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Baltics say no automatic asylum for Russians fleeing draft

Sep. 22, 2022 07:04 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic states say they are not prepared to automatically offer asylum to Russians fleeing mobilization into the military, hoping that discontent with the Russian authorities will grow at home instead. Large numbers of Russians rushed Wednesday to...

Baltic nations close borders to Russians over Ukraine war

Sep. 19, 2022 13:43 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania closed their borders Monday to most Russian citizens in response to the wide domestic support in Russia for the war in Ukraine. Under the coordinated travel ban, Russians wishing to travel to the Baltic countries as tourists or...

Poland says Ukraine ready to offer power as coal alternative

Sep. 09, 2022 12:35 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine is ready to supply Poland with electricity and help reduce the use of coal for power generation in light of an anticipated energy crisis, the Polish prime minister said Friday. Poland’s premier Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvia's President Egils Levits,...

4 nations bordering Russia to restrict Russian tourists

Sep. 08, 2022 11:00 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Four European countries that border Russia will take regional steps this month to limit people from Russia from entering Europe’s visa-free zone by land because they “are increasingly concerned about the substantial and growing influx of Russian citizens.” ...

Human remains, debris found at Baltic Sea plane crash site

Sep. 06, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Human remains and debris have been found in the Baltic Sea during a search operation off Latvia’s coast where a private jet crashed in mysterious circumstances, likely killing all four occupants. Lt. Cmdr. Peteris Subbota, head of the Latvian military’s Marine...

No sign of survivors after 'ghost plane' crashes in Baltic

Sep. 05, 2022 08:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Latvia said Monday that a search and rescue operation has so far found no sign of survivors from a small plane that crashed in the Baltic Sea. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the private plane, carrying four people, shortly after it took off...

EU to tighten travel rules for Russians, but no visa ban

Aug. 31, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union countries agreed Wednesday to make it harder for Russian citizens to enter the 27-nation bloc, but they failed to find a consensus on imposing an outright tourist ban in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. At talks in the Czech Republic, EU foreign...

War protest: Statues fall as Europe purges Soviet monuments

Aug. 31, 2022 03:01 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — In the Latvian capital of Riga, an obelisk that soared high above a park to commemorate the Soviet Army’s capture of that nation in 1944 was toppled last week. It crashed into a pond to the cheers of those watching. Days earlier in Estonia, a replica of a...

EU split over Russia visa ban, weighs Ukraine army training

Aug. 30, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union nations were divided Tuesday over whether to slap a broad visa ban on Russian citizens, torn between a desire to ramp up pressure on President Vladimir Putin and concern about punishing people who may not even support his war on Ukraine. The 27-nation...

Fire on Baltic Sea ferry is out, no injuries

Aug. 29, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A fire was reported Monday on a passenger ferry carrying nearly 300 people from Sweden to Latvia but officials said the blaze — which they described as “limited” — was put out. No one was reported injured. The ferry was north of Sweden's Baltic Sea island...