Posts published in Day: June 23, 2018

Under pressure, Merkel downbeat on EU migration breakthrough on Sunday

Saturday, June 23, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down expectations of a major breakthrough being reached at hastily-arranged talks between some EU leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe. Plans for an emergency meeting of 10 EU leaders on Sunday before a full EU summit at the end of the week were thrown into chaos on Thursday when Italy’s new prime minister said a draft paper on migration had been pulled…

Ex-US Envoy to Russia Sheds Light on What Made Trump Turn to Putin Once Again

Saturday, June 23, 2018

London is concerned about a possible meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels. Sputnik discussed the issue with Thomas Pickering, former US ambassador to Russia, undersecretary of state for political affairs and ex-ambassador to the UN, India, Israel and Jordan. Sputnik: What is your assessment of US-Russia relations at the moment? Thomas Pickering: Very challenging and very difficult and to some extent…

‘Ill-Advised Policy’: Turkish President Slams US Move to Block F-35 Sale

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Despite intense pressure from Washington and the US Senate’s decision to suspend the sale of the F-35 fighter jets, Turkey remains all set to buy S-400 air defense systems from Russia. Ankara is considering alternatives to the US-made F-35 fifth-generation fighter-bombers that the US has backed away from supplying to the Turkish Air Force, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. “The United States’ ill-advised policy towards its strategic NATO ally could backfire against America itself,”…

Klaipedos Smelte: we’re becoming global container handling port

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Lithuanian port of Klaipeda is becoming a global container handling port and hopes to improve its handling results, says Rimantas Juska, head of Klaipedos Smelte, a cargo handling company in the port of Klaipeda, indirectly managed by international shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company, informs LETA/BNS. In his words, the port is receiving a growing number of large container vessels, and MSC has announced recently its decision to start transshipment…