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Thursday, 18.09.2014, 04:36
The Russian government is laying the groundwork for a Ukrainian scenario in the Baltic countries, arguing that the three are mistreating ethnic Russians, that the West has failed to oppose such actions, and that Moscow is compelled under the circumstances to work to protect these members of "the Russian world,” American analyst and expert on Soviet Union matters, Paul Goble warns, cites LETA.
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EU to add Donbass militants on list of terrorists and prohibit Russia from hosting international sports events16.09.2014
The European Union (EU) is pondering an option to deem the eastern Ukrainian "Lugansk People's Republic" and "Donetsk People's Republic" as terrorist organizations, as well as strip Russia of its opportunity to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, reports LETA, referring to the German magazine "Bild".
Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius says it is difficult to expect that the peace plan proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin will be successful, because it does not even acknowledge the reality, reports LETA.
In an interview on Latvian Television (LTV) this morning, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma (Unity) said that imposing sanctions against Russia is basically the only weapon the European Union (EU) has in trying to halt Russia's aggression towards Ukraine, informs LETA.
The Ukrainian Embassy in Lithuania has published information proving that the Ukrainian state border and airspace have been violated by Russia's Armed Forces and that the positions of Ukrainian troops and border guards as well as civilian settlements have been under fire and shelling from the Russian territory, and have been under attack in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian groups and mercenaries armed by the Russian Federation, reports LETA/ELTA.
European Union leaders on Sunday gave Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warned it was on the brink of "full-scale war" with Moscow, informs LETA/AFP.
The number of Russian tourists in Europe has reduced by 30-40% due to the crisis in Ukraine, and this tendency will inevitably affect Latvia as well, CEO of the travel agency Baltic Travel Group Vlads Korjagins told LETA.