Posts published in March 2019

Baranniks voted in as second vice mayor of Riga

Saturday, March 30, 2019

During a Riga City Council meeting today, a second Riga vice mayor post was created – with Vadims Baranniks (Harmony) appointed the city’s second vice mayor after Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga), informed LETA/BNS. 47 coalition city council members voted for the establishment of a second vice mayor post, while 15 opposition members voted against. Baranniks was the only candidate for the suddenly established post. This means that there…

Estonia: King of Belgium to visit Belgian troops serving at Tapa military base

Saturday, March 30, 2019

King Philippe of Belgium is scheduled to arrive at the Tapa military base in Estonia at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday to meet with the Belgian troops residing there. The Belgian king will be accompanied by Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik and at the Tapa base he will be welcomed by commander of the 1st Infrantry Brigade of the Estonian defense forces, Col. Vahur Karus, and head of the British battle…

Latvia to switch to daylight saving time tonight

Saturday, March 30, 2019

While the debate in the European Union (EU) about ending the seasonal transition to daylight saving time and back to standard time is still ongoing, the current regulation remains in force, meaning that Latvia, like many other countries elsewhere in the world, will switch to daylight saving time (DST) tonight, LETA was told at the Economics Ministry. In Latvia, the switch to DST, also known as summer time, will take…

Lithuanian parlt’s committee approves bills to prepare for no-deal Brexit

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs approved on Friday a package of bills on Lithuania’s preparation for a no-deal Brexit. The government says the draft legislation will help mitigate possible negative consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the bloc in the case of a no deal scenario, ensuring the rights of the citizens of both states and protecting business expectations. The package of almost 20 bills covers education, social…

Generals of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine met in Warsaw

Friday, March 29, 2019

Deputy heads of the General Staffs of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine met on March, 28 in Warsaw. Major General Krzysztof Król, deputy head of the General Staff of the Polish Army, hosted the meeting. It was the first four-party meeting of military officials of such kind. The main issue of the talks was the transparency of military exercises and activities. Major General Krzysztof Król informed his colleagues about changes…

Nicolas Cage files for annulment just FOUR DAYS after getting married

Friday, March 29, 2019

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has reportedly filed for an annulment to his marriage to Erika Koike after just four days after he claimed she was ‘after his money’. Nicolas Cage has filed for an annulment just four days after getting hitched to girlfriend Erika Koike. The pair had been together since April 2018 but Nicolas had a sudden change of heart after their Las Vegas wedding, with him allegedly stating…

Latvia marks 15 years of NATO membership

Friday, March 29, 2019

The flags were flying across Latvia March 29 to mark the country’s 15 years as a full member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). On April 4, NATO will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its existence, marking 2019 as an anniversary of NATO in Latvia and throughout the Alliance. Latvia’s path to participation in the alliance was launched immediately after the restoration of independence in the early 1990s in full realization…

U.S. senators introduce bill to stop transfer of F-35 fighters to Turkey

Friday, March 29, 2019

Four U.S. senators on Thursday introduced a bipartisan bill to prohibit the transfer of F-35 fighter aircraft to Turkey until the U.S. government certifies that Ankara will not take delivery of a Russian S-400 air defense system, a statement on the move said. Turkey is a production partner in the trillion-dollar F-35 fighter jet program but Ankara also wants to purchase a Russian missile defense system, which the United States…

NATO’s Stoltenberg to stay in top job until 2022

Friday, March 29, 2019

NATO allies extended on Thursday Jens Stoltenberg’s term as secretary-general until late 2022, putting the former Norwegian prime minister on course to become one of the Western military alliance’s longest-serving leaders. Stoltenberg, 60, who took up the post on Oct. 1 2014, will now step down two years later than planned on Sept. 30 2022, after having already been extended once already. Stoltenberg is popular with allies, particularly U.S. President…

At rally, Trump says Russia probe backers tried to steal power illegally

Friday, March 29, 2019

At his first political rally since the end of the Russia collusion probe, President Donald Trump on Thursday accused backers of the investigation of trying to overturn the 2016 election and attempting “illegally” to claim power. Declaring the country “hurt” by the probe, Trump called his opponents “losers” and celebrated the fact the investigation had come to a close. “After three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia…