Posts published in Day: July 23, 2019

UK to address tanker crisis in Persian Gulf with more military

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The British government will seek to develop and deploy a Europe-led maritime protection mission to protect shipping in the strategic Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British ship with a Latvian crew member. Associated Press reports that on Monday, July 22, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accused Iran of «an act of state piracy» that must be met with a coordinated international reaction. Iranian officials have implied the Stena…

Volume of alcoholic drinks produced in Latvia up 2% in five months

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

In the first five months of 2019, a total of 21 708 million litres of alcoholic drinks (except beer) was produced in Latvia, which is 2% more when compared to the same period of 2018, according to data from the State Revenue Service’s (SRS) compiled information on excise tax. In the first five months of 2019, a total of 25.36 million litres of alcoholic drinks (aside from beer) was commissioned…

Latvia’s army to test UAVs from a local manufacturer

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Latvia’s National Armed Forces have been supplied with UAV systems from Latvian manufacturer UAV Factory and Atlas Aerospace for testing purposes, as confirmed by Defence Ministry. The supply of UAVs will enhance Latvian National Armed Forces’ surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, as well as indirect fire support capabilities, explains the ministry. UAVs can also be used to provide support in search and rescue operations. «The testing of the UAV systems is…

Interior, defense ministers to discuss army’s possible involvement in controlling and guarding Latvia’s borders

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Interior Minister Sandis Girgens (KPV.LV) and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) are planning to discuss National Armed Forces’ possible involvement in controlling and guarding Latvia’s borders. Girgens wishes to discuss cooperation between the State Border Guard and Armed Forces at a meeting with the defense minister, the Interior Ministry’s public relations officer Maris Zarins told LETA. It is currently unknown though when the meeting could take place. According to…

Estonian foreign trade, IT minister to establish cyber security working group

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Estonian Foreign Trade and IT Minister Kert Kingo is to establish a cyber security strategy coordination working group, which is to be tasked with monitoring and coordinating the implementation of agreed objectives and, on the basis of that, preparing a report to the cyber security council. The cyber security strategy aims to maintain and shape a sustainable digital society relying on strong technological resilience and emergency preparedness, promote entrepreneurship and…

President and foreign minister discuss participation in UN General Assembly and NATO summit

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

President Egils Levits and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) met today to discuss Levits’ upcoming participation in the UN General Assembly in September and the NATO summit in December. The Latvian president is scheduled to deliver a speech at the UN General Assembly, Rinkevics told LETA. The meeting of the two officials also dealt with current foreign affairs, with Rinkevics informing Levits about the Foreign Ministry’s efforts to provide…

Latvian president calls for closer energy cooperation with Lithuania

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Latvian President Egils Levits says that Latvia and Lithuania could cooperate more closely in energy and that a European army could complement rather than compete with NATO. “Lithuania is Latvia’s key foreign trade partner. Of course, this is a very good achievement. We are also coordinating our positions in the European Union,” Levits said in an interview with the 15min.lt online news site on the eve of Lithuanian President Gitanas…

PM affirms support to Estonian troops abroad

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Following the Mali terrorist attack in which five members of the Estonian defense forces were founded, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that this is a reminder how seriously Estonian troops must be taken who, in the name of the security of Estonia and our region, are participating in international military operations in remote locations to maintain peace and stability. “I wish the members of the Estonian defense forces injured…

Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

On last Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. Hong Kong The European Parliament calls on the Hong Kong government (HKSAR) to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments to its extradition law, which has caused people in Hong Kong to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers. They fear the new bill could…

Lithuanian president congratulates Ukrainian leader on his party’s election win

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda made a personal phone call to his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, on Monday to congratulate him on his party’s good showing in Sunday’s parliamentary election. “This is the strongest mandate to work responsibly for the well-being of your country and to make every effort to ensure the continuation of vital economic reforms and the formation of a demanding government,” the Lithuanian president’s press quoted him as…