Posts published in Day: August 16, 2019

Interior ministry says didn’t intend to mislead daily on police staff cuts

Friday, August 16, 2019

An article appearing in daily Postimees published Saturday claims an interior ministry under-secretary tried to mislead it over its strategy on staff cuts at the police authority and other bodies. The ministry itself, however, rejects the paper’s charge, though notes the information it presented had some ambiguities. The incident is related to controversy which broke towards the end of the week, where finance minister Martin Helme called for the resignation…

Lithuanian president, in meeting with Steinmeier, stresses need for EU-US dialogue

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda underlined the need for the European Union to step up dialogue with the United States during his meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin on Thursday. “President Gitanas Nauseda underscored the importance of stepping up the EU-US dialogue with special focus on common challenges faced by both the European Union and the United States,” the Lithuanian president’s office said in a press release. “He also underlined…

Col. Ühtegi interview: Defence League not a ‘phantom force’

Friday, August 16, 2019

Col. Riho Ühtegi, the former longtime head of military intelligence who went on to serve as commander of the Estonian Defence Forces’ (EDF) Special Operations Force, has been serving as commander of the volunteer Estonian Defence League (Kaitseliit) for three weeks now. In an extended interview with ERR journalist Toomas Sildam, Ühtegi speaks of guerrilla tactics, hybrid warfare and “little green men.” Toomas Sildam: Have you read Leo Kunnas’ “War…

Estonian President calls prime minister for crisis meeting

Friday, August 16, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid has summoned Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) for a crisis meeting, after a governmental split over the status of Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) chief Elmar Vaher. According to daily Õhtuleht (link in Estonian), a time for the meeting has not been set yet, but the president wishes to be up to speed on developments which have seen interior minister Mart Helme (EKRE) demand Vaher’s resignation,…

Lithuanian president to visit Estonia on restoration of independence day

Friday, August 16, 2019

President of Lithuania Gitanas Nausėda is on an official visit to Estonia next week, where he will attend the annual restoration of independence day reception at Kadriorg Palace. President Nausėda will meet his Estonian opposite number Kersti Kaljulaid on the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 20, a public holiday in Estonia. A joint press conference will follow, and the Lithuanian head of state is set to visit the Tallinn Television Tower,…

Lithuanian government proposes online sale of prescription drugs

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lithuania’s Ministry of Health has proposed building a state-run system where patients could buy prescription drugs online. The system would help patients get the best deal, says Gita Krukienė, the head of Pharmacy Department at the ministry. By logging onto their account on the ‘e-sveikata’ (‘e-health’) platform, an online gateway to patients’ medical history information, people would see the prices of any drug in different pharmacies. The system would allow…

US government charter flight catches fire in Ireland, shuts down airport

Friday, August 16, 2019

A total of 159 passengers and crew on an Air Force-chartered flight were evacuated via emergency slides at Ireland’s Shannon Airport after the jet’s landing gear caught fire, media reports said Friday. Air traffic controllers stopped Omni Air International’s Boeing 767-300 at 6:15 a.m. on Thursday as it taxied for takeoff, when they noticed smoke and flames coming from the left landing gear, according to Irish newspaper The Journal. Emergency…

Lithuanian government purchasing 4m iodine pills in preparation for Belarus NPP launch

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Lithuanian government has found a supplier to deliver large amounts of iodine pills as part of preparations for the launch of a nuclear power plant in Belarus. The cabinet is now looking for about €900,000 to pay for the purchase. The Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant, located near the Lithuanian border and only 50 kilometres from the country’s capital and most populous city, has drew fierce criticism from the Lithuanian…

Latvian athlete receives two-year disqualification

Friday, August 16, 2019

Former Latvian long jumper Ineta Radeviča has received a two-year disqualification, as confirmed by International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). As it is known, Radeviča stepped down as president of Latvia’s Athletics Federation after secondary doping tests performed by AIU after the London Olympics uncovered traces of anabolic steroid oxandrolone in her sample. In May 2019 she was officially disqualified from London Olympic Games. Now she…

Trump administration plans $8 billion fighter jet sale to Taiwan, angering China

Friday, August 16, 2019

The Trump administration is moving ahead with an $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan despite strong objections from China, a U.S. official and others familiar with the deal said Thursday. The administration notified Congress late Thursday that it would submit the package for informal review, said the people familiar with the sale. It would be the largest and most significant sale of weaponry to the self-governing island…