Baltic presidents to meet Barack Obama in Tallinn in September
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian presidents are scheduled to meet with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in Estonia's capital Tallinn on 3 September, the Office of the President of Lithuania said on Friday.
On Thursday, Deputy Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička discussed security situation in the Baltic region and Ukraine, and US-Lithuanian defence cooperation with Republican US Congressman Devin Nunes, US House of Representatives, on visit to Lithuania, the Ministry of National Defence informs.
A Finnish political analyst said that Finland would have the obligation to come to Estonia's aid if its smaller neighbour were attacked, even though Finland is not a NATO member and is not obligated by the organization's Article Five collective defence clause.
The Lithuania Tribune spoke to Keith C. Smith, the former American Ambassador to Lithuania in 1997-2000. We asked what stuck in your memory and what surprised him most when he served as ambassador to Lithuania between 1997 and 2000.
Lithuania and the other states of the Baltic Sea region should sign a memorandum of understanding in June on synchronization of the Baltic states with continental Europe via Poland. The document should give an impetus to the preparations for synchronized work of the networks.
Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens is to meet with the Lithuanian energy and economy ministers to discuss the countries' key energy projects and efforts to restrict imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, and to visit the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.
There is a consensus among member countries of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) that the Baltic power grids have to be synchronized with the Western European system via Poland, but details, such as the need for a second LitPol Link, remain to be worked out.
Border guards of Kalvarija, southwestern Lithuania, have detained a Latvian citizen transporting to Western Europe a Syrian father and son who had applied for asylum in Latvia. The driver faces criminal charges, while the Syrian citizens will be sent back to Latvia.
Lithuania's State Security Department (VSD) has warned that Russia's protectionist policies and aims to restrict cargo flows harm Lithuania's transport business and energy and, furthermore, can divide the three Baltic states.