Posts published in Day: July 4, 2018

Talks on permanent US troop presence ‘on right track’: Polish defence minister

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Poland is in talks with the United States to host permanent US army bases, and the talks are “on the right track,” the country’s defence minister said on Tuesday. Mariusz Błaszczak told public broadcaster Polish Radio that he had discussed the idea of a permanent presence of US troops in Poland with officials in Washington. “I have talked twice with President Donald Trump’s national security advisers, both the previous one,…

Lithuania allocates EUR 50,000 in humanitarian aid to Ukraine

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The money will be transferred to the United Nations’ migration agency providing assistance to displaced persons from the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine. “With this action, we continue contributing to the implementation of the plan for humanitarian aid to Ukraine, announced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The plan aims at allocating 187 million U.S. dollar in 2018,” the ministry said. UN figures show that…

Lithuania turns away 56 soccer fans away at its border

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Lithuanian border guards have removed nearly 60 soccer fans from trains between the Russian mainland and its Kaliningrad enclave after they failed to produce visas or correct documents. Most of the 56 people were citizens of Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco or Bangladesh, the border guard said. Some had forged documents. They included more than a dozen people who were removed from Kaliningrad-bound trains long after the last World Cup game was…

Ukraine has no potential to create ‘powerful’ missile

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Next year, Kiev plans to create a “mighty” anti-ship cruise missile. However, a Russian military expert does not believe that this is possible. Prior to this, the head of the Ukrainian Army and of the Conversion and Disarmament Studies Center, Valentin Badrak, said that next year Kiev will create a “very powerful” anti-ship cruise missile capable of reaching “any targets” from 280 to 300 km away. According to expert Igor…

Britain’s Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson heckled in Commons by his own phone

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Britain’s House of Commons can be a raucous place, but when Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was heckled on Tuesday, it was not the Opposition benches responsible — it was his mobile phone. He was addressing a quiet House on matters relating to Islamic State operations in Syria when a voice from his suit jacket’s inside pocket offered some extra helpful information. Mr Williamson stopped speaking instantly, allowing his microphone to…

Justin Trudeau to visit Canadian troops in Latvia ahead of NATO summit

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian troops in Latvia before attending the NATO summit in Brussels next week. The visit will be an opportunity for Trudeau to reaffirm Canada’s commitment to the NATO alliance and Euro-Atlantic security, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Tuesday. The Canadian-led multinational NATO battle group was established in Latvia as the alliance’s response to Russia’s surprise annexation of Crimea in 2014 and…

State preparing for mass immigration

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Ministry of Internal Affairs is working on draft legislation to allow state agencies to handle a situation where an extraordinary number of immigrants arrive in Estonia in a short time. For example, the kind of situation Europe faced in 2016 when it saw hundreds of thousands of refugees. The bill first and foremost concerns citizens from third countries who come to Estonia illegally (so-called illegal immigrants) and those applying…

British Army soldier stationed in Estonia dies

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A British Army soldier stationed in Estonia has died, a spokesperson has stated. Private Reece Miller, 29, (pictured) of the Yorkshire Regiment died from non-battle related injuries, it has been announced. Miller, who had previously served in Afghanistan, had been stationed with his Regiment at Tapa base in Estonia; the First Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment reportedly only recently arrived in Estonia and is due to be here as part…

PM disagrees with IMF, still opposes opening of Latvian labor market

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Latvian Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) disagrees with the opinion of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that Latvia’s limited labor market may impede the country’s growth in the long term and said he was still opposing opening of the labor market. Speaking on the public Latvian Television this morning, Kucinskis said it would be premature to speak about letting into Latvia cheap labor. Instead, Latvia should be thinking about how…

Latvian foreign minister wary of Trump-Putin summit

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Although the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is unlikely to produce any surprises, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (Unity) feels some caution about the summit outcome. Rinkevics said on the public Latvian Television this morning that there should be a dialogue with Russia but it was important that the upcoming summit should not bring any surprises as regards the defined principles concerning…