Posts published in Day: June 3, 2019

Latvia wants to sustain positive trend in economic relations with Russia

Monday, June 3, 2019

Latvia wants to sustain the positive trend in its economic relations with Russia, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said today during a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin. As LETA was told at the Foreign Ministry, the meeting took place during the concluding high-level meeting of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) in Jurmala. The Latvian minister expressed appreciation of…

President Kersti Kaljulaid in Germany, Slovenia and the US this week

Monday, June 3, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid has a week of international visits coming up, starting in Germany, and culminating in a visit to the UN in New York. The UN meeting will coincide with the vote on the next non-permanent seat on the organization’s security council. Estonia is in the running for the spot. On Monday and Tuesday, the president is to be one of the keynote speakers at the “Day of German…

Ministry turns to intelligence body over rail contracts with Latvia’s Sigmen

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Lithuanian Transport and Communications Ministry has asked the State Security Department (VSD) for cooperation in assessing potential threats and risks following a media report that Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways, LG) has awarded millions of euros’ worth of contracts to a Latvian company linked, via former KGB officers and agents, to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and Russian oligarchs subject to US sanctions. Sigmen is one of the major…

Angela Merkel promises stability in spite of Social Democratic Party losing their leader

Monday, June 3, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the government coalition will continue working in spite of the fact that Social Democratic Party’s leader Andrea Nahles has decided to step down, BBC reports. «I would like to say on behalf of the government, we will continue the government’s work with all seriousness. We will above all do it with a great sense of responsibility,» Merkel said. Angela Merkel said she respects Nahles’ «far…

Lithuanian minister to meet with regional diplomats in Latvia

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with diplomats from other countries in the Latvian city of Jurmala to discuss initiatives aimed at strengthening the Baltic Sea region. The Council of the Baltic Sea States meeting in Jurmala will be attended by the foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, as well as diplomats from Denmark, Iceland, Germany, Russia and the European Commission. “The meeting’s participants will…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

MP Mart Nutt dies at 57

Monday, June 3, 2019

Estonian politician, historian and MP Mart Nutt died unexpectedly on Sunday; he was 57 years old. A member of Isamaa, Nutt had served as MP in every Riigikogu elected since Estonia regained its independence in 1991. “Estonian politician, historian and Estonia’s longest-serving MP Mart Nutt passed away following an unexpected medical emergency this morning,” Isamaa politician Mart Luik told the press on Sunday. Nutt graduated from Tallinn 10th Upper Secondary…

Trump, first lady meet with queen at Buckingham Palace

Monday, June 3, 2019

President Donald Trump met with Queen Elizabeth II Monday during two-day visit to Britain that’s meant to strengthen ties between the two nations, although the trip was immediately at risk of being overshadowed by Brexit turmoil and a political feud with London’s mayor. Trump and first lady Melania Trump flew to Buckingham Palace in Marine One, landing on a lawn where they were greeted by Prince Charles and his wife…

China blames US for trade dispute, but doesn’t escalate

Monday, June 3, 2019

China fired back at the U.S. Sunday over the two nations’ trade dispute, issuing a report that blamed the conflict on the Trump administration but refrained from escalating the trade war. The report from the Cabinet spokesman’s office said China won’t back down on “major issues of principle,” but offered no sense of whether or how the world’s second largest economy might retaliate against U.S. tariffs on goods manufactured in…