Posts published in Day: March 19, 2021

Latvia to resume inoculations with AstraZeneca on Friday

Friday, March 19, 2021

Latvia will resume inoculations with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday after suspending the use of the vaccine while the European regulator was reviewing its safety, Health Minister Daniels Pavluts announced at a news conference Thursday. Vaccination centers will be informed about the decision and the permission to resume AstraZeneca vaccinations will be given on Friday, the minister said. Family physicians’ practices and other institutions involved in Latvia’s immunization drive…

Latvian police seize record large haul of hashish

Friday, March 19, 2021

Latvian law enforcement officers last week seized a record large haul of hashish from a truck that was detained on a highway in eastern Latvia, local police confirmed on Thursday. State police spokeswoman Gita Gzibovska said that the street value of the 1,000 kilos of drugs might be an estimated 15 million euros (about 17.9 million U.S. dollars) and that two suspects are currently in custody in connection with the…

Azerbaijan-Latvia intergovernmental commission to hold next meeting in Riga

Friday, March 19, 2021

Restarting air passenger transport between Latvia and Azerbaijan, which was successfully developing before the COVID pandemic, is in both countries’ interests, Transport Minister Talis Linkaits said during a meeting with Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Latvia Javanshir Akhundov, Report informs. The minister indicated that Latvia’s airBaltic national carrier plans to start flying between Riga and Baku twice a week as of June 2 this year. Riga also sees a potential in cargo…

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Gitanas Nausėda signed a Joint Declaration

Friday, March 19, 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda, who is on an official visit to Ukraine, signed a Joint Declaration on the European Prospect of Ukraine. The Joint Declaration fixes the support of the Republic of Lithuania for the European prospect of our state. The document stipulates that, in accordance with Article 49 of the Treaty on European Union, Ukraine, like any European state…

Latvia to organize open-air activities for children from 22 March

Friday, March 19, 2021

From 22 March onward, formal and informal education activities will be allowed for groups of up to 20 students in 45 municipalities declared epidemiologically safe, according to information reported by the State Disease Prevention and Monitoring Centre (SPKC). Open-air lessons will be allowed to be organized in Aglona, Aizpute, Aloja, Alsunga, Ape, Auce, Beverīna, Burtnieki, Cēsis, Durbe, Iecava, Ilūkste, Inčukalns, Jaunjelgava, Jaunpiebalga, Jēkabpils, Kandava, Kārsava, Kocēni, Krustpils, as well as…

Britain changes policy so it can use nuclear weapons in response to ‘emerging technologies’

Friday, March 19, 2021

The U.K. has changed its defense policy which may enable it to use nuclear weapons in response to “emerging technologies.” The country’s 111-page Integrated Defense Review, published Tuesday, included a subtle line on when the U.K. “reserves the right” to use nuclear weapons. It says the U.K. could use nuclear weapons if other countries use “weapons of mass destruction” against it. Such weapons include “emerging technologies that could have a…

Rīga Airport to provide express tests for travelers from third countries

Friday, March 19, 2021

According to LETA, Rīga International Airport is ready to provide an opportunity to carry out an express Covid-19 test. As of Wednesday, March 17,  flights to and from   third countries were resumed. On arrival from third countries, there is a requirement to immediately do a Covid-19 test. “On arrival in Latvia from third countries, there is an obligation to perform a repeat Covid-19 test, the so-called “quick test”,” explained…

Armenia appoints new Ambassador to Lithuania

Friday, March 19, 2021

President Armen Sarkissian has signed a decree, appointing Armen Martirosyan as Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the Republic of Lithuania (seat in Vilnius). According to another presidential decree, Tigran Mkrtchyan has been recalled from the post of Armenia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Old-age pensions to rise 1.6 percent through indexation in Estonia

Friday, March 19, 2021

The Estonian government is to approve at a sitting on Thursday this year’s value for the index of the national pension at 1.016, with pensions set to rise on average 1.6 percent as a result. Pensions will grow by an average of 1.6 percent from April 1 following indexation, spokespeople for the government said. The value of the index is calculated yearly to the extent of 80 percent based on…