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  • Baltics plan to shatter Soviet “energy ring”
    competitive sustainable and secure energy market in the Baltic Sea region A report released in advance of an EU energy meeting last October underscored that Baltic electricity systems synchronously interconnected with the power systems of Belarus and Russia operated on the basis of the BRELL agreement constitutes an obstacle for the progression of other tasks such as electricity congestion management balancing and intra day market developments With the Baltic States power systems still synchronically operating through BRELL certain key parameters of the Baltic systems would remain centrally controlled by Moscow a dependence Baltic politicians have been keen to get away from ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union back in 1991 Some politicians fear Russia would be within its rights to ask for money There is such talk Gediminas Kirkilas chairman of the Lithuanian parliament s European Affairs Committee told Lithuania s public TV channel A study has even been carried out he adds referring to the potential costs of moving away from BRELL It gives somewhat lower figures than those mentioned by the Russian president It speaks about a billion euros or so I would not rule out that the EU might make efforts to persuade us to compensate for the exit Under effective agreements the Baltic States are not obliged to pay compensation to Russia or Belarus in the event of the desynchronization of their power systems the Estonian transmission system operator Elering says From the agreements in effect in the common electricity system today no kind of compensation obligation arises There is the information obligation and we ll certainly do it in good time so the Russians can prepare the operation of their network for desynchronization of the Baltic States power systems chief of communications at Elering Ain Koster told BNS Decoupling the Baltic States electricity systems from the Russian system is our strategic goal Today we re preparing a study to deal in detail with different technical solutions both for desynchronization of the Baltic States and for the operation of the local electricity network independently of the Russian system in the future Basing on this study we first have to reach an agreement in the European Union on the future operation of the Baltic electricity system Thereafter we can start talks with Russia and Belarus Koster added Furthermore the former CEO of Lietuvos Energija Lithuania s energy company who signed the effective BRELL agreement on behalf of Lithuania 14 years ago said that Lithuania and the other two Baltic countries will not have to compensate Russia or Belarus for any damage or losses if they withdraw from the so called BRELL energy ring He pointed out that what the countries have to do is give Russia and Belarus advance notice and guarantee that if an accident occurs this will not affect their systems and that the exiting countries will not use the energy reserves of the remaining countries Under the document signed by the three Baltic countries Russia and Belarus back in 2001 a party

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  • Greens and Farmers Union chairman - refugees unwanted by 70 percent of Latvians
    the actual situation in Latvia and not with with embellished stories If they were made aware of the attitudes of the local population to them and about the size of payments from the Latvian benefit system wmost of them would not want to come here he said Personally I do not want to see them here The ZZS representative said also most refugees planned to go to Germany or the United Kingdom in the future and had no intention of staying in Latvia The Latvian government has adopted a tentative action plan for the admission of refugees in Latvia which is expected to require an estimated 16 million euros It has been agreed that the Interior Ministry presents an updated plan and cost estimates on October 20 In line with the decision made by interior ministers of the European Union Latvia has to take in additional 281 asylum seekers on top of the 250 asylum seekers it initially agreed on The total number of asylum seekers to be accepted by Latvia is 531 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

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  • Lithuania to allocate 85,000 euros on integration of nationals from Ukraine
    of Lithuanians plus Lithuanian Ukrainians and their families who have arrived in the country from Ukraine The money will covering travel expenses and the preparation of documents From the designated amount the government plans to transfer 65 700 euros to the Ministry of Social Security and Labor The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior will receive 15 000 and 4 500 euros respectively The money will be taken from the government s reserve fund The government s decision to relocate Ukrainian Lithuanians from Donetsk Luhansk and Crimea back to Lithuania was made in July 2015 A total of about 10 000 persons of Lithuanian origin are currently residing in Ukraine while around 1 500 Lithuanian citizens are officially registered in the country 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

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  • Baltic States will not need to pay compensation for BRELL exit
    the three Baltic States Russia and Belarus any party withdrawing from the agreement is not obligated to compensate for any losses According to the current wording of the agreement the termination of the agreement if notice is given six months before its expiration by Feb 7 every year is not considered to be causing damage or loss and neither party shall have the right to demand compensation from the other parties for any damage and or loss The wording of the agreement was re amended several times before 2010 Mikalajunas who is now the head of the Belgian office of Russia s electricity giant Inter RAO UES says talk of possible compensation for huge losses is a misunderstanding It seems to me like some kind of misunderstanding or human ignorance he said The BREEL agreement is a technical agreement signed at a time when no other conditions were available Incidentally we signed it a year later than the Estonians and Latvians did and that put the entire system into a difficult awkward situation As for losses it is clearly written that the countries have to negotiate an exit to ensure that no party is harmed What was meant was that if a party withdraws then probably has to provide guarantees that the neighboring systems will not be affected in the event of an emergency Comments Related Articles Lithuania will host innovation experts and creators from around the globe Transport Ministry Sacks Chairman of Latvian Railways Office launch party of Latvian Asian Chamber of commerce Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Goliath Wind signs 100 million euro deal in India Estonia Merko signs contract on construction of Tallinn tram line extension Russian Roulette the shot of vodka heard round the world

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  • Russia causing disruptions in Baltic Sea - Lithuanian Ambassador to NATO
    planes are flying with their automatic transponders switched off and without pre filled documents In recent years Lithuania has been increasingly monitoring Russia s increased military activity over the Baltic Sea Leskevicius also warned about Russia s aggressive stance when its ships interfere with and obstruct commercial shipping in Lithuania s special economic zone in the Baltic Sea He called on Lithuania s allies to step up collective defence and deterrence measures in NATO s east On Monday NATO condemned Russia s violation of Turkish airspace as extremely dangerous and demanded that Moscow stopped all attacks on Syrian opposition and civilians Ambassadors from 28 NATO countries also expressed their concern over the ongoing buildup of Russian armed forces in Syria and attacks that lead to the death of civilians instead of hitting their designated targets of Islamic State members NATO reported that Russian military actions have reached a more dangerous level with the recent violations of Turkish airspace on October 3 and 4 The violations took place in Turkey s southern Hatay region which neighbours Syria Turkey however reported only one violation on October 3 but Leskevicius said NATO viewed the incident as very serious A vey strong and clear message was sent that the Alliance condemns and will not tolerate Russia s unilateral actions of such kind he 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

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  • Grybauskaite advisor: Kremlin aims to support Assad
    State coalition which is also backed by Lithuania Because it s hard and almost impossible to see Syria with the existing regime that has blood on its hands Vaisbrodas believes the greatest concern for the West and NATO is Russia s attempt to save Assad and how far Russia is ready to go in its pursuit to save the incumbent Syrian leader who has less than a quarter of the country s territory under his control It seems that huge resources are being devoted and efforts are being made but instead of resolving the Syrian problem and looking for a political way out for Syria Russia is creating confrontation and instead of three players Assad the opposition and the Islamic State it wants to avoid three players and have two Assad and the Islamic State he continued During a meeting on October 5 ambassadors from 28 NATO countries expressed their concern over the ongoing buildup of Russian armed forces in Syria and their recent attacks that lead to the death of civilians as opposed to the originally designated Islamic State targets Russia launched air strikes in Syria on September 30 aimed at supporting Assad 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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    forces Read More Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court RIGA After the humiliating setback for the Latvian state owned airline AirBaltic on Aug 8 when a flight from Norway to Greece was del Read More Latvija in brief On August 29 2015 Russia criticised Latvia for its decision to deny the Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya the registration and opening o Read More Ghost airport awaits resurrection DAUGAVPILS These planes fitting 50 passengers and being able to fly 2 000 km distances will fly from Daugavpils airport in 2015 rdqu Read More Battle for Estonian Coastline continues TALLINN Following The Baltic Times investigation into the proposed changes to Tallinn s Kalarand beach area a great deal of resp Read More 800 Estonian islands sneak onto map TALLINN The last generation of Estonian map makers could well be rubbing their eyes in disbelief they failed to spot more than 800 of Estonia Read More Eesti in brief Port Corruption Speaking on August 27 2015 Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas said the corruption Read More NATO scales back Baltic Air Policing RIGA NATO has halved the number of fighter jets on its air policing mission in the Baltic States As of Septem Read More Previous 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 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 Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent

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  • Lithuanian political experts dismiss Belarusian elections
    result will be fixed The parliament s board has chosen Conservative MP Emanuelis Zingeris and Social Democratic MP Birute Vesaite to observe the election Member of the original delegation Liberal MP Arminas Lydeka refused to go and described the exercise as a waste of time The Foreign Ministry is sending ten short term observers from the delegation reserve which includes employees of the ministry and other institutions After the 2010 elections President Alexander Lukashenko s opponents were put in prison which caused the European Union EU to further tighten sanctions against the regime Vytis Jurkonis a political scientist at the Vilnius University s International Relations and Political Science Institute said the upcoming elections were a show Everything there is clear in advance the expert told BNS 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 information to those with an interest in

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