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Thursday, 29.01.2015, 00:14
The number of Russian tourists visiting Latvia last year reduced by 6% when compared to 2013, reports LETA, according to statistics from the Economy Ministry and the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA).
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Due to a deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, both Latvian President Andris Berzins and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto expressed support today towards strengthening sanctions against Russia, reports LETA.
European Union leaders have tasked their foreign ministers to consider tough new sanctions against Russia when they meet Thursday in response to a bloody upsurge in fighting blamed on Moscow, reports LETA/AFP.
On 26 January, at Lithuania's request, the United Nations Security Council discussed the deadly shelling of Mariupol on January 23, when 30 people were killed and 90 wounded, reported BC Lithuania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Continuing geopolitical tensions in the East will continue to affect Lithuania's economy in 2015, says Nerijus Maciulis, Chief Economist of bank Swedbank. According to him, Lithuania's export to Russia will fall by at least 10%. Therefore, Lithuania's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will grow less than projected earlier, 2.3%, reports LETA/ELTA.
Lithuania's National Paying Agency (NMA) will start disbursing temporary assistance funds to milk producers who incurred losses due to dairy product embargo imposed by the Russian Federation, reports LETA/ELTA.
Swedbank has reduced Latvia's GDP growth forecast for the year 2015 to 1.9%, reports LETA.
On Tuesday, January 27th, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, together with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, participated in the Lithuanian-Georgian Business Forum, which focused on the promotion of investment, strengthening of bilateral partnership and search for new export markets. The Forum convened Lithuania’s largest food companies, reported BC press service of Lithuanian government.
In Berlin on 26 January 2015, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics met with Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and talked about the tense security situation in the region, and the attack by pro-Russia separatists on the civilian residents of the city of Mariupol in Ukraine, reports BC the press service of Latvian MFA.
Milk processors have adjusted the range of their products after Russia closed its market for Lithuanian produce. Processors have increased manufacture of products with longer shelf-life, reports LETA/ELTA, referring to Vakaro zinios.
Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevicius attended a meeting at the Lithuanian Embassy in Tbilisi with the Baltic Business Association founders and representatives, informs LETA/ELTA.
On 26 January 2015, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius met with UK Minister for Europe David Lidington in London and discussed possible results of the forthcoming EU's Foreign Affairs Council, reports BC press service of Lithuanian MFA.
Estonian president: governments should pursue positive vision and contribute to digital development of states
Estonian President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, took part in high-level panels that focused on digital development and geopolitics at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Estonian Head of State met with the leaders of several global technology enterprises within the framework of the World Economic Forum, such as Kudelski Group, Google and Cisco; he also met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, John Baird, reports BC presidential press service.
The Baltic States, which have freed themselves from the Soviet rule, can help the West to better understand Russia's problems, says Lilia Shevtsova, researcher at the Carnegie Moscow Center, reports LETA.
In order to discuss cooperation in the agricultural sector, Agriculture Minister Janis Duklavs (Greens/Farmers) met with the Tajikistani Ambassador to Latvia Kozidavlat Koimdodov, reports LETA.