Posts published in Day: June 18, 2018

Defence-Spending or worthy life for the Baltics

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, June 18, 2018

NATO allies have stopped cuts in defence and began to increase the burden-sharing, something U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for. Defence spending among NATO members is to rise by 3.8 percent in 2018. Announcing specifics at a news conference, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the burden-sharing “underpins everything that we do.” It was also revealed that 15 of the alliance’s 29 members are on the track…

Latvia police investigate link between murdered insolvency administrator and missing businessman

Monday, June 18, 2018

Latvia’s State Police have begun an investigation of a possible link between the murdered insolvency administrator Mārtiņš Bunkus and the missing businessman Andris Bojārs, as confirmed by police representative Ilze Jurēvica. She explains that information was reported in November 2017 about Bojārs’ disappearance and a search was organized shortly after. It is also possible Bojārs is dead. Because of that, police have launched a criminal process. Investigation continues. Jurēvica says…

Neutral Switzerland wants to sell weapons to states in ‘internal conflict’

Monday, June 18, 2018

Switzerland, a country famous for its neutrality, announced on Friday, June 15 that it wants to allow the sale of arms in countries in the grip of an “internal armed conflict,” under certain conditions. Causing outcry from opponents, the Swiss government said that “war materials” could be sold, but only if they were not used during an internal conflict. “The delivery of war material to a country involved in an…

Body of man who went missing on Saaremaa ferry found

Monday, June 18, 2018

The body of a 24-year-old man who fell overboard or jumped off the deck of a ferry plying the Virtsu-Kuivastu route before noon on Friday was recovered by divers late on Friday afternoon. The body of the man was found on the sea bottom not far from the dock of Kuivastu harbour and recovered by divers from the Muhu volunteer maritime rescue unit at about 18.00 on Friday. The body…

Internal Security Service gets permit to build new premises in Tallinn

Monday, June 18, 2018

The city partially repealed the previously approved plans after the Internal Security Service (ISS) submitted changes. The ISS now has the necessary permits to have existing buildings in Tallinn’s Endla Street torn down, and new premises built in their place. According to spokespeople for the ISS, the partial repeal of the detailed plan will allow the agency to pull down its building at Luise 1/3 and to build new premises…

Pentagon Made Approach of US Cyber Command More Aggressive in Spring

Monday, June 18, 2018

The US Department of Defense changed the approach of the US Cyber Command in spring making it more aggressive allowing more cyberattacks on foreign networks, local media reported. The New York Times reported Sunday that the previous strategy had been based on counterattacks against hackers targeting the United States. In spring the approach was changed that had created an opportunity for regular raids against foreign networks in order to prevent potential cyberattacks on the United States with the…

Seoul Hopes for Announcement of Formal End of Korean War in 2018

Monday, June 18, 2018

The South Korean government has set a goal to achieve the formal end of the Korean War that took place in 1950-1953 before the end of the year, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Monday. “The goal of our government is to strive for [a formal end of the war] this year,” Kang said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency. In April, Kim Jong-un held a historic summit…

Palestinian Militants Fire 3 Rockets Toward Israel

Monday, June 18, 2018

Palestinian militants shelled Israel with three rockets from the Gaza Strip on Monday, the press service of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said. “Following reports regarding sirens in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council, three launches were identified from the Gaza Strip aimed at Israeli territory. One of the launches apparently landed in the Gaza Strip,” the IDF said on its Twitter account. No information about casualties or damage has been reported. Same night, Israeli defense forces reported…

Potential next ambassador to US discusses upcoming NATO summit at Pentagon

Monday, June 18, 2018

Secretary-general of the Estonian Ministry of Defence, Jonatan Vseviov was in the United States this week to discuss the upcoming NATO summit at the Pentagon. According to several sources, Vseviov is likely to be appointed Estonia’s next ambassador to the U.S. Vseviov also participated in a seminar of the Atlantic Council on the security of Northern Europe and attended the European Union Security and Defense Symposium held in Washington, D.C. “The NATO…

Lithuania remains dependent on imported energy

Monday, June 18, 2018

Lithuania last year used more domestically generated energy, but remained dependent on imports, the country’s statistics office said. Lithuania’s energy dependence rate last year declined by 2.4 percent to 72.9 percent, but was still well above the EU average, which stood at 53.6 percent in 2016. Electricity demand in Lithuania last year rose by 2.6 percent to 12.9 billion kilowatt-hours. The country imported almost two-thirds of its electricity and produced…