Posts published in Day: July 6, 2018

Estonia invited to start CERN membership talks

Friday, July 6, 2018

Estonia has been invited by the Council of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) to start membership talks. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported on Thursday, July 6, that in February the Estonian government approved a proposal for the Baltic country to apply for the membership and now positive feedback to the first inquiry has been received which means that now the government can submit an official application. «The membership…

EU stops financial support to Moldova seeing disrespect to election process

Friday, July 6, 2018

The European Union has announced the freezing of a EUR 100 million aid package to Moldova for not complying to the preconditions of respecting democratic mechanisms and the rule of law. Belgian-based news portal EurActiv reports that the EU is supportive of Moldova’s pro-Western government, yet it has voiced strong criticism to a court ruling in June to cancel the result of an election won by a former prosecutor –…

UK asks Russia to explain second Novichok poisoning incident in England

Friday, July 6, 2018

Following the second poisoning case allegedly involving a Soviet-made nerve agent in the UK, the British government has called on Russia to explain the situation. British public broadcaster BBC reports that on Thursday, July 6, UK’s interior minister Sajid Javid stated that he was «comfortable» the «exact same nerve agent» had been used in both the Salisbury and Amesbury poisonings. The minister also called on Russia to explain «exactly what…

With Assad on march, Syria rebels say cease fire agreed

Friday, July 6, 2018

South Syrian rebels said on Friday they had agreed to cease fire and start handing over heavy weapons in a deal mediated by Russia that will restore state sovereignty over areas they hold in Deraa province after a fierce government offensive. A commander in the regional alliance supporting President Bashar al-Assad had earlier said government forces were advancing through rebel territory along Syria’s frontier with Jordan and would soon reach…

Estonian govt to discuss lowering electricity excise duty in fall

Friday, July 6, 2018

According to Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, the government has not yet discussed possibly lowering the electricity excise duty, but will probably discuss it in the fall. According to Ratas, the government can make decisions regarding the electricity excise duty in the framework of the state budget strategy or the state budget, and this would be discussed in August or September, Ratas said at the government press conference on Thursday.…

EP approves new registration system for non-EU citizens who do not need visa to enter EU

Friday, July 6, 2018

On July 5th, the European Parliament has given its final agreement to establish the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and to strengthen the mandate of eu-LISA, the EU Agency for the operational management of large scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice, the European Commission informsLETA. The legislative proposals for ETIAS and eu-LISA, put forward by the Commission in November 2016 and June 2017…

‘Russophobia British Gov’t Encouraged is Beginning to Boomerang’ – Ex-UK Envoy

Friday, July 6, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said it is deeply disturbing to see two British citizens, who remain in critical condition in hospital, poisoned by the Novichok nerve agent. While the UK’s Security Minister has stated that the Amesbury poisoning was not a targeted attack but a contamination by Novichok and not linked to the Skripal case. Sputnik has discussed this with Peter Ford, former British Ambassador to Syria. Sputnik: The British…

Iran’s Guards Say Strait of Hormuz for All or ‘No One’ Amid Looming US Sanctions

Friday, July 6, 2018

Brian Hook, the State Department’s director of policy planning, earlier reaffirmed the United States’ determination to increase pressure on Iran and reduce its crude oil exports to zero by November. The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has stated that their forces are ready to follow through with the threat to close the strategical waterway linking Middle East crude producers to crucial world markets, the Strait of Hormuz, if the United States snapped back sanctions targeting Tehran’s…

Lithuania marks State Day – Coronation of King Mindaugas

Friday, July 6, 2018

Lithuania marks State Day – the Coronation of King Mindaugas on Friday. Festive events will start with an award ceremony at the Presidential palace where President Dalia Grybauskaite will award over 50 Lithuanian and foreign citizens for the merits to the State of Lithuania. Later on, a solemn ceremony of hoisting the flags of the three Baltic states will take place in Daukantas Square outside the Presidential Palace. The Day…

EU asks citizens if they want to abolish daylight saving time

Friday, July 6, 2018

Europeans are being asked whether they would like to keep daylight saving time or abolish the oft-questioned practice, under which the clocks are moved forward by an hour for six months of the year. The European Commission has launched a survey that runs until August 16, asking people whether they would prefer to keep daylight savings time or abolish it, as well as whether they prefer the summertime hours –…