Posts published in Day: March 26, 2019

US Air Force B-52 in NATO exercise over Estonia

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A B-52 plane from the US Air Force was engaged in a NATO exercise in Estonian airspace on Monday. The strategic bomber was engaged in approach drills over Tallinn Airport, according to military spokespersons. “A B-52 bomber from the US Air Force performed a familiarisation flight in Estonian airspace, which also took in exercises in air support procedures in conjunction with forward air controllers on the ground in the Tapa…

The first step towards a permanent US base in Poland

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

NATO confirmed it plans a storage facility for US military equipment in Poland, as the alliance steps up its defences in the face of increased Russian assertiveness. The Wall Street Journal reported that the $260 million facility will be located in Powidz, some 200 km (120 miles) west of Warsaw, and will house armoured vehicles, ammunition and weapons for a brigade. The move is in line with Washington’s strategy for…

Stoltenberg: Georgia Will Join NATO, And Russia Can Do Nothing About It

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

During a visit to Georgia, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has again said that the South Caucasus country will eventually join the Western military alliance, despite the Kremlin’s fierce opposition. Stoltenberg was in Tbilisi on March 25 to hold meetings with Georgian officials and attend joint NATO-Georgia military exercises. Speaking alongside Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, he said that the 29 NATO member states had “clearly stated that Georgia will become a member…

Latvia to extend participation of all its civil experts to OSCE mission in Ukraine

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Latvia will extend participation of its eight civil experts in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, according to a draft decision prepared by the Foreign Ministry and adopted by the government today. At present there are eight civil experts from Latvia on the mission in Ukraine. According to the present decision, their mission will last until March 31, 2020. OSCE pays EUR…

66 inmates have taken advantage of amnesty in Lithuania, their number might grow

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

66 convicted persons have taken advantage of the amnesty the Lithuanian parliament introduced earlier this year but their number might grow slightly by the start of the next year, the Prison Department says. Amnesty commissions at correctional facilities have decided to release from arrest or reduce arrest time for 49 persons, and another 15 were released from prison early, and another had their prison terms reduced,” the department told BNS…

Lithuanian parliament to vote on changes to children’s rights protection system

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Lithuanian parliament is expected to vote on proposed changes to the children’s rights protection system on Tuesday. The amendments to the Law on the Fundamentals of Protection of the Rights of the Child were drafted in response to public discontent sparked by a high-profile case in which children were taken away from their family. The notion of children’s safety was the most contentious issue during debates on the amendments, with…

Nomination of candidates for European Parliament elections to start in Estonia Wednesday

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nomination of candidates for the election of the European Parliament in Estonia will begin on Wednesday, March 27, at 10 a.m., the National Electoral Committee said. The deadline for the nomination of candidates is at 6 p.m. on April 6. Before the nomination of candidates, political parties and independent candidates have to pay a security in the amount of 2,700 euros for each candidate. Documents for the nomination of candidates…

US strategic bombers B-52 fly over Latvia during scheduled exercise

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

US strategic bombers B-52 flew over Latvia during a scheduled training exercise on Monday, LETA was told at the Latvian Defense Ministry. The ministry’s spokesman Kaspars Galkins said that the warplanes flew over Latvian territory as part of a scheduled training exercise. The ministry’s representative would not reveal the number of B-52 bombers that flew over Latvia but indicated that aircraft of this type have been involved in exercises in…

Justin Bieber stepping away from music

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Justin Bieber is stepping away from the spotlight for now. In a lengthy Instagram post to his fans on Monday, the 25-year-old pop star revealed he’s temporarily pumping the brakes on new music to focus on his mental health. “So I read a lot of messages saying you want an album ..” Bieber began. “I’ve toured my whole teenage life, and early 20s, I realized and as you guys probably saw I…

Germany tries to sell helmet safety with SEX

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Germany’s transport minister has launched a controversial ad campaign to promote the wearing of helmets. The campaign features photos of half-dressed members of Germany’s Next Top Model cast wearing helmets along with the slogan, “Looks like shit. But Saves my life.” The campaign is aimed at young men and women who the transport minister says understand the risks of cycling without a helmet but don’t do it anyway because it’s…