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Wednesday, 01.10.2014, 23:17
On September 30th in Riga, the Embassy of China in Latvia made a reception on the occasion of the 65th National Day of the P.R.C. BC publicizes the speech of the ambassador Yang Guoqian, which was kindly presented by the Embassy’s press service.
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Starting from the beginning of 2014, both the EU and Ukraine have been facing many common challenges related to their respective border, energy and defense security.
Recovery in domestic demand, observed last year and in the first half of 2014, was the result of better expectations of businesses and consumers. Unfortunately, geopolitical tension and uncertainty which growing due to external threats is pushing the expectation curves down, says Indre Genyte-Pikciene, chief analyst of DNB, cites LETA/ELTA.
It is obvious that Ukraine alone cannot resist Russia, especially because the current crisis affects not so much Ukraine as the entire Europe's security system, which has practically ceased to exist, former Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oleg Shamshur said in an interview with LETA.
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.
Address by President H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov at the festive ceremony dedicated to the 23rd anniversary of independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. It was presented to BC by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Latvia.
Press statement of Latvian President Andris Bērziņš after the meeting of the Presidents of the Baltic States with the President of the United States of America in Tallinn on September 3rd. The following is a press release from the President's Press Office.
Ukraine will never reconcile with the loss of Crimea. Valery Zhovtenko, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Lithuania, said in the exclusive interview to ELTA news agency that only negotiation measures will be used to solve the issue of Crimea, cites LETA.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's opinion on military solidarity can be considered a good signal for Latvia and the rest of the Baltic countries, Center for East European Policy Studies CEO Andis Kudors told LETA.
Latvian MEP Andrejs Mamikins has sent a letter to the President of the European Comission Mr. José Manuel Durão Barroso concerning the mutual sanctions between EU and Russia. BC publicizes the message uncensored.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin came to power, it seems that he did not have the opportunity to escape his past and move on to the next stage in understanding his own country and the world, as author and public activist Igor Vatolin said in an interview with LETA.
The Russian government’s announcement of sanctions on some food stuffs imported from the EU, Norway, USA, Canada and Australia will hit some countries harder than others. Yet the impact on the Russian economy may be even more significant.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the government Thursday evening to restrict food and agricultural imports from countries that have imposed sanctions against Russia; Estonian Agriculture Minister Ivari Padar said that Estonians are already hardened to Russian sanctions, reports LETA reffering to Postimees Online.
Edgars Rinkevics:Including Donetsk and Luhansk ''republics'' on terrorist list would be a very strong signal
In an interview to the Latvian Radio program 'Kruspunkta' today, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) said that the inclusion of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk ''republics'' on the terrorist list would be a very strong signal, informs LETA.