Posts published in Day: May 23, 2019

Estonian foreign minister discusses security council ambitions with UN delegation

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) met with a delegation of United Nations ambassadors, currently on a visit to Estonia, and discussed cooperation between states and the challenges that the organization faces. “When it comes to security, Estonia sees the rules-based world order as essential. Relying on international law creates a strong foundation for the peaceful coexistence of all states,” Reinsalu said, according to a foreign ministry press release. “We are…

Macron is responsible for Tripoli battle casualties

Thursday, May 23, 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron “is responsible” for the casualties in Libya, a fighter loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) told Euronews, condemning the French leader’s meeting with rebel general Khalifa Haftar. Macron received Haftar for a closed-door meeting in Paris on Wednesday as forces loyal to the strongman’s Libyan National Army (LNA) continue to wage an offensive to take the North African country’s capital, Tripoli, from the…

EUR 130 mln to be invested into Vilnius Airport over 4 years

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Around 130 mln euros will be invested into the expansion and reconstruction of Lithuania’s largest Vilnius Airport over the next four years, until 2022, and annual revenue of Lietuvos Oro Uostai (Lithuanian Airports, LOU), the sate-run operator of three airports in Lithuania, is set to grow by around 43% to 63 mln euros. The company’s EBITDA margin is forecast to increase by 45-56% in 2019-2022, from 40 percent last year,…

Border construction project needs to be scaled back

Thursday, May 23, 2019

According to Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE), one possible area of savings in the state budget would involve scaling back the current construction project for Estonia’s eastern border. “The border needs to be done for cheaper,” Helme said at Thursday’s government press conference. “Without all the bells and whistles. There are more rational solutions.” The minister added that planned construction of public sector buildings can be canceled as well.…

Honor to Serve Riga to nominate candidate for Riga mayor after EP elections

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready to nominate a candidate for Riga mayor when the European Parliament elections are over, acting Riga mayor Olegs Burovs (GKR) told LETA. Burovs said that GKR took the decision at an extended board meeting as the party is ready to take over leadership in the city. Burovs would not reveal the party’s possible candidate for the mayoral office, but indicated that this…

System malfunction limits voting freedom for Latvian voters

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Malfunctions have been observed in the online data exchange system used by election sites in Latvia to for European Parliament elections. This is why it is no longer possible for residents to vote at any election site, limiting their voting options to the election sites they are registered with, as explained by the Central Election Commission (CEC). Experts are currently hard at work tracking the malfunction to fix it. It…

Estonia, US sign five-year road map for continued defense cooperation

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The United States’ Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Kathryn L. Wheelbarger and Ministry of Defence Undersecretary for Defence Policy Kadi Silde signed a document at the Pentagon on Wednesday that will see the continuation of defense cooperation between the U.S. and Estonia through 2024. Estonia has joined Latvia and Lithuania in the five-year defense cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Baltic…

Estonians linked to armed gang busted in Lithuania

Thursday, May 23, 2019

An armed gang of 22 individuals involved in arms and drug smuggling was exposed in Lithuania as a result of the joint activity of police in Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Spain and the U.K. The ring of suspects also includes Estonians. The gang is also suspected of having organized the murder of Kaunas resident Deimantas Bugavičius in 2015. “The individuals are suspected of having organized and carried out the aforementioned murder,…

Representatives of the Atlantic Council, influential U.S. think-tank, on a visit in Lithuania

Thursday, May 23, 2019

“Now that it is in a very dangerous threat environment, Lithuania should continue what it is doing which is increase defence spending from 2 to 2.5 in overtime. That is appropriate for a frontline state which unfortunate Lithuania and other Baltic states are,” former  US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Walt Slocombe says. He is visiting Lithuania this week in a delegation of defence and security experts and shapers…

Pentagon plan could send up to 10,000 more troops to the Mideast

Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats, U.S. officials said. The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials said the move is…