Posts published in Day: June 7, 2019

Who will pay for training of a new Lithuanian Armed Forces

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, June 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has approved plans to increase the size of the military, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. On Wednesday, the government authorized the ministry’s personnel increase plan for 2019 to 2028, which implements the National Defense System Development Program from 2018. The programs are designed to fund the synchronization of personnel, modernization and infrastructure development requirements. Under the plan, the number of professional military service soldiers is planned…

Estonian-US cyber consultations focus on cooperation and stability

Friday, June 7, 2019

A joint U.S.-Estonian round of cyber consultations take places in Tallinn Friday, with norms of responsible state behavior in cyberspace, cybersecurity threats, and the protection of critical infrastructure all on the table. Delegations are being led by the Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security, Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, and the Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the US Department of State, Liesyl Franz, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release.…

Around 15 NATO warships arrive in Baltic for NATO exercise

Friday, June 7, 2019

Over a dozen NATO warships have entered the Baltic Sea, ahead of the major international NATO BALTOPS annual exercise. The ships, which number at least 15 and include the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, entered the Baltic on Thursday via the Storebælt and the Kiel Canal, BNS reports. BALTOPS 2019 runs from June 9-21 and is under the command of the newly reestablished US Navy Second Fleet. The…

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas to discuss security issues at tripartite assembly in Ukraine

Friday, June 7, 2019

Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Pranckietis and his Ukrainian and Polish counterparts will open the 10th session of the tripartite parliamentary assembly in Ukraine on Friday. This year, the session’s participants will focus on expanding cooperation in the area of security and democracy, the Lithuanian Seimas’ press service said. Established in May, 2005 in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine will hold…

French prime minister calls for global peace

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Latest on the 75th anniversary of D-Day (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Concluding D-Day celebrations at Juno beach, with birds singing in the background, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has made a plea for global peace and understanding. Philippe attended the ceremony alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, among other dignitaries from other countries. They paid a last…

Briedis: “It will be the World’s finest boxing show!”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Latvia’s Mairis Briedis (25-1, 18 KOs) feels ready to shine for a third time at the Arena Riga on June 15, when he faces Poland’s Krzysztof Glowacki (31-1, 19 KOs) for a place in the Cruiserweight Final for the Ali Trophy. In Season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series Briedis fought twice in front of capacity crowds in Latvia’s capital. The national hero won a unanimous points decision over…

Google flags U.S. national security risks from Huawei ban: FT

Friday, June 7, 2019

Alphabet Inc’s Google has warned if the U.S. administration moves ahead with sweeping ban on Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, it risks compromising national security, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Google’s move comes as the world’s two top economies ratchet up tariffs in a battle over what U.S. officials call China’s unfair trade practices. While the sanctions are expected to hurt Huawei in the short term, industry experts say it…

Skvernelis refuses to say if country will join common gas market

Friday, June 7, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with his visiting Estonian counterpart Juri Ratas on Thursday and said he could not say yet if Lithuania would join a common gas market with other regional countries. “There’s no answer yet,” he told journalists, asked if Lithuania would join a common gas tariff zone with Latvia, Estonia and Finland. These countries signed an agreement on the introduction of a common gas tariff zone…

India Seeks 100 Israeli Advanced Bunker Buster Bombs Allegedly Used in Balakot Strike

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Indian Air Force (IAF) signed a $43 million deal on Thursday to procure an advanced “bunker-buster” version of the Spice-2000 bombs, manufactured by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems. India has asked the Israeli manufacturer to deliver all the bombs in the next three month. “A contract for procuring over 100 SPICE bombs with Mark 84 warheads was signed with Israel under emergency provisions”, a government official said. It is believed that the IAF had used a penetrator version of the…

MP Krapane elected chairwoman of parliamentary inquiry commission on mandatory procurement component system

Friday, June 7, 2019

MP Ieva Krapane (KPV LV) has been elected the chairwoman of the parliamentary inquiry commission on the mandatory procurement component (MPC) system. Martins Steins (For Development) was elected the secretary of the commission. Other commission members will be Arvils Aseradens (New Unity), Ivars Zarins (Harmony), Sandis Riekstins (New Conservative Party), Romands Naudins (National Alliance) and Viktors Valainis (Greens/Farmers). The parliamentary commission will investigate the government’s role in the creation of…