Posts published in Day: September 13, 2018

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO’s multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years’ time, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. Croatian troops served in the battalion between December 2017 and July 2018 and are expected to join it again in the first half of 2020. “Lithuania thanks Croatia for the decision to deploy its forces to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania again. That is the real…

France’s Macron admits to military’s systematic use of torture in Algeria war

Thursday, September 13, 2018

France will formally recognize the French military’s systemic use of torture in the Algerian War in the 1950s and 1960s, an unprecedented step forward in grappling with its long-suppressed legacy of colonial crimes. President Emmanuel Macron announced his watershed decision in the context of a call for clarity on the fate of Maurice Audin, a Communist mathematician and anti-colonial militant who was tortured by the French army and forcibly disappeared…

Ombudsman blames ordinary people for worsening situation in the country

Thursday, September 13, 2018

If people do not participate in elections, then they should not complain for the next four years that everything is bad, said ombudsman Juris Jansons to Rīta panorama programme, encouraging people to vote. The ombudsman said that participation in elections is not just a right but a duty, as well. Everyone should go vote, because every vote is important. Believing the ‘my vote changes nothing’ statement is wrong, Jansons stressed.…

Latvian Man Sentenced in US in Hacking Scheme

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Latvian man has been sentenced in Minneapolis to nearly three years in federal prison for his involvement in a hacking scheme that cost internet users millions of dollars. A Latvian man has been sentenced in Minneapolis to nearly three years in federal prison for his involvement in a hacking scheme that cost internet users millions of dollars. Twenty-nine-year-old Peteris Sahurovs was sentenced Wednesday for conspiracy to commit wire fraud.…

Vostok 2018: sending a powerful message to NATO and its partners

By Jacqueline Westermann on Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Russian Federation is undertaking the biggest military exercise in its history, Vostok 2018 (East 2018). These large exercises are held each year, focusing on one region in the country. Last year’s Zapad (West) war games caused concern among NATO members and other European countries that Russian troops were practising for a large-scale attack on them. Observers were also alarmed by the significant number of troops exercising on the territory…

New rules to tackle Terrorism and Criminal Financing

Thursday, September 13, 2018

MEPs are set to step up the fight against terrorism and crime by approving rules to prevent money laundering as well as tougher checks on cash flows. New rules to tackle money laundering According to estimates, €110 billion is generated each year from criminal activity within the EU (equivalent to 1% of the EU’s gross domestic product). Proceeds of crime and money-laundering schemes can be used to finance terrorist activities. Money laundering…

NATO fighter jets simulate flight interceptions over Western Europe

Thursday, September 13, 2018

British, French and German fighter jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe on Wednesday as part of NATO drills to deter Russian planes from entering allied airspace and to showcase European efforts to integrate their air defences. Fighter pilots carrying air-to-air missiles from 10 NATO nations took turns to simulate the interception of a Belgian air force transport plane en route to Spain, performing visual inspections of the aircraft’s status by…

Skvernelis will be back

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is back on the list of the top three potential candidates for next spring’s presidential election in Lithuania, according to an opinion poll released by Delfi.lt on Thursday. Some 10.7 percent of respondents said in late August they would vote for Skvernelis. Economist Gitanas Nausėda continues to top the list of people seen as potential presidential candidates with 19.7 percent, followed by Kaunas Mayor Visvaldas Matijošaitis…

Estonia eyes mid-range air defense systems to rectify NATO ‘oversight’

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Estonia’s military is prioritizing the purchase of a midrange air defense system as the country seeks to plug a capability gap its defense minister called the result of a “total oversight” by NATO. During a Washington trip to attend Sen. John McCain’s funeral, Estonian Defence Minister Jüri Luik told Defense News that NATO made a strategic mistake in the years following the collapse of the Soviet Union by not building…

EU wants to punish Hungary

Thursday, September 13, 2018

European Union’s disciplinary procedure against Hungary has been initiated by the European Parliament reasoning that its government endangers democracy and the rule of law. British news portal The Guardian reported that the decision was passed with the support of 448 MEPs, narrowly clearing the required two-thirds majority, after Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, was abandoned by many of his allies in the centre-right European People’s party (EPP). It is the…