Posts published in Day: May 21, 2019

Lithuanian president urges Ukraine’s new leader to ‘crush’ oligarchic system

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite called on Ukraine’s new leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday to “crush” the country’s deeply-rooted oligarchic system. “The new president wants a lot of new changes. People do place great hopes on him,” Grybauskaite said after meeting with Zelensky in Kiev following his inauguration, according to the audio recording released by her press service. “Therefore, these changes are possible if people support him, and, of course, if…

Trump – U.S. will respond with ‘great force’ if Iran attacks interests

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi’ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone. “I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening…

UN Security Council blocks meeting on Ukrainian language law

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The UN Security Council has blocked a Russian request to hold a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine’s new language law. A respective procedural decision was made at the beginning of the meeting on May 20, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Francois Delattre protested against this meeting and called on other members to vote against the adoption of its agenda. Delattre said that…

Coalition wants more time to discuss Prosecutor General’s position

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Several ruling coalition politicians on May 20 avoided expressing a concrete position on Justice Minister Jānis Bordāns’ (New Conservative Party) suggestion to assess Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers’ suitability for the post; the coalition is planning to return to the issue after a week, on May 27. Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) told reporters after the coalition’s weekly meeting that not all coalition members had acquainted themselves with Bordān’s reasons, and discussions about the proposal…

Little green birds are back online at Latvian military base

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Green Crows are back, and everyone is invited to watch. As we reported last year, it might seem like a shocking security breach that tiny concealed cameras are broadcasting live pictures from inside a restricted Latvian military facility, but it’s all done for a very laudable reason: the showcase the role of military zones as important wildlife habitats. Green crows are actually not carrion birds at all but known in English as European…

US assistant defense secretary says visit confirms NATO Estonia pledge

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dr. James H. Anderson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, was in Estonia May 16-18, meeting with the Ministry of Defence and the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), to discuss opportunities to deepen the U.S.-Estonia defense relationship. Anderson’s visit underscores America’s ironclad commitment to NATO, according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, as well as underlining and how both nations are working in…

Probes continue into 15 MPs who have applied for security clearances

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Constitutional Protection Bureau continues probing fifteen Saeima members who have applied for security clearances, the bureau informed LETA. So far, 27 Saeima members have been issued security clearances. Probes into fifteen more MPs still continue, while another sixteen Saeima members who require security clearances have not yet applied to the Constitutional Protection Bureau. 36 MPs do not need security clearances in their work. Six Saeima members have been denied…

China-Latvia cross-border e-commerce hub launched in Riga

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The China (Ningbo)-Latvia Cross-border E-commerce Hub was launched in a ceremony at the Baltic Container Terminal in the Latvian capital city Riga on Monday. Around a hundred people, including lawmakers, government officials, entrepreneurs and media representatives, attended the ceremony organized by the Chinese Embassy in Latvia, the Latvian Investment and Development Agency and the Central and Eastern Europe E-Commerce Hub Development Association. Addressing the ceremony at the terminal in the…

Presidential candidates’ teams trade accusations over campaign funding

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The staffs of Ingrida Simonyte and Gitanas Nauseda, the two candidates vying to be elected Lithuanian president in Sunday’s runoff, exchanged accusations on Monday over the political campaign funding. Paulius Lukauskas, head of the staff of Simonyte, the candidate of the conservative Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, voiced suspicions that Nauseda might have spent around 50 percent more money than he had officially raised, and complained to the Central Electoral Commission.…

Sweden edges Latvia, Brits drop France at ice hockey worlds

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Canada shut out Denmark 5-0 for a fifth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship on Monday. Sam Reinhart scored two goals and the rest went to Jonathan Marchessault, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and Jared McCann. Mark Stone finished the Group A game in Kosice with two assists. Carter Hart stopped 21 shots and Mackenzie Blackwood made three saves to combine for the shutout. Canada climbed to second in Group A…