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  • Grybauskaite attends NATO's Iron Sword exercise in Lithuania
    exercise lies in the fact that the Lithuanian Armed Forces are training together with NATO Allies and readying for collective defence under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Our region is currently faced with increasing numbers of unpredictable threats that include elements of hybrid war Grybauskaite said in a press release issued by her office Therefore an adequate fast and well coordinated NATO response is becoming vital On November 18 a combined counterattack operation was be carried out with Rosomak armored personnel carriers M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks and other equipment and weaponry Among participants of the Distinguished Visitors and Media Day was be Lithuania s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas commanders of other Lithuanian Armed Forces services and foreign guests Lithuania s Defence Ministry said In November Lithuania is hosting a total of five national and international exercises to step up the country s capacities to host NATO Response Forces and coordinate actions with Allies in order to properly respond to the challenges of hybrid war 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

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  • Lithuania congratulates Latvia on its 97th Independence Day
    projects they implement in the areas of defence energy and transport effectively reinforce relations between the two countries and secure full independence for their citizens Latvia is one of the closest political economic and cultural partners of Lithuania Grybauskaite wrote to her Latvian counterpart Raimonds Vejonis We are not only allies and partners in the European Union and NATO but also next door neighbors friends and committed associates of together walking down the path of freedom and independence throughout the past century Parliamentary Speaker Loreta Grauziniene congratulated her Latvian counterpart Inara Murniece wishing her success and well being to the Latvian nation In his message to Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma and the Latvian people Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius wished success prosperity and well being The head of government also touched on Lithaunia and Latvia s common histories and neighbour status 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

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  • Latvia's Parliamentary Speaker gives Independence Day speech
    the international community It was a harsh wakeup call for carefree Europe busy with its business as usual attitude she said Murniece believes that for Latvia it strengthened confidence that European Union and NATO membership had been the right choice Now we have to take another step forward and achieve long term presence of NATO forces in the Baltics Commenting on Latvian politics Murniece said that political economic and ethnic division could destroy the state and Latvians were losing trust in politician She also underlined the demographic problems in Latvia saying the country was facing a demographic crisis but a comprehensive support program for families with children still had not been created Murniece then spoke out against mass discrimination of ethnic Latvians in the local labor market where employers demanded from employees fluency in both Latvian and Russian During the Soviet occupation of Latvia every citizen was taught the Russian language at school but young Latvians born and educated after restoration of Latvia s independence often lack the Russian language skills Why should Latvians in their own country be required to speak a foreign language at work when their job has nothing to do with foreign business she questioned Young Latvians are emigrating because they are being discriminated against in the local labor market Discrimination against Latvians in their own country must be stopped Latvia celebrates the 97th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia on November 18 The festivities in the Latvian capital Riga will include a military parade and the Latvian president s Independence Day speech at the Freedom Monument in the evening to be followed by a traditional fireworks show 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/latvia_s_parliamentary_speaker_gives_independence_day_speech/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonia urges Russian speakers to adopt Estonian citizenship
    tourism customs and the environment Roivas added there is also good cooperation between cultural and civil society associations Russian tourists are always welcome in Estonia the prime minister said Roivas emphasised that the subsequent demarcation of the border is a necessary step that is in the interest of Estonia and Russia According to the Estonian government Roivas informed Petrov that Estonia intends to build a border equipped with the most state of the art technical solutions In the meeting between the two parties Roivas emphasised that moving national borders by means of military force cannot be accepted in the 21st century and Estonia just like other European Union member states will not recognise the Kremlin s annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol Rivas added that border and airspace violations by the Kremlin and actions near the border are a cause for concern as they have a broader impact on the feeling of security in the Baltic region Roivas said that despite the low ebb in relations it is nevertheless possible to constructively try and find common ground The Estonian prime minister once again expressed his condolences to the next of kin of the victims of the October 31 plane crash which saw a Russian airliner downed over Egypt all 224 onboard were killed 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_urges_russian_speakers_to_adopt_estonian_citizenship/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Estonia's head of defence - Paris attacks an assault on "European lifestyle"
    festive meeting in Tallinn on November 16 which was dedicated to the 97th anniversary of Estonia s defence forces Also on this festive day I cannot but observe that the security picture we live in is a complex one he said in reference to the Kremlin s actions in eastern Ukraine and Syria plus the Paris attacks The brutal wave of terror that was carried over to Paris recently was an attack against the European lifestyle and freedoms It is a duty of us all to defend these freedoms Terras said according to spokespeople Terras thanked Estonia s allies for their support and stressed that Estonia and NATO have achieved full mutual understanding The understanding that the situation has changed and the main task of NATO is collective defence he continued That s understood clearly on both sides of the Atlantic 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

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  • More than 50 percent of Lithuanians in favour of conscription
    reintroduce conscription 24 percent chose the answer I fully agree 30 percent chose I mostly agree Meanwhile 21 percent said they were totally against and 18 percent answered I mostly disagree The majority of those in disagreement were aged 15 24 1 012 residents of Lithuania took part in the survey in September 2015 According to RAIT compared to an identical survey in February the results of the September survey were not largely different Lithuania reintroduced conscription in response to Russia s actions in Ukraine It also increased military activity in the Baltic Sea region and plans to conscript around 3 000 3 500 young people aged 19 26 by the end of 2016 Critics say the return of conscription could divide the society spark social inequality and make it more difficult for young people to return to employment following their period in service 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

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  • Estonia willing to help NATO allies in Syria
    and would be willing to help resolve the crisis in Syria We are ready to make an input just like we said together with the minister of defence yesterday into training missions Roivas said answering MPs questions following his address on Estonia s European Union policy Estonia cannot contribute to the air strikes staged against the Islamic State IS group in Syria the prime minister said But if allies ask we can discuss future steps The prime minister said Estonia is not afraid of possible terrorist attacks in the event of its involvement in military actions against IS Estonia is in the habit of helping its allies when allies need it and we must have the readiness to do it he concluded 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 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_willing_to_help_nato_allies_in_syria/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvian National Alliance calls for suspension of refugee admissions
    revealed to BNS via National Alliance board member Janis Dombrava The National Alliance presented its proposal during the coalition parties meeting on Monday The politician said that there is no clear information whether some of the terrorists behind the attacks arrived in France as refugees on fake passports As long as there are no replies to these questions the National Alliance proposes to suspend admission of refugees in Latvia said Dombrava In his opinion Latvia would avoid unnecessary problems and it would be better for the national security More than 120 people were killed and more than 200 injured in coordinated terror attacks on restaurants a concert hall and a sports stadium in Paris France has declared a state of emergency for three months and has closed the country s borders The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the terror attacks in Paris 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

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