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  • NATO Summit: Denmark pledges troops for Baltics amid Ukraine crisis
    clear signal to those NATO countries that feel vulnerable They should know that they can count on the solidarity of the rest of the NATO countries Denmark will do that by as usual delivering concrete actions rather than just talking about it the prime minister said Denmark has previously announced its intention to play a key role in the NATO base in Szczecin Poland Thorning Schmidt also said that Denmark would send an officer to NATO s liaison office in Kiev and provide GPS equipment to Ukraine She ruled out however sending weapons to Kiev That is not something we are concerned about We are most concerned with thoroughly discussing the security situation at the NATO meeting and sending a clear signal to the most vulnerable NATO countries that they can count on a security guarantee she added The Danish PM said that the situation in Ukraine has fundamentally changed NATO s relationship with Russia The partnership with Russia has fallen apart Russia is unfortunately not a partner now We hope that Russia can be again but Russia today has become a strategic challenge for Europe and NATO the Prime Minister who is part of talks at the NATO summit 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35516/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Baltic officials tipped for top European jobs
    Latvia s former Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis could win top jobs in the European Commission this year Valdis Dombrovskis a Latvian MEP is tipped to be vice president of the newly formed energy union in the European Commission according to information obtained by EUObserver com Dombrovskis claimed the news of the roles was false and said official posts would be announced next week However according to a draft document published former Estonian Prime Minister Andris Ansip could win a role commissioner for growth EMU European Monetary Union the European Semester and Social Dialog Lithuania s former health minister Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis could take over the health portfolio in the European Commission 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 analysis and

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35515/ (2016-02-13)
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  • News search
    Baltic states amid the crisis in the Ukraine Read More Campaign urges residents to buy Latvian goods to support economy A new campaign is urging residents to buy Latvian goods in an effort to support the lo Read More PHOTO Putin Poroshenko shake hands at Minsk talks Russia s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine s Petro Poroshenko greeted each other with Read More Russia is difficult to cooperate with admits Swiss president during talks in Tallinn Switzerland will play a key role in resolving the crisis in the Ukraine President of Read More Canada sends fighter jets to patrol Baltic skies Canada has sent four F 18 Hornet fighter jets to Lithuania for an air policing mission Read More More foreigners settling in Latvia for work purposes research shows More foreigners are settling to Latvia for long term work purposes new statistics sho Read More VIDEO Estonia s Prime Minister accepts the ice bucket challenge Estonia s Prime Minister Taavi Roivas has accepted the ice bucket challenge a sen Read More Lithuania expert to help Ukraine implement reforms Ukraine will receive a Lithuanian specialist who will help the country implement econo Read More Previous 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200 201 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

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  • West plans more Russia sanctions amid Ukraine crisis
    announced on Friday over the situation in Ukraine depending on further events adding that everything will depend on the coming hours Previous information in the media indicates that NATO and several member states promised to allot 15 million euros to Kiev s defense funds to improve Ukraine s military capabilities Poroshenko said on Thursday Latvia s defense minister Raimonds Vejonis said his country was ready to support the Ukraine with defense funds and military training Also today NATO leaders are expected to confirm plans to deploy soldiers and military equipment in Eastern Europe Estonia s foreign Minister Urmas Paet and Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics supported plans to welcome other countries in to NATO including Georgia Macedonia and Greece Meanwhile Russia has drawn up a seven point peace plan calling on Ukrainian forces to withdraw from key cities including Luhansk Lithuania s President Dalia Grybauskaite said a peaceful solution should not be reached through a one sided ultimatum When asked about rebels promises to respect a ceasefire once the Ukrainian forces retreat Grybauskaite said they should be called criminals instead Grybauskaite stressed that the so called rebels are criminals who are fully supplied armed and supported by Russia The president added that this is not a revolt but an open Russian aggression against Ukraine 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35513/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The gravity of words
    follow a specific request for UN Security Council action not by Ukraine but by four permanent members of the Council three of whom should proceed immediately even if China reneges on its obligation Second sanctions both personal against members of the Putin regime and even sectoral affecting Russia s economy have been effective Yet they have failed to deter a dictator who is perhaps irrational and immune to the inconvenience or even suffering of others even his own people This is hardly unusual with Russian dictators Stalin did not care to arrange a prisoner exchange for his own son and the Soviet soldier was merely Stalin s cannon fodder Yet Stalin was very much to the point of paranoia concerned with his own personal safety and well being Sanctions need to be directed against Putin personally and members of his immediate family assuming Putin is more sympathetic to his children than was Stalin Restrictions on travel to Europe and or the U S would inconvenience Putin s immediate family Freezing assets would certainly have an effect Symbolically the process should begin with a rescission by FIFA of Russia s 2018 World Cup hosting privilege until such time as Putin withdraws from Ukraine Georgia and Moldova Third and most immediately NATO has to step up with arms both lethal and non lethal medical supplies and training for Ukraine Furthermore NATO forces have to be positioned on all of Ukraine s border with NATO allies in a state of readiness Simultaneously Ukraine should be afforded an accelerated Membership Action Plan Ukraine s prime minister last week expressed a desire for Ukraine s entry The people of Ukraine today support NATO membership Frankly that membership is long overdue dating back to the Bucharest NATO summit in 2008 when Ukraine expressed a desire for MAP the United States supported Ukraine s aspirations and only Germany and France for selfish reasons blocked Ukraine s quest In the interim President Obama should designate Ukraine a Major Non NATO Ally with all attendant benefits commencing with the transfer to Ukraine pursuant to the Lend lease program of U S surplus military equipment currently in Afghanistan and subject to disposal anyway Edmund Burke wrote The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing Doing little politically and militarily is tantamount to doing nothing It provides a degree of satisfaction to the doer but merely the illusion of hope to the victim The point is that Putin must be taken very seriously and not dismissed as a madman like a Zhirinovsky who is a Putin puppet created to make Putin appear reasonable Their similarities are more striking than their differences The United States and NATO cannot afford to play the role of Putin s or Russia s psychologist Similar to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria characterized by President Obama as a cancer Russia and Vladimir Putin are a cancer which has to be eradicated or at the very least neutralized

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35512/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Obama to Baltics: NATO is here
    provable They re not subject to dispute As a result of state run propaganda many Russians have become convinced that the actions taken by their government is strengthening Russia But reaching back to the days of the czars trying to reclaim lands lost in the 19th century is surely not the way to secure Russia s greatness in the 21st century Applause It only shows that unrestrained nationalism is the last refuge of those who cannot or will not deliver real progress and opportunity for their own people at home Let s also be clear where we stand Just as we refuse to accept smaller European nations being dominated by bigger neighbors in the last century we reject any talk of spheres of influence today Applause And just as we never accepted the occupation and illegal annexation of the Baltic nations we will not accept Russia s occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea or any part of Ukraine Applause As free peoples as an alliance we will stand firm and united to meet the test of this moment and here s how First we will defend our NATO allies and that means every ally In this alliance there are no old members or new members no junior partners or senior partners They re just allies pure and simple and we will defend the territorial integrity of every single ally Today more NATO aircraft patrol the skies of the Baltics More American forces are on the ground training and rotating through each of the Baltic states More NATO ships patrol the Black Sea Tonight I depart for the NATO summit in Wales and I believe our alliance should extend these defensive measures for as long as necessary because the defense of Tallinn and Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin and Paris and London Applause During the long Soviet occupation the great Estonian poet Marie Under wrote a poem in which she cried to the world Who ll come to help Right here at present now And I say to the people of Estonia and the people of the Baltics today we are bound by our treaty alliance We have a solemn duty to each other Article 5 is crystal clear An attack on one is an attack on all So if in such a moment you ever ask again who ll come to help you ll know the answer the NATO alliance including the armed forces of the United States of America right here present now Applause We ll be here for Estonia We will be here for Latvia We will be here for Lithuania You lost your independence once before With NATO you will never lose it again Applause Second and in addition to the measures we ve already taken the United States is working to bolster the security of our NATO allies and further increase America s military presence in Europe The new initiative I proposed in Warsaw this spring includes several elements and we re working with Congress to get it done Here in the Baltics it would mean positioning more American equipment so it s ready if needed It would mean more training and exercises between our militaries And it would mean more U S forces including American boots on the ground continuously rotating through Estonia and Latvia and Lithuania Third NATO forces need the ability to deploy even faster in times of crisis Now this week our alliance must unite around a new plan to enhance our readiness and that means we need to step up our defense planning so we re fully prepared for any threat to any ally It also means we need to have the infrastructure and facilities that can receive rapid reinforcements including here in the Baltics We need to enhance NATO s rapid response force so it can deploy even more quickly and not just react to threats but also deter them And even as we meet conventional threats we need to face other challenges and that includes propaganda campaigns that try to whip up fears and divide people from one another We reject the idea that people cannot live and thrive together just because they have different backgrounds or speak a different language And the best antidotes to such distorted thinking are the values that define us Not just in the Baltics but throughout Europe we must acknowledge the inherent dignity and human rights of every person because our democracies cannot truly succeed until we root out bias and prejudice both from our institutions and from our hearts We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech because in the end lies and misinformation are no match for the truth We have to embrace open and inclusive societies because our countries are more successful and more prosperous when we welcome the talents of all our people including minorities That s part of the work that we must do Applause That s the example we must set Fourth even as we keep our countries strong at home we need to keep our alliance strong for the future And that means investing in the capabilities like intelligence and surveillance and reconnaissance and missile defense And here in Europe nations need to do more to spur the growth and prosperity that sustains our alliance To its great credit Estonia stands out as an ally that contributes its full share it s full 2 percent of GDP to the defense of our alliance And Latvia and Lithuania have pledged to do the same So this week applause That s worth applause Applause So this week s summit is the moment for every NATO nation to step up and commit to meeting its responsibilities to our alliance Estonia does it Every ally must do it Fifth we must continue to stand united against Russia s aggression in Ukraine Applause Keep in mind that repeatedly President Putin has ignored the opportunity to resolve the crisis in Ukraine diplomatically

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35511/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonia exports to Russia take a fall
    by exports of chemicals industry live animals and animal products Estonia s exports of goods to Russia in the first half of last year totaled 655 7 million and this year 614 4 million euros which in both cases accounted for 10 of Estonia s total exports of goods the statistics show In the second half of 2013 exports to Russia grew and were 748 4 million euros accounting for 12 of Es 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/35510/ (2016-02-13)
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  • VIDEO: Baltic, Russia relations ’artificially tense’ says Russia ambassador to EU
    will roll into all the countries with Russian speakers of whom are many in all parts of the world Baltic officials have called for permanent NATO bases in what they see as a threat from Russia amid the crisis in the Ukraine Speaking in Tallinn on Wednesday U S President Barack Obama said NATO was unwavering in its defense of the Baltic states NATO planes and troops continue to hold war games in the Baltics whilst key NATO officials mull over new defense plans for the region in Wales today and tomorrow Chizhov however said the Baltics should grant more rights to Russian speakers in the Baltics They have been neglecting their own minorities for over twenty years actually mistreating them he said You know when the Soviet Union was collapsing the three Baltic Republics organized referenda which led to their independence and everybody voted including the ethnic Russians I would even say that the majority of Russians there voted for independence But then the Baltic governments said Okay we don t need you anymore You can pack and go Even today the seats allocated to those countries in the European Parliament are counted on the basis of the overall population though the Russian speaking minorities are deprived of voting rights 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

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