Posts published in Day: February 13, 2019

Russian model faces charges after letting ‘youths’ fondle her breasts’

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Russian model recently released from jail after ‘offering traffic cops a threesome to turn a blind eye to her motoring offence’ faces fresh charges after letting men fondle her breasts during a topless protest. Kira Mayer posed topless while wearing a police uniform and invited ‘underage’ boys to fondle her breasts on the street. The 24-year-old Instagram star claimed she was protesting about her treatment over the incident that saw her…

Latvians to build railway transport, logistics center in Tashkent

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Uzbekistan is one of the most important partners of Latvia for cooperation in the Central Asian region. Along with the development of bilateral relations, Latvia, as a member state of the EU, maintains close relations of the EU with the Central Asian region countries, in particular, the implementation of the EU strategy in Central Asia. The Latvian company SIA SV Gulbis is planning to build a railway transport and logistics…

Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis departs for the NATO Ministerial in Brussels

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On February 13–14 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will take part in the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Brussels (Belgium) where strengthening of the NATO deterrence and defence will be addressed. A particular focus will be put on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and NATO response to the violations of the Treaty on the Russian side. NATO Defence Ministers will also take stock of the increased defence…

South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more toward maintaining U.S. troops in the country. Trump said at a cabinet meeting in Washington on Tuesday Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more as part of an agreement sharing the cost of keeping roughly 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea. “They…

Riga Mayor survives another no-confidence vote

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The embattled Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs (Harmony) has survived a vote of no-confidence as the opposition parties criticised him over corruption scandals involving the Riga City Council. The vote in the Riga City Council took place on Monday, February 11, and opposition parties failed to oust the long-time head of the Latvian capital as the councilpersons of the coalition from the parties of Harmony and Honour to Serve Riga…

British Bolshoi Ballet star is detained by police in Moscow

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A British ballet star has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of possessing cocaine, according to reports. Oscar Frame, 21, is a rising star of the world famous Bolshoi Ballet in Russia but has now been arrested, Russian media states. The Bolshoi confirmed last night that Moscow police had held the dancer but declined to give details. Pro-Kremlin media reports citing law enforcement sources alleged Frame had changed direction in the city…

U.S. allies look for clues on acting Pentagon chief in European debut

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan’s first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defense secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defense officials and experts said. Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive who has mostly focused on internal issues since he joined the Pentagon in July 2017, took over on Jan. 1 from former secretary Jim Mattis,…

French, Germans trust Putin more than Trump, survey finds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Europeans are more likely to trust Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping to do the right thing regarding world affairs than US President Donald Trump, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a majority of respondents in most of the seven countries surveyed by the US-based Pew Research Centre said they trust Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. But the Munich Security Conference, which released the findings, warned…

Finn Timo Riihimäki to take charge of Rail Baltica

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The supervisory board of RB Rail AS announced in Vilnius February 12 it had appointed Finnish executive Timo Riihimäki as the new Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Management Board of the Rail Baltica Joint Venture. He will start his duties from 11 March 2019 and will be based in Riga. Riihimäki has worked in several management positions at NRC Group A/S (VR Track Oy previously), a leading Finnish railway…

Small states’ influence grows through cooperation

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In his annual speech to the Riigikogu on foreign policy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Tuesday outlined the challenges facing Estonian policy and highlighted solutions that would help protect and promote rules-based order as well as serve Estonian policy and security interests. “In addition to celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Republic of Estonia, last year we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Ministry…