Posts published in Day: June 25, 2019

Iran says ‘idiotic’ new US sanctions have closed path to diplomacy

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Iran says the US decision to impose sanctions on its supreme leader and other top officials is “idiotic” and has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Monday against the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and top military chiefs, in an unprecedented step designed to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost…

‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of the world suffers, a report from a UN human rights expert has said. Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food,…

Pabriks to attend meeting of Northern Group’s defense ministers in Germany

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) will today attend a meeting with the Northern Group’s defense ministers in Berlin to discuss regional security and defense cooperation, LETA was told at the Latvian Defense Ministry. The meeting of Nordic and Baltic defense ministers is expected to focus on multinational military exercises, cooperation in strategic communication, the Greenland-Iceland-UK (GIUK) gap and military mobility, as well as China’s role in the Northern Group’s…

Lithuanian ruling party leader expects to sign coalition deal Thursday, PM more cautious

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ramunas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union (LFGU), expects to sign an agreement on a new four-party government coalition on Thursday. “Perhaps we’ll be able to agree (and sign) on Thursday,” he told journalists on Tuesday. However, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis was more cautious in commenting on the possibility of signing a coalition deal by the end of the week. “We’ll have (a deal) when…

Lithuanian, Polish operators ask for EU support for submarine Harmony Link cable

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Lithuanian and Polish power transmission companies Litgrid and PSE have asked the EU for financial support to carry out feasibility studies for a new Baltic submarine cable. The companies hope to receive the maximum amount of 50 percent, or 10 million euros, for the studies valued at around 20 million euros. Poland’s share would be 12 million euros, and 8 million euros for Lithuania. Thus, they could get 6 and…

Kazakhstan evacuates thousands of people after blasts at military depot

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

In Kazakhstan a munitions depot has been hit by a fire and major explosions, resulting in a mass evacuation of a town. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that a Soviet-era munitions depot exploded on Monday, June 24, triggering the evacuation of a town of some 44,000 people in southern Kazakhstan. Local institutions stated that a series of blasts killing one person and injuring dozens of others had taken place at…

Washington hits Iran with new sanctions, target’s country’s Supreme Leader

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

United States President Donald Trump has announced imposing of tough, new sanctions against Iran also on the office of the Middle Eastern country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. British public broadcaster BBC reports that the executive order of the U.S. president was signed on Monday, June 24, with the shooting down of a U.S. drone, fuelling of foreign conflicts and support to terrorist activities. Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, was singled…

Latvia’s prime minister not prepared to increase country’s budget deficit

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Latvia’s Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš is not prepared to increase budget deficit to satisfy growing budget requests from ministries. The prime minister says every ministry has provided arguments in favour of increasing funding for their respective sectors from the 2020 state budget. However, it is already clear it will not be possible to satisfy all requests. «An additional EUR 600 million is requested from the country’s 2020 budget. Funding requests…

Latvia’s Sigulda will not host part of 2026 Winter Olympic Games

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The 2026 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Italy’s Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, which have won in the competition for the right to host Olympic Games with Sweden, which planned to delegate certain ice sports to Latvia’s Sigulda. This means Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo will also host the Winter Paralympic Games in 2026. The location for the next Winter Olympic Games was picked through a vote of members of…

Kaljulaid on Estonian Victory Day: Natural calamity more likely than warfare

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid has said in a speech on Estonia’s Victory Day remembering the hundred-year-old War of Independence that despite natural calamities being more likely than warfare in the country, everyone should be informed and prepared to help ensure Estonian. Here’s the speech of Sunday, June 23, in full as published on the President’s web site. «Once, I saw a peasant with a big beard standing by the Elva…