Latvia celebrates 23rd anniversary of de facto restoration of independence
Baltic News Network
Friday, August 22, 2014
August 21 marks 23 years since the Supreme Council of the Republic of Latvia adopted the constitutional law on the governmental status of the Republic of Latvia. That ended the Declaration "On the Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia" and its established transition period for the restoration of independence.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.