July 2015

Easing Poles' paths to India

"As early as this month Poles will be able to use e-tourist visas,” India’s ambassador to Poland Ajay Bisaria said. “The visa will be issued to tourists upon arrival at the airport in India based on a previously submitted on-line application. I am also counting on the restoration of a direct connection between Warsaw and Delhi thanks to cooperation between Air India and LOT as early as next year. In this way we will meet our target of doubling tourist arrivals from Poland. In 2014. 25,000 Poles visited India,” Bisaria said.

Lithuania and Latvia are partners bound by common interests

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President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the new President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, who arrived in Lithuania on a working visit. This is one of his first foreign visits. The Presidents discussed prospects for strengthening bilateral and regional cooperation, the further development of joint energy and transport projects and the security issues of the Baltic region and the whole of Europe.

NATO Force Integration Unit to open in Vilnius

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On July 9 the progress made in the establishment of a NATO headquarters, the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Vilnius, its leadership, tasks and organisation will be presented to national defence leadership, foreign defence attaches in Lithuania, and media at the headquarters of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Vilnius. The guests will tour the premises where the multinational headquarters is to be based. The NFIU is expected to be officially inaugurated this autumn.

Gazprom Deviates from the Turkish Stream

By Olga Solovyova

Overnight into Thursday the operating company, a 100% “daughter” of Gazprom South Stream Transport, established for construction of the sea part of the South Stream gas pipeline, announced the termination of the contract with Italian Saipem, which in near future should have started construction of the first line of the sea part of the pipeline. It’s noteworthy that two pipe-laying ships of the contracting company have been on Gazprom’s standby and the penalty may be about USD 300 mn for the group. However the moment when one of the pipe-paying platforms moored by the shores of Anapa, a decision was made to refuse of hiring the vessels.