NORDIC / BALTIC

New Seimas speaker off to Latvia on 1st foreign visit

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 09:56
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Viktoras Pranckietis is going on Tuesday to Latvia on his first foreign visit as speaker of the Lithuanian parliamentary.

New Seimas speaker going to Riga on 1st foreign visit

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:18
Viktoras Pranckietis
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania's new Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis will make his first foreign trip to Latvia.

Lithuania expects that 'uncertainty period' in Estonia won't last long

Thursday, November 10, 2016 15:00
Taavis Roivas
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuanian experts say that the pro-Russian Centre Party may come to government in Estonia after Prime Minister Taavi Roivas on Wednesday lost a confidence vote in parliament. Lithuanian politicians, meanwhile, expect that the government crisis in the Baltic country will be resolved soon.

Riga Conference 2016 – a reflection

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 14:00
Riga
M.Greičiuvienės nuotr.
Every year Latvia hosts what is called The Riga Conference. This year was no different. Held in the National Library across the river from the Old Town, invited delegates from the world of diplomacy, think tanks, academia, the military, and political life, gathered to listen and take part in a series of talks focussing on European foreign policy and security.

KS Holding acquires Atrium Azur Shopping Centre in RigaFREE

Monday, October 31, 2016 17:21
KS Holding has acquired SIA MD Galerija Azur, the holding entity for the Riga Shopping Centre Atrium Azur, from Atrium European Real Estate Limited for €12.5 million. The new owner is planning to invest additional €16 million into redeveloping the shopping centre the holding reported in a press release.

Lithuanian president off to Finland

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 10:43
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is leaving on Tuesday for Finland for a two-day official visit to discuss the security situation in the region, nuclear safety and topical EU issues with the country's leaders.

Why relations between Lithuania and Latvia aren’t all that fraternal (1)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 11:47
Lithuania's Mindaugas Kuzminskas during Lithuania Latvia basketball game
DELFI (K. Čachovskio nuotr.)
Lithuania and Latvia have much in common on a strategic level. Yet relations between the two aren’t especially brotherly. That’s how political expert Linas Kojala put it on LRT.lt. In his opinion it is difficult to pin down a special closeness between the two countries with actual examples. Vytautas Magnus University Professor Alvydas Butkus notes that representatives of the two countries’ governments would seemingly like to communicate but there aren’t close ties between the two societies.

Russia transporting Iskander missile system to Kaliningrad (1)FREE

Friday, October 7, 2016 16:31
Iskander-M in Kaliningrad region already?
"Propagandos detektyvai" nuotr.
According to a government source known to ERR’s Estonian news portal, the Russian Baltic Fleet is moving an Iskander-M missile system from Ust-Luga to Kaliningrad on a civilian vessel, ERR News reported.

Estonian formin expects Rail Baltica agreement to be signed

Thursday, October 6, 2016 14:56
Jurgenas Ligi in Vilnius in 2013
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
Estonian Foreign Minister Jurgen Ligi believes that the Baltic countries will soon to finalize the signing of an agreement on a procurement model for the 5-billion-euro European standard-gauge railway project Rail Baltica.

Experts and colleagues: Kaljulaid will be a bold president of Estonia

Monday, October 3, 2016 18:44
Estonia's President-elect Kersti Kaljulaid will be a bold head of state, Lithuanian experts and her former colleagues said.

Grybauskaitė congratulates Estonia's president-elect

Monday, October 3, 2016 16:00
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė on Monday congratulated Kersti Kaljulaid on her election as Estonia's president, underlining that Estonia is one of Lithuania's closest and most important partners and allies.

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled to escort 7 Russian warplanes last week

Monday, September 26, 2016 18:43
NATO exercise
NATO nuotr.
NATO fighter jets serving in the Alliance's air-policing mission in the Baltic countries last week were scrambled to identify and escort seven Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Latvian detained for smuggling in 3 Indian asylum-seekers

Saturday, September 24, 2016 13:28
Lithuanian border guards on September 23 detained a Latvian woman for illegally transporting three Indian asylum-seekers from Latvia across Lithuania to the border with Poland, the State Border Guard Service said.

Lithuania, Latvia agree to synchronize military equipment procurement

Thursday, September 15, 2016 20:41
Army days in Vilnius
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
The Lithuanian and Latvian defense ministers signed on Thursday a joint communiqué stating their commitment to synchronize the procurement of military equipment.

Lithuanian, Latvian defence ministers to discuss synchronization of military procurement

Thursday, September 15, 2016 12:44
NATO military equipment shipped to Lithuania
DELFI (V.Spurytės nuotr.)
Lithuania and Latvia are planning to cooperate in an effort to synchronize procurement of military equipment.

Supervisory Board of Rail Baltica approves its procurement model

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 21:51
Rail Baltica
rail-baltica.lt nuotr.
The Supervisory Board of the joint venture of three Baltic countries approved the basic principles of the Rail Baltic/Rail Baltica procurement model which is core to the Contacting Scheme to be agreed by all three countries on 7 September. All procurements will be divided in three groups – procurements organised solely by the joint venture, consolidated procurements carried out by the joint venture and procurements carried out by the national implementers under strict joint venture supervision, Rail Baltic office reported.

Latvia 'ready' to continue talks with Lithuania on sea border

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 09:16
Latvia is ready to continue talks with Lithuania on the maritime border, the neighbouring country's Foreign Ministry has said.

Baltic states 'scared to death' of Russia and Trump, Biden tells US voters (1)

Friday, September 2, 2016 11:46
Joe Biden
AP
United States Vice-President Joe Biden says his recent visit to Latvia has given him the impression that the Baltic states are "scared to death" of Russia and fear the possibility of Donald Trump being elected as the next US president.

An ode to linen led to Norwegian sheepFREE

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 13:22
If you ask a Lithuanian what he or she is proud of, you will hear plenty of praises to dark bread, basketball, wonderful forests and hard-working people who still cherish ancient traditions and are able to create fashionable garments from linen. Nevertheless, few fellow-countrymen know that skilful weavers are on the verge of extinction, even though not so long ago, in the XIX–XX centuries, practically every woman in a village knew how to weave fabrics, and the most ingenious of weavers would come up with intricate patterns and successfully sold or bartered their creations for other goods.

Joe Biden in Riga: "America will never fail to defend our allies"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 08:17
Key moments from US Vice President Joe Biden's speech in Riga.

Trump 'doesn't understand what Article 5 is' - Biden on defending Baltics

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 15:01
United States Vice-President Joe Biden has said that the Baltic states have no reasons to doubt US commitments to NATO, downplaying the remarks about NATO made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Lithuania home to 3 biggest companies in Baltics

Monday, August 22, 2016 12:51
Three Lithuanian companies top the list of fifty biggest businesses in the Baltics compiled by the international credit insurer Coface.

Lithuanian Seimas speaker to join NB8 meeting in Riga

Friday, August 19, 2016 12:42
Riga
shutterstock
Lithuanian Seimas Speaker Loreta Graužinienė is leaving for Riga to take part in a meeting of Nordic and Baltic parliamentary speakers in the Nordic-Baltic Eight (NB8) cooperation format.

The differing dietary habits of Baltic nations

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 16:30
Lithuanians have a sweet tooth for biscuits, Latvians eat more meat than their Baltic neighbours, and Estonians are the most enthusiastic pasta eaters, according to a consumer habit survey of the Baltic nations.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.

The railway tunnel that could transform geopolitics in Baltic region

Thursday, June 30, 2016 13:40
A new railway tunnel linking the Baltics and Scandinavia could transform the geopolitics of the entire region, from the Nordics through the Baltic States to Europe.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.

Is Sweden and Finland joining NATO inevitable? (1)

Thursday, June 9, 2016 07:49
Is Sweden and Finland joining NATO inevitable?
AP/Scanpix
A recent study commissioned by Finland has outlined the pros and cons of the country joining NATO.

Inside Latvia’s new defence strategy - Riga declares its military ambitions (1)

Friday, June 3, 2016 08:27
Latvia’s new State Defense Strategy, approved by its Cabinet of Ministers on May 24 is an ambitious declaration for a stronger defense buildup. At the same time, it represents a kind of “wish list” just ahead of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s approaching July summit in Warsaw, during which Alliance members are expected to discard their policy of “trust,” in favor of a policy of “deterrence”.

Footage of Baltic naval mine explosions captured by Canadian divers

Monday, May 30, 2016 15:17
Canadian military divers have published explosive footage from NATO's Operation Open Spirit, an annual rotating mine-clearing operation targeting naval mines in the Baltic left over from World Wars I and II.

The flawed US approach to European reassurance

Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:04
Starting in 2017, Washington plans to begin heel-to-toe rotations of an armored brigade from the United States in Eastern Europe. In some respects, this represents a significant improvement over the assurance and deterrence steps taken by the United States and several of its NATO allies since 2014.

Strange bedfellows: Latvian nationalists and ethnic Russians both want to block entrance of more RussiansFREE

Sunday, May 29, 2016 10:03
It has often been remarked that politics can make strange bedfellows, bringing together groups that one could not imagine agreeing on anything. That is what has been happening in Latvia, where Latvian nationalists and ethnic-Russian residents of that Baltic country—for quite different reasons—both support restricting any further immigration into Latvia from the Russian Federation.