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    are Russi Read More Lithuania says reports of Russia troops in Ukraine an obvious invasion Lithuania has called reports of Russian troops deployed in eastern Ukraine an ob Read More This is war says FM as Russia sends troops in to Ukraine Latvia s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics has called on the United Nations to 3 Read More Russia says it will respond to NATO drills in eastern Europe Moscow will take steps to respond if NATO begins regular troop rotations in the Baltic Read More Police launch investigation after Estonian minister s email hacked Estonian police have launched a criminal investigation after Estonia s Inter Read More Brand new sports hall set to open in Vilnius A 2 2 million euro sports hall will be opened in Vilnius Lithuania next year Read More Latvia to buy military trucks from U K worth 48 million euros Latvia will purchase 123 military used track vehicles from the U K worth 48 million e Read More Minorities refuse to take sides in Ukraine conflict new poll shows Ethnic minorities living in Latvia have refused to take sides in the Ukraine conflict Read More Previous 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 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 to bring objective comprehensive

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  • ’I was completely brainwashed’ says ex KGB spy in revealing interview
    what the KGB was really about blackmail and persecution Karpichkov told British magazine Sunday People Karpichkov worked for the third department of the KGB specializing in counter espionage The agent spied for Russia and also provided information about Russia to Latvia France and the United States But Karpichkov later had to flee Latvia for Great Britain after he was discovered for being a double agent On arriving in the U K Karpichkov hoped he would received a reward for leaking sensitive information about Russia to British authorities He was wrong Now in Latvia Karpichkov is facing charges for misappropriation of large scale property counterfeiting of documents and the illegal possession of weapons He is also charged for misappropriation of 232 000 U S dollars issued by the former Olimpija Bank as a loan to Kompanija Alda owned by Vladimir Leskov of the Pardaugava Group Karpichkov remained on the wanted list since 1996 when he fled from his house arrest In 1999 he was arrested in London however the British authorities refused to deliver him to Latvia 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

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  • EU adopts new sanctions against Russia amid Ukraine crisis
    advanced across the southeast in late August apparently backed by Russian troops and firepower and dramatically reversed recent Ukrainian gains It is impossible to win the conflict just by military means he told reporters The more we increase the pressure the more Russian troops are on our territory he said in his most substantive comments since the Minsk protocol was signed Truce alone not enough He said there had been 10 12 violations of the ceasefire and called on the OSCE the pan European security body that brokered the deal to send observers to the dangerous spots where violence had flared European leaders have been keen to ensure a halt to the fighting that has rattled financial markets and provoked a trade war with Russia damaging farmers and threatening the economic recoveries of leading EU nations such as Germany The ceasefire in itself alone is not enough Swiss president and OSCE head Didier Burkhalter said We need a political process national dialogue and dialogue between the two presidents Poroshenko also sparked brief confusion by announcing that we have managed to free 1 200 of our prisoners since the ceasefire deal A source close to the president later told AFP that Poroshenko meant to say that the rebels had seized around that number of Ukrainians during the conflict The official said insurgents had released 648 captives since the fighting broke out across the industrial east in mid April and more than 500 others are expected to be released Ukraine s defence spokesman had earlier said the rebels had handed over 20 government soldiers since Friday as part of the prisoner swap agreed under the 12 point peace pact Ready to review sanctions The two presidents promise to work jointly on ending the worst East West crisis since the Cold War came shortly before the European Union agreed new sanctions against Russia s energy and defence sectors But the measures will not come into force until they are published in the EU s official journal which can take several days and the sanctions could still be suspended if the ceasefire holds Depending on the situation on the ground the EU stands ready to review the agreed sanctions in whole or in part European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev had already warned that new punitive steps would see Moscow adopt asymmetrical measure that could see EU airlines banned from flying over the country s airspace on their lucrative Asian routes Diplomats said new restrictions bar Russia s largest state owned oil and defence firms from using European markets to raise capital for everyday operations and vital investments The bans are a particularly big blow to Rosneft the Russian oil giant that is run by a close Putin ally and has gone tens of billions of dollars in debt while making acquisitions that have made it the world s largest publicly trade producer of crude The bans also apply to the oil division of natural gas giant Rosneft

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  • Latvia defense minister accuses Russia of trying to ’destabilize’ Baltic states
    airspace if the extra sanctions are imposed Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said tension between the Baltic States and Russia was artificially tense On Friday NATO agreed to maintain a continued presence in the east of the alliance on a rotational basis NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen confirmed a new spearhead force comprising several thousand troops and ready to deploy in a few day to deal swiftly and firmly with any threat Rasmussen said This decision sends a clear message NATO protects all allies at all times he told reporters at the NATO summit in Wales last week Extra spending Taking into account the decisions made during the NATO Summit in Wales it will be necessary to review Latvia s defense budget for the coming years Vejonis further added Under NATO plans Latvia will have to take specific measures and secure infrastructure Vejonis told Latvian radio This includes constructing additional warehouses for weapons and arms storage building barracks for additional military units and by consolidating the National Armed Forces This means that the budget will have to be padded considerably in the years ahead the minister said Saeima s Defense Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee will interview Vejonis on September 16 about Latvia s contribution into NATO s new rapid deployment force the committee s chairman Ainars Latkovskis told the LETA news agency The committee is ready to offer all the help necessary in order to support NATO s plans for example by implementing amendments to the law The most important issue is the 2015 state budget and Vejonis hopes that the next parliament will consider it 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

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  • Estonia intelligence officer held in Moscow jail over ’spy’ claims
    police say But Russia s line differs Media reports in Russia say Kohver was arrested by Russian security police FSB in Russia for carrying out espionage activities The agent was allegedly meeting a contact whilst 5 000 euros and a mission brief was found in his possession Kohver is suspected of espionage smuggling firearms into the country and illegal border crossing Russian news site lentra ru reports Estonia s foreign minister Urmas Paet confirmed Kohver was in a Moscow jail awaiting court proceedings If found guilty Kohver could face up to 20 years in prison public broadcasting reports After what we have seen here over the past half a year in the Crimea and Ukraine everyone is ready for the worst Paet told Estonian television Now Estonia and Russian border officials are set to meet to discuss the incident Kohver is a long term KaPo employee who was granted Eagle s Cross Vth class service badge by President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in 2010 Watch the video below showing Kohver being sent to a Russian detention center 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

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  • ’Indian summer’ promised for Latvia this week as temperatures soar
    end of the week Temperatures will still be summery with nighttime lows around 14 degrees Daytime temperatures will average around 21 degree s LETA reports Latvia experienced one of its hottest summers yet this year as temperatures soared to 37 degree s in one area 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

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  • Estonia intelligence officer abducted by gunpoint and taken to Russia
    Russian ambassador to Estonia Juri Merzljakov over the incident Estonia s interior ministry also said they were following the issue closely delfi ee reports Estonia s interior minister Hanno Pevkur speaking to Delfi ee said We are working to get the officer back to Estonia This kind of behavior is unacceptable said the minister Officials from the ISS KaPo in Estonian and the Office of the Prosecutor General held a press conference at 17 00 Meanwhile Arnold Sinisalu director general of the ISS KaPo said that Estonian and Russian border guards had met to discuss the kidnapping public broadcasting reports Both sides visited the scene and established that there were indeed signs of a violent struggle with tracks leading to the Russian side Sinisalu said It s unknown whether the intelligence official was alone at the time of the incident the head of Estonia s intelligence services said The motive for the abduction is unknown at present A criminal case has been launched on counts of abduction and illegal border crossing More to follow A map shows where the Estonian intelligence officer was abducted 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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  • NATO Summit: UK pledges to send 4,000 troops to east to counter Russia fears (LIVE)
    deal Great Britain could contribute 4 000 troops to the NATO rapid response force British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday The NATO rapid response force will be designed to meet new threats highlighted by the Ukraine crisis and Islamic militant gains in Syria and Iraq the AFP news agency reports NATO was set up in 1949 to protect Western Europe from the Soviet Union however the collapse of the USSR created an illusion that traditional military threat to Europe was gone Cameron said that the alliance has to show that its Article 5 blanket security guarantee is still valid for all 28 NATO member states As Russia tramples illegally over Ukraine we must reassure our Eastern European members that we will always uphold our Article 5 commitments Cameron told the second day of a NATO summit In order to do that NATO must be able to act more quickly he said hoping that the 28 allies would agree to set up a spearhead force deployable anywhere in the world in just two to five days If we can agree this the UK will contribute 3 500 personnel he added The two day NATO summit has been billed as the most important since the end of the Cold War 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

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