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  • Estonia boosts defence spending
    with the first of 44 vehicles expected to arrive in the middle of 2016 More than 40 million euros will be spend on weapons and 51 6 million on infrastructure This will include 15 million euro for new buildings including barracks and maintenance halls which will accommodate 240 conscripts and fighting vehicles The Navy will also see a 6 million euro investment Minister of Defence Hannes Hanso said The defense budget and a stable long term growth of the agreed defence capabilities will ensure that we can meet the challenges of the changing security situation The new weapons systems such as infantry fighting vehicles to the Defence Forces give us the strength and ability to fight the fire Eoin Michael MacNamara a NATO specialist at the University of Tartu is less upbeat Obviously in the fields of defence procurement and military capability acquisition an extra outlay of 114 million euros should only be seen as enough to meet the costs of minor improvements he told The Baltic Times 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

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  • Putin halves population of Lithuania during interview
    the recent statistics and today the population of this country is 1 4 million people said Putin Where are the people More than half of the citizens have left the country Can you imagine a situation when more than half of the Americans left the territory of the United States It would be a catastrophe What does it mean It means that the broken ties first of all in the economy adversely affect all of us including Russia So I am deeply convinced that we should abandon the phobias of the past look forward into the future and while acting on the basis of international law establish good neighbourly and equal relations The wrong figures on the size of Lithuania s population were given to Putin by Kaliningrad Region Governor Nikolay Tsukanov during a media covered conversation in July this year 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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  • Grybauskaite: West will not reduce commitments to Ukraine in exchange for help against Islamic State
    Nations that solutions for Syria must be looked for However we must definitely not forget the situation in Ukraine and we should really maintain the necessary attention to the situation in this country He said the West is not losing focus on Ukraine as non responded aggression might lead to unpredictable consequences in Europe and our region U S President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin met in New York on September 28 2015 However both parties failed to resolve their disagreements on the role of Syrian President Bashar al Assad in the country s future Earlier they both addressed the U N General Assembly giving conflicting speeches Obama slammed Putin for his support to the Syrian tyrant who is killing children The Russian leader blamed America s failed interventions in the Middle East for the rise of the Islamic State and also called on the world to support al Assad in his fight against jihadists 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

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  • Lithuanian FoMin: Russia should respect principles outlined in Putin UN speech
    said on September 28 But the only problem is that it s not enough to only declare those principles We would expect Russia a permanent member of the Security Council to respect those principles and implement them and we re missing that Linkevicius had also hoped for more attention on Ukraine in Putin s speech as he feels there is a lack of progress in the resolution of this conflict At the UN General Assembly in New York Putin presented his vision of a joint coalition against the Islamic State Meanwhile U S President Barack Obama said that the world cannot calmly observe how Russia is violating Ukraine s sovereignty without punishment He underlined the U S does not want to isolate Russia and said he wanted Russia to contribute to the resolution of the Ukraine crisis through diplomatic measures in a way that would allow Ukraine to self determine its future and control its territory 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

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  • 'Free Savchenko' activists picket Russian Embassy in Riga
    is currently on trial in Russia for allegedly killing two journalists The picket was organised by the Ukrainian Congress in Latvia as part of the third international Free Savchenko campaign Participants of the protest held Latvian and Ukrainian flags and a number of police officers monitored the peaceful picket Savchenko 34 was captured by eastern Ukrainian separatists in June 2014 She was then taken to Russia where she was accused of illegally crossing the Russian border and killing two Russian journalists in Ukraine s southeastern region of Luhansk According to a representative of the Ukrainian Congress in Latvia Mikola Pavluks her lawyer has evidence Savchenko had already been captured by the pro Kremlin separatists when the journalists were killed Savchenko may face a jail sentence of up to 25 years should the Russian court finds her guilty 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

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  • Farmers picket Estonian government
    By swine fever the farmers are losing two million euros more monthly said head of the agriculture and commerce chamber Roomet Sõrmus daily newspaper Postimees reported The goal of the protest meeting is for the government to okay rural minister s proposal regarding the 22m If not Estonia will lose its dairy cattle now in European top five as we are already having to sell our cattle to the Latvians Postimees also reported that Tartu County farmers chief Jaan Sõrra threatened to dump dung outside the building if more help was not offered to them by the countries politicians The protest took place on Monday September 14 A week later the government agreed to plans to support farmers with 7 6million euros 3million of which they will see this year subject to permission from the European Commission Rural Affairs minister Urmas Kruuse said The state has a clear understanding that agriculture is a difficult time particularly in the dairy and pig production Therefore the government decided to allocate an additional 7 6 million euros for the agricultural sector Money will only be given to farmers who have been hit the hardest he added Kruuse stressed that long term solutions needed to be found to help combat market changes He said I intend in the near future to invite the agricultural sector to the table so that we can put in place more long term approaches that could help the Estonian agricultural sector to better adapt to market changes ian agricultural sector to better adapt to market change 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

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  • President Grybauskaite unable to take Kremlin's Middle East peace proposals seriously
    and is actively involved in aggression in another country s territory It is difficult to believe the country can either bring peace or has sincere intentions to reconcile somebody At the UN General Assembly Russia s President Vladimir Putin intends to present his vision on a joint coalition against the Islamic State Before the events in New York Moscow stepped up military support to Syria s President Bashar al Assad who has been accused by Western countries of war crimes Both Assad and a Western coalition are fighting the Islamic State During the interview Grybauskaite also called for reforms of the United Nations Security Council saying the exercise of the veto right had made it a hostage to Russia She said examples included the Moscow decision to veto the UN resolution on establishment of a tribunal prosecuting those behind the last year s Malaysia Airlines disaster in Eastern Ukraine as well as the Russian veto on the decision to list the Srebrenica massacre as genocide The Security Council has become Russia s hostage when it comes to issues of such significance as mentioning or assessing genocide and the downing of an airplane the resolutions that were to bring clarity and justice were blocked said Grybauskaite The investigation of the airliner disaster may come up in New York during an event on justice in international conflicts which is co organized by the Grybauskaite and King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands 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

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  • Latvian MEP: Migrant crisis in Europe has caused waves of discord to Kremlin's delight
    leaders I suppose are sitting and rubbing their hands about it If this influx continues unabated we have to be prepared that the issue will have to revisited Kaliente also feels Germany has been sending wrong signals to the migrants Although the German authorities know how to positively prepare their society for those in trouble they are sending totally wrong signals with their announcement on how many more refugees can be admitted Come we are waiting for you and this is dangerous Kalniete said that not all politicians in Germany support the government s policy on refugees What has been happening in Germany is that first there was this positive uplifting Then they had to deal with the real difficulties related to integration and the admission of large masses of people a risk of change and a radicalisation of society arose This can lead to an opposite effect and this is what scares me the most Kalniete also noted that there are also politicians including in Latvia that are using people s fear of the unfamiliar to earn more popularity In line with its official position approved by the government and the parliament European affairs committee Latvia has agreed to admit 776 asylum seekers under European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker s plan for tackling Europe s migrant crisis 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

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