Posts published in Day: May 28, 2021

Latvia’s ambassador to Greece passes away

Friday, May 28, 2021

The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, the Latvian Ambassador to Greece, passed away in Athens on May 28. “We offer our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones, and share their sorrow. Ambassador Elferts will remain in our memories as a person who was positive, bright, considerate, and kind-hearted. Dear Pēteris, we will miss you,” said a statement from the MFA .   Pēteris Kārlis Elferts began…

LUKASHENKO’S REVENGE (Best served cold)

By The Greanville Post on Friday, May 28, 2021

Surprise! Turns out the West and its vassals long ago set the standard for forcing airliners down when it suits their designs. Unprecedented? Nyet! Hybrid war asset Roman Protasevich, “a U.S. trained and financed regime operator who tried to violently overthrow the government of Belarus to then install a neoliberal U.S. client regime”. Protasevich is now on his way to canonization by the Western press. The quickest path from obscurity…

Lithuania wins from Belarus plane bans, Latvia looses

Friday, May 28, 2021

You win some. You lose some. That’s how it has been for the leading Baltic airlines after Europe banned over flights of Belarusian airspace and blocked the country’s national carrier Belavia from using many EU landing strips in retaliation of Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko forcing a commercial Ryanair flight to the ground to arrest a leading opposition journalist on May 23. Belarus lies in a strategic position between northwest Europe…

Lithuania expels two Belarusian diplomats

Friday, May 28, 2021

The move comes as the EU considers further sanctions against Belarus. Lithuania has told two Belarusian diplomats to leave the country, the foreign ministry announced on Friday. The two officials’ activities were deemed “incompatible with diplomatic status,” Reuters reported. The expelled Belarusians were “intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover,” Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted. “No thank you, and goodbye.” “With this decision, Lithuania also stands in solidarity…

Lukashenko regime opts for more “desperation and insanity”

Friday, May 28, 2021

The ever-more-deranged Lukashenko regime in Belarus said May 28 it was opening a criminal investigation against the mayor of Rīga, Mārtiņš Staķis, and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs for replacing the post-1995 state flag of Belarus with the pre-1995 state flag of Belarus, reported Belarusian media. The alleged offense took place in Latvia,  as previously reported by LSM  , so the jurisdictional reasoning, or lack thereof, of the Belarusian state prosecutor should make…

Latvia’s census shows sharpest population decline among Baltic states

Friday, May 28, 2021

Census data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia (CSB) published May 28 show that at the beginning of 2021 the population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 893 thousand people, which is 14.5 thousand people fewer than a year ago. Last year, the population decreased more rapidly – by 0.76% compared to 0.64% a year earlier, including a decrease of 0.59% due to negative natural growth and 0.17%  due to migration. “The…

Bank of Estonia: Salaries growing due to redundancies in low-wage sectors

Friday, May 28, 2021

Bank of Estonia economist Orsolya Soosaar said wage growth is accelerating faster than expected. The rise in wages can be seen mainly in the loss of low-paid jobs made redundant as a result of the crisis. The estimate of the average wage published today by Statistics Estonia shows wage growth accelerating by more than expected. The average wage in the first quarter of this year was 4.9 percent more than…

Government supports abolition of home loan interest tax exemption

Friday, May 28, 2021

The government at its sitting on Thursday approved a bill of amendments to the Income Tax Act, which abolishes the income tax exemption on home loan interests. Interest can no longer be deducted from taxable income in the declarations submitted from 2023 for 2022, government spokespeople said. The right to deduct interest on a home loan will be abolished, as it no longer serves its purpose of reducing the impact…

Three for the Weekend: Door Dash, Night of Churches, Lilac Garden

Friday, May 28, 2021

It’s the final weekend of May — summer is fast approaching. Here are some tips to take advantage of springtime. On Saturday, May 29, a photo-orienteering event is taking place in the center of Rīga with the focus on different doors found in the capital. The game can be attended in teams of two to five people (   applications here  ). The task will be to visit different spots…

Sanctions on Belarus will affect transit and logistics sector: ambassador

Friday, May 28, 2021

Imposing new economic sanctions against Belarus will mostly affect transit and logistics in Belarus and neighboring countries, Latvian ambassador to Belarus Einārs Semanis told Latvian Radio May 28. “In reality, we are neighboring lands. And the agenda for economic cooperation between neighboring lands practically covers almost all areas of the economy. And if we take neighboring regions, such as the Vitebsk area and Latgale, then you know there is a very close…