Posts published in Day: August 20, 2019

Estonia, Poland, Brussels, US, Japan among Lithuanian president’s visit plans

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda is set to pay a visit to Estonia this week, before heading for Poland, Brussels, the US, and Japan by the end of the year. On Tuesday in Tallinn, the Lithuanian president will be received by his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid, the country’s prime minister and the parliament speaker. Nausėda will and events to mark Estonia’s Independence Day. Nausėda will also honor the memory of Communism…

Latvia’s decision to import electricity from Russia ‘a moral defeat’ for Lithuania, minister says

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

With Latvia planning to import electricity from Russia, including that generated by the Astravyets Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) under construction in Belarus close to the Lithuanian border, Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas says he sees it as a moral defeat for Lithuania. The minister adds, however, that Riga’s decisions were not unexpected, given Lithuania’s moves to bar market access for electricity from Astravyets. Once Lithuania suspends trade with Belarus after the nuclear power…

Lithuanian president suggests appointing EU coordinator for Baltic grid synchronization

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has offered an idea of establishing a special EU coordinator position to oversee the disconnection of the Baltic states’ power systems from the post-Soviet and its synchronization with that of Western Europe. He said there were already candidates for the position, without naming them. “I proposed an idea to create a special coordinator for the synchronization project. We call it Mr. Synchronization,” Nausėda told reporters at…

Judge allows prospective transgender troops to move forward with lawsuit challenging Pentagon ban

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A federal judge in Maryland ruled Tuesday that men and women barred from joining the military because of their transgender status can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn a Pentagon policy blocking their service. U.S. District Judge George Russell ruled transgender men and women who would otherwise be eligible for military service can proceed with their court challenge to the Pentagon’s partial ban. However, Russell also ruled five of…