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Estonia to buy US rocket artillery system in $200M deal

Dec. 03, 2022 10:34 AM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — NATO member and Russia’s neighbor Estonia is boosting its defense capabilities by acquiring an advanced U.S. rocket artillery system in the Baltic country’s largest arms procurement project ever, defense officials said Saturday. The deal signed Friday for the...

European Central Bank leader doubles down on rate increases

Nov. 04, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The head of the European Central Bank underlined the bank's determination to fight rampant inflation with more interest rate increases on top of record hikes, saying Friday that “our job is far from being completed” and that even a mild recession would not be enough...

US busts network providing technology to Russian military

Oct. 19, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a round of criminal charges and sanctions related to a complicated scheme to procure military technologies from U.S. manufacturers and illegally supply them to Russia for its war in Ukraine. Some of the equipment was...

Latvia calls watchdog's migrant mistreatment claims 'absurd'

Oct. 13, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia on Thursday rejected as “absurd" claims by Amnesty International that it is violently mistreating migrants attempting to enter the European Union member country through Belarus. The human rights watchdog said in a report released Thursday that Latvian...

Latvian premier's center-right party wins national election

Oct. 02, 2022 10:42 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia's ruling center-right party won the most votes in the country's general election, centrist parties were the runners-up and pro-Moscow parties crashed in a vote that was shaped by Russia’s war in Ukraine, according to results published Sunday. With over 99%...

Latvia's centrists are predicted to win national vote

Oct. 01, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvia held a general election Saturday amid divisions over Russia's attack on Ukraine among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority. An exit poll predicted that the center-right will win the most votes but whoever forms the next government will face huge...

Latvian election shadowed by division among ethnic Russians

Sep. 29, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Latvians will be voting on Saturday in a general election that has been substantially influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine, political disintegration among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority as well as issues relating to the economy, including...

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,...