Posts published in Day: January 11, 2019

Europe must be able to deter Russia as US heads toward conflict with China

Friday, January 11, 2019

Ben Hodges, former commander of United States Army Europe, forecasts that the United States will get into a conflict with China within the next 10 years and Europe will have to be able to deter Russia on its own. “I do believe that we are on a path to a conflict with China. A few months ago, I thought it was 15 years but now I think it’s much closer,…

Lithuania posts best migration figures since EU membership

Friday, January 11, 2019

Lithuania lost almost 3,300 people due to emigration last year, the latest figures from the country’s statistics office, Statistics Lithuania, showed on Friday. It was the best result since Lithuania joined the European Union in 2004. The official figures who slightly more than 32,200 people left the country last year, and more than 28,900 arrive in Lithuania.

Head of Lithuania’s Prison Department steps down

Friday, January 11, 2019

Robertas Krikstaponis, director of Lithuania’s Prison Department, is stepping down, Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius said on Friday. “He informed me last week about his decision to step down,” the minister told BNS Lithuania. Speaking with the Lietuvos Rytas daily on Thursday, Krikstaponis said he decided to step down following Jankevicius’ offer to join his political team. The justice minister told BNS Lithuania the ministry would find a position for Krikstaponis.…

Cristiano Ronaldo rape claim: Key piece of evidence behind police demand for striker’s DNA

Friday, January 11, 2019

Kathryn Mayorga’s dress has become the key piece of evidence as the Juventus striker stands accused of rape. It has been revealed today that Las Vegas Police Department want Ronaldo’s DNA so they can try and link the striker to a sample found on what Ms Mayorga was wearing. The dress forms part of the box of evidence that includes a sexual assault kit that tested the former model for…

Estonia, Latvia start exploring possibility of creating common packaging deposit system

Friday, January 11, 2019

Estonian and Latvian authorities have started investigating if and how the two countries could set up a common packaging deposit system. In October of last year, the Estonian-Latvian intergovernmental committee decided to add to the committee’s agenda a proposal made by the Estonian minister of the environment regarding the development of a joint packaging deposit system. According to the protocol of the joint sitting, which was signed on Dec. 11,…

EP Transport Committee backs compulsory truck return, worst scenario for Lithuania

Friday, January 11, 2019

The European Parliament’s Transport Committee, deliberating the Mobility Package on Thursday, has voted in favor of one of three proposals, which stipulates compulsory return of trucks to their home countries, with the Lithuanian transport minister saying it’s the worst scenario. “There were three reports submitted, and they voted in favor of only one, rejecting the other two, and they voted exactly for the one which is the worst for us…

Germany critical of possible U.S. sanctions against Nord Stream 2

Friday, January 11, 2019

American restrictive measures targeting the Russian gas Nord Stream 2 pipeline would be the wrong option to address a dispute over energy supply, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has noted. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports thaton Thursday, January 10, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas criticised U.S. willingness to introduce sanctions over the $11 billion, Russian-led gas pipeline that is to be built in the Baltic Sea, which, according to the…

President Vejonis not to attend Davos Forum

Friday, January 11, 2019

President Raimonds Vejonis will not attend the World Economic Forum in Davos in January Presidential spokespeople explained that participation in the Davos Forum is not on the president’s January agenda. The annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort Davos is scheduled to take place from January 22 to 25. Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) and Finance Minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola (Greens/Farmers) attended the Davos Forum last year.  

190 new cases of HIV diagnosed in Estonia in 2018

Friday, January 11, 2019

Last year, a total of 190 new cases of HIV and 25 cases of AIDS were diagnosed in Estonia, it appears from Health Board data. Of the new HIV cases, 82 were registered in Tallinn, 34 in Ida-Viru County, 24 in Narva, 19 in Harju County, eight in Lääne-Viru County, seven in Tartu County, four in Pärnu County, three in Viljandi County, two each in Järva and Valga Counties, and…

Lukashenko orders Belarusian government to arrange for oil deliveries via Baltic ports

Friday, January 11, 2019

Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday ordered his government to arrange for oil to be delivered via Baltic states’ ports. “The task was set long ago, we must resolve the issue: to start the alternative delivery of oil via Baltic ports. If Lithuanians do not agree, we must come to terms with Latvians and purchase this oil. We can process this oil at Novopolotsk Oil Refinery and supply oil products…