At the beginning of August, Russia’s Defence Ministry turned to defence ministries of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Finland with a proposal to organize consultations about the safety of aircraft and ships in the Baltic Sea region. Among other things, Russia proposed making sure that military aircraft fly with transponders turned on.
Olekas told Žiniu radijas radio station that this proposal reminds him of ‘attempts to divide and conquer’.
The minister also expressed confidence that the problem should be resolved not in bilateral form, but rather as part of an international effort. «I think the proposal should be discussed in a complex form. A format in which we could reach an agreement is the Vienna document. We’ve offered Russia to discuss and reach an agreement on its restoration on multiple occasions,» – he said.
«I believe it would be best if we did that as part of an international decision-making process. We are a European Union member state and a NATO member state. We should not separate and make do without a joint position,» – the minister added.
The Vienna Document 2011 of the European Security and Cooperation Organization is aimed at enhancing security and trust among participating countries. It provides for the exchange of military information, provision of information about planned military activities in advance, verification measures and the organization of inspections and assessment visits.
Olekas compared Moscow’s behaviour to a game of dice
«First Russia unilaterally terminated our agreement on the exchange of information. It should be gradually restored if we want to accomplish anything and move forward. If they don’t like something, they toss everything aside and offer something to speculate about it later. They say they extended a proposal and no one wanted to participate,» – said the minister.
Nearly every week we register cases when Russian military aircraft fly near Baltic States with transponders turned off. NATO officials had stated multiple times in the past that such flights present a threat to civil aviation.
Now Moscow invites others to reach an agreement to make sure NATO and Russian military aircraft always fly with transponders turned on.
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.
A street sign in Yiddish and Hebrew languages was unveiled on Žydų gatvė in the heart of the historic Jewish quarter in Vilnius on Tuesday, September 20.
This week, members of the Saeima unexpectedly declined amendments that provided for the merging of finance and customs police of the State Revenue Service. After hearing out deputies, Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola decided not to give up.
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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