Posts published in Day: March 6, 2021

Nearly 600 new Covid-19 cases in Latvia Saturday

Saturday, March 6, 2021

On Saturday, March 6, Latvia recorded 595 new cases of Covid-19, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases since the start of the pandemic now stands at 90,009. Of 12,859 tests carried out in the last 24 hours, 4.6% were positive, nearly the same as the 4.7% ratio the day before. 4% is regarded as the threshold rate at which the virus is spreading in an…

Latvian freight and passenger traffic plummeted in 2020

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) data published March 4 show that in 2020, compared to 2019, under the impact of Covid-19, passenger traffic by all modes of transport, as well as freight transport volumes, have fallen significantly. In 2020, the number of passengers carried by land passenger transport comprised 152.1 million passengers, which is 36.4 % less than in 2019. The number of passengers carried by rail transport comprised 12.9 million, a drop of 30.9 %. Number…

China and Russia abusing corona for geopolitics

Saturday, March 6, 2021

China and Russia are using the pandemic to increase their authority in new ways at home and abroad, Lithuanian intelligence services have warned. But old-fashioned spy-craft, such as ‘honey traps’, also pose a threat to EU citizens from hostile services, despite virus-linked travel restrictions. Beijing and Moscow have both “abused” the situation to expand domestic surveillance by forcing people to upload personal data, including medical records and travel history, to…

Plans to divert Belarus’ oil products via Russia delayed by railway tariff row

Saturday, March 6, 2021

The start of oil products exports from Belarus via Russian ports on the Baltic Sea have been delayed due to disagreements over railway tariffs, three transport industry sources told Reuters on Thursday. Russia and Belarus signed a three-year agreement last month to re-direct Belarusian oil products to Russian ports, bypassing the Baltic states, in retaliation after the three nations imposed sanctions on top officials in Minsk. The deal is part…

Estonian defense minister: Finland extremely significant regional defense partner

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) has stressed the importance of bilateral defensive cooperation between Estonia and Finland. “Finland is a crucial long-term regional partner for us, and Estonia highly values defense cooperation with it, both bilaterally in the Nordic-Baltic format, and in the European context,” Laanet said via a ministry press release, after a video meeting with his Finnish counterpart, Antti Kaikkonen, Wednesday evening. Finland, unlike Estonia, is not a…