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  • Eesti in brief
    a former resident of Estonia who in 2013 left for Syria to fight with ISIS The prosecution said that from 2013 onwards Khalilov more than once asked acquaintances for money for Sazanakov knowing that the latter could use it to finance terrorism In Syria in Oct 2013 Khalilov gave Sazanakov at least 500 euros in cash In 2014 he asked Manko on Sazanakov s behalf to go to Latvia to raise funds to support the holy war According to the statement of charges Manko was aware of Sazanakov s ISIS membership He gave Khalilov 400 euros in cash for forwarding to Sazanakov in autumn 2013 and another 200 euros later on In the second half of 2013 he attempted to transfer money to Sazanakov in Syria through Western Union but the transfer was not permitted for reasons independent of his will Pre trial investigation established that Manko visited Riga in Feb 2014 and solicited funds to support Sazanakov Considering how dangerous terrorism is Estonia must practice zero tolerance for supporting and financing it The information collected in pre trial investigation gives us enough grounds to accuse the men of knowing and deliberate supporting of terrorism said Laura Vaik the prosecutor in charge of the case 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 A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with

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  • Seto community’s ancestral lands carved up by border
    63 off road vehicles he said Around 20 million euros will be spent on delineating the border However this version of the bill is not currently being discussed in Russia s parliament the Duma although it has been debated there for years President Vladimir Putin has also said recently he is in favour of a mutually respectful dialogue between Moscow and Tallinn in this regard And in October Aleksey Pushkov head of the Russian Parliament s Foreign Affairs Committee hinted it could be ratified in the first half of 2016 On Wednesday Nov 25 the first reading of the bill was passed in the Riigikogu Last week The Baltic Times visited Obinitsa to meet some of the residents whose lives have been affected by the control line and to see how the new border will affect them when and if it comes into force Guide Helen Kulvik from the Seto Instituut offered to show the Baltic Times around and translate the special Seto language which is Fenno Ugric like Estonian into English With 15 years experience as a guide she knows better than most how the control line has affected the community It was like an iron curtain for the local people she says on the drive from Tartu to the village in Voru County Obinitsa in Meremae Parish is a cluster of small of wooden houses some in better condition than others There is a library museum and church but the school was closed several years ago It is around seven km from the control line Tiina Lillmaa is head of the village library and has lived here in the area for most of her life Her house is four km from the border The 55 year old said that the ratification of the border would actually make her feel safer from people coming across the border But she was not referring to a potential Russian invasion saying that during the Ukrainian crisis she thought American president Barack Obama would not let anything bad happen to Estonia But rather to the Vietnamese migrants who cross from Russia illegally to get into the European Union Most people feel more secure now Lillmaa says through Kulvik I am glad it is happening Oie Sarv 60 is a guide at the local museum She grew up in Tallinn in a migrated Seto family but spent her childhood summers on the Russian side of the border with her aunt Her grandparents had moved to Tallinn in the 1930s Most of her life she lived in Tallinn but around 10 years ago she and her husband moved to a smaller village Kiiova just outside Obinitsa She has always taken an active role in the Seto community and is one of the best Leelo choir singers around today On the top floor of the museum there is currently an exhibition dedicated to her life Sitting downstairs at a small table over cups of tea in flower patterned cups and saucers through Kulvik she tells The

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  • Baltics criticise Nord Stream 2
    the Russian German plan to extend the Nord Stream gas link The nations maintain that Nord Stream 2 is not in the EU s interests and will weaken Ukraine s positions The Russian energy giant Gazprom and five West European energy companies reached an agreement on building a second pipeline under the Baltic Sea this autumn The letter to the Commission was signed by Bulgaria the Czech Republic 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 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 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

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  • Grybauskaite: Climate change pact vital to energy security
    energy efficiency and innovative green technologies The president emphasized that if no effective and global measures to curb climate change were taken in time consequences could be catastrophic for all the countries in world Global warming results in the expansion of the deserts reduction of arable land and scarcity of water and other natural resources which fuels armed conflicts and growing migration Lithuania has made significant progress in fighting atmospheric pollution and is ready to join the EU s ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 she added Lithuania has successfully proved that the sustainable development of the state can be nature friendly Over 25 years of independence we have reduced atmospheric pollution by as much as 56 per cent we produce 23 per cent of our total energy from renewables and our economy has grown by one third over the same period Grybauskaite said Scheduled for 10 days the Conference has gathered 147 top level delegations and around 40 000 participants to negotiate environmental commitments after 2020 with the goal of keeping the average temperature increase at under 2 degrees by the end of the century 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

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  • Grybauskaite calls for Ukraine to enter Western European and global markets
    business forum in Vilnius The event took place on December 2 2015 We want to see Ukraine as a successful participant of the global market and facing Russia s aggression Ukraine should and ought to integrate into the global and European economic space Grybauskaite added Ukraine should focus its trade towards Western Europe as the country may soon feel eel the effects of Russia s imposed sanctions Moscow decided to impose sanctions on Kiev due to the latter s signed free trade agreement signed with the European Union Starting from January when the free trade agreement comes into effect you ll probably feel the whole effect of these sanctions Grybauskaite continued But believe me these sanctions are counterproductive to Russia They will encourage Ukraine to speed up refocusing towards the West towards the area dominated by transparency efficiency and an entirely different business culture To achieve that goal Ukraine should choose a very far reaching path of reforms she concluded 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

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  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko thanks Lithuania for refusal to enter anti-ISIS coalition with Russia
    would like to thank you for protesting against the possibility of joining an anti terrorist coalition involving Russia Poroshenko told a join press conference with the Lithuanian President Your position was very clear that under such conditions when Ukraine s aggressor is trying to demonstrate willingness to join the anti terror coalition it is unacceptable for our countries he said However he added that such a position would not exclude certain coordination Lithuania would not join an anti IS coalition with Russia until Moscow ceases its aggression in in Ukraine and Georgia Grybauskaite s comments came before French President Francois Hollande s visit to Moscow in November during which he and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to coordinate airstrikes in Syria and exchange intelligence information Both Russian and French official stressed however that their cooperation did not mean a joint coalition 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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    More Eurovision qualifier breaks record TALLINN Eesti Laul 2016 the largest song contest in Estonia through which the nation s entry for the next year s Eurovision Song Read More Estonia voted best value destination by Lonely Planet TALLINN Tiny Estonia has claimed top spot in the Lonely Planet s list of best value destinations 2016 it was announced la Read More Lithuania s forgotten Muslim heroes About twenty minutes drive southwest of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius just past the settlement of Pagiriai a dusty tree lined road he Read More Inner survival RIGA One of the highlights of this year s Riga International Film Festival RigaIFF was Son of Saul It is Read More Reet Aus Estonian fashion designer saving the planet TALLINN Tallinn Fashion Week is not just about glamour for the sake of it The four days of designs on show told a number of stories There we Read More Getlini opens biggest and most modern waste separation plant in the Baltics RIGA With a drum roll on a percussion kit made entirely from recovered rubbish a brand new waste separation facility was officially opened th Read More Latvia s Citadele Bank extends IPO closing date to Nov 13 RIGA Latvia s Citadele Bank has extended the closing date for its initial public offering IPO to Friday Nov 13 BNS was told at the Read More Previous 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 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

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  • Estonia opens network of visa offices across Russia
    had planned to submit the border treaties with Russia to the Riigikogu Parliament for sooner ratification Hilpus said that relations between the two countries should go forward by small but steady steps Tallinn considered the opening of the wide network of visa centers in Russia as one of those small steps Hilpus however added that for the trust building steps from both sides are required Hilpus previously stated it has been uneasy to build long term relations with Russia due to the unpredictable political climate in Moscow In November his Russian colleague Ambassador Alexander Petrov said the ratification of the border treaties would become a stimulus for further improvement in bilateral relations Besides Estonia expects that the recent tension between Moscow and Ankara after the shooting down of a Russian Su 24 jetfighter by a Turkish F 16 could in an unexpected twist benefit the Estonian tourism industry After Moscow halted charter flights to Turkish destinations in November and Russian travel agencies were coerced in stopping selling holidays to Antalyan coastal resorts some Russian holiday makers may turn their eyes to Estonia local observers hope Safety is a key factor here said Kully Karring the director of the Estonian Tourism Board Coordinator for inter parliamentary relations in the Russian State Duma Tatyana Moskalkova believes that Russia and Estonia are entering a new phase of relations That new phase she said has been marked by pragmatism and moral ethical values We have to find a golden middle in our relations she told the official Parlamentskaya Gazeta newspaper adding that there are many members of the new Estonian parliament who still remember Soviet times This facilitates mutual understanding Moskalkova said adding that the Duma delegation looks forward to visiting Tallinn in early 2016 for political and humanitarian bridge building Comments Related Articles

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