Posts published in Day: August 6, 2018

U.S. Army Lieutenant General John Thomson Assumes Command

Monday, August 6, 2018

U.S. Army Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III assumed command of NATO’s Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) from Italian Army Lieutenant General Paolo Ruggiero during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 at the Izmir Headquarters. “I am humbled and excited to join this outstanding command and be a part of the strongest Alliance in the world,” said Thomson. “It is an honour to serve with you and I could not…

3 Czech service members killed, 1 American injured in Afghanistan attack

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Taliban suicide bomber killed three NATO forces on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday in an attack that also wounded a U.S. service member and two Afghan troops, NATO said in a statement. The Czech military confirmed that the three killed were Czech service members. The Taliban claimed the attack, which took place near Charakar, the provincial capital of the Parwan province. “My thoughts and prayers, along…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 30 – August 5, 2018

Monday, August 6, 2018

On July 30 – August 5 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On July 30 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states intercepted an AN-26 flying from Kaliningrad oblast to the mainland of the Russian Federation without…

Politicians to not be allowed to host TV and radio programmes from 6 August onward

Monday, August 6, 2018

Marked the coming into force of the restriction detailed in the Law on Pre-Election Campaign for Saeima candidates to host TV and radio programmes on election day and 60 days prior to elections, as confirmed by National Electronic Mass Media Council. Council representatives add that electronic media outlets will not be allowed to distribute programmes, comments, interviews and reports from people picked as Saeima deputy candidates or people who have…

Vilnius rejects criticism over its ”G-Spot of Europe” advertising campaign

Monday, August 6, 2018

Povilas Poderskis, director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, on Friday said the planned advertising campaign abroad, introducing the Lithuanian capital as “the G-Spot of Europe”, is the best for the international market. His comments came in response to the government’s request to postpone the launch of this advertising campaign to after Pope Francis’ visit to Lithuania ends in September. “We definitely not going to postpone this campaign which, I believe,…

EUR 6.7 million worth of fines issued from speed cameras so far this year

Monday, August 6, 2018

So far this year, EUR 6.72 million worth of fines from speed cameras have been issued, according to information from the State Police. EUR 5.19 million worth of fines have been issued from stationary speed cameras, while EUR 1.53 million has been issued from mobile speed cameras. There are currently 84 stationary speed cameras set-up throughout the country, as well as 12 mobile speed cameras. The first stationary speed camera…

EC OKs earlier direct payments to Lithuanian farmers due to drought

Monday, August 6, 2018

The European Commission has allowed making part of direct payments to Lithuanian farmers, affected by the recent drought, earlier. Farmers will be able to receive advanced direct payments as of the middle of October, the EU executive said. Such payments are usually made in December. Lithuania asked the EC’s permission to help farmers affected by the drought in late June. The Lithuanian government called an emergency situation in the country…

Lithuania’s SSD advises against using Yandex.Taxi app

Monday, August 6, 2018

Lithuania’s State Security Department recommends people who might be of interest to Russian special services not to use the Yandex.Taxi ride-sharing app. Speaking to BNS Lithuania on Friday, Povilas Poderskis, director of administration at Vilnius Municipality, confirmed that the municipality had received a SSD document listing groups of persons subject to these recommendations. “SSD advises people who might potentially be of interest to Russian special services (as Yandex’s servers are…

Estonian, US experts attend cyber defense exercise

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cyber defense departments of the Defense Ministries of Estonia and the United States carried out a two-day cyber defense exercise, Cyber Fog, this week at the defense forces’ cyber command in Tallinn, the aim of which was to practice cooperation between the two countries’ cyber experts. “Information technology as well as cyber defense concerns the whole defense sphere to an important extent and solely in the area of governance of…

Trump admits son met Russian for information on opponent

Monday, August 6, 2018

US President Donald Trump has admitted his son met a Russian lawyer in June 2016 “to get information on an opponent”, but argues it was legal. Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower could constitute a breach of US campaign rules, experts say. And the meeting is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his inquiry into Russia’s alleged role to help…