Posts published in January 2019

Lithuania PM Says to Run for Presidency in May

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday he would run for the country’s presidency in an election due in May, but would not resign from his current post unless he is successful. Lithuania’s president has a semi-executive role with a say in the appointment of key officials such as judges, the chief prosecutor and head of central bank. The president can veto laws and, in tandem with the government,…

Dalia Grybauaskaitė congratulated the Taoiseach of Ireland on his birthday anniversary

Friday, January 18, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaitė extended congratulations to Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, on his birthday anniversary. According to the President, the Prime Minister celebrates his personal jubilee as he performs the important and responsible duties of Taoiseach, deeply committed to his country at a time of extraordinary challenges. Mr. Varadkar is a highly inspiring and proactive politician – a model example of a young statesman who has earned the trust and…

Estonian, Polish ministers of culture and sport discuss fight against doping

Friday, January 18, 2019

Estonia’s Minister of Culture Indrek Saar and Poland’s Minister of Sport and Tourism Witold Banka discussed cooperation between the two countries in sports at their meeting in Tallinn on Thursday, focusing on the topic of fight against  doping. “Poland has carried our several major reforms in the field of combating doping in recent years. Poland has evolved as an important  partner in this internationally. Close international cooperation is of utmost…

Belgian contingent arrives in Estonia, joins NATO battle group

Friday, January 18, 2019

A contingent of the Belgian Armed Forces joined the British-led NATO battle group in Tapa. The Belgians are replacing a Danish contingent and will remain in Estonia for the next four months. Three convoys of vehicles, troops and materiel moved from Latvia to Estonia on Thursday, altogether some 100 vehicles, ERR’s online news reported (see gallery). The core of the Belgian contingent is made up of soldiers of the Chasseurs…

We’re not Russia, opponents respond to Lithuanian PM’s “appointed successors” comment

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis’ rivals in the upcoming presidential election tell him “this country is not Russia” after he described them as being “appointed successors” of President Dalia Grybauskaite. “I would have only one comment to Mr. Skvernelis: despite regular attempts by his coalition of political groups to chop the branches of democracy, this country is still neither Russia nor Belarus, and I do believe it never will be,”…

Latvia’s forming coalition promises to be more open to opposition

Friday, January 18, 2019

The forming coalition in Latvia may consider proposals from the opposition and even support the more constructive of them, said prime minister candidate Krišjānis Kariņš in a conversation with journalists on Thursday, 17 January. The politician said parties have agreed on a cooperation agreement. However, the document still requires some corrections. So far politicians have also agreed on the fiscal discipline agreement. Previously coalition parties often rejected everything submitted by…

Man sentenced in fatal stabbing of Morgan Freeman relative

Friday, January 18, 2019

A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of actor Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter in New York City.Prosecutors say 33-year-old Lamar Davenport stabbed his girlfriend E’Dena Hines multiple times while under the influence of alcohol and drugs in August 2015. Davenport issued an apology during his sentencing hearing Thursday, and said, “I don’t remember what happened.” Davenport was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in May.Hines was…

Top 10 Facts About Living Conditions in Lithuania

Friday, January 18, 2019

Lithuania is a country of the rich history that dates as back as in the 1200s. It is home to lush forests, majestic glacial valleys and pristine rivers that flow from mainland Europe to the Baltic Sea. While the country still lags behind its fellow EU members economically, in the decade and a half since the country entered the European Union Lithuania has made a great stride in improving the…

Foreign Minister Klimkin to visit Lithuania

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will pay a working visit to the Republic of Lithuania on January 10-11, the ministry’s press service reports. “The purpose of the visit is to participate in the annual discussion club Snow Meeting that is a platform to discuss topical issues related to current challenges to European and world security,” the report says. The topics of the current Snow Meeting will be the strengthening of…

North Korean, Iranian Missiles Remain a Significant Concern for US – Pentagon

Friday, January 18, 2019

The missile capabilities of US adversaries such as North Korea and Iran continue to play a significant role in America’s defense strategy, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Thursday during the rollout of the 2019 Missile Defense Review. “While we are forging a new path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea’s missiles remain a significant concern, so do Iran’s,” Shanahan said during his address at the…