Organizers threaten to pull high-profile music festival from Latvia following sanctions against Russian performers
Baltic News Network
Monday, July 28, 2014
Russian composer and organizer of the New Wave music contest, Igor Krutoy, warns will consider moving the annual festival out of Latvia's Baltic resort Jurmala. His statement follows a decision by the Latvian government to refuse entry to several Russian pop performers due to their vocal support for Moscow's policies in Ukraine.
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.