Posts published in Day: February 6, 2019

Trump buys Lithuania, EU cannot stop it

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The US President Donald Trump is no doubt a successful businessman who rules his country as if it is a huge enterprise. And this kind of management, to his mind, should lead to success. And very often it really works. As a wise leader he uses different tools to reach his goals. Thus, the most cunning one, which the US exploits in Europe – is indirect influence on the EU…

German defence minister visiting Estonia

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with her Estonian counterpart, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria), as well as with German Air Force personnel currently serving on NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. Mr Luik commented on Tuesday that Germany’s participation in the NATO air policing mission and the allied battle group in Lithuania is one of the most visible contributions to the region’s security. It shows that…

Trump and Putin have relaunched the arms race. Hug Europe close, Britain

By Rafael Behr on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The decision by Washington and Moscow to withdraw from a nuclear weapons treaty has just made the world a more unstable place. For a bit of perspective on turbulent times it helps to remember Able Archer. In November 1983, Nato simulated a confrontation with the Soviet Union. The rehearsal was so plausible that the Russians doubted it was a drill, and began a counter-mobilisation. Luckily, level heads prevailed. Able Archer was the…

City of Tartu to support development of flight connections with EUR 200,000

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The city government of Tartu allocated 200,000 euros from the city’s budget for this year to the state-owned airport company Tallinn Airport for developing Tartu’s flight connections. The city of Tartu has assumed the development of Tartu’s flight connections as one of its priorities and has planned funds for this in the city budget, the city government said. Servicing a new flight schedule meant that Tartu airport needed to increase the…

Latvia seeks international treaty after ill-fated missile pact

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Latvia’s foreign minister called Tuesday for long-term diplomacy to reach a new international agreement on intermediate-range missiles after the collapse of a landmark treaty between Russia and the United States. The NATO ally has supported the US decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, agreeing with Washington that a new Russian missile system violated the 1987 pact, but called for a new accord in its place. “I would…

Intelligence report: Lithuania blocks Russian investment due to sensitive data collection

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Lithuania has blocked an investment by a Russian holding company in a local firm that could be used to collect cartographic data for the Russian Armed Forces. Sistema, a holding company controlled by Russian oligarchVladimir Yevtushenkov, bought a Lithuanian aero-scanning and mapping firm through an investment company owned by his son, the State Security Department and the Second Investigation Department under the Defense Ministry said in their National Threat Assessment 2019…

Lithuanian Parliament’s committee to discuss volunteer soldiers’ election participation

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Lithuanian Seimas’ Committee on National Security and Defense will on Wednesday discuss ways to ensure possibilities for volunteer soldiers to stand for election in local elections. Following discussions with the national defense minister and the army leadership, the committee plans to decide whether the existing legislation is sufficient or additional amendments are necessary. “We will decide whether there’s a problem. If decisions are needed, they will be drafted, there…

Estonian defense forces’ training event Winter Camp to bring together over 1,000 personnel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over 1,000 service members from the Scouts Battalion of the Estonian defense forces, the allied NATO battle group, the United States and the Kaitseliit (Defense League) volunteer corps are to participate in the Winter Camp training event of Estonia’s 1st Infantry Brigade. The 1st Infantry Brigade’s training event Winter Camp, which will begin on Wednesday and last until February 17, will take place at the central training range and the Soodla…

Apartment fire in high-end Paris area kills 10, injures many (Updated)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Paris’ deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives, sending fleeing residents to the roof to escape the flames that engulfed their apartment building before dawn Tuesday. A 40-year-old female resident, said to have a history of psychiatric problems, was detained near the eight-story building in the quiet neighborhood as police opened an investigation into voluntary arson resulting in death. A judicial official said the suspect was drunk when…