Posts published in Day: January 31, 2019

Is Russia a real threat to the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 31, 2019

On January 30-31 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis attends an informal EU Defence Ministers’ meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The working dinner will be attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. They will present to the Ministers the work the organisations under their lead are doing on Women, Peace and Security and discuss further cooperation with the EU. At the main…

Lithuanian heroin gang moves significant quantities of drugs to Kerry

By Alan Kerry on Thursday, January 31, 2019

GARDAÍ IN KERRY believe that a Lithuanian heroin gang – suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a garda and which was previously active in the east of the country – have moved a large portion of its trade to the southwest of the country.  It is understood the organised crime group shifted its main focus to the southwest as successful garda operations continue to be launched against them…

Winergy wind farm developer threatens legal action against Latvia over plan to scrap MPC

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winergy board chairman Igor Rozanov has sent Saeima and all parliamentary groups a letter warning that left without government support and private capital, without a sustainable energy strategy and policy, the renewable energy industry is under threat in Latvia. According to the letter, the initiatives of Latvian lawmakers and government aimed at phasing out mandatory procurement component (MPC) in electricity tariffs, which were proposed during election campaigns, and to end state support to…

Russian Baltic Fleet’s warplanes practice intercepting air targets

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pilots of the Baltic Fleet’s fighter aircraft regiment stationed in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region practiced intercepting air targets and delivering strikes against a notional enemy’s facilities, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday. “The crews of Su-27 fighter planes performed elements of aerobatic maneuvers and training missions to intercept high-speed targets in the sky over the Kaliningrad Region and practiced measures for the forceful landing of a notional enemy’s aircraft…

Lithuanian watchdog finds violations in 2 Russian TV channels’ reports about partisans

Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Lithuanian Radio and Television Commission (LRTK) said on Wednesday it has established violations in news reports about Lithuanian partisans in two Russian-language TV channels, but cannot impose restrictions on their broadcasts in the country, reported LETA/BNS. A report in the Vremya (Time) news program of Latvia-registered Pirmais Baltijas Kanals Lietuva about a commemoration of the Day of Freedom Fighters in the Seimas on January 13 contained “false, slanderous and war-inciting information…

Saudi economy grows 2.21 percent in 2018

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Saudi Arabia’s economy grew at a pace of 2.21 percent in 2018, recovering from a contraction in the previous year, helped by higher oil prices, government data showed on Thursday. Oil sector grew 2.85 percent from a contraction in 2017, while non-oil sector grew 2.05 percent, the data showed. The Saudi economy recovered last year after being hit hard in recent years by low oil prices and state austerity measures…

U.S., China take the lead in race for artificial intelligence: U.N.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

China and the United States are ahead of the global competition to dominate artificial intelligence (AI), according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published on Thursday. The study found U.S. tech giant IBM had by far the biggest AI patent portfolio, with 8,920 patents, ahead of Microsoft with 5,930 and a group of mainly Japanese tech conglomerates. China accounted for 17 of the top 20…

No One Has the Monopoly on Truth

By Janice Atkinson on Thursday, January 31, 2019

What happens when no one speaks for the ordinary people because we’ve been shut down? Our freedoms are under threat as never before, specifically free speech. The tech giants conspire with governments and accept funding from countries like Saudi Arabia and China, two countries who are hardly proponents of free speech. I am so worried about the deliberate shut down of conservative voices that yesterday I organised a conference in the European Parliament…

It is not correct to complain to embassies about internal matters – Raimonds Vejonis

Thursday, January 31, 2019

In an interview on the LNT television channel this morning, President Raimonds Vejonis said that it is not correct for parties to complain about internal political problems to foreign embassies. The President agreed that rule of law must be strengthened in Latvia, but that this must be done internally, and that proposals must first come from the Justice Ministry. He also reminded that once a person becomes an elected official,…

Estonian govt to discuss extradition of Estonian citizen to US

Thursday, January 31, 2019

 The Estonian government is to discuss at a meeting on Thursday the extradition of a citizen of Estonia to the United States. The government will discuss the extradition of a person, who is being accused of a total of 52 counts of criminal offenses committed in the United States from 2012 to 2015, spokespeople for the government said. The US Department of Justice has filed a request with Estonia for…