Posts published in Baltic states

Lithuania stands for maintaining a strong EU defence cooperation with the United Kingdom, R. Karoblis says

Thursday, July 5, 2018

“Lithuania consistently supports maintenance of a strong and wide security and defence cooperation of the European Union and the United Kingdom , and we hope that Brexit negotiations will bring results that satisfy both sides,” Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with chief EU negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier on July 4. Minister stressed at the meeting the crucial contribution of the United Kingdom to the security in our…

Ministry: Construction, maintenance of Estonia’s eastern border to cost EUR 320 mln

Thursday, July 5, 2018

According to the Interior Ministry, building the infrastructure and surveillance system of the border between Estonia and Russia is to cost around 250.3 million euros in 11 years, to which maintenance costs of 70 million euros until 2026 would be added. At present the available sources for covering the building and maintenance costs of Estonia’s eastern border total 96.8 million euros. According to estimations, the necessary sum is 320.3 million…

Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week. The visit will be an opportunity for Trudeau to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to the NATO alliance and Euro-Atlantic security, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and…

State preparing for mass immigration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on draft legislation to allow state agencies to handle a situation where an extraordinary number of immigrants arrive in Estonia in a short time. For example, the kind of situation Europe faced in 2016 when it saw hundreds of thousands of refugees. The bill first and foremost concerns citizens from third countries who come to Estonia illegally (so-called illegal immigrants) and those applying…

British Army soldier stationed in Estonia dies

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A British Army soldier stationed in Estonia has died, a spokesperson has stated. Private Reece Miller, 29, (pictured) of the Yorkshire Regiment died from non-battle related injuries, it has been announced. Miller, who had previously served in Afghanistan, had been stationed with his Regiment at Tapa base in Estonia; the First Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment reportedly only recently arrived in Estonia and is due to be here as part…

PM disagrees with IMF, still opposes opening of Latvian labor market

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) disagrees with the opinion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Latvia’s limited labor market may impede the country’s growth in the long term and said he was still opposing opening of the labor market. Speaking on the public Latvian Television this morning, Kucinskis said it would be premature to speak about letting into Latvia cheap labor. Instead, Latvia should be thinking about how…

Latvian foreign minister wary of Trump-Putin summit

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Although the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is unlikely to produce any surprises, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) feels some caution about the summit outcome. Rinkevics said on the public Latvian Television this morning that there should be a dialogue with Russia but it was important that the upcoming summit should not bring any surprises as regards the defined principles concerning…

U.S. expresses strong support for strengthening Latvia’s security

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The U.S. congressional delegation expressed strong support for strengthening Latvia’s security and transatlantic unity during the meeting with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics in Riga yesterday, the Latvian Foreign Ministry said. Rinkevics met with the U.S congressional delegation led by Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona. The delegation included Bob Corker, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as Senator Tom…

We must build strong bridges of cooperation between Mediterranean and Baltic seas – Vejonis

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

We must build strong bridges of cooperation between the Mediterranean and Baltic seas in such areas as security, the economy, culture, science and education, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis said during a meeting in Riga today with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. The Latvian president expressed joy at the visit by the Italian president on such an important year for Latvia – the country’s centenary. He said that the visit shows the…

Lithuania is breaking away from Russia’s power grid

Friday, June 29, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Prime Ministers of Latvia, Estonia and Poland and the Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker signed a political agreement on the synchronization of Baltic power grids with continental Europe. The agreement will allow to immediately launch synchronization works, ensuring the region’s energy independence from the BRELL circuit managed by Russia. It is the result of Lithuania’s nine-year long efforts. Lithuania has secured strong support from Poland…