Posts published in Day: October 17, 2018

Brussels preparing for talks with Russia on Baltic power systems – BNS INTERVIEW

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The European Commission is getting ready to start consultations with Russia over the switching of the Baltic states’ power networks off the post-Soviet system and their synchronization with that of western Europe. “When we have our next meeting with the Russian energy minister … we will brief him also about this desynchronization process,” European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, in charge of energy, said in an interview with BNS Lithuania.…

Lithuanian president, EU leaders to discuss stalling Brexit in Brussels

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite is on Wednesday leaving for Brussels to meet with other EU leaders and discuss the United Kingdom’s stalling exit from the European Union. EU leaders will decide whether sufficient progress has been made in talks with London to hold another summit in November when the final agreement on Brexit conditions and London’s future relations with the EU would be reached. EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier…

Jaak Jõerüüt: Political diplomatic appointments would be catastrophic

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Former ambassador Jaak Jõerüüt is of the opinion that career diplomacy is completely normal, and that if diplomatic appointments became political, it would lead to catastrophe. “There are essentially only two types of foreign policy systems in foreign ministries and foreign services — career diplomats, and political diplomats,” Jõerüüt said on ETV’s morning programme Terevisioon. According to Jõerüüt, who has previously served as Estonian Ambassador to the UN, Italy, Malta…

Lithuania posts one of EU’s largest increases in new car sales – ACEA

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

New car sales in Lithuania this year continue to grow at one of the fastest rates in the European Union, the latest figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) show. 24,300 new cars were sold in Lithuania in January-September, up 27% from 19,200 a year ago. Sales grew faster only in Romania (31.5%). Latvia posted a 3.6% annual increase to 13,200 and Estonia recorded an 8.2% rise to 20,500…

Conscript dies following sudden serious illness

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A conscript from the 1st Infantry Brigade of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) died in hospital on Tuesday following a sudden serious illness. On Monday evening, the conscript had complained of difficulty breathing after going to the gym. An ambulance was called and they were transported to Rakvere Hospital. A day later, the conscript died of a sudden serious illness at North Estonia Medical Centre (PERH). A memorial formation was…

Khashoggi: Trump defends Saudi Arabia as Pompeo heads to Turkey

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Donald Trump has defended Saudi Arabia against mounting international condemnation of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, warning against a rush to judgment as his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, headed to Turkey to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The US president in an interview with the Associated Press, compared the case of Khashoggi – whom Turkish officials say was murdered in the Saudis’ Istanbul consulate – to allegations of…

Eight EU states push for sanctions for cyber-attackers

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Eight EU member states, including the UK and the Baltic countries, are pushing the bloc to impose sanctions on cyber-attackers as Europe seeks to strengthen its electronic defences. The states are calling for the urgent creation of a legal framework to hit hackers, warning that a lack of tough action leaves the impression that cyber-attacks would go unpunished. The move comes amid growing concern at Russia’s alleged malign cyber activities,…

Tragic gas poisoning in family home investigated in Estonia

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

In Tallinn, the death of two children from gas poisoning is under investigation. The tragic accident in a semi-detached house in the Estonian capital has taken place on Saturday, October 13. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Tuesday, October 16, citing the daily Postimees that it has not yet been determined whether the tragedy was caused by carbon monoxide (CO) emitted in the burning process or by natural gas. The…

EU expects something creative from London for Brexit summit to deliver

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The remaining European Union member states will expect in Brexit-focused summit that the UK would bring a creative solution to the issue of Irish border that has halted the talks. British news portal The Guardian reports that on Tuesday, October 16, EU Council President Donald Tusk commented to reporters: «The report on the state of the negotiations that I got from [EU top negotiator] Michel Barnier today, as well as…

Poland attacks EU’s Gazprom deal in court

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Poland’s state-run gas firm PGNiG said on Tuesday it filed a complaint with the EU’s top court against a controversial deal by the European Commission to settle an anti-trust case against Gazprom, the Kremlin-backed energy giant, reports LETA/BNS. The deal struck in May allowed Gazprom to avoid billions in fines after eastern EU members like Poland and the Baltics claimed the Russian giant had abused its dominant position as a…