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Baltic states rule out asylum for Russian draft-dodgers

The Baltic states have ruled out the possibility of accepting Russian draft dodgers or granting them asylum after Moscow announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday. Latvia cited the measure as a reason to step up support for Ukraine and enhance its own security. “Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other …

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‘Ghost flight’ crashes into Baltic Sea

Swedish authorities have launched a major search-and-rescue operation after a private jet crashed into the sea off the coast of Latvia, Swedish and German media report. The jet, which took off from southern Spain on Sunday, reportedly flew over several European nations with supposedly no one in the cockpit, according …

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Baltic state demolishes Soviet WWII monument

Workers have started removing the monument to the liberators of Latvia from the Nazis, with at least one excavator and a truck already at the site. Earlier, the city council of the capital, Riga decided to demolish the memorial despite protests from some. On Tuesday, Russia’s Zvezda TV reported that …

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Gazprom halts gas supply to Baltic nation

Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Saturday that it has stopped deliveries to Latvia due to “violations of the terms of gas extraction.” This week, Aigars Kalvitis, chairman of gas company Latvijas Gaze, told the media that his country continued to buy Russian natural gas even after refusing to comply …

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Baltic state seeking to buy US rocket system sent to Ukraine – media

Latvia has asked to purchase the US-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), a military spokesperson told Defense News. Poland and other partners have made similar requests for the long-range weapon, which was recently shipped to the Ukrainian battlefield.  The Latvian Ministry of Defense “sent a letter of request to …

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Baltic country calls for naval coalition to escort Ukrainian grain

An international naval coalition should be put together to ensure ships carrying Ukrainian grain can leave Black Sea ports amid an alleged Russian blockade of the coastline, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis has suggested. Landsbergis proposed the idea during talks with UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in London on Monday, …

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Baltic states demand massive NATO buildup – media

Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia are actively seeking an enhanced NATO presence in Eastern Europe amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing a joint proposal by the three nations obtained by the media outlet. A division-sized force of some 20,000 troops should be put on …

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Baltic Sea ‘becomes NATO sea’ – EU member

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has said his country approves of Finland and Sweden joining NATO, noting that their addition to the alliance turns the Baltic Sea into “a NATO sea” in a Friday interview with the Financial Times.  Along with his counterparts in Estonia and Lithuania, Rinkevics expressed his …

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Baltic nation sees wild surge in consumer prices

The Estonian consumer price index saw a dramatic surge of 18.8% year-over-year in April, with prices advancing faster than they have been in decades, according to the latest data revealed by Statistics Estonia. The agency reported that prices for goods and services were 14.4% and 27.8% more expensive respectively in …

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