Posts published in Day: February 14, 2019

US to pull out its forces from Afghanistan only with other allies

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sought to reassure nervous NATO allies on Thursday that any potential U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be done in a coordinated fashion, which could calm European concern about a precipitous drawdown. U.S. officials have held several rounds of talks with the Taliban in Qatar since last year, in what is widely seen as the most serious bid for peace in the 17-year war.…

Lithuanian Seimas debates proposal on referendum to cut size of parliament

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Seimas is on Thursday debating whether to hold a referendum on reducing the number of seats in the Lithuanian parliament to 121, from the current 141 seats. The respective draft resolution passed the first reading with 57 votes in favor, 41 against and four abstentions. The parliament backed the ruling bloc’s proposal to debate the resolution under the so-called special urgency procedure, which means that its final decision on the referendum…

Latvians involved in alleged US auto scam

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Police have taken action in Latvia as well as the United States, Finland and Lithuania to bust an international luxury car scam, according to the Bloomberg newswire. According to Bloomberg, two Latvians were arrested in Kuldīga and extradited to the US for their part in a fraudulent scheme which saw luxury cars “sold” to buyers online that were never actually delivered with Tesla, Dodge and Mercedes-Benz models among those offered. However, an official press release about…

There are few treaties Russia hasn’t breached, Lithuanian defense minister says

Thursday, February 14, 2019

There are few international agreements Russia has not violated and the situation where one side breaches a treaty and the other side abides by it cannot continue, Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis said. The minister posted his position on Facebook as NATO defense ministers met in Brussels to discuss possible steps in response to Russia’s violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. “There are probably few international agreements that the country has…

Lithuanian government holds training on election cyber threats

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Chancellery of the Lithuanian Government held training and tabletop exercises earlier this week, dedicated to countering cyber threats during elections. According to the government, the events on Tuesday and Wednesday were attended by representatives of the Central Electoral Commission, the presidential and government chancelleries, the Ministries of National Defense, Foreign Affairs and Justice, the National Cyber Security Center, law enforcement institutions, intelligence services and the army. During Tuesday’s training,…

British Wildcat and Apache helicopters to arrive in Estonia

Thursday, February 14, 2019

UK defence forces are to deploy Wildcat and Apache helicopters to Estonia, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (Conservative) announced on Wednesday. The helicopters, the AgustaWestland Apache attack helicopter, and the AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcat utility helicopter, are operated by the Army Air Corps, the aviation element of the British Army, and will rovide aviation training opportunities to NATO allies on Estonia’s annual Spring Storm (Kevadtorm) exercise as well as to the UK-led…

Defence forces member dies after fireams injury

Thursday, February 14, 2019

An active-service member of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) died after sustaining a firearms injury at the forces’ central training ground on Wednesday, military spokespersons have announced. The active-service member sustained life-threatening injuries in the course of a firearms-related incident on Wednesday afternoon, the EDF says. The service member was given first aid on the scene and taken to North Estonia Medical Centre, but died in hospital, EDF press chief…

What threatens Lithuania in 2019

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, February 14, 2019

As we know, National security Threat Assessment by the state security Department of the Republic of Lithuania (VsD) and the second investigation Department under the Ministry of national Defence (AOTD) has been presented to the public last week in accordance with the Articles 8 and 26 of the law on intelligence of the Republic of Lithuania. The document provides consolidated, unclassified assessment of threats and risks to national security of…

City of Vilnius takes step toward approving national stadium agreement

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The City Council of Vilnius gave on Wednesday its preliminary approval to an agreement on the construction of a national stadium in the Lithuanian capital, with a final decision expected to be made in a week’s time. The draft document passed the first reading in the Council in a vote of 31 to seven with five abstentions. Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Simasius warned that the central government may withdraw from the project…

Latvian Police arrested EUR 121.3 mln worth of property connected to money laundering last year

Thursday, February 14, 2019

According to information from the State Police, EUR 121.3 mln worth of property was arrested in connection with money laundering activities last year. In 2018, a total of 130 criminal processes connected with money laundering were launched, with another 130 submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office for prosecution. Meanwhile, EUR 6.3 mln of laundered money was recovered last year, of which EUR 5.6 mln was deposited into the national budget, while…