Lithuania: Agriculture Ministry calls on EC to cover losses

Lithuanian agriculture minister Giedrius Surplys has called on the European Commission to cover losses incurred by the country’s farmers from drought and swine fever.

According to the minister, Lithuanian farmers are estimated to have incurred 0.5 billion euros in losses due to drought over the last summer. (BNN/Business World Magazine)

Ukraine: army gets brand-new Butsefal armored personnel carrier

The military of Ukraine’s Joint Forces Operation (JFO) have received a brand-new armored personnel carrier (BTR) Butsefal (“Bucephalus”), developed by the Kharkiv-based Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau, a state-owned enterprise. “The newest BTR-4E Butsefal is an eight-wheel drive armored personnel carrier, developed in Ukraine by the Kharkiv-based Machine Building Design Bureau and manufactured at the…


Ukraine: new armored recovery vehicle tested

Ukraine has conducted the successful test of a new armored recovery vehicle “Lev”, which could be used for towing and repairing battle-damaged military equipment in combat conditions, the country’s state defense conglomerate Ukroboronprom said. Designed by Lviv Armour Vehicle Factory, “Lev” is based on the Soviet T-72 tank. It is equipped with a crane, which…


Latvia: small breweries to be only allowed to produce alcohol using domestic products

Saeima’s Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee supported in the third reading amendments to the Handling of Alcoholic Beverages Law, which provided that small breweries would be allowed to produce drinks using berries, fruit and plants that grew in the wild or cultivated in gardens in Latvia. Amendments are intended to define that small…


Tajikistan: Afghanistan to buy locally assembled Belarusian tractors

The first contract will soon be signed with Afghanistan on the delivery of Belarusian tractors assembled in Hisor, Belarus’ Ambassador to Tajikistan Oleg Ivanov declared on September 27. According to the diplomat, the leaders of the two countries instructed their governments to think about entering third countries with jointly manufactured products. “During the visit of…


Ukraine: energy security discussed with Croatia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has thanked his Croatian counterpart Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovia for supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The meeting between the two presidents was held at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the press service of the head of state reported. In addition, the parties discussed a wide range…