Russian-speakers' party wins elections in Latvia, but ruling coalition retains majority
Baltic News Network
Sunday, October 5, 2014
With nearly 98% of votes in Latvia's general elections counted, the social-democratic party Harmony Centre, representing the country's Russian-speaking minority, has received the largest support in the 12th Saeima elections. However, the ruling coalition – Unity, the Union of Greens and Farmers (UGF) and the National Alliance – has retained majority of votes in the Saeima, data published by the Central Election of Latvia show.
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.