Posts published in Day: April 3, 2019

AFRICOM, EUCOM nominees eye Russia, China as major concerns

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The nominee to serve as the next head of U.S. European Command said Tuesday he wants more troops on the continent as well as two additional Navy destroyers in the theater and an upgraded logistics network to speed forces east in the event of a conflict with Russia. Another top priority will be to continue improving infrastructure in Eastern Europe, such as rail lines, to “ensure we can close on…

Security Service probing New Zealand terrorist’s possible Latvian visit in 2018

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The State Security Service is looking into reports that Australian citizen Brenton Tarrant, who carried out attacks on two Mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch this past March, may have visited Latvia, the Security Service told LETA. “The Security Service has received information about said person’s possible visit to Latvia in the past. The service is looking into the report and will not comment on the matter for the time being,”…

Construction starts at new industrial park near Rīga

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Construction has begun at the site of a large new industrial park located on Maskavas street in Stopiņi municipality near Rīga, the company behind the project said April 2. The first stage of construction at the Sirin Industrial Park will be completed at the end of the year and will offer warehouses with a total area of 22,360 m2. Once completed, the facility will be one of the largest industrial parks in…

Circular economy – new EU rules for plastic waste

By Eugene Eteris on Wednesday, April 3, 2019

First step was made towards tackling marine litter: European Parliament adopted the Commission’s draft to forbid most types of single-use plastic products generally found on European beaches. Besides, the draft lays foundations to a new European plastic economy, where the design and production would fully respect reuse, repair and recycling while more sustainable materials are being developed. European Commission proposed in May 2018 a draft of the EU rules to…

IKEA to open online store in Estonia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Swedish furniture and home accessories retailer IKEA in fall of this year is planning to open an online store in Estonia, establish an order and collection point along with a showroom in Tallinn and is to recruit 30-40 people to its Estonian team. In addition, Estonia will become the first country thatIKEA will first enter digitally and open an online store before the existence of a physical store, the company…

Lithuanians plan to open iLunch restaurants in Moscow, Warsaw

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Inovatyvus Restoranai, the owner of six iLunch restaurants operating in Vilnius business centers, is planning to expand the chain to Moscow and Warsaw, according to the business daily Verslo Zinios reported LETA/BNS. “We are entering Moscow through our acquaintances, people who have big businesses in Russia. We have serious partners,” it quoted Inovatyvus Restoranai Director Aurelijus Jasevicius as saying. “Plans call for opening at least 50 lunch restaurants in Moscow…

Estonian president to present Vejonis with Collar of Cross of Terra Mariana

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid is to present the Latvian head of state Raimonds Vejonis with the Collar of the Cross of Terra Mariana. During Vejonis’ visit to Estonia next week, Kaljulaid is to bestow on him the Collar of the Cross of Terra Mariana and on the Latvian First Lady Iveta Vejone the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, 1st Class, the president’s office said. The Order of the Cross of Terra…

Lithuanian court to issue ruling in trial of man accused of spying for Russia

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Klaipeda Regional Court will hand down on Wednesday its ruling in the trial of Roman Sesel, a Lithuanian citizen accused of collecting information for Russia on NATO military ships, the oil product and LNG terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta and other infrastructure. The Prosecutor General’s Office is seeking a prison sentence of eight years for the Klaipeda resident. Under Lithuanian laws, spying is punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment. “I…

Kaljurand, Mihkelson astonished by Kaljulaid’s planned Moscow visit

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Longtime diplomat and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand (SDE) and chairman of the previous Riigikogu’s Foreign Affairs Committee Marko Mihkelson expressed astonishment over President Kersti Kaljulaid’s planned visit to Moscow, writes daily Õhtuleht. “The opening of a renovated embassy building is not reason enough to travel to a country where you have not ben invited,” Ms Kaljurand told Õhtuleht (link in Estonian), adding that it is “not dignified…

Commanders shouldn’t be part of sexual assault process, victim advocates say

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Victim advocates and Democratic members of a House panel argued Tuesday that military commanders remain one of the biggest obstacles to combating sexual assault in the services. Despite incremental changes to the law and ramped-up focus, the military remains plagued with sexual misconduct allegations, and improvements remain elusive, according to lawmakers, survivors and advocates. “Incremental solutions are not good enough. Something here is fundamentally broken and we need to act,…