Posts published in Baltic states

Infectologist: Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Riga Stradins hospital infectologist, professor Uga Dumpis, in an interview with Latvian Television on June 17 said, that summer should be used to get ready for autumn, and Latvia needs to significantly increase vaccination pace against Covid-19. Dumpis said that the current vaccination reach in Latvia cannot provide protection from an outbreak of Covid-19 in the autumn. In order to avoid this, mass vaccination should be continued in the coming months.…

Estonia makes Latvia’s Covid “low threat” country list

Friday, June 18, 2021

Northern neighbor Estonia is a notable inclusion on Latvia’s revised epidemiological travel list, being rated a “low public health threat” in contrast with Lithuania and Latvia itself, which are rated a “high” threat. The full list is the first to feature a new classification system which rates travel to each country as low, high or very high risk. No countries are currently ranked as a very high risk. The epidemiological…

Far-right abuse: Racism case seen as threat to whole German army

Friday, June 18, 2021

The German defence minister has told the armed forces that reported racist and sexual abuse in a German platoon based in Lithuania has put their entire reputation at risk. The 30 soldiers have now been recalled. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the scandal was a “slap in the face” for all those serving in the Bundeswehr (armed forces). The reports spoke of a sexual assault, bullying, anti-Semitism and Nazi songs. The platoon…

Lithuania regrets Russia’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty

Friday, June 18, 2021

Lithuania regrets Russia’s decision to withdraw from the Treaty on Open Skies in December this year, calls on the country to reconsider this action and to return to the full compliance with the Treaty. The Treaty on Open Skies is an important element of the conventional arms control and confidence-building framework in Europe. Lithuania is gravely concerned that this framework is in deep crisis because of continuous aggressive actions by…

Latvian Health Minister against compulsory vaccination

Friday, June 18, 2021

Despite the fact that there have been talks about possible mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 in some professional sectors, the Minister for Health Daniels Pavļuts is against this approach. “Compulsory vaccination – the direction is not correct,” the minister said. The minister said that the incidence of Covid-19 in Latvia is decreasing, but we still have a relatively large number of cases at the European Union level. “We must not lose…

Foreigner eID cards to be available in Latvia

Friday, June 18, 2021

On Thursday, June 17, the Saeima supported amendments to the Personal Identification Documents Law , which provides for the introduction of a new type of identity card – a foreigner identification card, or foreigner eID card. 65 members voted in favor of the amendment, while 3 voted against it. The amendments were prepared by the Ministry of Interior. The foreigner’s eID card is not planned as a mandatory personal identification document. It will be issued to…

Azerbaijani Defense Minister meets with member of Latvian delegation to NATO PA

Friday, June 18, 2021

Azerbaijan`s Minister of Defense Zakir Hasanov has met with member of the Latvian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Raimonds Bergmanis, the Minister of Defense told AZERTAC. “During the meeting, Minister Zakir Hasanov noted that the Azerbaijani-Latvian military cooperation has been successfully implemented both within the framework of NATO’s various programs and on a bilateral basis. Stressing that relations between the two countries are based on friendly ties, Bergmanis emphasized…

German Army Chiefs Tried to Cover Up Scandal

Friday, June 18, 2021

German defense officials tried to cover up an internal scandal involving antisemitic and far right provocations that is currently rocking the country’s armed forces, the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) newspaper has alleged.On Wednesday, a furious Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Germany’s Defense Minister, confirmed that an entire infantry platoon of 30 soldiers had been withdrawn from Lithuania, where they had been serving with a NATO mission to the Baltic republic. A party organized by the…

Kaja Kallas no-confidence motion fails

Friday, June 18, 2021

The Riigikogu on Wednesday started by voting on the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Reform) by the opposition Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) and Isamaa. The motion failed as 36 MPs voted for and 55 against. EKRE and Isamaa accused the government of incompetence. “Kaja Kallas is not fit to serve as prime minister of Estonia,” Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) said when the motion was being put together.…

Lithuania, Estonia accuse Russia of violating their airspace

Friday, June 18, 2021

Lithuania and Estonia demand an explanation from Russia in connection with the violation of their airspace by Russian military aircraft. According to DW, a representative of the Russian Embassy was summoned to the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry on June 16 after two Russian Air Force planes crossed the country’s airspace over the Baltic Sea. “Lithuania demands that Russia provide explanations for this incident and take all necessary measures so that such…