Posts published in Day: February 20, 2019

Swedbank refrains from commenting information about its possible involvement in money laundering

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Citing confidentiality, AS Swedbank has decided to refrain from commenting on information reported by Swedish television regarding the bank’s involvement in money laundering, said the bank’s Risk Management Office in Latvia Juris Bogdanovs. Baltic research journalist centre Re:Baltica, which was Swedish television’s partner in Latvia, published a material, stating that among Swedbank’s clients in Latvia was a firm that was supposed to present documents regarding the origin of their money…

UK’s May to give another try in Brussels, as EU doesn’t expect breakthrough

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, returns to Brussels on Wednesday, seeking to convince European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to save her Brexit deal. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports on Wednesday, February 20, that as 37 days are left until the United Kingdom is set to withdraw from the European Union, her options are either to persuade the British parliament or the European Union to change their…

Further assistance to Ukraine discussed in Brussels

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Minister L. Linkevičius drew attention to the fact that even under such difficult conditions the reform process in Ukraine was still ongoing. He also called for an increased targeted assistance to Ukraine because of Russia’s actions in the Sea of Azov. “There is a need for an effective, proportionate, and politically responsible EU response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine / the Kerch Strait, while the detained seamen are still…

Lithuanian and Japanese Foreign Ministers discuss bilateral cooperation plans in Munich

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On 15 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, who was attending the Munich Security Conference, met with the Japanese Foreign Minister Tarō Kōno. The two Foreign Ministers discussed bilateral visits scheduled for 2019, regional security issues, and new opportunities for the development of business relations after the date of entry into force of the EU and Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement. “Japan is among Lithuania’s key political…

L. Linkevičius: NATO must continue to strengthen its deterrence and defense posture, with special focus on the Baltic Sea region

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

On 16 February in Munich, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius participated in a discussion dedicated to the strengthening of security in the Baltic states. According to the Lithuanian Foreign Minister, we mark the second anniversary of the deployment of NATO’s enhanced forward presence battalion in Lithuania this month, which is testimony of the NATO ability to respond quickly to changes in the security environment and shows…

UN: 200 families encircled by Islamic State fighters in Syria

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

In Syria, around two hundred families are currently trapped in a small area under the rule of Islamic State terrorist group, which is preventing some civilians from fleeing the territory, according to the UN. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports that U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet made the warning on Tuesday, February 19, speaking about the campaign of a coalition of forces backed by the U.S. to recapture the last…

Dutch soldiers in Lithuania go ice diving as part of NATO winter training

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lithuania, Dutch and Czech forces from one of NATO’s battlegroups undergo cold weather training in February, experiencing winter diving and acquiring other skills for survival in extreme weather conditions. NATO wrote in a press release on Monday, February 18, that allied troops in Lithuania focused on building shelters to protect themselves from the elements. «It is important not to build your shelter too high. Hot air rises and cold air…

Kelly Sildaru US ski and snowboard sportsperson of the month

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Estonian freestyle skier Kelly Sildaru has been named sportsperson of the month in the women’s category, by US Ski & Snowboard (USSA), the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding. The award comes after Sildaru, who turned 17 on Sunday, won gold in her first adult event at the 2019 FIS Freestyle and Freeski World Championships in Utah earlier in the month, as well as bagging three gold medals…

President promotes Estonian defense forces’ chief of staff to brigadier general

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid on Tuesday promoted Chief of Staff of the Estonian defense forces Col. Veiko-Vello Palm to the rank of brigadier general. The promotion was proposed by the commander of the defense forces, it appears from the website of the president. Palm served as commander of the 1st Infantry Brigade from 2015 to 2018 and after that as deputy chief of staff of the defense forces. As the…

Fake emails sent from Russia-based servers in Latvian defense minister’s name

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Using a fake account, email messages containing false and discrediting information have been sent out in Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks’ (For Development/For) name to recipients in state institutions on Tuesday, LETA was told at the Defense Ministry. The fake email messages with Pabriks’ signature were sent from servers in Russia. In the false messages the minister “tells” how on February 16 he visited a pub in Riga Old City…