Posts published in Day: April 16, 2019

Russia-NATO Relations Deteriorate, No Cooperation on Any Issue

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister said the current relations are reminiscent of Cold War era. Russia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have completely ceased cooperation on civil and military matters, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Russian state media  RIA Novosti on Monday. “NATO has abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” Grushko said, adding that the current relations are reminiscent of the “state of affairs under which…

Riigikogu to have last word on formation of government

By Liia Hänni on Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Liia Hänni, one of the authors of the Estonian Constitution, explained that if President Kersti Kaljulaid does not task a candidate for prime minister who enjoys a majority of support in the Riigikogu with the formation of a new government, the Riigikogu can override the president’s decision and form a government on its own. Nonetheless, she believed that the president and the candidate for prime minister would reach an understanding.…

Ministers still lack clearance to access secret information

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Three government ministers from the KPV LV political party still have not received clearance from the security services to access secret materials, LSM’s Latvian language service reported April 16. The news came as Minister of Welfare Ramona Petraviča was interviewed on LTV Tuesday morning during which she revealed that she plus Minister of the Interior Sandis Girģens and Minister of Economics Ralf Nemiro – have not received the necessary clearance to access…

Poland’s Baltic Pipe pumped up with €215m EU grant

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. The European Commission has granted funding worth €214.9 million (£185.4m) for the Baltic Pipe project in Poland. The pipeline creates a new gas supply corridor in the European market, connecting Poland and Denmark with Norway. It will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish…

Germany opens Baltic Sea’s largest wind park

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday officially opened a massive wind farm in the Baltic Sea, calling it a project of “national significance” for Germany’s “energy transition” towards renewables. Here are three things to know about the Arkona wind park ahead of the political festivities. Baltic’s largest wind park Arkona’s 60 turbines tower out of the Baltic between the German island of Rügen and the Swedish shoreline to the north. Erected…

Victor Hugo already described flames in Notre Dame cathedral in his 1831 novel

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

An enormous fire engulfed Paris’ iconic Notre Dame cathedral on Monday evening, destroying most of the 800-year-old wooden structure and leading to the collapse of its main spire. The blaze was a shocking event for the city of Paris, destroying one of its most famous buildings, built in 1482. The cathedral featured prominently in Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, which he wrote in 1831. In the novel,…

Coalition parties to nominate Levits for Latvia’s president

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The government coalition parties have agreed to nominate European Court of Justice judge Egils Levits for Latvian president, said Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) after the coalition meeting on Monday. He said that the coalition has agreed on one candidate and he does not see any reason for this candidate not to win the majority support at the parliament. KPV LV leader Artuss Kaimins said that the party will…

Equipping volunteer resistance cells in Baltics would cost around EUR 110.4 million

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Equipping volunteer resistance cells in the Baltic countries to defend against potential Russian attack would cost around EUR 110.4 million, according to the U.S. think tank RAND Corporation’s report Deterring Russian Aggression in the Baltic States Through Resilience and Resistance. The report says that a robust technology initiative to equip resistance cells in all three Baltic states would require about USD 125 million (EUR 110,492,349). The authors find that a…

Lithuanian Railways to transport Chinese postal items within Lithuania

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) will begin to transport Lithuania-bound postal items from China within the country’s territory for the first time this year, with the first trial shipment scheduled for May, informed LETA/BNS. Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai and OTLK, a company that organizes freight shipments between China and Western Europe, signed the respective agreement in Moscow on Tuesday, the state railway operator said. Containers would be shipped to Lithuania within 7 days. Lietuvos…

Norwegian soldier detained in Vilnius on suspicion of involvement in robbery

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Norwegian soldier was detained in Vilnius in the early hours of Sunday on suspicion of involvement in a robbery, police said. Five persons robbed a 36-year-old man of two mobile phones and 1,000 euros in Vilniaus Street, in the center of the capital, at around 3:45 a.m. A Norwegian solder serving in NATO’s multinational battalion was involved in the incident and detained, Captain Gintautas Ciunis, spokesman for Lithuanian Armed…