Posts published in Day: June 13, 2018

North Korea commits to verifiable denuclearisation, U.S. – to quit participating in war games

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

In the first summit meeting between North Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has committed to verifiable denuclearisation and in return Washington has stated American troops would no longed take part in mass war games held in South Korea. British public broadcaster BBC reported on Tuesday, June 13, that the head of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, stated that he «reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean…

Estonia to buy EUR 50 mln worth of Mistral missiles

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Estonian Center for Defense Investment has signed a contract on the purchase of short range air defense systems from the French armaments manufacturer MBDA France, planning to buy 50 million euros’ worth of missiles and training equipment. The director of the Center for Defense Investment, Col. Rauno Sirk, and MBDA France vice president Didier Philippe signed the contract on the purchase of Mistral short range missiles and training equipment…

Polish president proposes questions for referendum on constitution

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

President Andrzej Duda said earlier this year that the Polish people should be given a chance to reflect on whether to make changes to the constitution or draft a new one almost three decades since Poland emerged from communism. The proposed questions include whether Poles are in favour of enshrining in the constitution a guarantee of Poland’s membership of the European Union and NATO. Another question is whether Poles want…

NATO has put forces in Eastern Europe to counter Russia — here’s where its battle groups are located

By Christopher Woody on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

  NATO has had multinational battle groups in Poland and the Baltic states for the past two years.The deployments are part of an effort to bolster security and deterrence after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. The battle groups remain in place, and NATO is looking for new ways to boost military readiness. The Warsaw Summit in July 2016 was only the second meeting of NATO’s heads of state and governments since…

NATO-member Norway wants to double US troops near Russia

By Teri Schultz on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Norway will ask the US to double the number of troops stationed in its north and send them closer to its border with Russia. The move could raise tensions with Moscow, though Oslo had said it was not targeted at Russia. NATO member Norway has said it will ask Washington to send 700 US Marines to its northern region, compared to 330 on “rotation” since early last year. Oslo’s announcement…

Turkey will use S-400s if necessary, President Erdoğan says

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Turkey will use the S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries it plans to acquire from Russia “if necessary,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on June 11. “We will not just buy the S-400s and place them in a storehouse. We will use them if need be. This is a defense system. What are we going to do with it if not use this defense system? Are we going to depend on…

Estonian, Dutch people think similarly

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said at a meeting with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on Tuesday that both countries’ people are able to appreciate the benefits of digital society but have a similar understanding also of things farther from home. The Estonian head of state said at the press conference following the meeting that both Estonian and Dutch people value the ease of arranging their everyday lives, the president’s press…

Mogherini: EU to Present Proposals on Security Following Salisbury Incident

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

During the EU leaders’ summit in June, EU will present its proposals on countering security threats following the incident in the UK city of Salisbury, when former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were allegedly poisoned by the A234 nerve agent, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday. “After the Salisbury attack, the European Council has called for increased EU engagement on cybersecurity, strategic communication and counterintelligence…

Latvian financial watchdog approves voluntary liquidation of ABLV Bank

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Finance and Capital Market Commission has approved the ABLV Bank’ plan for voluntary liquidation, the head of the Finance and Capital Market Commission, Peters Putnins, announced at a news conference on Tuesday. The Latvian financial watchdog has also approved all four liquidators proposed by the bank – Arvids Kostomarovs, Andris Kovalcuks, Elvijs Vebers and Eva Berlaus. They are law and finance experts. Vebers is also an insolvency administrator. The…

Lithuania’s top court acquits two women in home birth case

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Lithuania’s Supreme Court on Tuesday acquitted two women in a home birth case, in a ruling that is final and binding. The hearing was observed by several hundred supporters of home birth, who filled the courtroom and surrounding spaces. Midwife Jurgita Inga Svediene and Dalia Jakaite, having medical education, were charged with engaging in illicit economic, financial, commercial or professional activity. The case against Jakaite was dropped and the court…