Posts published in May 2018

Potential Trade Conflict With the EU ‘Up To the US’ – French Finance Minister

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On Thursday, the Trump administration is expected to announce that the United States will impose steel and aluminum tariffs on EU states. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross that the US metal tariffs would be unjustified and dangerous. “It’s entirely up to US authorities whether they want to enter into a trade conflict with their biggest partner, Europe,” Le Maire said. He added…

Lithuania and Romania allowed US torture – European court

Thursday, May 31, 2018

European judges have ruled that Lithuania and Romania violated the rights of two al-Qaeda terror suspects by helping the CIA to mistreat them. The US captured Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri after the September 2001 attacks in the US and they are now at the Guantanamo Bay prison. The CIA operated secret prisons, including in Lithuania and Romania. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said both countries had…

National asset of Baltic States: ammo instead of food

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, May 31, 2018

The main task of the Baltic countries before the NATO summit in July is keeping the Alliance’s constant attention to the region, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said after meeting with colleagues from Latvia and Estonia in Klaipeda. Recently, Baltic politicians are increasingly talking about growing “threat” from Russia. Consequently, conducting an openly expansive “Eastern policy”, Lithuania’s allies in NATO have already been granted the right to put their troops…

Cuba’s new leader defends Maduro on first foreign visit, calls boycotted polls ‘overwhelming success’

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defense of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support a victim of a political and economic war. The Cuban, who succeeded Raul Castro on April 19, was received with open arms by Maduro’s government on his arrival at Caracas’ Maiquetia airport. “Very happy to be in Venezuela and long live the Bolivarian revolution…

Ilves at CyCon 2018: ‘Cyber NATO’ coalition of liberal democracies needed

By Andrew Whyte on Thursday, May 31, 2018

As reported on ERR yesterday, 30 May, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, speaking at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDOE) is 10th annual cyber security conference CyCon 2018 in Tallinn, called for an organized union of liberal democracies in order to combat cyber threats globally. Here we reproduce Mr. Ilves speech in its entirety. ”The digital era, with all of its benefits, has profoundly changed the security environment of…

New contingent of Estonian peacekeepers arrives in Lebanon

Thursday, May 31, 2018

ESTPLA-25, the next contingent of Estonian peacekeepers to serve on the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeeping mission arrived in their area of deployment in South Lebanon during the early hours of Wednesday morning. “I am sure that our soldiers have received good pre-mission training, and the good equipment and weapons provided by the Finns give us a feeling of confidence that the next six months will be…

Let Me Through

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A car was involved in an accident in a street. As expected, a large crowd gathered. A newspaper reporter, anxious to get his story, could not get near the car. Being a clever sort, he started shouting loudly, “Let me through! Let me through! I am the son of the victim.” The crowd made way for him. Lying in front of the car was a donkey.

Vehicle-ramming attack to be used as scenario for annual counter-terrorism exercise in Riga

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Vehicle-ramming attack will be used as the scenario for the annual counter-terrorism exercise to be staged by the Security Police in Riga today. The terrorist threat level remains low in Latvia but terrorism is among the main security challenges in the light of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, Security Police Deputy Chief Eriks Cinkus said at a news conference. “Based on the analysis of the terrorist attacks in…

M. Kučinskis: It is important to activate relations between Latvia and France

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On Wednesday 30 May, Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis met with representatives of the Movement of Enterprises of France (MEDEF) in Paris. During the meeting with the MEDEF representatives, the opportunities for economic cooperation in the fields of transport, energy, security and defence, ICT were discussed. In his address to the French entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to intensify economic cooperation between the two countries. Latvia and France are…

Comprehensive air defense system beyond the means for Baltic states

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Developing and maintaining a comprehensive air defense system is beyond the means for the Baltic countries acting on their own, a report by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) based in Tallinn says. The report recommends that the Baltic countries focus on developing command and signals systems and harmonizing their short and medium range air defense systems. According to the report on the possibilities for strengthening the Baltic…