Posts published in Day: September 3, 2018

Lithuania-Poland relations develop in good direction

Monday, September 3, 2018

Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Andrzej Papierz says that relations between Lithuania and Poland are being developed in a positive direction. “I have the impression that there are often too many emotions on both sides. I can say that the Law and Justice government, particularly the Cabinet of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, has found excellent partners in the current Lithuanian government. We regard the developing relations between Poland and Lithuania as…

Ušackas to announce if he’ll run for Lithuanian president Wednesday

Monday, September 3, 2018

Vygaudas Ušackas, a Lithuanian diplomat and former foreign minister, plans to announce on Wednesday whether or not he will run in next year’s presidential election. Ušackas, 53, held the post of foreign minister in 2008 to 2010. He has served as ambassador to the United States, Britain, Afghanistan and Russia. Economist Gitanas Nausėda is also expected to announce his decision this month. Both men will also have to decide this…

Lithuanian government appeals ECHR ruling on CIA prison

Monday, September 3, 2018

The government has appealed the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling that a Saudi Arabia-born Palestinian was unlawfully interrogated at a secret CIA detention site in Lithuania more than a decade ago. The government last Friday, which was the deadline day, filed its request with the Strasburg-based court for the case to be referred to the Grand Chamber, officials at the Justice Ministry confirmed to BNS on Monday. The ECHR…

Kurt Volker: Washington is ready to expand arms supplies to Ukraine

Monday, September 3, 2018

In an interview with the Guardian, former ambassador to Nato Kurt Volker tells that Washington is ready to expand arms supplies to Ukraine in order to build up the country’s naval and air defense forces in the face of continuing Russian support for eastern separatists, according to the US special envoy for Ukraine. Kurt Volker also made clear that the Trump administration was “absolutely” prepared to go further in supplying lethal weaponry…

German Cabinet approves new cybersecurity agency

Monday, September 3, 2018

Germany is one step closer to getting its own version of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as officials here seek to bolster the country’s cybersecurity posture. The Cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel this week approved the new organization, to be headed jointly by the Defense and Interior ministries. The outfit is slated to get a budget of €200 million ($230 million) between 2019 and 2022. The new “Agency for…

An interview with Dace Kalnina, of the Latvian National Alliance

Monday, September 3, 2018

On October 6th this year, Latvians take to the polls as part of their 4 yearly elections. With 100 seats available, it is a chance for another populist & right leaning party to try and redress some of the problems faced by European countries and their desire to self destruct. With Germany currently experiencing a fight back against mass immigration & Sweden also soon getting the chance to make a…

Airplane involved in Russia-Argentine cocaine case had been en route to Riga

Monday, September 3, 2018

Andrey Kovalchuk, the main defendant in the loud Russia-Argentine cocaine case, last year rented a Cessna 750 plane, making the flight from Buenos Aires to Riga, reported Prague-based Russian-language TV channel Currenttime.TV, produced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in cooperation with the Voice of America (VOA) citing LETA. One of the airplane’s passengers was Latvian resident Gatis Luza who had published pictures of the flight on social networks. Luza in an…

Latvian ministry may consider forming institution to monitor fake news

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Criminal Law in the Republic of Latvia does provide criminal liability for persons reporting fake news, but it is nevertheless necessary to form a separate institution to monitor the spread of such news in the internet, says Interior Affairs Ministry’s parliamentary secretary Evika Siliņa. She says the growing fake news problem is a problem not only in Latvia but in many other countries, as well. In Germany, for example,…

Trump sees mixing trade, foreign policy as good politics

Monday, September 3, 2018

When President Donald Trump pulled the plug on an upcoming trip to North Korea by his secretary of state, he pointed a finger of blame at China and the global superpower’s trade practices. In his recent trade breakthrough with Mexico, Trump praised the country’s outgoing president for his help on border security and agriculture. Both developments offered fresh evidence of how Trump has made trade policy the connective tissue that ties together different elements of his “America First” foreign policy…

Eight self-propelled howitzers to be deployed at military base in Latgale

Monday, September 3, 2018

Eight of the self-propelled howitzers Latvia has received from Austria, will be deployed at the Luznava military base in the eastern Latvian province of Latgale, Latvia’s Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins, told LETA. For the time being, howitzers have only been deployed in Luznava and the Adazi military base near Riga. There are no plans to deploy such military equipment in other regions of Latvia. Lt. Gen. Kalnins…