Posts published in Day: June 8, 2018

Estonia’s ex-president Toomas Hendrik Ilves among those blacklisted by Russia

Friday, June 8, 2018

Former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves is one of the citizens of Estonia blacklisted by Russia earlier this week in response to the “unfriendly actions” taken by Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which have denied entry to Russian citizens on the so-called Magnitsky list, journalists at the Russian language edition of Postimees have learned. The other Estonian nationals who have revealed that their name is on list of persons banned from…

A child died during NATO military exercise in Lithuania

Friday, June 8, 2018

A U.S. Army Stryker Armored Vehicle carrying US servicemen rammed into a bicycle in Lithuania, killing a child and injuring 13 troops. The incident occurred in Prienai District of Kaunas County in Lithuania on Thursday, June 7. The US soldiers involved in the incident apparently belong to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which is involved in the ongoing Saber Strike 2018 NATO military exercise, according to Delfi news portal. Two of…

Police chief warns of war of words during Baltic Pride

Friday, June 8, 2018

Verbal altercations are inevitable during the Baltic Pride parade taking place June 9 in Rīga. Nevertheless, law enforcement officers will work to prevent any physical confrontation, Ints Ķuzis, chief of the State Police, said in an interview with LNT commercial TV channel June 8. The police chief recalled the first pride parade in Rīga and admitted that the police were unprepared to deal with the situation when anti-gay protests turned…

UK to Propose ‘Rapid Response Unit’ Against Russia

Friday, June 8, 2018

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will use the G7 summit in Canada to sound out fellow leaders on a multinational rapid reaction force to counter Russia’s alleged aggression, US media said. The plan was reportedly divulged by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to a closed-door meeting of Conservative activists at a dinner on Wednesday. Buzzfeed News said it had the recording. “She will be putting forward a British plan that…

Trump Fires Back at France, Canada as Macron Speaks of ‘G6’ Confronting US

Friday, June 8, 2018

President Donald Trump criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being so angry about the new US tariffs and accused Canada of hurting American dairy farmers. “Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things … but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting…

Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis invites NATO to speed up the decision regarding the headquarters near eastern borders of the Alliance

Friday, June 8, 2018

“The Alliance has achieved quite a lot on stronger deterrence and defence since the Warsaw Summit but we have to make sure the launched security initiatives are continued and their implementation is accelerated,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 7. He stressed that the speed of decision-making is one of the key conditions of efficient collective defence and therefore…

Putin urges EU to pay attention to Russian speakers’ rights in Baltics

Friday, June 8, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hopes that the European Union will start paying proper attention to what he described as major violations of the rights of Russian-speaking residents in the Baltic countries. Moscow will work persistently with that in mind, he said. “We are in dialogue with our partners in the EU, and I hope they will be eventually ashamed that they allow such major violations of…

Latvian defense chief: NATO should set up joint forces command in Baltics

Friday, June 8, 2018

Although there are NATO battalions in the Baltics, the region’s security still has to be improved by developing military infrastructure, setting up a joint forces command in the Baltics and boosting U.S. military presence, the Latvian Chief of Defense, Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube said. First of all, to receive assistance from NATO in case of an emergency, it is necessary to keep developing logistics infrastructure of all kinds, particularly airfields…

Free bus transport available in ten Estonian counties starting 1 July

Friday, June 8, 2018

While not all counties in Estonia have agreed to begin offering free public bus transport, the Estonian Road Administration has officially set the price of bus tickets in ten requesting counties to €0 beginning 1 July. As of 1 July, public bus transport will be free in Valga, Võru, Põlva, Järva, Jõgeva, Tartu, Ida-Viru, Hiiu and Saare Counties as well as on routes operated by the nonprofit Põhja-Eesti Ühistranspordikeskus in…

Nearly 400 reservists who failed to report for Siil to be punished

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) are investigating the cases of nearly 400 reservists who failed to report for the large-scale defence exercise Siil or the snap exercise Okas this spring. Shortly after the exercise, the Headquarters of the Estonian Defence Forces told ERR that a total of 1,700 summoned individuals did not participate in the exerise, 700 of whom were excused by their unit commanders. Procedures were launched for the…