Germany is ready to send a battalion-sized unit to Lithuania, as announced by Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas on Thursday. According to him, he has received a confirmation from his German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen.
«We are happy to hear such a decision from Germany – it is a strong step for solidarity to enhance our country’s security. We have been trying to achieve for some time to convince our allies to station a battalion-sized unit in our country. I received a call from the defence minister. She told me that such a decision has been made by their government – we will soon receive official news,» – the minister told BNS.
As noted by Spiegel.de, the offer to station reinforcements in Lithuania was voiced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Germany’s allies in NATO during a closed mini-summit in Hanover at the beginning of the week. This mini-summit was also attended by US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and British Prime Minister David Cameron. The final decision may be made at the NATO summit in Warsaw.
Last week, Merkel, answering a question from BNS as to whether or not Germany is ready to send a battalion-sized unit to Lithuania, said that her country may agree to ‘become involved in longer-term programmes’. She added that details have to be discussed.
In response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, US has deployed troops and armoured vehicles in Lithuania and other Easter European countries in spring 2014. Small NATO headquarters have been established in countries of this region.
In addition, troops from other NATO member state are regularly stationed in Baltic States for military exercises.
Russia claims that NATO military infrastructure established near its borders that it poses a threat. Russia has provided a warning that it will take counter-measures.
Today, 28 September, nine people were transported to Latvia from Greece as part of the European Union’s resettlement programme, as LETA was informed by the Office for Citizenship and Migration Affairs.
Compared to July, the level of construction costs in Latvia dropped by 0.4% in August 2016. Prices of building materials decreased by 0.8%, maintenance and operational costs of machinery and equipment reduced by 0.1%, whereas labour remuneration of workers did not witness any significant changes.
On Tuesday, 27 September, the Latvian government accepted amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities that relieve 233 state institutions from the duty to report information about remuneration of their employees.
On 27 September, Riga District Court decided to put off the viewing of the criminal case regarding the incident at Adazi military base involving two Russian citizens until 24 July 2017.
Because Estonia plans to raise excise tax for alcohol in January 2017, the number of alcohol buyers from the neighbouring country is expected to increase in Latvia’s border area stores, as predicted by Mayor of Valka Vents Armands Krauklis.
A study performed in the UK on addiction to smartphones found that a third of its adult population look into their devices at night, which often causes quarrels with their other halves.
Celebrating 25 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between Iceland and Baltics, Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics visited Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik on 26 September to discuss regional news and international relations with ministers from Iceland, Estonia and Lithuania.
Latvia should prepare for future crises, which will take place, said Governor of the Bank of Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics in his interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.
27 September is celebrated around the world as Tourism Day. This day marks the end of the tourism season in the northern latitudes and the beginning of the season for southern latitudes. For this event, Tourism Research Centre’s manager Eriks Lingeberzins explains the topical tourism trends and what has changed under influence of terrorism.
The former head of the International Monetary Fund, Rodrigo Rato has stood before trial in Spain on September 26 over allegations that he and 64 other bankers have been involved in credit card racket at Bankia bank, which has been rescued at public expense.
Latvia’s start-up sector has attracted investments worth at least EUR 110 million, notes Chairperson of Latvian Start-up Association Yekaterina Novicka.
Finance Ministry’s prepared amendments to the Law on Remuneration of Officials and Employees of State and Self-government Authorities that provide for refusal of keeping compensation records for state and municipal capital association officials will negatively influence the principles of the single compensation system, as noted by Unity.
European Union heads of state and government are to consider ways to improve relations with Russia as some member states are increasingly sceptical over official- and company-specific sanctions.
«Opinions of EU member states about the future integration of the Economic and Monetary Union differ. Bu the only difference lies in views about tactics, not the strategy and commitment for future changes. A stable Eurozone is a guarantee against economic shocks,» – announced Latvian Finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola on Monday, 26 September.
Baltic capitals have different town development strategies: Tallinn intends to focus on renovation and development of the city centre. Vilnius and Riga, however, consider realizing development projects outside of the city centre, as told on Monday, 26 September, by head architects of the three Baltic Capitals.
The recent State Duma elections in Russia concluded with United Russia crushing the opposition in terms of popularity. Experts interviewed by De Facto programme of LTV believe the consequences will be even worse for the opposition – stricter policy against differently-minded people and fractured society.
A mass demonstration took place in Warsaw over the weekend, as thousands of people demanded Poland’s right-wing government to improve its conduct as, according to protesters, it has acted against the constitution and laws.
Another round of the current Estonian presidential election has produced no result, as a special electoral college on September 24 failed to give clear backing to either of the candidates.
Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau will provide an explanation about the disappearance of classified documents once Yaroslav Strelchenok, the current head of KNAB, returns from sick leave, as BNN was informed by KNAB.
For the second consecutive year, Ventspils nafta terminals has received a prize in the Cyclist-friendly contest organized by the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry and the European Commission.
Latvijas Gaze continues limiting the interests of other gas traders by not allowing them to access Incukalns gas storage facility. Previously the monopolist denied doing that. The excuse mentioned then was that there was no room in the storage facility. The gas monopolist continued making life harder for others even after major amendments to the law were added.
The European Commission has stated that there will be no new talks on the disputed EU-Canada free trade deal CETA, even though many Europeans are against it.
Latvia and Baltic States in general are perfect for military defence, believes Potomac Foundation president Philip Karber. He is a teacher at Georgetown University and a hired military consultant for Latvian Defence Ministry.
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Linda @ 2016-09-23 18:38:07
Linda @ 2016-09-23 18:36:51
The candidates should engage with all of Estonia's citizens not just an ill-conceived notion that one dual nationality citizen is more worthy than another! Be careful candidates what you promise to this minority because their 'uncle' over the border will insist upon it.
karlbomis64 @ 2016-09-23 10:28:28
kbomis64 @ 2016-09-23 10:20:53
My parents were born in Latvia and I had more great aunts sing this to me with there less than beautiful voices but I am being blessed with a great nephew this overnight and can't wait to sing it to him to make sure he goes to sleep but also gets an early taste of the language and culture he came from.
John Grey @ 2016-09-17 16:50:46