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  • Finland keeps NATO options ‘open’
    alliance in the face of a resurgent Russia The minister Timo Soini said during a visit to the Latvian capital last week that the Finnish government is more open to NATO membership than the previous government but that does not imply Finland will join any time soon This government now which I am part of says that we keep our options open he told The Baltic Times We think that we 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 U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court 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

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  • Radar or wind power?
    be blind to the area situated behind the radars When the wind turbines are 200 metres high and far enough from the radar the limit of the blind area will be so high that a military aircraft can operate in it the officer added Besides the wind farm would hinder radio reconnaissance Rotating blades would mix the radio signal up so badly that one definitely would not be able to identify the whole message and its place of origin the paper said Eleon AS a company of Estonian businessmen Andres and Oleg Sonajalg is planning to build a 100 megawatt wind farm in the territory of the former Aidu open pit mine in East Viru county The wind turbines would be manufactured by Eleon and the technology to be used has been developed in Estonia Also a substantial part of the components of the wind turbines will be manufactured in Estonia In December Andres Sonajalg described the new wind farm as a large scale reference facility to support the export of Eleon wind generators to other countries serving as a milestone in the manufacture of wind generators of so big size and the launch of the branch of industry in Estonia The generators manufactured by Eleon have a tower 135 metres high and a rotor with a diameter of 120 metres Comments Related Articles Concept of foreign policy has changed for Estonia Medieval ships uncovered beneath Tallinn building sites Go Rail ends Tallinn Moscow service for economic reasons Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Japan follows Estonia s lead with electronic ID cards Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally Right wing parties launch 24 hour anti migrant rally in Tallinn The battle for the Estonian coastline Subscribe

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  • Latvia Looks Back 25 Years After Soviet Crackdown
    trucks and other equipment all then property of Soviet farms and enterprises were driven into the capital to block streets near government buildings Latvian Television and access roads to the city center While Latvia and neighbouring Lithuania have undergone radical political and economic changes since fully regaining their independence in Aug 1991 and with all Russian troops withdrawn from the Baltic countries by the mid 1990s Russia is still seen as a latent threat to Latvia and its neighbours Moscow is still a potentially irrational threat to Latvia the way the Soviet Union was 25 years said Ivars Godmanis who was Latvia s prime minister in 1991 and recalls meeting then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Moscow just hours before Soviet soldiers started shooting in Vilnius He recalled that Gorbachev in an apparently reasonable discussion with Godmanis said there would be no bloodshed as a result of efforts by the Baltic countries to regain their independence The shootings in Vilnius just hours later showed that elements of the Soviet leadership were capable of acting irrationally Mr Godmanis said Looking back at events in Ukraine including the seizure of Crimea Godmanis said that Russia s leadership seemed to show the same level of irrationality in its actions The trained physicist and hobby rock drummer served again as Latvia s prime minister from 2007 to 2009 and has worked in banking and private business over the past 25 years The former prime minister spoke following an event to commemorate the Days of the Barricades at the Cabinet of Ministers or Government House which was encircled by heavy vehicles and barriers 25 years ago Outgoing Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma while addressing former participants in the events of Jan 1991 said she like other Latvian women in Riga at the time had spend most of the crisis days making sandwiches for the thousands of volunteers manning the ad hoc barricades and jury rigged tank barriers around Latvia s Soviet era legislature the Supreme Council now the parliament or Saeima building the Government House Latvian Radio in Riga s Old Town and Latvian TV located on an island in the Daugava River which bisects the capital Dainis Gegers who was Latvia s minister of agriculture in 1991 said that preparations for building barricades had been discussed even before the January events but nothing had been done in practice so as not to provoke the very Soviet police and military forces that the obstacles were aimed at hindering Things changed after the shootings in Vilnius and plans previously discussed in confidence were executed Gegers noted that one remarkable aspect of the barricades action 25 years ago was that almost all of the vehicles machinery and services used to put them up were owned by Soviet state enterprises essentially using the resources of the centrally planned economy to protect against its own security forces An elaborate field of anti helicopter obstacles was erected around Latvian Television s headquarters by an agrarian services enterprise The bloody but abortive

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  • Vilnius marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
    Holocaust The participants will be greeted by Israel s Ambassador Amir Maimon and officials of the Lithuanian ministries of Education and Science and Foreign Affairs Faina Kukliansky the leader of the Jewish Community of Lithuania says she misses the attention of state institutions to the Holocaust Remembrance Day I fear that the absence could lead to relapse Kukliansky told BNS on Wednesday Over the years after the war we have been trying to keep the memory alive so that the Holocaust is never forgotten Remembrance is crucial International Holocaust Remembrance Day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution on November 1 2005 It coincides with the liberation of Auschwitz the largest Nazi death camp which took place on January 27 1945 Lithuania has more events for the Lithuanian Jewish Genocide Day marked on Sept 23 the day of liquidation of the Vilnius Jewish Ghetto in 1943 Over 90 percent of Lithuania s pre war Jewish community of 208 000 was annihilated during the Holocaust with Lithuanians often assisting the Nazis in the massacres Some 877 Lithuanians have been listed as Righteous Among Nations for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust According to the latest 2011 census about 3 000 Jews were residing in Lithuania at the time Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost

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  • News search
    from Ru Read More Latvian regulator hits Privatbank with record fine for Moldova bank fund laundering RIGA The Latvian Financial and Capital Markets Commission FCMC on Dec 11 imposed a record 2 million euro fine on Ukrainian owned A S Privat Read More Collaboration key to regional development BRUSSELS A necessary component in formulating a city or regional development plan is the fostering of an outward orientation ex Read More Klaipeda mayor Lithuanian governments tend to owe us Klaipeda is the third largest city in Lithuania but as Vytautas Grubliauskas the city s mayor notes the importance of Klaipeda s Read More Lietuva in brief Nord Balt Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite believes the NordBalt electricity connection between Lithuania Read More Lithuania cancels its last railway link to Russia MOSCOW Dec 13 2015 saw the the last passenger train the No 5 6 run between Moscow and Vilnius Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai Li Read More Talks continue over new government RIGA The first round of talks about the formation of a new Latvian government have been inconclusive Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis told Read More Latvia ready for admission of first 10 refugees in January RIGA After months of preparations and months before that of negotiations at the EU level all the while interspersed with protests and fierce Read More Previous 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 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

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  • Latvia to continue non-recognition policy of Russian annexation of Crimea
    the same time he underscored that 2016 needs to be a decisive year for Ukraine in undertaking reforms Both Ukrainian society and we are expecting a breakthrough in reforms with respect to public administration the fight against corruption and economic recovery Only a strong Ukraine will be able to address all of these challenges We have offered substantial assistance for our friends and are prepared to help them also in the future he added Rinkevics reminded that Kremlin aggression in Ukraine had revealed challenges for which the international community was not prepared This included the hybrid information war which was conducted in conjunction to its annexation of Crimea and is still ongoing in Eastern Ukraine An information war cannot be easily won he continued Nevertheless the response to this challenge calls for the involvement of the general public as a whole and this involvement is based on information literacy of our society knowing the facts being able to evaluate them critically and discussing them with one another January 26 saw Rinkevics present his annual report to MPs during the parliament s annual foreign affairs debate Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court 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

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  • Swedbank Lithuania: "Poland is the new Russia"
    2016 This will have direct repercussions for Lithuania as Poland is the second largest export market for Lithuanian goods Even if Poland is unable to take direct protectionist measures such as those taken by Russia a radical depreciation of the zloty means that it won t be easier to export to this market There is also a risk that a depreciated zloty will prompt some households to increase the frequency of their shopping trips to Poland However he believes changes in Polandmight help draw more foreign investment to Lithuania Latvia and Estonia In the investors view Poland is no better than Russia in terms of domestic policy and economics and that the Baltic countries look much better in the competition for international investment Therefore they have the potential to take over some share of the foreign direct investment flow attracted by Poland According to Swedbank data the amount of Lithuanian exported goods to Poland in 2015 was 7 6 percent of the total exports making Poland their second biggest market Germany was the largest with 13 7 percent 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 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

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  • Lithuania sees Brexit bigger challenge than migration
    we deal with migrants we are very much involved in that and our position our actions are very relevant To a certain degree the British case is out of our hands The Latvian parliament s European Affairs Committee leader Lolita Cigane stressed that Baltic and Polish officials should highlight the expectations of the Eastern Partnership countries in the context of the EU For us it is very important to coordinate our positions among the Baltic states and Poland she said We are the closest allies in the EU and in the past we have had big achievements because we coordinated our efforts Now it s very important that we speak with one voice be it migration be it the British possible exit or be it issues of energy security It s very important that we make our voice heard on these issues in the EU because the EU is diverse and our duty in the EU is to talk about Ukraine Moldova Georgia all of who have the concrete wish to have closer integration with the EU An Estonian representative was not present due to illness The informal meeting of the leaders of the Baltic and Polish parliamentary committees is held before every session of the Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of EU Parliaments COSAC Britain s Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on his country s further membership in the EU He pledges to campaign in support of UK s staying in the EU if the terms and conditions of EU membership are renegotiated before the ballot The issue should be high on the agenda of the summit scheduled for February According to Britain s Minister for Europe David Lidington should an agreement be reached at the February

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