Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma will fire her regional development minister today for seeking to take part in a procession to honor soldiers who fought on Nazi Germany’s side in World War II.
Following is a roundup of how countries around the world have reacted to Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimea region. The responses are grouped under the headings “Pro-Russia,” “Anti-Putin” and “On the Fence.”
OAO Gazprom is offering Lithuania unacceptable terms in return for lower gas prices, President Dalia Grybauskaite said, suggesting the Russian export monopoly wants the government to drop arbitration proceedings.
Lithuanian Economy Minister Birute Vesaite urged the government to alter its energy tactics to seek cheaper natural-gas supplies from Russia’s OAO Gazprom and reject a nuclear reactor that Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. proposed.
A Lithuanian court imposed prison sentences on two leaders of Lithuania’s Labor Party, part of the ruling coalition, after finding them guilty of fraud, the Baltic News Service reported, citing a ruling in the capital, Vilnius.
Latvia’s budget deficit will narrow more than the government estimated this year, reaching 2.1 percent of gross domestic product, the Baltic News Service cited Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis as saying.