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  • Lithuanian FoMin can "hardly imagine" anti-ISIS coalition with Russia
    countries involved in the coalition against ISIS on al Assad s future differs from that of Russia Furthermore the Lithuanian diplomacy chief said that in the efforts against ISIS Russia is currently a certain factor that requires resources and time Russia s participation makes the regulation of the situation in the region a longer process This is not a partnership I can hardly imagine a functioning coalition with Russia Linkevicius told BNS Lithuania in a telephone interview from Brussels Russia has been holding air raids in Syria for two months Asked whether the actions in connection to Russia s shelling had become more constructive over the period the minister replied that 1 500 were killed over the two months 30 percent of them were civilians We also see that 80 percent of the targets have nothing to do with the ISIS said Linkevicius adding that the organisation can be destroyed without Russia s help but doing so would require political will Syria has been locked in a civil war since 2011 ISIS currently controls part of the Syrian and some of the Iraqi territory as well as small districts in Libya Nigeria and Afghanistan 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

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  • France urges Lithuania to send troops to Africa
    territories remain sparsely controlled The Lithuanian Defence Ministry s officials have so far given no official comment on the possibility to extend the proposed mandate for the Mali mission The ministry s spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite told BNS Lithuania on Tuesday that the country was ready to respond to the French calls for assistance to a certain extent with the aspects of the support to France coordinated on bilateral grounds and in relevant NATO and EU formats She refused to specify whether sending special operation forces to Africa was an option The parliament should decide on participation of Lithuanian troops in international missions later this month NO COALITION WITH RUSSIA France is holding raids against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq however rules out the possibility of sending land forces to Syria Lithuania is officially part of the Western coalition against Islamist militants however the contribution is so far limited to information exchange or participation in discussions A year ago the government discussed sending military instructors to Iraq for training of local troops however the scheme is not discussed now Last month President Dalia Grybauskaite stated Lithuania would not participate in one coalition with Russia against the Islamic State group as long as Moscow is engaged in aggression in Ukraine and Georgia She gave her stance before French President Francois Hollande went to Moscow where he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to coordinate the air raids and share intelligence information The French ambassador in Vilnius underlined that currently there is no sign that Russia will join this coalition Today there is no coalition which includes Russia that is very clear We don t have even cooperation with Russia in Syria We have coordination of military action It is extremely technical Jeantaud told BNS He stressed that the France and Russia held different positions over Syrian President Bashar al Assad s future Moscow supports him while Paris wants him out Politically we have a difference but when Russia is hitting the trucks filled with this stolen oil it is doing something useful and for this purpose we coordinate our strikes and position It s normal We re clear that we do not share common political vision for Syria the ambassador said The French diplomat also dismissed fears that the West could ease the pressure on Russia over Ukraine in exchange for the support in Syria These are two different tracks For Ukraine there is a political process and we re working every day for implementation of the Minsk agreement In Syria there is no political process To imagine that there would be trade off between coordination of military operation and a political process in Ukraine is absolutely unrealistic unconvincing said Jeantaud DEFICIT OF IMAGE Lithuanian French relations are officially titled as strategic partnership a definition stipulated in the treaty signed by the two presidents back in 2009 Over the past few years France has sometimes been criticised by Lithuania for its ties with Russia with critics seeking a tougher

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  • Straujuma weakest link in Latvian government
    said that Straujuma became the prime minister while working as a civil servant not a politician He also said that Straujuma is constantly making mistakes when voicing her opinion on various issues Communication mistakes have become her trademark he said Rajevskis also said that Straujuma s government has exhausted itself When the government was adopted there were discussions circulating that it has been set up just for Latvia s Presidency of the EU Council which ended in June 2015 Rajevskis also said he does not expect any radical changes in the coalition should the Straujuma government collapse Should it do so he still believes it will be made up of the three current parties Unity the National Alliance and the Greens and Farmers Union ZZS 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

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  • Ukrainian President Poroshenko to visit Lithuania
    his meeting with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite Poroshenko is set to discuss the security situation in Ukraine Kremlin aggression and the implementation of the Minsk agreements According to Renaldas Vaisbrodas Grybauskaite s foreign policy adviser EU Ukraine relations would also be discussed during the meeting Ukraine is at the finish line in terms of taking necessary steps to join the visa free regime with the EU Vaisbrodas told BNS The Ukrainian and Lithuanian presidents will also speak about the potential effect of the EU Ukrainian free trade agreement due to come into force in 2016 They will also discuss the state of the Ukrainian economy plus Lithuania s humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine Poroshenko is also scheduled to meet with Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Loreta Grauziniene and Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius 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 Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely

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  • Grybauskaite advisor sees no constructive action from Russia in ISIS fight
    we do not see one now we are also not able to record one he told the Ziniu Radijas news radio station on the morning of December 1 According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights over 1 500 people including a third of civilians have been killed in Russia s ongoing airstrikes in Syria over the last two months Vaisbrodas believes that countries fighting ISIS need to work with countries that have certain progress and are holding Syria peace talks in Vienna This diplomatic path is very important as we see a major refugee crisis we see resistance we see a horrendous number of killed civilians which continues to rise he said Syria has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011 and ISIS now controls parts of Syria and Iraq plus small areas in Libya Nigeria and Afghanistan 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 Times

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  • Latvia prepared to coordinate with Russia against ISIS
    it is unlikely that Russia will join the existing grand coalition of 16 countries because of the country s support for President Assad I do not believe that we can create another coalition only because one country wants it and on its own terms because we have different objectives he said The first and major objective of Russia is to keep President Assad in power We all understand that you cannot see Syria led by Assad for the long term but you can probably discuss about a transition period in the interest of stability He continued to say that it is necessary to engage Russia in the political process because lasting peace and stability in Syria is impossible unless all parties are engaged including Russia and President Assad as well as the moderate Syrian opposition Iran Turkey Saudi Arabia the EU and the USA Rinkēvičs added that in late September 2015 Russia had decided to not join the coalition but instead to bomb both ISIS and the moderate opposition to President Assad US State department figures estimated on October 7 that more than 90 of Russian air strikes targeted the moderate opposition and not ISIS Calls for Russia to join the coalition onlyy restarted after a Russian passenger plane was shot down on 31 October and Paris was attacked on 13 November However it is unlikely that this call will be successful the foreign minister said As well as the key disagreement over Assad Rinkēvičs said that the latest incident is not helping either believed to be a reference to the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey and the ensuing sanctions and angry rhetoric against Turkey Referring to Putin s accusation that the Turkish are accomplices of terrorists Rinkēvičs said If that is so why didn t the Russians say it before that particular accident Compromise with Russia would not extend to the Latvian government keeping quiet about the illegal annexation of Crimea though Rinkēvičs added He called this the greatest challenge to international law and order since the Second World War and accused Russia of trying to regain its old spheres of influence and of not implementing the Minsk ceasefire agreement He added that Russia should leave alone countries like Georgia and Moldova which have chosen to embrace their European or Euro Atlantic pasts Both these countries have been moving towards more cooperation and integration with NATO over the past few years and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised Georgia s reforms just last Tuesday Latvia s experience of foreign occupation he told the British audience had triggered a lot of anxiety last year and an increased NATO presence in the Baltic region is necessary to ensure that Russia is not willing to challenge article five of the NATO charter which states that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on them all Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to

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  • Refugees to be provided with Latvian language lessons
    who register with the organisation to seek work will be provided with the Latvian language courses Kalvane made the statement on Latvian national television on November 30 2015 She added that the first refugees may register with the agency as early as summer 2016 Kalvane also said that the NVA has planned its work so it is able to ensure the necessary support job seekers after they receive refugee status The Latvian government and the Latvian parliamentary committee on European affairs have supported the plan by the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker for dealing with the migration crisis in Europe under which Latvia would admit up to 776 asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East 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

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  • Grybauskaite - climate change pacts would boost Lithuania's energy security
    this pact would also encourage businesses and industry to invest more into renewable energies energy efficiency and innovative green technologies The president emphasised that should no effective and global measures to curb climate change be taken in due course the consequences could be catastrophic for the international community Grybauskaite added that Lithuania has made significant progress in fighting atmospheric pollution and is ready to join the European Union s EU ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 Lithuania has successfully proved that the sustainable development of the state can be nature friendly she continued In over 25 years of independence we have reduced atmospheric pollution by as much as 56 percent we produce 23 percent of our total energy from renewables and our economy has grown by one third over the same period Scheduled for ten days the COP21 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 full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The

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