Posts published in Day: May 7, 2018

US relaunches Second Fleet in war preparations against Russia

By Bill Van Auken on Monday, May 7, 2018

The US Navy announced on Friday that it is relaunching its Second Fleet, a naval force to be deployed in the North Atlantic and directed at preparing for military confrontation with Russia. The fleet had been mothballed in 2011 under the Obama administration based upon the assessment that the likelihood of war with Russia had declined. Funding for the fleet, it was argued, could be better spent on buying new…

Russian fighter intercepts US spy plane in new Baltic encounter

Monday, May 7, 2018

Two US spy planes flying over the Baltic Sea triggered the scrambling of a Russian jet in the latest tense encounter in the strategically sensitive waters. The US aircraft flew close to the Russian enclave and naval base of Kaliningrad on Saturday, according to the Mil Radar – a military plane-spotter’s Twitter account. One of the aircraft was reportedly intercepted by a Su-27 fighter. A US Air Force RC-135V electronic…

Most Facebook users remain loyal to it despite scandals, survey finds

Monday, May 7, 2018

American users of Facebook have largely continued using the popular social networking site although data of 50 million Facebook users have been shared with the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica, an opinion poll has found. British public broadcaster BBC reports that in a survey by Reuters/Ipsos conducted in the the U.S., results showed that a quarter of Facebook’s American users said they used it less or had left it but…

Moldova’s President Rules Out NATO Bases in His Country During Own Presidency

Monday, May 7, 2018

Moldova’s President Igor Dodon told Zvezda broadcaster that there would be no NATO bases in his country as long as he remains the leader of Moldova. Last year, media reported that the US Navy was planning to build military facilities at the Bulboaca base. The Moldovan Defense Ministry explained that the project was not linked to NATO. “I have been to all of our military bases in Moldova, there are no threats, no attempts to build someone…

Israel on Edge Over Possible Missile Attack by Iran After April Strike

Monday, May 7, 2018

Israeli security officials believe Iran may be preparing a missile attack in retaliation for the April 9 strike on Syria’s T-4 airbase, in which seven Iranians were killed. Israeli media reported Sunday, citing defense officials, that Tel Aviv is bracing for possible missile strikes by Iran from sites inside Syria. According to security personnel, Iran is likely to attempt a retaliatory missile attack against military targets in northern Israel following last month’s strike on the T-4 base in Syria. Military expert…

Sevastova Through To The Mutua Madrid Open Second Round, Ostapenko Drops Out

Monday, May 7, 2018

Latvia’s tennis player Anastasija Sevastova through to the Mutua Madrid Open second round. In the first round Sevastova defeated Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) – 6:3, 4:6, 6:3. In the second round Sevastova will meet Kiki Bertens (Netherlands). Another Latvia’s tennis player Jelena Ostapenko drops out of the tournament, in the first round she lost to Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania).

American Vocation For Lithuanian Cyber Experts

Monday, May 7, 2018

On May 1 through 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza is conducting a visit in the US where his meetings with representatives of the US Department of Defence and State Department, Congress and the Pennsylvania National Guard are planned. At the meetings Lithuania’s achievements in cyber security are presented and cooperation opportunities are discussed. “We are opening one more page for cooperation as we include cyber security aspect…

UK Foreign Secretary Warns Against Abandoning Iran Nuclear Deal

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has its weak points, but it has the fewest disadvantages of all possible mechanisms to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said. Washington is expected to announce by the end of this week, whether the United States will remain part of the deal. “Of all the options we have for ensuring that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, this pact offers the fewest…

Trump’s Paris Attack Remarks ‘Not Worthy’ of US President – French Minister

Monday, May 7, 2018

France has sharply criticized US President Donald Trump over his recent “disrespectful” comments on the 2015 deadly attack in Paris, with the country’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire demanding apology. French authorities have expressed their anger with Trump’s recent remarks suggesting that the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015 could have had fewer victims if the country’s gun control laws were not as tight. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said he hoped…

Finance Minister: this year promises to be good for Latvia’s economy

Monday, May 7, 2018

This year promises to be beneficial for Latvia’s national economy, said Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola in an interview to Rīta Panorāma programme of LTV. «Generally speaking, this year will be good,» said the minister, adding that the country’s GDP growth in Q1 2018 turned out better than the ministry had expected. According to estimates, Latvia’s economic growth is expected to be around 4% this year. At the same time, Reizniece-Ozola…