Posts published in September 2018

Kenya Defence Force Orders Six Armed MD 530F Attack Helicopters

Saturday, September 29, 2018

MD Helicopters announced today receipt of the second Delivery Order issued against its 5-year, $1.4 billion light scout attack helicopter IDIQ contract. The firm, fixed-price award is for six armed MD 530F Cayuse Warrior helicopters for Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), and includes initial logistics support for the aircraft, aircraft systems and ground support equipment. The contract was awarded through U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Initial deliveries will take…

What Donald Trump kept silent about

By Natalia Pushkaruk on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Experts comment on US President’s address to UN General Assembly and its implications for Ukraine. US President Donald Trump addressed the UN General Assemble for the second time during his presidency early in the morning, September 25. During his speech that lasted for almost 40 minutes, he never mentioned Ukraine and referred to Russia only once, in regard to Nord Stream 2: “Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable…

Cultural autonomy for Russian community would separate East-Viru county

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The idea to give cultural autonomy to the Russian-speaking community of Estonia, floated by MEP Yana Toom from the ruling Center Party, would lead to the separation of East-Viru county from the rest of Estonia and cannot be supported, opposition Reform Party MP Kristen Michal said on Thursday. Describing the proposal of Toom as being in the style of the 1990s and the Interfront movement that opposed Estonia’s independence, Michal…

Belgian Defense Ministry to Sue Google Over Refusal to Blur Military Facilities

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Belgian Defense Ministry plans to sue Google over its refusal to blur country’s military facilities on the Google Maps web mapping service, a spokesperson for the ministry said on Friday. “The Defense Ministry will file a lawsuit against Google as that has not been done,” the spokesperson said, as quoted by the media outlet. According to the Sudinfo media outlet, the Belgian Defense Ministry has already asked Google to…

Earl, Countess of Wessex to visit Estonia next month

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Earl and Countess of Wessex are to visit Estonia on 7-8 October in connection with Estonia’s centennial as well as the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the friendship between Estonia and the UK. During the course of their visit, the earl and countess will meet with President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE), the British Embassy in Tallinn announced…

What does Ukraine mean for US?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 28, 2018

US is turning Ukraine into an instrument of struggle with Russia. At the same time, Kiev is a very convenient option. The escalation of the conflict in Ukraine is beneficial to the United States for several reasons.   1. The procedure of deciding on military actions is too politicized in NATO countries. Arming the Ukrainian armed forces gives the US opportunity to keep the high level of confronting with Russia.…

Iran says U.S. regional bases would not be secure if it ‘does anything wrong’

Friday, September 28, 2018

A senior Iranian cleric said on Friday that U.S. regional bases would not remain secure if Washington sought confrontation with Tehran. “If America does anything wrong, their bases around Iran would not remain secure,” Tehran Friday prayer leader Ayatollah Mohammadali Movahedi Kermani was quoted as saying by Mizan news agency. He did not elaborate, but Tehran has warned Washington in the past against any military confrontation.

Lithuania’s financial regulator launches its regulatory sandbox

Friday, September 28, 2018

Startups and other businesses developing financial technologies (FinTech) will soon be able to test their innovative products in a live environment under the guidance and supervision of the central bank of Lithuania. Submission of applications to enter the Bank of Lithuania regulatory sandbox opens on 15 October 2018. “Having developed an innovation-friendly space, we seek to pave the way for faster and easier access to new financial solutions. Ideas generated…

Boris Johnson demands UK PM May scrap her Brexit proposals

Friday, September 28, 2018

Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson called on Prime Minister Theresa May to rip up her proposal for Britain’s exit from the European Union, ratcheting up the pressure on May as she prepares to face her divided party at its annual conference next week. Just six months before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, little is clear: May has yet to clinch a Brexit divorce deal…

The annual high-level security and defence forum “The Rīga Conference 2018” opens today

Friday, September 28, 2018

On 28 and 29th September of 2018 the National Library of Latvia in Riga will host the annual high-level security and defence forum “The Rīga Conference 2018”, bringing together almost 800 participants from across the world. The conference, organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, has been shaping the foreign policy debate in the Baltic Sea region since…