Posts published in Day: July 7, 2018

US State Department: Ukraine’s new law on national security

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The United States welcomes Ukraine’s new Law on National Security, adopted by the Rada June 21 and signed by President Poroshenko July 5. The law is consistent with Western principles and provides a framework for increasing the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ NATO interoperability. Full implementation of the law, including the establishment of a Rada oversight committee for the security sector and a new law on the Security Service of Ukraine, will…

NATO’s submarine-borne Patriot missiles can protect Lithuania, president says

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Baltic members of NATO are not safe from Russia, and the alliance should create a new weapon system to counter the threat – a submarine-launched anti-aircraft missile, the president of Lithuania apparently believes. Dalia Grybauskaite, who has been the Lithuanian leader for almost a decade, is among the most consistent people in terms of claiming that her country is being threatened by Russia. Like many post-Soviet politicians, she started…


Saturday, July 7, 2018

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Brussels NATO Summit 2018: Bolstering the Defense of the Baltic States

By Daniel Kochis on Saturday, July 7, 2018

The security and defense of the Baltic states deserves to be a key topic at the NATO summit on July 11 and 12 in Brussels. The Baltic region is one of the most complex regions that the Alliance is obligated to defend. While decisions made at the 2016 Warsaw Summit, especially the creation of four battlegroups, were a step in the right direction, the region remains exposed. NATO should think…

Lithuanian president presents state awards on State Day

Saturday, July 7, 2018

President Dalia Grybauskaite on Friday, the State Day, presented state awards to Lithuanian and foreign nationals for their merits to Lithuania. “This is one of the most outstanding ceremonies in honoring people whose work, determination and courage do leave a trace,” Grybauskaite said during the awards ceremony at the Presidential Palace. “Thanks to you, Lithuania has travelled such a road of statehood. These achievements are the best expression of respect for everyone,” she said.…

UK misses Nato deadline for completing defence review

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Theresa May had been expected to present proposals at next week’s summit attended by Donald Trump. The government has failed to complete a review of British defence forces in time for next week’s Nato summit, according to Whitehall sources. Theresa May had been expected to present detailed proposals for the modernisation of the army, navy and airforce at the Brussels summit. But, caught up in a row between the Ministry of Defence, the Treasury…

Low trust in judiciary may result in situations like Brexit – OECD secretary-general

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Low public trust in the judiciary may result in situations like Brexit because people that do not believe in justice also tend to be politically passive, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said during a news conference in Riga. He said there were several ways to boost people’s trust in the judiciary, including by improving access to justice and the quality of justice. Specialization of judges is one of the ways to…

Cost of one of those ‘expensive’ U.S.-South Korea military exercises? $14 million

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea scrapped after President Donald Trump griped about “tremendously expensive” military drills would have cost around $14 million, U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday. The Pentagon announced last month that it was indefinitely suspending the Freedom Guardian military exercise in support of the Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump repeatedly touted the cost savings…

Brexit: Cabinet agrees ‘collective’ stance on future EU deal

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The cabinet has reached a “collective” agreement on the basis of the UK’s future relationship with the EU after Brexit, Theresa May has said. Ministers have signed up to a plan to create a free trade area for industrial and agricultural goods with the bloc, based on a “common rule book”. They also supported what could amount to a “combined customs territory”. The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said the plan, agreed…

Gallery: Ceremony marks start of The Yorkshire Regiment’s Estonian tour

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The eight month tour of the 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment, of the British Army, which will serve alongside the Danish members of the NATO Battle Group in Estonia, began yesterday, Thursday at a ceremony held at Tapa City Hall. The unit is to be based in Tapa, and replaces personnel of the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh, which had been stationed in Estonia since the end of October last year,…