Posts published in Day: October 5, 2018

Estonia supports UK, Netherlands informing about cyber-attacks

Friday, October 5, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) issued a statement on Thursday in which he expressed Estonia’s support for the UK and the Netherlands in standing up against irresponsible cyber-attacks. “Today we have seen confirmations of serious instances of trying to undermine stability in cyberspace,” the statement read. “Estonia supports the assessment revealed by the UK National Cyber Security Centre identifying a campaign by the Russian military intelligence service GRU…

Scandal: Former South Korean president is jailed 15 years for bribery

Friday, October 5, 2018

South Korean court has sentenced former President Lee Myung-bak to 15 years in prison over a slew of corruption charges. The Seoul Central District Court issued the sentence on Friday after convicting Lee of bribery, embezzlement and other charges. Lee, who posted a handwritten note on Facebook denying the most of the charges, has one week to appeal. The 76-year-old served as president from 2008-2013 and has been held at…

The US may not be able to fight two big wars at once

By Aaron Mehta on Friday, October 5, 2018

The U.S. military would be able to handle itself adequately in a single major regional conflict while maintaining smaller operations around the globe, but its “marginal” capabilities mean America would struggle if forced to take on a second major conflict at the same time, a new report has found. That is the conclusion of The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 Index of U.S. Military Strength, which offers reviews of the past year’s defense-policy issues.…

Journalists won’t have to pay for registry access

Friday, October 5, 2018

Lithuania’s government said it made a principled decision on Thursday to ensure that media representatives get free access to data from the Center of Registers. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says the decision was made during the government meeting on Thursday. “Journalists won’t have to pay for data from the Center of Registers. The data price will be compensated with state funds,” he told BNS Lithuania. The government has not announced…

Saeima supports «opening KGB bag» in the final reading

Friday, October 5, 2018

A number of Concord deputies, as well as one representative of the Union of Greens and Farmers – Armands Krauze – abstained in the vote. UGF member Arvīds Ulme voted against the publication of KGB files. It should be added that four Concord members voted in favour of amendments. Now President Raimonds Vējonis will have to decide on the law’s announcement. Files of Latvian KBG office will be made publicly…

Donald Tusk is accused of sexism

Friday, October 5, 2018

EU chief Donald Tusk tried to exploit Tory splits over Europe last night by demanding that Theresa May abandon Chequers and accept a Canada-style trade deal. The President of the European Council triggered a furious Government backlash with a cynical appeal to hardline Brexiteers who want the PM to abandon her blueprint. Taunting Mrs May on Twitter after she accused EU leaders of not respecting the UK, Mr Tusk wrote:…

NATO Secretary General’s press conference

Friday, October 5, 2018

NATO Defence Ministers concluded two days of talks in Brussels on Thursday (4 October 2018), focused on further adapting and strengthening the Alliance in response to an increasingly assertive Russia and continued instability in the South. Burden-sharing was a topic of discussion at the Ministerial meeting. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the Alliance is “making progress”, adding “this will be the fourth consecutive year of rising defence spending”. Now that…

Lithuania to build 3 military territories for 90 mln euros

Friday, October 5, 2018

Lithuanian Defense Ministry will develop 3 new military territories as part of broader military infrastructure modernization efforts, announced the country’s Defense Ministry on Thursday, Xinhua reported. Three military facilities with necessary infrastructure for three battalion-sized units of Lithuanian Armed Forces are to be built in Western, Northern and Eastern part of the country “over the next several years”, according to an announcement from the ministry. The ministry says the implementation…

Russia claims US running biological weapons lab in Georgia

Friday, October 5, 2018

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to Russia — allegations the Pentagon angrily rejected. The exceptional accusations from Moscow came the same day U.S., British and Dutch officials accused Russian military intelligence of being behind multiple cyberattacks. Maj. Gen. Igor Kirillov, the head…

Spy joke

Friday, October 5, 2018

WARPED WISEMAN WONDERS: “Why is it called the Secret Service if everyone knows about it?”