Posts published in Day: February 11, 2019

U.S. sends additional helicopters to Latvia as part of next rotation of troops

Monday, February 11, 2019

As part of its Atlantic Resolve mission, the United States has sent 13 helicopters to Latvia to help strengthen regional security and maintain a U.S. presence in the region, LETA was informed by the Defense Ministry. At the same time, a rotation of 150 U.S troops from the 1st Aviation Brigade will also arrive in Latvia, in addition to the 13 UH-60 and HH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. They will be…

‘The fighting was intense’: witness tells of two-day attempt to kill Isis leader

Monday, February 11, 2019

Fresh details have emerged of the coup attempt against Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, with witnesses claiming foreign members of the terror group lost a two-day battle with his bodyguards before being rounded up and executed. A witness who spoke to the Guardian after being smuggled from the last hamlet in eastern Syria held by Isis, said the clash took place in al Keshma, a village next to Baghouz in…

In event of crisis, EDF may utilise thousands of private vehicles

Monday, February 11, 2019

On the basis of various registries, Estonia’s Defence Resources Agency (KRA) has screened out some 2,700 vehicles and machinery, the owners of which will soon receive a notice indicating that their vehicle or machine is well suited to fulfil a task of national importance in the event of war, reported daily Postimees. Vehicles and machines belonging to private individuals and businesses alike may qualify to be included on the state’s…

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian court postpones January 13 ruling until late March

Monday, February 11, 2019

Vilnius Regional Court on Tuesday, February 5, decided to postpone its ruling in the January 13 case until late March. The ruling had been expected on February 18 but it was postponed to March 27.In a statement, the court said it would not be able to issue the ruling in February due to one member of the judicial panel being on a long-term sick leave. A total of 67 people…

Lithuanian parliament speaker, president to discuss environmin situation

Monday, February 11, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis is meeting with President Dalia Grybauskaite to discuss the existing situation after the head of state refused to appoint the prime minister’s nominated candidate for environment minister. Daiva Ulbinaite, spokeswoman for the president, has confirmed that the meeting will take place at the Seimas speaker’s initiative. Last week, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite refused to appoint Irma Gudziunaite, a justice vice minister and member…

Estonia’s Paet: By supporting Nord Stream 2, Germany ignores energy independence principle

Monday, February 11, 2019

Member of the European Parliament Urmas Paet, former longtime foreign minister of Estonia, criticized the German government for supporting the construction of Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and opined that such action ignores the shared objectives of the European Energy Union aimed at decreasing dependence on external energy traders. “The development of Nord Stream 2 continues at full throttle, despite the fact that several European states have expressed their severe…

Estonian, Latvian PMs discuss 2 states’ relations, EU issues

Monday, February 11, 2019

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins discussed at a meeting in Tallinn on Friday relations between the two states and common issues in the European Union as well as on a regional level. On Friday, Ratas met with Karins, for whom this was the first foreign visit during his term of office, spokespeople for the government said. The Prime Ministers discussed relations between Estonia and…

Around 3,000 attend Saturday’s Usakovs support rally

Monday, February 11, 2019

There were approximately 3,000 persons gathered in Town Hall Square yesterday at the culmination of the support rally for Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony), LETA was informed by the State Police. The event went by peacefully and without any incident, State Police spokeswoman Sigita Pildava said. A large police presence was on hand to maintain order and keep the peace, LETA observed. The supporters were bused in by Harmony from…

Protester loses hand in ‘gilets jaunes’ demonstration

Monday, February 11, 2019

Violence broke out for the 13th week in Paris as riot police took on yellow vest protesters. In the midst of tear gas and baton charges, one protester lost a hand in horrific circumstances. The cause of the injury has not been confirmed but eyewitness claim he picked up a tear gas grenade that exploded in his hand. Police say he is being treated in hospital. Brief clashes erupted on…

California Is Expected to Pull National Guard Troops Out of Border Duty

Monday, February 11, 2019

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to withdraw nearly 400 of his state’s National Guard troops from deployment along the border with Mexico and assign them to other duties, according to aides to the governor. The step to rescind state authorization for the border deployment is a sharp rebuke of President Trump’s continued warnings that undocumented migrants present a national security risk to the United States. It…