Posts published in Day: May 25, 2021

PM Kariņš threatens Lukashenko with EU sanctions

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Radio May 25 that he had never witnessed a decision being made among EU leaders as quickly as the sanctions against Lukashenko in the case of plane hijacking on Sunday. Leaders of European Union member states agreed late Monday evening to extend sanctions against Belarusian officials as well as companies financially supporting the regime in Minsk. It is usually difficult for EU Member States…

Belarus, Latvia expel each others’ diplomats as row over journalist’s arrest deepens

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Belarus expelled all Latvian diplomats from the country on Monday, prompting a tit-for-tat response from Riga, as an international crisis deepened over the forced landing of a commercial flight in Minsk to arrest a dissident journalist. Belarus on Sunday scrambled a warplane to escort a Ryanair passenger jet carrying Roman Protasevich, a journalist critical of Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko, in an act denounced by Western powers as “state piracy”. Belarus’s…

Lithuania becomes pivot point for spreading Xinjiang-related lies: Chinese researcher

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

With Lithuania bowing to pressure from the US by withdrawing from the China-CEEC 17+1, the Baltic nation has become a pivot point in spreading Xinjiang-related rumors, showing that some politicians and media in the country are willing to spread false information, according to the latest findings of a Chinese researcher. Li Baiyang, a member of the team conducting “Research on Basic Science Issues of National Security Management Decision-Making Systems” and…

Drugs offender wins appeal against extradition to Lithuania

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A convicted drugs offender will be released after the High Court in Belfast ruled he could be exposed to inhumane prison conditions if returned to his native Lithuania. Viktoras Michailovas had argued that detention in the Baltic state would violate his human rights. He was wanted to serve a three-and-a-half year sentence for possessing narcotic substances in May 2008. Monday’s verdict may help 10 other Lithuanian nationals with similar bids.…

Baltic states vow to tighten defense ties with an eye on Russia

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have agreed to tighten their defense cooperation, vowing to explore the joint acquisition of new rocket launchers amid fears of Russian military moves in their neighborhood, the countries said in a joint declaration. The Monday announcement follows a May 21 meeting of the three defense ministers in Siauliai, Lithuania, meant as a stepping stone toward the June 14 NATO summit in Brussels. “We…

Hendrik Veder backs Saipem at Baltic Pipe project

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Hendrik Veder Group has won a contract to help Saipem refurbish its lifting equipment and reuse it during work at the Baltic Pipe project. The 275-kilometre gas pipeline will be laid on the seabed, traversing the maritime zones of Denmark, Poland and Sweden, and will require around 23,000 segments of pipeline. The offshore infrastructure terminates on dry land, where it intersects with the onshore pipeline several hundred meters from the…

Captain Pilecki commemorated in Vilnius

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

On the eve of the International Day of Heroes Fighting Totalitarianism, celebrated on May 25, which is also the anniversary of the murder of Captain Witold Pilecki, who was killed by a shot in the back of the head in 1948 in the Mokotów prison in Warsaw, flowers were laid in Vilnius at the house where the Polsih hero lived. “Witold Pilecki challenged two totalitarian regimes: Nazism and Communism. He…

EU calls on European airlines to avoid Belarus airspace

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

The European Union urged all EU-based airlines to avoid Belarus airspace on Monday after the country diverted a Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius, Lithuania in order to arrest a dissident journalist who was on the plane on Sunday. Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko, who is often referred to as the last dictator in Europe, released a statement Sunday saying that he personally ordered the diversion of the plane and the…

G7 envoys looking forward to international solidarity with Ukraine at Vilnius conference

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Ambassadors of the Group of Seven (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan) say they expect international solidarity with Ukraine will be demonstrated at a reform conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. “G7 Ambassadors were pleased to meet @LithuaniaMFA Amb [Ričardas] Degutis to discuss Ukraine Reform Conference. Looking forward to demonstrating int’l solidarity with Ukraine, celebrating Ukraine’s reform progress & identifying actions for improvement (esp. rule of…

Unemployment rate constituted 8.1% in Latvia in Q1

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

According to the report of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) published May 25, results of the Labor Force Survey  show that in the 1st quarter of 2021 unemployment rate in Latvia constituted 8.1%. Compared to the previous quarter, the unemployment rate has risen by 0.2 percentage points, but over a year – by 0.5 percentage points. In the 1st quarter of this year, there were 74.7 thousand unemployed persons aged 15 to 74, which…