Laying wreaths and lighting candles at cemeteries and monuments, Estonia has on November 28 marked the 95th anniversary of the beginning of the Baltic nation’s war of Independence.
«I call on Estonians to light candles at graves and memorials to those who fought for Estonia, to remember our forebears’ heroism and courage in the early days of the War of Independence,» said Urmas Reinsalu, the country’s defence minister in an address at the Cross of Liberty monument in Tallinn.
With a power vacuum developing after the German surrender in World War I, on November 28, 1918, the Red Army attacked Estonia near the city of Narva, where they were met by Estonian national forces – thus opening the War of Independence, ERR wrote.
This Thursday, April 17th, as part of the police experiment, supports of the remaining section of the roof of the former Maxima supermarket failed to hold up the weight of water and collapsed, as reported by State Police press-representative Toms Sadovskis.
Aivars Lembergs’ friendly and beneficial attitude towards Russia, including his latest statements that the only ones who would benefit from the introduction of NATO soldiers to Latvia are the prostitutes, has been noted by Russian media. As a result, Lembergs was invited to express his opinion on Russian television. However, his latest statements have caused a big wave of concerned talks in Latvia.
Russia will turn its gaze towards Latvia after it has finished annexing Ukraine’s territories, believes Polish MPE, member of the Foreign Affairs Commission and former Vice-President of the European Parliament Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
Opposite to previous statements and the government’s accepted solution, Liepājas metalurgs’ most precious asset – Liepājas osta LM – will likely be sold separately, as the company’s insolvency administrator and sales consultant Prudentia have begun taking steps to separate the most precious asset from the company.
Ukrainian businessmen plan to build a full cycle processing plant in one of Latvia’s regions in order to develop potato processing business in Latvia. Investments are estimated at EUR 75 million, as reported by Chairman of ABM Agro Dmitro Motuzko.
In the Yellow Sea off South Korea, emergency services continue to search for 287 people, who were on board the passenger ferry that sunk on April 16.
If Latvia’s ex-Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis ends up nominated to become a European commissioner, he may become an important post, believes European People's Party’s European Commission's presidential candidate, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker.
‘It is impossible to force people whose native tongue is Russian to hate Russia. This should not be done. Even a Latvian who lives in America will not criticize Latvia. An absolute majority of Russians who live here want to live in an independent Latvia,’ – says Mayor of Riga Nil Ushakov.
Latvia’s annual inflation level was 0.3% this March, which is the third lowest inflation level across the European Union, according to the latest data from Eurostat.
The weak response of western countries to Russia’s actions in Ukraine could lead to ‘even worse things’, as it is implied by U.S. senator John McCain.
In the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, four armoured vehicles with Russian flags have appeared on April 16.
While quail eggs become more and more popular for Easter, it is becoming more and more difficult for producers to satisfy the growing demand for them. White eggs continue to gradually fade in terms of popularity to be produced specifically for Easter.
U.S. internet giant Google has on April 15 added paragraph to its terms of service admitting that software analyse personal e-mail messages of Gmail users for, among other reasons, advertising and customized search results.
Operation Summer Shield XI military exercises continue in Adazhi landfill throughout April 7th – 17th. More than 700 soldiers from Latvia, Estonia and USA are currently participating in these military exercises.
In the Yellow Sea, off the coast of South Korea, a ferry has sunk on April 16 with 467 people on board, of which about 290 remain unaccounted for.
Russian soldiers in Donetsk Oblast are combat-experienced professionals, whose presence increases every day, Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has told after Ukrainian forces have taken control over the strategic airfield of Kramatorsk as part of an anti-terrorism operation commenced on April 15.
This Tuesday, as part of the planned experiment for the remaining roof section in the ruins of Zolitude’s Maxima supermarket, the roof had been overburdened enough to begin the deformation of the construction. The process is slow. Therefore, it is impossible to predict for how long the experiment might last.
When relocating to another EU state, employees will be able to retain their full pension rights. This right is provided by the rules that were approved by the European Parliament this Tuesday. This directive is to be officially approved by the EU Ministers Council.
‘The current instability in Ukraine could create losses for the tourism sector. Up until now there has been a yearly increase in the number of Russian tourists travelling to Baltic States. I do allow the possibility for the growth in the number of tourists to not be as rapid as it has been so far,’ – said Chairman of Lux Express bus service Hannes Saarpuu in his interview to BNN.
If a military invasion would take place, NATO would come to help, but Estonia must have the ability to counter the soft power of Russia, an Estonian security expert has said.
Speed cameras may be deployed in Latvia only in locations where road traffic is dangerous the most, according to the latest cabinet requirements on the application of technical equipment (photo or video equipment).
The main goal of the experiment of State Police is acquiring data on the overall stability and structural strength of the roof and supports of the collapsed Maxima supermarket in Zolitude. This data will then be used in the investigation to determine the cause of the cave-in, as reported by Chief of State Police Criminal Office Andrejs Grishins.
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Ilmars @ 2014-04-17 07:22:33
If Air Baltic made a profit ,then when are they going to pay Riga Airport the 22 million euros they owe in back rent ? Does this "profit" include the recent handout they got from the Latvian Government ? And what about the long list of lawsuits against them for not paying their bills ? Air Baltic are a bunch of bankrupt shysters that stay afloat on taxpayer handouts , not paying their debts , and their bullshit accounting practices.
Mr T @ 2014-04-17 00:20:35
@ 2014-04-16 20:17:07
It's about time Nato starts showing its teeth. The most powerful military alliance in the world should not allow itself to be pushed around like it is at the moment. It is obvious that Russia is using irregular military forces to destabilize eastern Ukraine. While tanks might not be rolling across the border for the moment, this is a direct act of war against a neighbour of several Nato-members. Russia doesn't tolerate foreign influence in its periphery and neither should Nato. Time to increase air and naval presence along Nato's eastern border, toughen up sanctions as to hit large parts of the Russian economy and provide some tangible military support to Ukraine. Situations like these is why we have special forces.
Tom @ 2014-04-15 22:22:53
Go on youtube, who’s the funny one now!! Oh and by the way, I certainly don’t hate Russian people..How do I know that? Well….. I married one…but of course… I would never know what you know now would I ;)
@ 2014-04-15 21:32:30
You're a funny man, Tom. Hilarious even. If there was an uprising in Russia. Have you forgotten the recent elections? Were there any deaths? Were people killed by the military? Did anyone open fire on them? Look at what 'civilized countries' did to Libya, what they are doing in Syria. Foreign soldiers open fire on peaceful people there. Hell - 'foreign' soldiers opened fire on the crowd and police forces in Kyiv. No one wants to talk about that? How about Americans and other democrats look at those events as well. Go on Youtube and search for the names of the people 'democratic Europe' has helped come into power. And I add that unlike Crimea, those people who are now in power gained power through an armed revolt. People were killed...Are you so blinded by your misguided hate for Russia that you cannot see simple facts?