Posts published in Day: March 29, 2019

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…

Factbox: Who might be Britain’s next prime minister if May quits?

By William James, Andrew MacAskill on Friday, March 29, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered on Wednesday to quit if her twice-defeated EU divorce deal passes, in a last-ditch attempt to persuade Eurosceptics to back it. Below are some of those who could be in the frame to replace her: MICHAEL GOVE, 51 Gove, one of the highest-profile Brexit campaigners during the 2016 referendum, has had to rebuild his cabinet career after falling early to May in the contest…

Minister pledges political support for Latvia’s participation in Stockholm-Are bid to host 2026 Olympics

Friday, March 29, 2019

Latvia expresses political support for the Stockholm-Are bid to host 2026 Winter Olympic Games, Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party) told journalists after a meeting of the National Sports Council which was chaired by Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity). The minister said that it was decided at the meeting to support Latvia’s participation in the bid as Sweden’s partner. Next Tuesday, April 2, the Cabinet of…

Next year Latvia’s defense budget should be allocated by EUR 20 million more than minimum requirement

Friday, March 29, 2019

When planning next year’s budget, defense sector should be allocated by EUR 10-20 million more than the necessary 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) in an interview with the Latvian public television today. The minister said that 2 percent of GDP is the minimum that is necessary to meet the NATO requirements, but there should be a reserve of EUR…

Lithuania’s leading presidential candidates to hold their first debate on April 8

Friday, March 29, 2019

Lithuania’s three leading presidential candidates will hold their first debate in Vilnius on Monday, April 8. Economist Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and MP Ingrida Simonyte will answer questions, including those from the moderator and the internet audience. The event is organized by the Baltic News Service (BNS), the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and the Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania. “In the debate,…