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  • Rinkevics - concerns surround next flow of migrants to Europe
    best response to the migrant crisis would be stepping up the protection of the EU s borders At the moment there is no common understanding of how the EU s external border should be guarded said Rinkevies Talks are currently under way about a common EU external border guard service He added that there is still no unanimity whether this service should be enforced to guard the borders of a member state unwilling to admit the EU border guards Rinkevics also indicated that Latvia s position remains unchanged and that it is still against the mandatory refugee admission quotas The foreign minister also called for reaching an agreement on Latvia s next government as soon as possible so that the country has a prime minister with a clear and strong mandate before the next meeting of EU heads of state According to the data of the EU s border agency Frontex over 1 2 million illegal immigrants arrived in the EU in 2015 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 Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural

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  • Lithuanian and Latvian arms inspectors head to Russia
    have access to information about the number of personnel in units stationed in the selected region as well as types and amounts of main weaponry and technical systems Visits in training grounds and firing ranges will provide the inspectors with an opportunity to also see the operations of military units The visit is conducted in keeping with the framework of the provisions set by the 2011 Vienna document After assessing the course and results of the inspection the Lithuanian Latvian and Italian arms inspectors will draft a report for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe OSCE in order to provide an assessment of Russia s compliance to the requirements envisaged in the Vienna document Russian arms inspectors visited Lithuania last year while Lithuania s last inspection of Russian military units in the Russian Kaliningrad region took place in 2013 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 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

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  • PEGIDA to hold anti-Islamic march in Estonia
    capital Prague The fight against islamization of Europe is our common objective Festerling said The Roztoky meeting was organized by the Czech group Bloc Against Islam whose leader Martin Konvicka called Europe s policy on migrants stupid and suicidal Close to 1 1 million asylum seekers flowed into Germany last year and the number keeps growing 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 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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  • Straujuma: Russia's attempts to undermine Latvia's national security "ongoing"
    economic sanctions the demonstration of military power and the unprecedented concentration of troops close to the Baltic borders are those expressions we will have to deal with She said that Russia s aggression in Ukraine last year continues to threaten peace and stability in Europe Strajuma added that although Latvia is currently not facing any direct security threats any possible risks and threats must be identified in time to ensure the country s stability Straujuma s report claims that the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria the formation of terrorist groups in the Middle East the increasing flow of refugees to the European Union plus terrorist attacks on EU member states have left a significant impact also on Latvia s domestic policy In 2016 internal and external security became the Latvian government s priority Latvia s armed forces and its law enforcement institutions will be strengthened in order to bolster the Latvians belief in the state and its policies 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 Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and

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  • Finland keeps NATO options ‘open’
    sea space throughout the Baltic region Finland has boosted its defences increasing its military budget from 2 7 billion euros in 2015 to 2 9 billion euros in 2016 Soini also noted that Finland was taking a different path towards shoring up its regional defensive capabilities rather than outright membership of NATO further regional cooperation and in particular defensive cooperation with Sweden Finland s Nordic neighbor which is also not part of NATO He described military cooperation between the two countries as going deeper and deeper Yet he did hint that if Sweden becomes keener on joining NATO that will have an impact on the debate in Finland In Sweden he said in the centre right opposition party after party have proclaimed their desire to join and that will have some effect in Finland if that discussion goes on Soini s visit came just days after Latvian President Raimonds Veijonis spent the weekend at a Swedish security conference the Rikskoferensen in Salen During his address to the assembled security experts from the Nordic Baltic region on Jan 10 Veijonis extolled the virtues of NATO membership and greater defence cooperation between all Baltic and Nordic countries Veijonis warned of the power projection and saber rattling coming from Russia in recent years dating back to Russia s cyber attack on Estonia in 2007 following the removal of the Bronze Soldier in Tallinn He turned to Latvia s own history as a veiled analogy to neutral Sweden and Finland describing how even with 27 per cent of Latvia s GDP spent on its annual defence budget to uphold its neutral stance in the years before World War Two it had still not been enough to protect the country from invasion by Moscow Latvia had learnt its lesson with active participation in alliances he said He expressed his support for closer cooperation between neutral Nordic countries and NATO through the Extended Opportunities Partner programme which will deepen security cooperation between Sweden Finland and NATO substantially without either having to sign up He also called for the establishment of a regular NATO Swedish political dialogue and exchange of information I am convinced that the NATO together with our closest partners in the region Sweden and Finland are interested in both minimizing already existing risks and resolving conflicts he said as well as ensuring transparent cooperation mechanisms This would help to promote mutual trust and significantly improve the overall security in the region he added Senior advisers in the Kremlin have consistently opposed any formal signing up to NATO by Finland even while Russia strengthens its own position in the region with its military build ups in the exclave of Kaliningrad and the Leningrad Oblast In 2014 Sergei Markov a foreign policy adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin notably warned Finland that it should consider the consequences of joining NATO He asked whether Finland would be prepared to start World War Three over the matter For now though Soini stresses that Finland will remain non committal

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  • Grybauskaite unsurprised by likely Putin involvement in Litvinenko murder
    more facts about the neighboring country s behavior have emerged in the long run after Litvinenko s death With what is happening in Syria what is happening in Ukraine what happened before in Georgia in 2008 we now see a picture that is descending drop by drop said the president She refused to comment on the actions Great Britain should take in the wake of the conclusions In his presentation of the conclusions of the investigation in of the death Litvinenko s death a British judge said in a high court of London that the FSB operation to kill Mr Litvinenko was probably approved by Mr Patrushev and also by President Putin Following the conclusions Great Britain on Thursday summoned Russia s ambassador to the U K London also froze the properties of both of key poisoning suspects Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitriy Koftun Litvinenko passed away in late November of 2006 a few weeks after having drinking tea containing Po 210 isotope in a London hotel Polonium is a highly radioactive substance which is accessible virtually for military and scientific purposes only 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

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    drones to guard eastern border TALLINN The Interior Ministry has set apart half a million euros for the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles to be used for monitoring the en Read More Estonia Permanent storage of radioactive waste from Paldiski to cost 70 million euros TALLINN The Environmental Ministry has released cost estimates for the final maintenance of reactors at a former Soviet nuclear submarine trai Read More Tartu becomes first UNESCO City of Literature in Baltic Sea region TARTU Estonia s second largest city of Tartu has become a member of UNESCO s Creative Cities Network designated as a City of Liter Read More Eesti in brief Banning Booze Ads Most Estonians are in favor of restricting alcohol advertising and are convinced th Read More Public approval secured for Rail Baltica II route through Latvia Plans for an ambitious railway project that could one day link Berlin with Helsinki by rail connecting all three Baltic capitals has moved one Read More Saeima plans Special Economic Zone for Latgale RIGA The Latvian government on Tuesday upheld the bill drafted by the Ministry for Environment and Regional Development VARAM about creation Read More Lithuania receives first refugee family VILNIUS The first family of Iraqi refugees arrived in Lithuania on Tuesday afternoon under the European Union s resettlement program Read More Previous 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 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

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  • Latvia looks back 25 years after Soviet crackdown
    into the capital to block streets near government buildings Latvian Television and access roads to the city center While Latvia and neighboring Lithuania have undergone radical political and economic changes since fully regaining their independence in August 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 Mr Gorbachev in an apparently reasonable discussion with Mr 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 the Ukraine including the seizure of Crimea Mr 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 January 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 Ģēgers 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 Mr Ģēgers 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 moves by Soviet special police forces also known as

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