Posts published in Day: April 2, 2019

Mayors of Tallinn, Helsinki, Turku issue call for joint shore cleanup action

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The mayors of Tallinn, Helsinki and Turku have issued a call for all Estonian and Finnish municipalities on the shores of the Baltic Sea to join a shore cleanup action on May 4 this year. Mayor of Tallinn Taavi Aas, Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori and Mayor of Turku Minna Arve have called on municipalities in Estonia and Finland to involve residents in the cleanup action, which is aimed at…

Prison Administration chief warns of huge costs if new prison is not constructed

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In an interview with the LNT television channel today, Ilona Spure, head of the Latvian Prison Administration, said that the aging prison infrastructure in the country continues to cost the state more each year, which is why the construction of a new prison cannot be delayed. She reminded that discussions on the construction of a new prison have been ongoing for the past 12 years, and that the current prison…

Polish chief of defense arrived in Lithuania

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces Lieutenant General Rajmund Andrzejczak arrived on an official visit to Lithuania on Monday. The visit is aimed at strengthening Lithuanian-Polish military cooperation and regional security, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said. On Tuesday, Andrzejczak is scheduled to meet with Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defense of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas and other military officials. Official meetings will focus on…

President Kaljulaid proposes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid has expressed a desire to meet with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, whilst on a scheduled visit to St Petersburg later on in April, BNS reports. The Estonian president’s communications adviser Taavi Linnamäe said on Tuesday that a formal communication has been sent from the Estonian embassy in Moscow, to the Russian foreign ministry, enquiring about the possibility of a meet. President Kaljulaid is due…

Lithuania takes the 4th position in the Global Cybersecurity Index

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Lithuania has made its way into the worldwide group of countries that is paying the greatest attention to the area of cyber security and occupies the 4th position in the recently published Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) only falling behind the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and France. The Global Cybersecurity Index is announced annually by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which unites 194 countries and assesses the countries’…

Lithuania will look into the possibilities to increase contribution to the United Nations-led Operation MINUSMA

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

“Lithuania will retain its contribution to the United Nations-led Operation MINUSMA and will consider the possibilities to increase the number of deployed military personnel in 2020-2021,” Minister of National said at the United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial Conference on March 29. The event focused on specialised measures for the countries to strengthen their capabilities deployed to operations, to step up operational efficiency, and to improve protection of civilians in the nearest…

Saudi Arabia paying Jamal Khashoggi’s children thousands each month – report

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received multimillion-dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars per month by the kingdom’s authorities, the Washington Post has reported. Khashoggi – a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government – was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not…

Estonian President hikes 30 km to commemorate NATO accession

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

In a creative way to mark 15 years since decisions to accept Estonia to NATO, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has taken part in an annual Scouts Battalion hike, walking 30 kilometres with a 15 kilogram load on her shoulders. Estonian public broadcaster ERR reported that the President noted at the occasion on Friday, March 29, referring to World War Two and the Soviet occupation of Estonia: «Today marks the 15th…

Troops from 12 countries to take part in special force exercise in Lithuania

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Troops from 12 foreign countries will take part in the annual exercise for special operations forces, planned in June, according to a bill registered by the Ministry of National Defense. Lithuania’s government will have to approve the troops’ arrival. Troops from Denmark, the UK, Georgia, the US, Latvia, Poland, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic and Ukraine will take part in the Exercise Flaming Sword. All in all,…

April Fools’: Military trolls troops over allowing beards for airmen, pets in barracks

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

For a brief period of suspended disbelief Monday, the Air Force authorized beards for its airmen and the Marine Corps approved barracks pets for members of the III Marine Expeditionary Force. But the joke was on the airmen who tossed their razors or Marines who beelined to the animal shelter. They’d been trolled on April Fools’ Day. The Facebook post about beards by Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, had attracted…