Lithuanian foreign minister and human rights activist greet Latvian foreign minister's coming out
Friday, November 7, 2014
Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics came out as gay on Thursday, stirring reactions across the Baltics. Lithuanian foreign minister congratulated his colleague, while a human rights activist says the step could encourage change in Lithuania as well.
Amid the discussions in Lithuania on ways to halt the construction of the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (INPP) in Belarus, Lithuania's Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas is addressing the issue in Latvia on Wednesday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that economic reasons could be behind Latvia's apparent reluctance to take a tougher stance toward the Astravyets nuclear power plant that Belarus is building close to its border with Lithuania.
Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia agreed on Wednesday to facilitate the movement of allied forces in the region as NATO's multinational battalions are being deployed to the Baltic countries, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.
Tense geopolitical situation in the European Union over Brexit, refugee crisis and security matters may after 2020 reduce the European support to the European-gauge railway project Rail Baltica estimated at billions of euros, Baiba Rubesa, board chairperson of the joint Baltic enterprise, has said in Vilnius.
After signing the agreement on development of the European-gauge Rail Baltica railway in Tallinn on Tuesday, prime ministers of the three Baltic states do not fear that the European Union (EU) may slash support to the project after 2020.