Posts published in Day: June 24, 2019

Eight British soldiers are arrested over ‘drunken brawl in Lithuanian seaside resort’

Monday, June 24, 2019

A group British soldiers have been arrested in Lithuania over an alleged drunken brawl in a seaside resort. Local media reported that eight soldiers had been detained after a ‘massive fight’ broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Palanga on the country’s Baltic coast. According to local news site 15min, some of the soldiers, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for being ‘intoxicated’ while others…

Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day drills that began Monday will “check the armed forces’ ability to ensure security in the Central Asian region that faces serious terrorist threats.” Russian officials have voiced concerns about the possible spread of militants from Afghanistan into former Soviet nations in Central Asia. Russia…

Lithuanian man in custody over spate of burglaries linked to another theft

Monday, June 24, 2019

A Lithuanian man already in custody over a spate of burglaries has denied charges of aggravated theft after police uncovered further evidence linking him to another theft. 28 year-old Valdas Martinaitis, who police said also went by the name Levan Mamardsashvili from Georgia,  was arraigned before duty magistrate Gabriella Vella on Monday morning, accused of theft aggravated by numerical violence – indicating that more than one suspect was involved-  as…

Pompeo in Saudi Arabia, Iran threatens more US drone attacks

Monday, June 24, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia on Monday in a hastily arranged visit amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran as Iran’s navy chief warned Iranian forces wouldn’t hesitate to shoot down more U.S. surveillance drones from their skies. The downing of the drone, valued at more than $100 million, saw the United States pull back from the brink of a military strike on Iran after…

Poland and Baltic States Reduce Reliance on Russian Energy

Monday, June 24, 2019

Europe’s dependency on Russian energy has long been viewed as a threat to national security, particularly in Eastern European countries like the Baltic states and Poland. Poland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have all expressed concerns that their dependence on the Russian power grid network increases their exposure to Russian interference in their internal affairs and presents a grave threat to their sovereignty and national security. As Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite…

Hunt steps up attacks on Johnson in UK leadership contest

Monday, June 24, 2019

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stepped up his attacks Monday on front-runner Boris Johnson in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, challenging him to face public secrutiny amid the fallout from a reported quarrel with his girlfriend that prompted a police visit. Writing in the Times of London, Hunt said Johnson needs to earn the public’s trust by facing television debates before 160,000 Conservative Party members vote on which…

Lithuanian agency bans Czech circus’ elephant shows

Monday, June 24, 2019

Lithuania’s Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its permit for the Francesko Jung circus from the Czech Republic to publicly exhibit its elephant. “Upon discovery of violations related to the animal’s welfare, the animal’s improper care and failure to comply with the animal exhibition conditions stated in the permit, the agency has made the decision to withdraw the issued permit,” the agency told BNS Lithuania. The document in BNS Lithuania’s possession…

German business confidence dips further to near 5-year low

Monday, June 24, 2019

A closely watched survey is showing that German business confidence has fallen to a near five-year low as managers’ expectations for the coming six months have deteriorated. The Ifo institute said Monday that its monthly confidence index slipped to 97.4 points in June from 97.9 last month, in line with market expectations. The third straight monthly fall takes the index to its lowest since November 2014 and was entirely due…

Lithuania: Coalition expansion talks completed, Vilnius University up in global rankings

Monday, June 24, 2019

Last week, four parliamentary parties continued coalition negotiations, two men were sentenced for spying for Russia, Government vowed to reduce shadow income in construction and car sale sectors. Coalition negotiators complete talks, fail to agree on child benefit Representatives of four parties in Lithuania, holding negotiations on a future ruling coalition, said on Thursday, June 20, they have completed their work, acknowledging, however, their failure to agree on the child…

President on Victory Day: Defense starts with everyone

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid addressed Sunday’s Victory Day parade, noting the scope everyone in Estonian society has in contributing to the country’s sense of security. “We are also preparing our defense forces and defense league for situations that are unlikely, but still possible,” Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech at the parade in Tartu, according to a press release from the president’s office. “Similarly, we might all be prepared for other…