Posts published in Day: April 15, 2019

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

Monday, April 15, 2019

It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war. American and European analysts and current and former U.S. military officers say the nuclear superpowers need to talk more. A foundational arms control agreement…

Assange tried to use embassy as ‘centre for spying’, says Ecuador’s Moreno

Monday, April 15, 2019

Julian Assange repeatedly violated his asylum conditions and tried to use the Ecuadorian embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, Ecuador’s president has said in an interview with the Guardian. Lenín Moreno also said he had been given written undertakings from Britain that Assange’s fundamental rights would be respected and that he would not be sent anywhere to face the death penalty. Assange, 47, was taken from the embassy by…

No precipitation in Latvia this week; air temperature to reach +15° C

Monday, April 15, 2019

Anticyclone will continue dictating weather conditions in Latvia this week – the week will pass with some clouds and without precipitation. Wind speed will be slow and mist may form at night, as reported by Latvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre. Colder masses of air will enter Latvia during Easter, causing air temperature to drop and remain below +15° C. There is also a possibility of short-term rain. Weather will…

Fitch affirms Latvia’s credit rating at A– with stable future outlook

Monday, April 15, 2019

International credit rating agency Fitch Ratings maintains Latvia’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating at ‘A–‘, maintaining stable future outlook. Fitch notes the main factors that maintain Latvia’s credit rating at A– include strong state finances, institutional strengths and credible policy framework secured by membership in the EU and Eurozone. Among Latvia’s flaws, Fitch mentions low income level of the country’s residents, as well as high fluctuation of GDP and external…

Minister: police officers in Latvia should be paid EUR 2,000

Monday, April 15, 2019

«I think state police officers in Latvia should be paid EUR 2,000,» said Latvia’s Interior Affairs Minister Sandis Ģirģens in an interview to LTV programme Rīta Panorāma on Monday, 15 April. ‘This is not something odd – this would be logical. The same for fire fighters and border guards, because these people risk their health and their lives doing their jobs,’ he said. In truth, however, only representatives of certain…

As opponent misses debates, Ukraine’s president converses with audience

Monday, April 15, 2019

On Sunday, 14 April, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko was forced to engage in debates with empty space next to him, because his opponent – Volodymyr Zelenksy – did not attend the debates organized at Kyiv Olympic Stadium. Poroshenko spoke with the audience alone for 45 minutes. He also answered questions from journalists and criticized the non-existent competition, BBC reports. The two presidential candidates had previously agreed to hold televised debates,…

Latvia and Lithuania disagree on sea border

Monday, April 15, 2019

The bilateral agreement on the sea border was only ratified by Lithuania in 1999, the Lithuanian lrt.lt news website writes. Latvia wants to, to first, sign an economic agreement, explore an offshore oil field whose major part is in the Lithuanian territory and only then finalize the border legalization process, despite the agreement stating the visa versa, as the border legalization must come first and followed by the economic agreement.…

Lithuania’s DefMin mulls additional troop vaccination against measles

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense is considering additional immunization of troops against measles as the number of measles cases is rising, Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis says. In his words, the ministry is considering, first of all, vaccinating troops facing the highest risk of contraction. “We are now looking into all options and risks. We are probably heading towards vaccinating troops with the highest risk here in Lithuania,” the minister told…

Airsoft fans kept developing military skills, established contacts in Russia in 2018 – security service

Monday, April 15, 2019

Last year, fans of airsoft military simulation game continued to use their hobby as a cover-up to develop their military skills and kept establishing contacts with the game’s organizers in Russia, the State Security Service said in its annual report. The State Security Service has for a long time been pointing to the national security risks posed by military simulation games, as well as legislative loopholes allowing for such risks.…

Lithuanian govt to turn to prosecutors over financial watchdogs’ actions during crisis

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lithuania’s government has decided to ask the Prosecutor General’s Office to evaluate the then financial watchdogs’ actions during the financial crisis, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Monday. The move follows the presentation by Stasys Jakeliunas, chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Budget Finance, of the ongoing parliamentary investigation into the 2009 economic crisis, being carried out by an ad-hoc commission he chairs. Jakeliunas informed the government about its progress…