Posts published in Day: March 27, 2019

US intermediate-range ballistic missile could be deployed on Guam

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Russia has called on the United States to resume bilateral efforts towards nuclear disarmament and stop fueling speculations about the possibility of a limited nuclear war, as both countries are poised to leave a crucial Cold War-era arms control treaty. Speaking at the Disarmament Conference in Geneva, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned the ongoing row over Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), which has been suspended by both sides, showed…

Conor McGregor has been linked to a sexual assault investigation

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mixed Martial Arts star Conor McGregor has been seen for the first time since reports in the US media claimed he was being investigated over an alleged sexual assault. The Irish UFC athlete was seen in Florida on Tuesday, where he has been on an extended vacation, alongside his girlfriend Dee Devlin and their son Conor Jr. McGregor’s spokesman denied that his sudden retirement announcement on Tuesday had anything to do with claims…

The main Latvian foreign policy issues is the protection of its interests

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

During a meeting today, President Raimonds Vejonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) were in agreement that the main foreign policy issues at the moment is the protection of Latvia’s interests in EU budget talks, Brexit and the upcoming European Parliament elections. As LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery, Vejonis met with Rinkevics to discuss the work of the Foreign Ministry and his priorities. The two sides were…

Trump to host NATO chief at White House

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The head of NATO will meet with President Trump at the White House next week as the alliance celebrates its 70th anniversary. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will meet with Trump on April 2 for a private conversation, followed by an expanded meeting, the White House said Tuesday. The two men will discuss burden sharing and challenges facing the organization. “In honor of the 70th anniversary of NATO, the President and the Secretary General will underscore the…

Brand new classical music festival to open in Riga and Jurmala this summer

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Latvia is already renowned for creating high-class musical talent, with a strong history of choral music, and producing artists such as soprano Elīna Garanča and conductor Andris Nelsons (ranked one of the top conductors in the world by Bachtrack). For a country with a population of under two million, this is already an impressive feat, and this summer, Latvia will welcome thousands of classical music artists and fans from across…

Baltic Sea region: attention to mobility and sustainability

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Several main issues were discussed during this year’s Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland concerning regional future challenges, organised by the Centrum Balticum, including the labour mobility and sustainability, with some circular economy issues included. Over 300 hundred participants and 27 outstanding speakers from all walks of political, academic and business communities in countries around the Baltic Sea took part in the forum. Baltic Sea Region Forum of Finland (BSRF)…

Funds for Trump’s election campaign ex-chief might have gone through Lithuania’s Swedbank

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Suspicious funds might have gone to a company linked to Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign’s ex-chairman, via an account at the Swedish bank Swedbank’s account in Lithuania, accroding the 15min.lt news website reported on Wednesday writes LETA/BNS. The website states that evidence collected in cooperation with the Swedish television channel SVT shows that millions went to the company mentioned in the investigation on Manafort’s money evasion and secret…

Lithuania to reinstate rail link to Latvia

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Following a competitive tender, national railway Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai has awarded Skinest Rail subsidiary Vitras-S a contract worth €9·38m plus VAT to reinstate the line connecting Mažeikiai with Rengė in Latvia, which had been closed in controversial circumstances. The project includes the rebuilding or repair of 19 km of track, five level crossings, six bridges and communications and electrical systems. Completion is planned by the end of this year. The line…

Lithuania Jails Soviet Defense Minister for 1991 Crackdown

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A Lithuanian court on Wednesday found the Soviet Union’s last defense minister guilty of war crimes for his role in a violent crackdown on the Baltic country’s independence move 28 years ago. The Vilnius Regional Court sentenced 94-year-old Dmitry Yazov in absentia to 10 years in prison. He and 66 other Soviet-era officials were on trial for the violence that left 14 people dead and hundreds injured when Soviet troops…

Blugers scores two goals to help Penguins defeat Rangers

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

In NHL action on Monday, Latvian forward Teodors Blugers scored two goals, to help his Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Rangers 5:2. Blugers scored his team’s fourth and fifth goals. This was the first two-goal game for Blugers, who made his NHL debut earlier this season. He was also named the star of the game. In 23 games so far this season for the Penguins Blugers has scored six…