Posts published in April 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammers Germany over defense spending

Monday, April 30, 2018

Echoing the views of his boss, the new US top diplomat was adamant about the need for allies to meet defense commitments. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasized Berlin’s humanitarian efforts in Syria and Iraq. At a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, the new US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, chided allies, foremost among them Germany, for a lack of progress in meeting defense spending commitments.…

Sanctions Against Tehran Won’t Work – Iranian Military Chief of Staff

Monday, April 30, 2018

Mohammad Baqeri, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, has warned the United States against imposing sanctions on Tehran, which he said would not affect the Islamic Republic. Iran’s Fars news agency has cited the Iranian military’s Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri as saying Tehran won’t alter its defense strategy, despite the US allegedly hatching plots against the Islamic Republic. “Iran’s strategy of supporting the oppressed people and those who are seeking…

Recent Events in Syria Have Demonstrated That Not Everyone Wants Peace – Lavrov

Monday, April 30, 2018

The top diplomats of the three countries serving as guarantors of the nationwide ceasefire in Syria have given a joint press conference focusing on the prospects for a political settlement in Syria. Sergei Lavrov, Mohammad Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu, the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey, respectively, have held a press conference in Moscow on April 28 following joint talks. Foreign Minister Lavrov began his remarks by pointing out that the US, French and…

Latvian government commences work on MPC termination

Monday, April 30, 2018

To prepare a report on mandatory procurement component and subsidized electricity system’s influence on national economy for 1 August, a work group responsible with cancellation of MPC payment system gathered for a first meeting, as reported by Economy Ministry. The work group is ordered to do the following before 1 August 2018: -assess MPC and subsidized electricity system’s influence on national economy; -prepare proposals for cancellation of MPC payment system;…

EU, US and Canada ‘Have Punched a Big Hole’ in Daesh Propaganda

Monday, April 30, 2018

European authorities stated they have compromised Daesh-branded media in a joint effort with the US and Canada, thus destroying terrorists’ broadcasting capabilities. A joint operation to tackle the Daesh* propaganda machine was launched on April 25, 2018 by the law enforcement authorities of the European Union Member States, Canada and the US and coordinated by the European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) within the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC) at the Europol headquarters. According to the Europol statement,…

Latvia’s Saeima supports starting school at the age of six

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading amendments to the General Education Law and Education Law that provide a flexible transition to compulsory primary education at the age of six, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service. «Children develop the most rapidly in their early childhood. They absorb information very quickly. Because of that, it is important not to miss this period of times for children’s future. We have to provide children…

China’s Xi, India’s Modi seek new relationship after summit

Saturday, April 28, 2018

The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent around 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for meetings with President Xi Jinping, an ice-breaking trip both hoped would allow candour and nurture…

Greek defense chief in Estonia: We are working to solve common challenges

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Chief of the Hellenic National Defence Staff Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis concluded a two-day visit to Estonia on Friday, saying that both Greece and Estonia are working in the name of solving common challenges. Apostolakis on Thursday lay a wreath at the foot of the War of Independence Victory Column in Tallinn’s Freedom Square and met with Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Gen. Riho Terras, with whom he discussed joint cooperation…

Mikser: NATO foreign ministers reaffirmed importance of allied relations

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Friday attended a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, where his colleagues reaffirmed the importance of transatlantic relations. Ahead of the upcoming NATO summit, the meeting focused on relations with Russia, the situation in Afghanistan, projecting stability in NATO’s southern neighborhood as well as the alliance’s open door policy. “We prepared for the NATO summit taking place in July,” Mikser said.…

NATO team wins 2018 Locked Shields cyberdefense exercise

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Locked Shields, the largest and most advanced international live-fire cyberdefense exercise in the world organized by the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE), was won this year by NATO’s own team, followed by France and the Czech Republic. “The winning team excelled in all categories of the exercise,” Aare Reintam, one of the organizers of the exercise, said in a press release on Friday, noting that…