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  • Estonia bars Russian media manager from entry
    list of non grata persons for quite long time yet Border guards denied entry to the Russian citizen because she has been blacklisted for entry to the territory of Estonia the department s spokeswoman Viktoria Korpan said This is the second time when Perekrestova has faced problems while trying to enter Estonia In June 2015 she accused Estonian border guards of unethical behavior after the border officials allegedly had forwarded her personal information and travel schedule to the country s mass media Perekrestova a deputy head of the Rossiya Segodnya s multimedia department is in charge of overseeing creation of the Estonian language pro Kremlin newspapers and hiring local staff for them Russia said Estonia has been considering the Rossiya Segodnya as a non loyal mass media and accused Tallinn of an attempt to limit access of Estonians to the sources of information alternative to those dominating the country s media space The same day another Russian publication Komsomolskaya Pravda revealed that Lithuania declared a non grata person its journalist Galina Sapozhnikova has been barred from entry for five years The decision came in force on August 26 Russian journalists have been frequently barred from entry to the former Soviet countries with Ukraine applying the most strict entry policy due to armed conflict in Donbass In 2014 2015 Estonia revoked entry visas from several members of various Russian think tanks Rossiya Segodnya along with the Sputnik news agency was created in 2014 by the RIA Novosti news agency 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/estonia_bars_russian_media_manager_from_entry/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Grybauskaite slams "irresponsible" Moscow for Syrian actions
    Grybauskaite advisor told Ziniu Radijas news radio on September 15 2015 Because when there is a conflict moving military forces to a war zone is an example of irresponsible policies In this phase we can only regret the absence of the international community s unified stance on settlement of the conflict he added United States intelligence has reported Russia had sent artillery systems and seven tanks to a Syrian Air Force base The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights maintains Russia is building a military airport in the Syrian regime s stronghold of Latakia and has sent in hundreds of technical staff and military advisers Russia in its turn says it is bringing humanitarian aid to Syria Moscow supports Syrian President Bashar al Assad who currently rules around one fifth of Syria Western leaders want him to step down 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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  • European Parliament calls for sanctions on Kohver abductors
    Union to implement sanctions against the Russian officials connected with the abduction and sentencing of Estonian security police official Eston Kohver According to the resolution adopted on Thursday the European Parliament asked the EC to draw up a list of officials responsible for the abduction unlawful detention and imprisonment of Kohver Ukrainian military pilot Nadiya Savchenko Ukrainian director Oleg Sentzov and Ukrainian activist Oleksandr Kolchenko It requested the implementation of an EU visa restriction against the officials and asked it freeze all financial assets of those responsible plus their family members residing in the EU The use of the Baltic News Service information for commercial purposes is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of JSC BNS 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

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  • Lithuania experiences dramatic decline in Russian tourists
    negative trend started in 2014 with the total decline of 11 5 percent in the first half of that year compared to the same period of 2013 In the RUT anti rating Lithuania is followed by Greece with 53 5 percent decline and Austria with at 43 4 percent Turina said the principal reason behind the shrinking of the tourism flows from Russia has been sharp depreciation of the Russian Ruble against the euro and U S dollar Since autumn 2014 the Ruble has depreciated by nearly 50 percent against the Euro and the U S Dollar basket The other reason is that the majority of the foreign commercial airlines left the Russian market due to the Western sanctions imposed on Moscow in 2014 2015 over its involvement in Ukrainian crisis This process started last year and it has continued into this year Tyurina said RUT did not take into account the European countries which are not EU members such as Norway Sweden Montenegro Serbia and others According to the Lietuvos Rytas newspaper the vacuum cause by the Russian and to some degree Belorussian tourists has been refilled by the 22 200 visitors from Asian countries particularly China and Japan as well as Israel The number of Japanese tourists to Lithuania skyrocketed in January June 2015 by nearly 92 percent compared to the same period of 2014 The number of Chinese visitors to Vilnius hiked by 66 8 percent and Israelis took the third position with a growth of over 56 percent 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

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  • Israel and Lithuania to begin dialogue on gas supply
    begin talks with Israel regarding the import of Liquified Natural Gas at specialist level as soon as 2016 Israel is set to begin the mass production of LNG next year We said we have our LNG vessel and we said our terminal in Klaipeda is different to theirs because it s based offshore Butkevicius told BNS Butkevicius then revealed his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu said it is likely Israel s LNG plant is likely to be launched in the second half of 2016 Certainly we cannot speak about gas exports until 2017 but at specialist level this issue could be discussed as soon as next year in order to look into transport costs and transportation possibilities 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 this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read

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  • Refugee quota too small to affect Latvia's job market
    the arrivals qualifications and language skills said Kalvane It is important to understand what they are able to offer and what employers need Immigrants usually have language problems so it is important they understand what employers want from them We currently have no information about any of these aspects The Kalvane also noted that under current Latvian legislation people who have not been granted the status of a refugee are not allowed to work and the law should therefore be amended On September 9 2015 European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker proposed in his State Of The Union address to the European Union that EU member states should accept 160 000 refugees via mandatory refugee quotas Juncker also called on EU member states to ensure the asylum seekers are granted the right to work in the countries they have been relocated to Latvian officials have repeatedly said that they will not support mandatory refugee quotas Like Lithuania in summer 2015 the Latvian government agreed to voluntarily accept 250 refugees However in line with EC s latest proposal Latvia might have to admit an additional 500 refugees 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

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  • Sumo champ hangs up robe
    has retired from sumo aged 28 Baruto Kaito a professional sumo wrestler from Estonia made his debut in May 2004 and is one of only two Estonians ever to join the sport in Japan He was the first to reach the top division in May 2006 After suffering a number of injury problems in 2007 he reached the third highest rank of sekiwake in November 2008 and was promoted to ozeki rank after finishing the March 2010 tournament with a score of 14 1 He has been a tournament runner up four times and earned five special prizes for Fighting Spirit one for Outstanding Performance and one for Technique In the January 2012 tournament he recorded his first top division championship He lost his ozeki rank after more injury problems at the end of 2012 Comments Related Articles Latvia finishes second at basketball championships Riga Dinamo wins KHL Hope Cup Olympians receive honors and cash Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Rokas Gustys the Lithuanian Globetrotter Latvian football beats Estonia in Verpakovskis farewell match Gulbis triumphs at Nice Open Jelgava wins Latvian Football Cup 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

    Original URL path: http://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/33371/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Latvia finishes second at basketball championships
    other Latvian national team had advanced to the EuroBasket finals since then Both teams this time started the game aggressively but eventually Latvia moved ahead leading by five points halfway through the first quarter which ended with the score 13 9 for Latvia The second quarter continued much in the same vein three and a half minutes before the end of the first half Latvia was leading by ten points and a bit later it got twelve points ahead of Italy The third quarter was disastrous for Latvia The offense was stalling and the Italians not only pulled equal but eventually moved ahead At the end of the third quarter Latvia was four points down In the fourth quarter Latvia scored eight unanswered points taking the lead 52 50 but three and a half minutes before the end of regulation time it was 53 52 for Italy A minute later Italy hit a very important three pointer and then another one securing the lead at 61 54 with a minute and 44 seconds to play At the end of the match Italy scored a few more points while Latvia s three point attempts were unsuccessful In the bronze medal game earlier in the day Spain defeated Russia 70 63 Comments Related Articles Sumo champ hangs up robe Riga Dinamo wins KHL Hope Cup Olympians receive honors and cash Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Rokas Gustys the Lithuanian Globetrotter Latvian football beats Estonia in Verpakovskis farewell match Gulbis triumphs at Nice Open Jelgava wins Latvian Football Cup 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

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