavs Gabovs in the 68th minute saved by Kazakhstan s goalkeeper and Andrejs Kovalovs Kovalovs hit the goalpost three minutes later The match was largely a quiet affair with both teams attempting only three shots on goal between them during the match The Latvian team were also given three yellow cards during the game Latvia is ranked 100th in the FIFA rankings while Kazakhstan is ranked 131st Latvia has been banded together with the Netherlands the Czech Republic Turkey Iceland and Kazakhstan The countries next two qualifiers will be against Iceland and Turkey in October The top two teams in each of the eight qualification groups will automatically qualify for EURO 2016 while the third place finishes will play in a special play off stage for the final four spots in the tournament 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

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  • VIDEO: Russian troops storm beach amid major war games near Baltic borders
    marines descended on the shore on board 20 BTR 82 A armoured personnel carriers and several Ka 27PC helicopters The troops simulated destroying and capturing vital objects representing the coastal defence infrastructure of potential enemies preparing the ground for a major troop landing Russia s RT reports All 10 Baltic fleet vessels were engaged in the drills including the corvette Soobrazitelny large landing ship Alexander Shabalin and the Eugene Kocheshkov air cushioned landing craft Mi 24 attack helicopters were also operated during drills alongside around 70 military vehicles NATO troops have also been busy carrying their own war games in the Baltics U S Latvian and other troops took part in military drills in Latvia The drills come after NATO said it would boost its presence in eastern Europe amid what the Baltics see as a threat from Russia 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

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  • VIDEO: Lithuania cruise past San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifier
    photo YouTube Lithuania cruised past San Marino on Monday night after beating them 2 0 away from home Goals from Matulevicius and Novikovas secured the victory for the Lithuanians in a largely one sided affair San Marino managed one shot on goal compared to Lithuania s 12 shots There was joy elsehwre in the Baltics after Estonia beat Slovenia 1 0 in Tallinn on Monday A late goal from Purje secured the win for the Estonians after Slovenia had Stevanovic sent off late in to the game Latvia take on Kazakhstan this evening at 19 00 Baltic time Lithuania take on Estonia in Vilnius on October 9 Watch Lithuania s two goals here 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 interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read more Our news

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35527/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Russia reopens criminal cases against Lithuanians who refused to fight in Soviet army
    hiding change their place of residence and leave families to avoid forced service or repressions by the Soviet army or the Soviet authorities Lithuanias Proseuctror General Office has said no rules have been broken and won t be reviewing the case Chief Advisor to the president on interior policy Virginija Budiene believes Russia committed a war crime by forcing people to fight in the army Those people did not commit a crime against Lithuania or the international law on the contrary they are our heroes Russia is the one that committed war crimes by occupying Lithuania and forcing people to serve in the occupying army Budiene told Ziniu Radijas radio The chief advisor noted that based on the Hague and Geneva Conventions regarding the protection of civilians in the time of war the occupying state cannot force people protected by the conventions to serve in the occupant s armed forces In this case exactly that country committed a war crime by forcing people to fight We will make every effort to protect our people especially our heroes in question The chief advisor noted that the Act of Independence of Lithuania adopted on 16 February 1918 by the Council of Lithuania and the resolution Concerning the Restoration of the Independent State of Lithuania adopted in 1920 by the Constituent Assembly Seimas have always been in force and are the constitutional basis of Lithuania According to the provisions of the 11 March 1990 Act on the Restoration of an Independent State of Lithuania ELTA sovereign powers abolished by foreign forces in 1940 have been reinstated said the chief advisor 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

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  • African swine fever detected in Estonia for first time, warnings issued
    Domestic pigs are not infected with the disease In order to keep the disease from spreading all animal breeders must protect their livestock from the virus and follow bio safety measures Only then it will be possible to prevent the disease from reaching the domestic pigs There are 15 pig farms in an eight kilometer radius around the place where the dead piglet was found These farms are applied with various transport and slaughtering restrictions as well as additional bio safety regulations All the farms in the vicinity have been informed about the new restrictions Estonian Agriculture Minister Ivar Padar has called a meeting of the national disease control committee The minister said the spread of the swine fever would have some effects on the meat market Export of live pigs will probably be limited Meat and meat products on the other hand will not be affected he added African swine fever has been detected in Latvia and Lithuania previously leading to a state of emergency to be declared in some regions 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 Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic

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