Posts published in Day: February 1, 2019

Precipitation and thaw expected in Latvia at the end of the week

Friday, February 1, 2019

On Friday, 1 February, thaw will appear during the day, which will remain for the end of the week. Precipitation is also expected in most of the country – snow, wet snow and even rain. Air temperature will gradually decline at the beginning of next week, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Weather in Latvia next week will be dictated by an active cyclone, which will gradually…

De-icing equipment to be bought for the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai

Friday, February 1, 2019

The Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai will get de-icing equipment for aircraft. It will be acquired according to an agreement signed by the Ministry of National Defence and the AF Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate (AFSACD) on behalf of the Government of the United States of America. The new equipment – a de-icer car – will be capable of removing ice from aircraft at the necessary height which will…

The U.S. And Russia Are Stocking Up On Missiles And Nukes For A Different Kind Of War

By Geoff Brumfiel on Friday, February 1, 2019

At a Russian base on the Baltic Sea, construction is underway to house a new generation of nuclear-capable missiles. Tent-like structures have popped up to shelter the mobile missile system, known as Iskander, which is capable of firing weapons with both conventional and nuclear warheads. Recent satellite imagery of the territory, known as Kaliningrad also shows that old buildings on the base are being demolished. “It really looks like the…

India government steps up rural funding, cuts tax in pre-election budget

Friday, February 1, 2019

India’s Hindu nationalist-led government pledged 750 billion rupees ($10.56 billion) to support farm incomes and reduced the tax burden for middle class voters on Friday, hoping to refind favor with its last budget before a general election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing discontent over depressed farm incomes and doubts over whether his policies are creating enough jobs. With opinion polls suggesting that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could lose…

It’s better to reform than destroy EU – EPP Chairman Weber

Friday, February 1, 2019

It is better to reform the European Union (EU) than to abandon or destroy it, Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, told LETA. The bloc’s future in in the hands of its citizens, not bureaucrats, he said. Weber also emphasized the significance of the upcoming European Parliament elections which are expected to help answer the fundamental question whether we as European are…

Pabriks at EU defense ministers’ meeting appreciates development of EU defense initiatives

Friday, February 1, 2019

During a discussion on current defense and security matters at an informal meeting of the European Union’s defense ministers, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) said that a number of EU defense initiatives are being successfully developed. Pabriks indicated that the European Defense Fund and the Permanent Structural Cooperation (Pesco) are effective instruments for strengthening countries’ military capabilities and that they also allow for successful cooperation with the bloc’s…

Venezuela sees more protests as moves against opposition leader Juan Guaido deepen crisis

By Stefano Pozzebon on Friday, February 1, 2019

New protests broke out Wednesday in Venezuela in the wake of a move by the nation’s highest court to freeze bank accounts and impose a travel ban on self-declared interim president Juan Guaido. Supporters of opposition leader Guaido — who is challenging incumbent Nicolás Maduro — took to the streets a day after the court’s chief justice announced the restrictions on Twitter. “They thought to cause fear, they thought the…

Trump to meet China’s Xi to try to seal trade deal, progress reported

Friday, February 1, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping soon to try to seal a comprehensive trade deal as Trump and his top trade negotiator both cited substantial progress in two days of high-level talks. Trump, speaking at the White House during a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, said he was optimistic that the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest…

Usakovs should take responsibility for Rigas Satiksme scandal – interior minister

Friday, February 1, 2019

The recent developments related to Rigas Satiksme municipal transport company’s allegedly corruptive procurement deals are not coincidental and Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony) should take responsibility for them, Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV LV) said in an interview with LNT TV channel this morning. The minister said that Rigas Satiksme has been subsidized with municipal budget funds for years and it has never been clear how this money has been…

Lithuania’s Liberal Movement leader plans to unite liberal forces after election

Friday, February 1, 2019

Eugenijus Gentvilas, leader of the opposition Liberal Movement, say he plans to initiate the unification of liberal forces after the upcoming municipal election. Gentvilas told the Ziniu Radijas news radio on Friday he hopes for good results for the Liberal Movement and expects to win eight mayoral positions and 170 council seats. Thus, the Liberal Movement might become a consolidation nucleus for liberal forces after the election, the party leader…