Sweden and Finland Invited to Join NATO

1917 June 26: Crimean Tatar National Flag Day
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Being an industrial climber in Lithuania – ‘elderly women open windows, offer coffee’
Multi-national TV Series Estonia Shoots in Belgium
Spain deploys NASAMS anti-aircraft battery at Lielvarde base
‘I’m not a star here’: Famous Ukrainian actor returns to theatre after two months working in Lithuanian greenhouse
Swimmer Jefimova all-time highest-placed Estonian in world championships
How much cheese does a Latvian eat?
Lithuanian passports among most expensive on dark net
Poland’s unemployment rate falls to lowest point since 1990
Russia’s ‘Shadow Mobilization’ Accelerates With New Ethnic Units From The North Caucasus
About 30,000 Crimean Tatars have fled peninsula since 2014

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Russia’s neighbors fear NATO’s defense plans are not fit for purpose and they could be quickly overrun
NATO set to ‘significantly reinforce’ eastern flank — media
Ukrainian convicted in Lithuania’s 1991 crackdown case fights against Russia – lawyer
Valga municipality seeking tenants for town’s oldest building
First signs show Madrid summit likely to meet Lithuania’s expectations – MP
Nearly 40 public water taps installed in Tallinn to quench summer thirst
Canada sends two warships to the Baltic Sea
More empty Soviet war memorials could be found in Estonia
IT system disruptions cause passport issuance delays in Lithuania
Kontaveit down one place in world rankings as Kanepi and Lajal both move up
Rail Baltica signs Polish cooperation agreement
US senator in Lithuania: Kaliningrad sanctions consistent with American approach
Telia inks renewable energy deals in Denmark and Estonia
Lithuania hit with ‘intensive’ cyber attacks amid Kaliningrad row
NATO to increase high alert forces from 40,000 to 300,000
Youths detained for burning Ukrainian flag in Rīga
Lithuania: Pushbacks, illegal detention, deception and abuses against refugees and migrants
Latvia: Tax officials arrested on suspicion of operating excise racket
Lithuanian diplomat’s car in Moscow painted with letters Z
Clients of Latvia’s 4 largest banks defrauded of EUR 4.1 million in 5 months
Agency: Estonia’s motor fuel security of supply is good
Canada in talks with NATO allies about boosting military forces in Latvia
Russian hackers claim responsibility for cyberattack on Lithuania
Vice speakers of Latvian and Polish parliaments underline need to bolster regional security
Insurance premiums grow almost 10% in Estonia
Representatives of Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Lithuania discuss progress on key Baltic infrastructure projects
Thousands Protest in Madrid against NATO Summit
Fury as Faroes let Russian vessels fish in UK waters
Germany’s net-zero future needs 41TWh hydrogen storage capacity
11 smallest countries in the Region commit to COVID-19 recovery, health and sustainable tourism
Ukrainian Billionaire Akhmetov Sues Russia Over Losses Caused By War
Catalonia is building its own metaverse, says innovation minister
As G7 bashes him, Putin to make 1st foreign trip since Ukraine war
Russia pitches into first major external bond default in century
Ørsted, WWF Denmark Deploy 3D-Printed Reefs at Danish Offshore Wind Farm Hoping to Restore Cod Stock
Detained LGBTQ activists in Istanbul Pride being released
Letting Russia win in Ukraine would be ‘absolutely chilling’, says Boris Johnson
France says Russia must answer for missile strike on Ukrainian mall
OX2 applies for permit to build 5.5 GW giant off Sweden
First Russia, Then Hungary, Now Romania Is Considering A ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law
Russian weapons wrecked in Ukraine war on display in Poland
Swiss intel service: Watch out for redeployed Russian spies
Russia promises to give Belarus missile systems with nuclear capabilities within months
G7 to stand with Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’
Russia, Belarus threatening Lithuania with war over Kaliningrad ban
Russian missile strike hits crowded shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine
Safe houses offer shelter to homeless LGBT youths in Poland
Russian superyacht seized by US arrives in San Diego Bay
US and European officials eye summit for progress for Finland and Sweden joining NATO
‘I want my son back’: captured Moroccan’s father pleads with Putin
Single-family houses to no longer require planning permits in Poland in bid to boost housing
UK presses on with Brexit rules rewrite; EU calls it illegal
NATO hosts new round of Türkiye, Finland, Sweden talks
Oil price cap could strike Russia’s war chest — if enforced
Image rites: Poland’s new role in Europe

NATO summit offers Estonia chance to make case for permanent base
Kallas: Madrid goal is decisions to strengthen NATO’s Eastern flank defense
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Sanctions turn Estonia’s Koidula freight station into ghost station
UK financial watchdog investigating Wise founder over alleged tax default
Concessions on Kaliningrad transit would ‘encourage aggressive behaviour’, says Lithuanian FM
Electricity firms agree plans for third line between Finland, Estonia
Cannabis decriminalisation makes way in Lithuanian parliament
Estonia, SDE chairman: Coalition agrees to raise minimum income tax rate
European climate package works in our favor
Kaliningrad town removes tribute to Lithuanian philosopher
Lithuania bans Russian gas, leaves exception for transit to Kaliningrad
Lithuania bans selling lottery tickets to minors
The Unknown War: Routledge publishes its first book on Lithuanian partisans
Latvia hosts NATO’s largest eastern flank battlegroup
Lithuanian parliament votes to extend state of emergency until mid-September
Could the Russian cyber attack on Lithuania draw a military response from NATO?
Small-scale cyber attacks on Lithuanian institutions continue
What can Lithuania expect from ‘historic’ NATO Summit in Madrid?
Wives Of Russian Officers Urge Buryatia Leader To Return Their Husbands From Ukraine
U.K. set to abandon Europe’s top science funding program, go it alone
Polish court rules that four “LGBT-free zones” must be abolished
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Canada tightens sanctions against Russia and Belarus
‘Russian Salad’ on the menu at NATO summit cafe in Madrid raises eyebrows
Scandinavia’s Debt-Ridden SAS Airline Looks to Denmark for Survival
Bulgaria expels 70 Russian diplomatic staff over espionage concerns
Pilot strikes and no new funds from Norway: troubles mount at SAS
French parliament elects woman as its speaker, for 1st time
Norway ready to reclaim stake in Scandinavian airline SAS
Biden, NATO to beef up force posture amid Russian aggression
Finnish lift maker Kone to sell off Russian operations
Erdogan family firm gifts Bayraktar drones to Ukraine
Türkiye, Finland, and Sweden sign agreement paving the way for Finnish and Swedish NATO membership
Sturgeon sets out plans for October 2023 Scottish independence vote
Germany, Netherlands promise additional howitzers to Ukraine
How Google Has Allowed Fake News About The Srebrenica Genocide To Flourish
Finland to expand abortion right as citizens’ initiative moves forward in Parliament
New U.S. Sanctions Target Russian Defense Industry, Gold Imports
Warsaw Stock Exchange (GPW) completed majority shares acquisition of Armenia Securities Exchange (AMX)

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Putin needs to be stopped in the battlefield — not with sanctions, says ex-president of Lithuania
Red Bull ends Vips’ contract over offensive language clips
Diplomatic headache – how Russia used Kaliningrad transit to pressure Lithuania
Estonia’s parental benefit gender gap falls to new low
Racist abuse in Lithuanian refugee centres but warm welcome for Ukrainians
Minister hails Estonian Constitution on 30th anniversary of its adoption
Another four Orthodox priests defrocked in Lithuania
Number of Ukrainian refugees in temporary accommodation in Estonia falls by half
Latvia will need to fill up gas storage facility to 35% by November
SDE: Thousands more teachers needed for transition to Estonian schooling
Inflation in Lithuania hits 20%, ‘important psychological threshold’
Latvian Finance Minister calls for future spending restraint
To host German brigade, Lithuania would need to build ‘little Germany’ – Estonian commander
Rally participants pulled over after spate of speeding violations
Every NATO member, including Lithuania, pressed Turkey to accept Sweden, Finland
Russian hackers have been targeting Latvia and Lithuania
Estonian women’s national team come back from 2 down to beat Kazakhstan 4-2
Vestas secures 39 MW order in Estonia
Food delivery service Bolt avoids paying couriers’ income tax
Vladimir Putin still wants most of Ukraine – US intel chief
Heatwave brings ‘tropical nights’ to Estonia
Canada, together with allies, will expand and strengthen their presence in Latvia – Rinkevics
Estonia: long-term rent price is set too high for refugees
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Landsbergis the richest cabinet member, asset declarations show
New tools will be used to study MS Estonia and create its digital twin
Madrid summit is last chance to stop Russia, Lithuanian president says
Kallas: There has been a significant shift in NATO’s mindset
Canada to upgrade Latvia battlegroup to a brigade, boost number of troops
NATO agrees to divisional structure, brigade-sized unit in Estonia
NATO leaders approve brigades for Lithuania and eastern flank
Britain to commit 1,000 extra troops to Nato’s defence of Estonia
NATO members commit to ‘robust’ reinforcement of eastern flank
German investors open centre for servicing military vehicles in Lithuania
Rail Baltica secures another 350 million euros of funding
Canada to lead efforts to form ‘combat-capable’ brigade in Latvia
Russian Blogger Finally Allowed To Enter Georgia, Immediately Flies From Tbilisi To Lithuania
Slovakia to Buy 152 Swedish Combat Vehicles
What was Putin doing in Tajikistan?
NATO vastly expands troops at high readiness for long-term Russian threat
Scholz Says Germany to Become Biggest NATO Force in Europe
Leaders of U.S., South Korea and Japan agree closer cooperation over North Korea threat
Germany awards 0.7 GW of solar capacity at EUR 55.10
‘I didn’t fire a shot’, says American held by separatists in eastern Ukraine
Norway to Send Rocket Launchers to Ukraine
US boosting military presence in Europe amid Russia threat
Norway relieved over ‘historic’ NATO agreements
French court finds 20 guilty for 2015 Islamist attacks in Paris
Lukashenko regime responsible attacks against Ukraine, not Belarus people – Tsikhanouskaya
$30B from Russian oligarchs frozen under REPO seizure effort
Turkey to seek extraditions from Finland, Sweden under NATO deal
‘No guarantee’ Fed can tame inflation without hurting employment, Powell warns
Nato invites Finland, Sweden as members
NATO pivots to highlight Chinese ‘challenges’ for 1st time
Putin wants to terrorize Ukraine into submission. It’s not working.
NATO deems Russia its ‘most significant and direct threat’
Belarus ‘engulfed in fear’ as systematic violations and impunity persist
Ukraine war limited Moscow’s ability to interfere in French election
Biden announces permanent US military base in Poland, America’s first on NATO east flank
NATO Strategic Concept: The potential for sustainable defence innovation
Russia threatens retaliation against Norway over access to Svalbard
Wheat prices to jump by a third if Russian exports halve, warn OECD, UN
Poland’s first-ever walrus spotted on Baltic beach
Metsola: EU “let itself be surprised” by war in Ukraine
Poland breaks world record for biggest lump of amber
Towards more digital sovereignty – What did the French Presidency achieve and what still needs to be done?
Ukrainian villages ‘wiped from face of earth’ by Russian missile strikes
Biden administration throws support behind potential F-16 sale to Turkey
EDF signs agreements with Polish firms in effort to develop Poland’s first nuclear plants
Iranian Court Confirms Long Prison Sentence For Espionage For French National Briere
China Deepens Balkan Footprint With Plans For Power Plant In Bosnia

1960 June 30: Democratic Republic of Congo Independence Day
Latvia, Austria, Slovakia have EU’s largest gas stores
Canada to open up full embassy in Estonia
Construction starts on 200MWh Fluence BESS projects in Lithuania for 2022 completion
Vips to finish F2 season with Hitech despite offensive language clips
Who’s to blame for growing drug use in Lithuania?
Defense ministry official: Estonia got what it asked for in Madrid
Lithuania Adds a 747 km Trail to the Hiking Map of Europe
Up to 300 Soviet monuments set for removal in Latvia
1.4 magnitude earthquake measured off Estonian coast
Construction costs up by more than 20% in Latvia
First emergency shelter signs installed on Tartu buildings
Levits highly appreciates Slovenia’s contribution to strengthening security of Latvia and entire Baltic region
Estonia: Coalition talks stalled, but may be nearing agreement
Lithuania has no plans to relaunch Vilnius-Minsk passenger train services
Exact number of troops for brigade in Latvia will be determined in future talks – Canadian defense minister
Fresh sanctions on Kaliningrad transit to come in July, Lithuania expects ‘various reactions’ from Moscow
Estonia’s education minister resigns due to criminal proceedings
Parliament grants head-of-state status to Lithuania’s first post-independence leader
Estonia’s struggle to contain rampant inflation
Lithuanian parliament to hold extraordinary session to ratify Swedish, Finnish NATO membership
Latvia approaches Sweden, Finland on possible involvement in NATO’ multinational brigade
Lithuania should be ready not afraid of Russian action over Kaliningrad, country’s FM tells Euronews
Latvia: Business downbeat in June, surveys suggest
‘There will be continued US presence in Lithuania’ – US army secretary in Vilnius
Rally Estonia backs government’s Gryazin entry ban
CJEU finds Lithuania’s migrant policies in violation of EU law
Estonia planning acquisition of medium-range active air defense with Latvia
Latvia stuns Serbia and claims first spot in Group A
Lithuania To Proceed With Kaliningrad Transit Sanctions As Planned
Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas on how the NATO summit went
Estonian Defense Minister: Baltic Can Become ‘Internal NATO Sea’ With Sweden, Finland in Alliance
Lithuania’s president on tensions with Russia and the war in Ukraine
Putin’s preposterously long table at Kremlin dwarfed by gigantic table at a summit he attended in Turkmenistan
France And Romania Ink Naval Cooperation Agreement
The Complexity of Kazakhstan-Russia Relations on Display
UK sends military experts to counter Russian influence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Madrid Summit ends with far-reaching decisions to transform NATO
NATO vows to guard ‘every inch of territory’ as Russia fumes
Germany unveils plans for simpler legal gender change process
Crypto rules to make Europe a global leader as prices plunge
Russia abandons Snake Island in victory for Ukraine
Why green ammonia will be the workhorse of EU’s future hydrogen economy
Sweden, Finland to sign NATO accession protocol on Tuesday, Stoltenberg says
Czechs take over EU presidency braced for ‘bad weather’
China is steadily wiping out German industry
EU and New Zealand sign free trade agreement
Russia kicks out Sweden’s development agency
Macron Says Compromise Found On EU Membership Talks For North Macedonia
Sweden’s Riksbank steps up pace of interest rate rises
Only 15% of World Enjoys Free Expression of Information
Erdogan says Sweden, Finland must fulfil NATO agreement promises
144 Ukraine Fighters Freed from Russian Captivity in Prisoner Exchange
Sweden to send more anti-tank weapons and machine guns to Ukraine
NATO Ends Summit with Strengthened Posture Against Russia, China
Sweden awards contract to Saab for two GlobalEye spy planes
Norway denies it is blocking Russian access to Arctic islands
Putin warns Sweden, Finland over NATO troops
EU and Russia agree they need a plan for Kaliningrad, says Polish PM
Ukraine plans on summer counteroffensive to oust Russian forces
Nato chief: Finland, Sweden have right to choose their own path
Belarus could execute over 60 people on terrorism charges
Germany’s Scholz urges free transit for Russian goods to Kaliningrad
Belarus will make its Eurobond payments in Belarusian rubles
Norway says NATO’s northern expansion will aid Nordic defense plans
Permanent US base in Poland is first of many to come in CEE says minister
Denmark’s Covid mass mink cull had no legal justification, says report
EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts €76.5 billion Partnership Agreement with Poland for 2021 – 2027
Biden: Putin got the ‘Natoisation’ of Finland
Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep asylum seekers out

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Riigikogu could ratify Finland, Sweden NATO accession on July 6
Cannabis policy reform in Lithuania: history, current status, and future challenges
Fifth annual Station Narva festival set to take place in early September
Sweden, Finland might contribute to new NATO brigade in Latvia
Paide youngsters lend a hand on farm alongside Ukrainian refugees
Latvia is not highly motorised
Cyber-attacks against Lithuania have ebbed, but may resume – official
Latvia and Estonia team up to buy future air defense systems
No decision in Brussels on Kaliningrad, says Lithuanian MEP
Haapsalu’s Tchaikovsky Festival renamed White Nights Music Festival
Lithuanian, Icelandic chiefs of defense discuss contribution to NATO battalion
Estonia’s annual inflation rises to 22 percent, highest in Eurozone
Poland backs EU talks with Russia to resolve Kaliningrad transit dispute
Russia is called what it is in NATO’s new strategy – Rinkevics
Europe ready for Baltics emergency switch-off from Russian grid
XXXVI Pärnu Documentary and Science Film Festival
Minister insists Lithuania won’t change migrant policies despite clash with EU law
Latvia has already met requirements of EU Gas Storage Regulation – Conexus
Government triples funding for Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union
Mihkelson: Creating Kaliningrad sanctions exception sends wrong signal
Baltic states report highest inflation in euro zone
Latvia takes over presidency at Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission
Lithuania bans flavoured e-cigarettes
Eurotopics – Nato summit: a new course for Europe?
Thunderbirds to recognize 100 years of U.S.-Latvia diplomatic relations at Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show
Estonian Oil Association: High fuel prices have affected people in rural areas most
Latvian prime minister’s clear-eyed view of Russia
Accession of Finland and Sweden to NATO will radically change defense capabilities of the entire region – MP Snore
Lithuania overcomes one-man show by Vezenkov to continue its perfect streak
Germany at the head of the Council of the Baltic Sea States for one year
Luxembourg to host new NATO tech innovation fund
Ukraine requests Turkey detain Russian-flagged ship it says carrying Ukrainian grain
Vatican takes big loss in sale of London building at heart of trial
Australia and France make ‘new start’ after submarine row
Volvo will add plant in Slovakia to underpin EV shift
Denmark becomes first country in the world to ban lead ammunition
Russian envoy to Bulgaria to ask Moscow to shut embassy after mass expulsions
Ukraine’s Berlin envoy draws Israeli, Polish ire with views on Stepan Bandera
Montenegrin President Urges Calm Over Government Deal With Serbian Church
WNBA’s Brittney Griner goes on trial in Russian court
Moldova eyes closer agri-trade relationship with EU
Germany in race against time to deploy new LNG import terminals
Palau slams U.N. for blocking Taiwan delegates from attending Ocean Conference
Timeline: Hong Kong under 25 years of Chinese rule
Putin pushes Belarus-Russia integration
In Switzerland, first same-sex couples say “I do”
Germany wants ads, influencers to note use of beauty filters
Finland installs 784 MW wind power capacity during H1
Inflation hits record 8.6% for 19 countries using the euro
The Beet Goes On: UNESCO Sides With Ukraine Over Russia In ‘Borscht War’
Norway pledges 1 bln euros to support Ukraine
Tour de France gets underway in rain-swept Copenhagen
Sweden: A Submarine Powerhouse For NATO (And Nightmare For Russia)

President of Estonia seeking clarity on government coalition agreement
Lithuanian MEP says Ukraine needs F-15s, F-16s to protect Ukrainian sky
NATO colonel: 10,000 allied troops understand Estonia’s defense plans
Bilotaite: Amnesty’s report on migrants out of context
Estonian EU ambassador hands credentials to president of Pakistan
Luminor buys Estonian e-commerce company Maksekeskus
Living on Lithuania’s border with Kaliningrad – Z murals and Russian propaganda on airwaves
Car-Free Avenue opens in Tartu
In conjunction with Latvian festival, the Ordway hosts a musical ode to the home country
Kazakhstan, Latvia FMs discuss bilateral economic cooperation
Time capsule library in Norway seeks to leave hope for future generations
More than a million pack London’s streets for Pride parade
Sweden insists on judicial independence in Turkey extradition decisions
‘It’s good to move’: Greenland’s seniors play ball
Poland’s Kaczynski tells banks to give savers higher interest or expect more taxes
Macedonians protest French proposals over rift with Bulgaria
US to send Ukraine advanced surface-to-air missile systems
Serbia and Russia and the Coming Balkan Storm
Sweden to extradite over 50 terrorists to Türkiye – President Erdogan
Scotland will hold an independence referendum in 2023. Will Catalonia follow?
Lukashenko Says Ukraine Fired Missiles On Belarus
Uzbekistan imposes state of emergency in protest-hit Karakalpak
Two more British men captured in Ukraine could face death penalty
Protesters march in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan to defend right to secession
Russians Hoping To Travel To Ukraine Will Need Visa As Of July 1
Lviv preparing for possible escalation on the part of Belarus

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