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Saturday, 10.10.2015, 22:43
In recent years, there have been numerous publications on Russian internal and external policies: it seems all – politicians, academics and publicists- wanted to write a few lines “about Russia” in their involvement to better understanding of the Russian way of life.
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According to Statistics Estonia, in August 2015, exports of goods decreased by 6% and imports by 3% compared to August of the previous year. The decrease in exports was mostly influenced by a fall in the trade of electrical equipment, metals and products thereof, and mineral products.
According to Statistics Estonia, 394,000 tourists used the services of accommodation establishments in August 2015, which was 4% more than in August 2014. The number of both foreign and domestic tourists increased.
Combined cycle unit of Elektrenai Power Plant in Lithuania increased electricity generation due to significant price hike in the Nord Pool Spot power market. October 8th afternoon the unit was generating electricity at 420 MW capacity, thus ensuring the security of electricity supply, reports LETA/ELTA.
On 8 October 2015, the Mayor of Kazakhstan capital Astana Mr. Adilbek Dzhaksibekov and Kazakhstan businessmen delegation paid a working visit to the Freeport of Riga, reports BC port’s press service.
The fruit and vegetable processing company Spilva is compensating a reduction of exports to Russia with an increase in exports to Europe, as well as new export markets, the company's director Lolita Bemhena informed LETA.
Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos gelezinkeliai) and Chinese state corporation China Merchants Group (CMG) are planning to set up a joint expedition venture in the near future. The company will handle freight transportation between Lithuania, Belarus, and China, reports LETA/ELTA.
On September 8th, MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis addressed Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union, and Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for competition, saying that the planned Nord Stream 2 project contravenes primary energy security objectives of the European Union (EU) and the Third Energy Package, informs LETA/ELTA.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallstrom to discuss bilateral partnership, the situation in Ukraine, relations with Russia, regional security, cooperation in the region and in the fields of strategic communication, energy and transport, reports BC Lithuanian MFA.
On 6 October in Vilnius, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Neris Germanas met with the delegation of German Bundestag's Parliamentary Friendship Group for Relations with the Baltic States led by its Chair Alois Karl, the MFA reported BC.
President Raimonds Vejonis, at the recent United Nations' General Assembly in New York, had the opportunity to meet with Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko. During the talks, the two presidents focused on bilateral economic cooperation, informs LETA.
The cargo turnover of Estonian ports continues to fall, and this year has been by nearly one fifth smaller than a year ago; the fall has not been so fast in Latvia and in Lithuania the turnover has even increased, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
Lithuanian-Belarusian Transport Forum: logistic sector is very important to development of relations
At Lithuanian-Belarusian Transport Forum held on October 5th in Minsk, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania Rimantas Sinkevicius underlined that the transport sector is one of the key factors of the development of bilateral commercial and economic cooperation. In the first half of the year 2015, the volume of goods carried between Belarus and Lithuania amounted to 10.33 million tonnes or 12 percent more compared to the same period last year, informed BC the ministry.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, who is on an official visit in Switzerland, met with Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga to discuss European and national security, the refugee crisis and cooperation between Lithuania and Switzerland in science and business, the Lithuanian presidency reports BC.
According to TNS Emor, 294,000 people in the age of 4 years or older watched Estonian Public Broadcasting's (ERR) new Russian-language television channel ETV+ for at least one minute during the first week it was on air, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.