baltvideo.com http://baltvideo.com/ News video from baltic states Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:45:19 +0200 en-US http://baltvideo.com/media/baltvideo_logo.png baltvideo.com - news from baltic states http://baltvideo.com/en/feed 260 89 hourly 1 Iodine tablets are distributed in Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/iodine-tablets-are-distributed-in-lithuania Wed, 28 Oct 2020 13:45:19 +0200

In Lithuanian pharmacies, iodine tablets are handed out to visitors in case of an accident at the Ostrovets nuclear power plant in Belarus. The Lithuanian presidential administration reports that Minsk ignores nuclear safety issues and did not implement the recommendations of stress tests. Belarus says it plans to connect the first block of the station to the country's energy system at the end of this year, and the station should start operating at full capacity in February 2021. The Lithuanian government claims that the BelNPP was built without observing safety and environmental protection requirements.

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Lithuanians elect new parliament http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/lithuanians-elect-new-parliament Sun, 11 Oct 2020 17:36:39 +0300

Lithuania is holding a parliamentary election on Sunday amid coronavirus pandemic. Voters have been urged to wear personal protective equipment covering their nose and mouth, to bring their own pens and a personal ID document when arriving at the polling station. 141 lawmakers are being elected to the Lithuanian Seimas for a 4-year term. Political parties will win seats in the multi-member constituency if they manage to collect at least 5 percent of votes from the total number of votes in the election. The second round of voting in the Seimas election will take place on October 25. In each single-member constituency, two candidates who received the most votes in the first round will vie for seats in the run-off round.

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French President Emmanuel Macron visited Latvia http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/french-president-emmanuel-macron-visited-latvia Wed, 30 Sep 2020 14:05:16 +0300

On Wednesday held press conference with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš. Speaking in French initially, Kariņš talked up the opportunities for "many synergies" between French and Latvian businesses in the hi-tech sector before repeatedly stressing his over-riding theme: that the European Union needs to pool its resources in many more areas than at present in order to meet international challenges. For his part, after praising the joint declaration of France, Latvia and Lithuania on protecting democracies, Macron was asked about his desire to renew dialogue with Russia. Acknowledging the well-founded concerns of the Baltic states when it comes to Russia, Macron promised "this dialogue will not be something that will compromise your security."

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French president Macron visit Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/french-president-macron-visit-lithuania Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:55:03 +0300
The French public opinion about Macron’s visit to Lithuania is positive, as it stirs interest in the little-known Baltic states. Meanwhile, for the French president, the visit also gives a chance to once again raise the question of EU solidarity and greater strategic autonomy, she said.
Macron and Lithanian president Gitanas Nauseda was speaking about situation in neighbour Belarus.
Lithuania, along with its Baltic neighbours and Poland, was among the first countries to condemn election rigging and the Belarusian regime’s brutality against peaceful protesters. It also imposed sanctions on a long list of Belarusian officials, including Lukashenko.
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Holocaust victims commemorated in Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/holocaust-victims-commemorated-in-lithuania Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:31:27 +0300

September 23 - National Holocaust Remembrance Day in Lithuania. On this day in 1943, the Vilnius ghetto was liquidated, which meant a complete sweep of the Lithuanian capital from Jews. In total, 195,000 local Jews died in Lithuania during World War II. Before the war, there were 205 thousand of them. In Soviet times, it was not customary to talk about the tragedy of the Holocaust in Lithuania. The Communist Party believed that such openness could lead to interethnic conflicts. However, there are practically no cities in Lithuania where the murders of Jews in 1941-1944 did not take place. In many cases, the Jewish population was subjected to genocide even before the arrival of the Nazis. Today in the town of Ponyriai, where 70 thousand Lithuanian and Western European Jews found their own grave, a commemorative event was held, which was attended by the highest officials of Lithuania.

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The remains of 151 soldiers were buried in Estonia http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/the-remains-of-151-soldiers-were-buried-in-estonia Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:33:13 +0300

The remains of the warriors killed in World War II were interred in a non-memorial site of the Maardu cemetery. In total, the remains of 151 soldiers were buried. Since 2005, at the Maardu cemetery, the reburial of the remains of soldiers that search parties have found in different parts of Estonia has been taking place. Until today, the remains of 1285 soldiers have been buried at the Cemetery Memorial. Today, soldiers were reburied in Maardu, whose remains were found by the search engines of the Vironia detachment and the Front Line military history club this year in Estonia.

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An appeal is pending in the case of the events of January 1991 http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/an-appeal-is-pending-in-the-case-of-the-events-of-january-1991 Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:25:24 +0300

The Lithuanian Court of Appeal has scheduled on September 15 to begin consideration of complaints against the judgment of the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court in the case of the events of January 1991. Consideration of appeals was supposed to begin on March 26 of this year, however, on March 16, due to the coronavirus pandemic in Lithuania, a nationwide quarantine was declared. New dates for the proceedings have been set several times, but the situation with the coronavirus has still not allowed opening a case. The meeting is not held in the courthouse, where it is impossible to comply with the requirements for social distance, but in one of the auditoriums of the University. Mykolas Romeris, with a capacity of 400 people. In January 1991, in a situation of political dual power in street clashes between opponents of the USSR and those who wanted Lithuania to remain part of the Soviet Union, 14 people were killed in Vilnius. The Lithuanian side blamed the Soviet military and the political leadership of the USSR for the death of civilians. In total, 67 citizens of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were charged under articles for "war crimes" and "crimes against humanity". These countries have responded negatively to requests for assistance in legal proceedings against their citizens.

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Lithuanian freight carriers are concerned http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/lithuanian-freight-carriers-are-concerned Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:05:31 +0300 ]]> Bieguns first stop is Lithuania http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/bieguns-first-stop-is-lithuania Mon, 24 Aug 2020 15:20:46 +0300

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun travel to Vilnius, Lithuania; Moscow, Russia; Kyiv, Ukraine August 24–27 to meet with senior government leaders to discuss a range of regional and international issues. Deputy Secretary Biegun will travel to Vienna, Austria August 27 to meet with counterparts at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) to discuss issues related to regional security and human rights.

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Solidarity chain formed in Tallinn to support Belarussia http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/solidarity-chain-formed-in-tallinn-to-support-belarussia Sun, 23 Aug 2020 22:27:04 +0300

Hundreds of people gathered in Tallinn on Sunday to form a human chain to show solidarity with Belarussians protesting against the results of presidential elections which saw Alexander Lukashenko handed a sixth term in office earlier this month.

Supporters carrying placards and red and white flags and flowers braved the rain to form a human chain between Freedom Square and the Belarussian embassy, a distance of approximately 2 km along Pärnu mantee. The supporters then walked to Freedom Square and made speeches thanking people for taking part and supporting Belarussians. Mass protests have taken place across Belarus since the elections were held on August 9. The protesters are calling for new elections and for Lukashenko, who has been president for 26 years, to stand down. It is widely believed opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won the election.

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In Riga several hundred people participate in the human chain in support of Belarus http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/in-riga-several-hundred-people-participate-in-the-human-chain-in-support-of-belarus Sun, 23 Aug 2020 21:54:11 +0300

About 400 people, as well as several candidates for the position of mayor of Riga, gathered in the chain of people established in Riga today to support Belarus. The event was also attended by President Egils Levits, who at the beginning of the chain stood at the Freedom Monument, but then went to the end of the chain at the Latvian People’s Front Museum. The members of the support chain hold the white-red-white flag of Belarus, as well as the flags of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. 

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People in Lithuania form human chain from Vilnius to Belarusian border http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/people-in-lithuania-form-human-chain-from-vilnius-to-belarusian-border Sun, 23 Aug 2020 21:29:20 +0300

On the 21st anniversary of the Baltic Way, some 35,000 people are expected to form a human chain from Vilnius to the Belarusian border to express solidarity with protests in the neighbouring country. Lithuanians stood in a 35,000-strong human chain stretching 34 km from central Vilnius to the Belarus border on Sunday to show support for protesters in Belarus.

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave press conference http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/svetlana-tikhanovskaya-gave-press-conference Fri, 21 Aug 2020 16:13:28 +0300

Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave her first press conference on Friday after arrival in Lithuania. During the conversation with reporters, she made several statements. In particular, she said that she would return to Belarus only when she felt safety there. She also appreciated the possibility of a dialogue with the Belarusian authorities. Tikhanovskaya, who arrived in Lithuania last week after the elections in Belarus, had not talked to journalists before. On Thursday, she visited the Lithuanian government, where she met with Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. Tikhanovskaya was in self-isolation for some time, then passed the coronavirus test, which turned out to be negative. While in Vilnius, Tikhanovskaya appealed to the heads of European countries with an appeal not to recognize the results of the voting in Belarus and promised that the Coordination Council, created on her initiative, would immediately announce new elections with the participation of foreign observers.

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Nato battlegroup Estonia cycling around Estonia http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/nato-battlegroup-estonia-cycling-around-estonia Wed, 19 Aug 2020 22:07:30 +0300

Starting in Tartu on August 15, a team of Estonian, British and Danish soldiers and officers will cycle over 1,000 km across Estonia. Organized by NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup, the tour, called “NATO Velo” will run from Tartu to the west coast of Estonia, across the islands of Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, before riding onwards to Tallinn and Narva, where the tour ends on August 21. Today they take stop in Tallinn. 

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Action against violence in Belarus took place in Tallinn http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/action-against-violence-in-belarus-took-place-in-tallinn Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:23:29 +0300

A picket in support of the Belarusian opposition took place in front of the Belarusian Embassy in Estonia. The demand of the participants is to stop the violence in the republic. Several dozen people gathered for the protest, both ethnic Belarusians of Estonia and Estonian activists.

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Activists in Vilnius call for sanctions on Lukashenko government http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/activists-in-vilnius-call-for-sanctions-on-lukashenko-government Thu, 13 Aug 2020 20:28:12 +0300

Belarusian opposition activists in Vilnius have called on the international community to respond to violence against protesters and impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko's government. Opposition activists issued a statement to European and US politicians and diplomats, asking them “not to forgive the spilled blood of peaceful Belarusian citizens and to respond to this brutal crackdown”. Belarus' election commission reported on Monday that Lukashenko won 80 percent of the vote, but the opposition say the results were falsified.

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Lithuania Mints 'Coin of Hope' to Remember Year of Pandemic http://baltvideo.com/en/lithuania/lithuania-mints-coin-of-hope-to-remember-year-of-pandemic Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:00:22 +0300

Lithuania began minting a collector's coin, dubbed a "coin of hope", to mark the year of the new coronavirus and pay tribute to doctors, nurses and others who helped the country weather the pandemic. The coin has the phrase "after darkness, I hope for light" written around its edge in Latin. It features a shaft of light illuminating the year 2020 and spelling out SOS, the international distress signal, in shadow. The coin is minted in silver with a nominal value of five euros and in copper and nickel with a nominal value of 1.5 euros. The bank decided on the coin in March, when the country went into lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus, partly to reuse blanks intended for coins to mark the cancelled events of 2020, including the Tokyo Olympics.

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Tõnis Mägi and his song for Olimpic Games 1980 http://baltvideo.com/en/estonia/tnis-mgi-and-his-song-for-olimpic-games-1980 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:40:29 +0300

In 1979, the Estonian rock singer received an offer to sing the main hit of the 1980 Olympics “Olympic Flame”. It came as a surprise to Tõnis Mägi, since he was a rock performer, and rock music was not in favor with the Soviet government. The song was a phenomenal success. It is still played on radio stations in the countries of the former USSR.

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The statue to COVID-19 medics is erected in Riga http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/the-statue-to-covid-19-medics-is-erected-in-riga Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:45:15 +0300

The six-meter-high sculpture "Medics to the World" shows a female medic who has just come out of the treatment room and is getting ready for her next shift. "The people of Latvia are thankful to the medics in Latvia and all over the world for their selfless service during the COVID-19 pandemic and have put up a monument by a famous Latvian artist to health care personnel, supported by donations of almost 20 local companies," - said a release from the organizers. Author of the idea, professor at the Art Academy of Latvia Aigars Bikše, is one of the most prominent sculptors in Latvia today. He said: "The three-month long lockdown period and fear for their lives has made the people change their perspective towards doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Many just now for the first time in their lives realized the vital importance of medical staff" 

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Latvia's state of emergency is ended on June 10 http://baltvideo.com/en/latvia/latvias-state-of-emergency-is-ended-on-june-10 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 15:57:15 +0300

The state of emergency declared in Latvia on March 13 as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic came to an end at midnight June 9. From June 10 Latvia no longer in a state of emergency. However, that does not mean a complete return to the norms of the pre-pandemic period, as the government was at pains to explain following its June 9 virtual cabinet meeting.  The revised rules aim to balance the maximum personal freedom and economic activity with minimal risk of the disease spreading further, he said, while urging the public to continue with physical distancing and frequent hand-washing. With regard to travel, the government continues to ask for a careful assessment of its necessity. 

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