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  • Hundreds rally outside Russian embassy amid Ukraine crisis
    dressed in the colors of the Ukrainian flag chanted slogans and held up anti Putin and Russia placards Member of of the Latvian Ukrainian Congress TatjanaLazda told LETA that the participants in the rally expressed their viewpoint about Russia as the aggressor as well as about our own state officials and allies Russia has denied sending troops in to eastern Ukraine Latvian government officials including Sarmite Elerte and the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry s parliamentary secretary Einars Cilinskis also attended the protest LETA reports Rally organizers later headed to the British embassy in Riga with calls for Great Britain and the United States to react to Russia s aggression in Ukraine 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

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  • Lithuania PM criticizes Merkel over NATO, Russia stance
    region the DPA news agency reports Baltic officials have called for permanent NATO bases in tithe region amid what they see as a threat from Russia However Merkel added calls for stronger defense would not go unnoticed The NATO summit will decide on a series of measures Merkel said to increase the alliance s responsiveness including in the Baltic area which borders Russia Butkevicius isn t impressed however He says Merkel s comments do not contribute to solving problems We some politicians discussed among ourselves that certain statements were made too soon and differed from recent ones I do not wish to evaluate German chancellor s behavior or statements I can only say that they do not contribute to solving problems faster Butkevicius told Ziniu Radijas radio on Thursday European Union member states should speak with one voice and not say something which is completely inconceivable Butkevicius said 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 Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger

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  • Obama visit doesn’t change relations with Russia, says defiant Estonia FM
    it could concern our relations with Russia somehow since presidents go to visits all the time Paet emphasized Obama in Estonia said the U S was unwavering in its commitment to defend the Baltics You lost your independence once before with NATO you ll never lose it again says Obama before loud applause in Tallinn Obama said in a keynote speech in Tallinn on Wednesday We will stand firm and united to meet the test of this moment We will defend our NAT O allies and that means every ally He added The defense of Tallinn Riga and Vilnius is just as important as the defense of Berlin Paris and London Paet says Estonia s voice in NATO is beginning to be heard Estonia does not expect just to be helped or that contributions would be made in our security without ourselves doing anything The fact we ourselves have invested 2 of GDP in defense costs even in difficult economic years is remarkable he said We ourselves take care about European and our own security and about investing in it As a result the Estonian positions have already had clear weight already now however the fact that the whole world s attention is on our region and Obama chose Estonia as the location of his visit is remarkable 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

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  • Baltics seek stronger defense plans at major NATO summit
    President Dalia Grybauskaite Latvian President Andris Berzins Latvia s Defense Minister Raimonds Vejonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics Estonia s Prime Minister Taavi Roivas and other key ministers will also be in attendance U S President Barack Obama French President Francois Hollande and about sixty other state leaders and ministers will participate in the summit the AFP news agency reports Grybauskaite s press service reports an agreement will be sought on a more visible and permanent allied presence in our region NATO s enhanced readiness to respond quickly to threats continued renewal of defense plans for the Baltic countries regular military exercises and ability to respond to cyber and energy security threats The statement adds According to the president these measures are necessary for ensuring both regional and transatlantic security The summit will focus on matters concerning increasing defense budgets of member states expanding partnership and NATO open door policy as well as the conclusion of the transition phase of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and the initiation of the next training phase The previous NATO summit took place in Chicago in 2012 Great Britain hosted the summit back in 1990 when NATO leaders were greeted by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher In order to keep the peace during the summit 9 000 British police officers have been involved in a large scale security operation in Wales 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

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  • A week to remember
    and U S and his toy has been Ukraine but like a selfish spoilt brat he has forbidden anyone else to play with it Why Put very simply it is not a game This is Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles in order to protect Russian speakers who he claims are in need of protection In a private call to outgoing EU President Jose Barrosa and reported in the Italian daily La Repubblica he even stated that he could take Kiev in two weeks if he wanted to Such comments should not be taken lightly Putin has shown that he is more than happy to exercise his country s military might in order to put into effect his foreign policy Whether or not taking Kiev in two weeks is a sinister threat or a throwaway remark of braggadocio NATO the EU and U S need to be on high alert and need to respond As Putin himself said on a TV show last April when referring to the people of the Crimea If we don t do anything Ukraine will be drawn into NATO and its ships will dock in Sevastopol Putin has done something but is he going to stop Can the West stop him What will his next move be One can be sure he will up the ante towards Poland the Baltic States and Finland where Russian aircraft have made several incursions into Finnish airspace in recent days This will be done through propaganda campaigns and sanctions that he hopes will show his supremacy and cause maximum disruption and displeasure to everyone else Russian supremacy is at its best when its neighbors are insecure and divided about what action to take The EU has been very slow to learn this lesson if indeed it has but the newly appointed foreign affair chief Federica Mogherini said at an EU summit last weekend that NATO countries bordering Russia need more than a paper pledge that NATO will help them in a crisis The 10 000 strong expeditionary force goes some way to honoring that pledge but Poland and the Baltics will not rest easy just yet They have been saying for years that Russia poses a threat but nobody paid much attention until events in Ukraine unfolded Russia has the means the desire and determination to pursue its foreign policy Edward Lucas senior editor of the Economist in his testimony to the UK s Foreign Affairs Committee recommends that the Atlantic Alliance is rebooted the defense of Poland and the Baltic States is increased Russian corruption in the West is exposed and that whilst supporting Ukraine any hope of returning to business as usual is given up Let us hope his recommendations are taken seriously if not implemented In years to come the first week of September 2014 may not be remembered so much for Peter s first day at school or meeting President Obama in Tallinn but for the week when NATO was reborn the West took seriously the

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  • On the road to censorship?
    than once urging Lithuanian journalists to step up to defend Lithuania s interest and unmask Russian deception Her own actions have ranged from silly co 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 Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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

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  • Critical of Lithuania’s crybaby businessmen
    has been done with a huge exploitation of the locals Look a masseuse in a Druskininkai rehabilitation clinic takes home pennies from the exhausting work As the centers of the resorts shine the masseuses dwell in Khrushchev era apartment blocks on the outskirts and count every penny to get through What I m saying is that the life of an ordinary man in the resorts as well as Lithuania has not gotten any better over all the years But look being an associate professor I could not allow myself vacationing in Palanga if not for my parents house here It s shameful to admit to colleagues from West that my monthly salary is a mere 1 200 litas 347 euros If not for all the perks I add to it I d really just eke out an existence How do you reckon the Russian embargo will hit the Russians frequenting Palanga It s an interesting question We have friends a Russian couple he is Armenian by origin and she is Ukrainian with whom my husband and I have been acquainted for quite some time They really enjoy Palanga and they come here every year and stay in the most expensive apartments in Palanga Hotel by the way If one is interested he owns several factories in Moscow To put it mildly both of them are deeply sceptical about the Kremlin politics but they re smart and don t speak out against the authorities As much as I ve gotten to talk to them lately it seems to me the couple like thousands of others who come to Palanga every year are going now to quietly pack up and leave Sure not to Lithuania but Western Europe And it s sad as most of the rich Russians would never cast a glance towards Palanga as they have no connections whatsoever neither with its past or present How do you believe Russian sanctions will hit Lithuania I just don t believe that they will it hard I know most out there tend to think otherwise Sure all will start swaying for some time but the economy is flexible and it will gain soon a firm footing adapting itself to the changes But having said this I have to add that the business will pour out buckets of tears begging for help Whimpering and crying is a distinguished feature of Lithuanian economics I d say I d like to single out two potential paths of development in the wake of the situation In the first and the best scenario it all starts off and ends with the sanctions In the second development war starts Not some regional but a new third world war It s shaping up evidently it s just that the ordinary people don t want to grasp it In fact it s going on at certain levels now The military engaged conflict may be called a war a little bit later In that scenario Lithuania holds really bad options On

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  • Saeima elections - feeling the pressure
    Like Ukraine the Baltic States have a sizeble ethnic Russian population that has been largely sympathetic toward Moscow Russian actions in Ukraine have raised Latvia s securi 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 Rhetoric at the Riga Conference what we talk about when we talk about war with Russia What refugees are running from What changes lie in store for Poland Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles The phantom of separatism in Latgale EDITORIAL The Baltic Security Question Baltics 2015 The long march to Paris 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

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