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Friday, 21.11.2014, 19:35
Despite a reduction in the number of Russian tourists, Latvia still was able to register its largest ever increase in tourist number this year, Economy Ministry State Secretary Martins Lazdovskis said during the ''Latvian Tourism Forum 2014'' today, cites LETA.
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Edward Lucas, one of the most prominent British columnists analysing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe, has been awarded Vytautas Magnus University (VDU) Honorary Doctorate. The ceremony took place on 20 November, the university said in a press release.
The Estonian government discussed at its Thursday evening cabinet meeting the establishment of a Russian-language TV program, and gave its support to it; to make the final decision, the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Culture need to find financing sources for around EUR 4 million per year, LETA/Pubic Broadcasting reports.
Russia would like to ratify the border treaty with Estonia, but in the current tense political situation, does not see any possibility for it, due to Estonia's own behaviour too, Russian State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov told Estonian Public Broadcasting, cites LETA.
During his visit to Lithuania, Edward Lucas, one of the most prominent British columnists analysing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Europe, urged Lithuania to pay more attention to dissemination of its success stories and be more active in fight with the even smallest provocations of Russia in their early stages.
During its presidency of the Council of the European Union next year, Latvia will play an important role in the region's security, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said after meeting with Latvian President Andris Berzins on Thursday, informs LETA.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief spokesman Dmitry Peskov discussed in an interview on BBC the Ukrainian crisis and its impact on the West-Moscow relations, addressing the theoretical possibility of a coup in Latvia, cites BBC/LETA.
In her opening speech at the Swedish Business Awards ceremony today, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite said that socially sensitive Nordic business ethics have created counterbalance in Lithuania to the corrupt business methods which came from the East, reports LETA/ELTA.
During a meeting between Latvian President Andris Berzins and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in Riga today, the two sides discussed matters related to strengthening economic cooperation, LETA was informed by the president's press secretary Liga Krapane.
There is no Western solidarity with Latvia – Latvia is appreciated only for supporting sanctions against Russia, but as soon as the consequences of these sanctions are mentioned, Latvia is forgotten, Ventspils Mayor Aivars Lembergs said in an interview with channel LTV this morning, cites LETA.
British foreign secretary in Riga points out to necessity for additional discussions in regard to free flow of workforce
After a meeting yesterday with Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity), visiting British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said that additional discussions between Latvia and Great Britain are needed in regard to the free flow of the workforce, informs LETA.
Estonian Technical Surveillance Authority confirmed that there are currently no available radio frequencies in Estonia to offer, so the planned Russian propaganda channel will not be broadcast by FM radio waves in Estonia, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.
The provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the first nine months of 2014 the volume of goods exported at current prices, as compared to the nine months of the previous year, increased by EUR 144.1 mln or 2.0%, but volume of imports reduced by EUR 103.2 mln or 1.1%.
Despite Russia's embargo and the complicated situation in top export markets, Lithuanian economic growth in 2014 will be among the fastest in the EU member states, writes LETA/ELTA.
In November 2014, the e-Governance Academy in Estonia with its partners will start assisting the Ukrainian government in the development of e-governance and the nation's first e-services.