Posts tagged as Baltics

NATO Isn’t Happy That Russia’s Su-27 Flanker Is Defending the Baltics

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Kaliningrad Flankers are arguably the busiest—and most dangerous—Su-27s anywhere in the world. Here’s What You Need to Know: Russian aerial activity in the Baltic region has been on the rise for years — and escalated sharply following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2014. Fighters from NATO and neutral countries have intercepted Russian planes on hundreds of separate occasions since then. On June 9, 2017, examples of all three…

U.S. agenda in Baltics (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Baltic States remain highly dependent on the US foreign policy. Therefore, the leadership of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia anticipated the results of the presidential elections with impatience and trepidation. Obviously, Trump’s rhetoric was troubling for countries on NATO’s Eastern frontier. On the contrary, new elected Biden took over the presidency with more personal knowledge of foreign policy and a competent team. What Biden’s election means for the Baltics? Firstly,…

Latest COVID-19 cases in Baltics. 808 in Latvia, 468 in Lithuania, 717 in Estonia

Saturday, February 13, 2021

A total of 808 new COVID-19 cases were uncovered in Latvia in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 75 509. The latest public data for Estonia reports 50 993 confirmed coronavirus patients. 717 new patients were registered in the past day. Estonia reports 486 deaths caused by the virus. The latest data from Lithuania reports 189 665 confirmed coronavirus cases with an increase 468…

Unexpected alliances forged in Europe: France and the Baltics

Monday, February 8, 2021

The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue, writes Monika Bickauskaite. Monika Bickauskaite is a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office. When Emmanuel Macron visited Lithuania and Latvia last September, the Baltics were…

Swedbank to tighten up operations by establishing Baltics subsidiary

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Nordic-Baltic banking group Swedbank is to open a Baltic subsidiary, to be based in Riga. The bank’s Estonian branch was hit by money laundering allegations last year, while Swedes will be at the helm of the new subsidiary. The bank says that it will formalize its current operating model with the move, while increasing accountability and responsibility of the division. Swedbank President and CEO Jens Henriksson said that: “We have been…

Baltics and Ukraine seek to block Russian delegation at PACE

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The Baltic states, together with Ukraine and Poland, are seeking to block the Russian delegation’s powers at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), with the final vote on the proposal scheduled for Thursday, wrote LRT. PACE’s winter session usually starts with the confirmation of delegations’ powers. The initiative to block the Russians was raised by the Ukrainian delegation, later backed by the Baltic states and Poland. A…

The deployment of Tele2’s new 5G core is expected to start during 2021 in Sweden and the Baltics

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tele2 AB (“Tele2”) (Nasdaq Stockholm: TEL2 A and TEL2 B) has chosen Nokia as partner for the deployment of its 5G core network. Nokia’s cloud infrastructure and mobile applications will enable the full potential of 5G for Tele2 customers going forward, including improved data and voice connectivity as well as enterprise solutions such as network slicing and edge computing. The deployment is expected to start during 2021. – We looked…

Was the first ever Christmas tree put up in the Baltics?

Monday, December 28, 2020

Where was the first public Christmas tree put on display? In Latvia, everyone tells you that it was in Riga. But neighbouring Estonia sees things differently. And Lithuania has its very own answer to the question. Setting up a festively decorated tree is a tradition in many countries around the world. But where was the custom actually established and who placed the first piece of tinsel on the classic evergreen?…

Congressman Shimkus’ 27-year efforts of keeping Baltics on US agenda

Thursday, December 10, 2020

John Shimkus, a republican US politician with Lithuanian roots, is ending his 24-year career at the US Congress. In an interview with LRT RADIO, he speaks about his career than began in 1997 and his persistent connection to Lithuania. “I’ve seen how freedom and democracy blossomed in Eastern Europe, how Lithuania consolidated its independence, how you joined NATO and the European Union,” Shimkus told LRT RADIO. He was one of…

Bringing green investment to the Baltics – what will it take?

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

While in some countries, such as Sweden or Finland, green finance is often a priority when investing, consumers in the Baltic states are not as interested, according to a press release by FinTech hub Rockit. “The Baltic consumer is very price-driven, as a result, one of the tasks of sustainable finance is to create incentives to move to more sustainable consumption and production patterns,” said Remy Salters, chief financial officer…