Posts published in Day: January 10, 2019

Lithuania hosts traditional Snow Meeting of security policy experts

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Security policy experts are gathering in Lithuania on Thursday for an annual Snow Meeting to discuss challenges faced by Europe and the United States. Participants of the two-day informal gathering include the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Slovakia and Latvia, and Ben Hodges, former commander of the United States Army Europe. “The meeting will discuss ways to maintain a strong transatlantic link and to strengthen NATO (…). The focus will be…

NATO generals do not believe in good relations with Russia

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, January 10, 2019

In December NATO allies agreed the civil and military budgets for 2019. At a meeting of the North Atlantic Council allies agreed a civil budget of €250.5 million and a military budget of €1.395 billion for 2019. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the agreement of the budgets, saying: “The world is changing, and NATO is adapting. Allies are investing in NATO to address the challenges of our time, including…

The Vatican moves quickly toward punishing ex-cardinal McCarrick for sexual abuse

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vatican investigators have finished collecting evidence in the sexual abuse case of disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick, according to a person familiar with the investigation, indicating that the Catholic Church is moving quickly toward sentencing the cleric in its secretive justice system. The former prominent archbishop of Washington, who now stands accused of sexually abusing three minors and harassing adult priests and seminarians, already has become the first U.S. cardinal ever…

EU Group Blasts ‘Harmful’ White House Approach To Trans-Atlantic Relations

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A European Union legislative group has sent a letter of protest to members of the U.S. Congress blasting “the increasingly harmful approach from the White House” to relations across the Atlantic. The letter came after news reports revealed that the State Department had quietly downgraded the status of the EU’s Mission to the U.S., making it an international organization rather than a national delegation. The EU’s ambassador in Washington, David O’Sullivan, was not notified…

Latvia opens its KGB archives — while Russia continues to whitewash its past

By Vladimir Kara-Murza on Thursday, January 10, 2019

Shortly before Christmas, the National Archives of Latvia presented an unpleasant gift to the country’s ruling elite: a full alphabetical index of some 10,000 people recruited as agents or informants by the Soviet KGB. The publication, which followed two decades of public debate and the passage of a special law, revealed the names, code names, birthplaces and other data on active and former KGB agents as of 1991, the year Latvia regained…

Brexit will force changing multiple of Latvia’s laws

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Regardless if Britain exits EU or not, it will be necessary to amend a number of Latvia’s laws and regulations, said Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs during a meeting of Saeima’s European Affairs Committee. He explains the government will base evaluation of proposed legislative changes in line with Brexit – whether or not the British parliament decides to support Brexit Agreement next week. »Foreign Affairs Ministry will unveil proposals to…

Pavlo Klimkin to pay a working visit to Lithuania

Thursday, January 10, 2019

January 10-11, 2019, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin will pay a visit to the Republic of Lithuania. Ukraine’s Minister is scheduled to take part in the annual Snow Meeting as a platform to discuss key challenges to European and world security. The topics of this year’s Snow Meeting will be the strengthening of transatlantic unity, counteraction to threats posed by Russia, as well as the future of…

Lithuanian govt greenlights plans to expand Pabrade training area

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Lithuanian government adopted on Wednesday decisions opening the way for expanding the Pabrade training area to install new firing ranges and ensure better training of military units. The Cabinet approved a general development plan for a part of the eastern Svencionys district municipality that allows more than doubling the total area of the Pabrade training grounds to almost 17,514 hectares, from the current 8,486 ha. “With the approval of the plan, conditions will be…

Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein dismissed

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A federal judge in Los Angeles has dismissed Ashley Judd’s sexual harassment claim against Harvey Weinstein but said she could proceed with a defamation claim against him. Judd had accused Weinstein of defaming her in 1998 after she refused what she said were his sexual advances a year earlier. In her lawsuit, filed in April 2018, the actor accused Weinstein of smearing her reputation by discouraging director Peter Jackson from…

Estonia to announce 1st procurement for construction of eastern border soon

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board is about to announce the first procurement for the construction of a section of the Estonian-Russian border at the end of January, informed LETA/BNS. Interior Minister Katri Raik told reporters on Wednesday that the procurement for the contract to build the first section of the border will be announced on the last days of January. Spokespeople for the South Prefecture of the Police…