Posts published in Day: August 23, 2019

Under the “Shield”, US nuclear weapons in Europe

By Manlio Dinucci on Friday, August 23, 2019

The NATO missile site at Deveselu in Romania (photo), which is part of the US Aegis “defence missiles” system, has finished its “update”, begun last April. NATO’s communique assures that it has added “no offensive capacity to the system”, which remains “purely defensive, centred on potential threats from outside of the Euro-Atlantic region”. The Deveselu is equipped (according to the official description) with 24 missiles, installed in vertical underground launchers,…

Estonia, Latvia and 5 other nations to develop NexGen unmanned ground system

Friday, August 23, 2019

The Estonian Center for Defense Investments on Friday signed an agreement with representatives from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia and Spain for the development of Modular Unmanned Ground Systems (MUGS) with funding to be sought from the European Defense Fund (EDF). Participating countries are planning to use a total of 30.6 mln euros in funds from the EDF, to which the countries will add their co-funding. The first system prototype…

Six private homes to be demolished for construction of Rail Baltica railroad sections at Riga Airport and Central Station

Friday, August 23, 2019

Six private houses will be demolished for construction of the Rail Baltica railroad sections at the Riga Central Station and Riga International Airport, as Rita Voronkova from Eiropas Dzelzcela Linijas, the company implementing the Rail Baltica project in Latvia, told LETA. As reported, 123 properties will be compulsorily acquired for the Rail Baltica railroad sections at the Riga Airport and Central Station. There are no apartment buildings on any of…

US would join Ukraine talks if needed

Friday, August 23, 2019

The United States supports the current format of negotiations on the situation in Eastern Ukraine, but would be ready to join the talks if needed, Kurt Volker, the US special envoy to Ukraine, said in Vilnius on Friday. “We have very good cooperation with all of them. If there is a need for a larger format, of course, we will join. At the same time, we fully support the Normandy…

Georgia to adopt EU laws even without candidate status

Friday, August 23, 2019

Georgia would like to launch talks on transposing EU law even without the candidate status, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili said in Lithuania on Thursday. Addressing an international conference in the Lithuanian capital, the Georgian president acknowledged that the EU had stopped the its expansion, focusing on its internal problems, and so aspiring countries like Georgia had to look for alternatives. “Since there is no alternative [and] the direct road to…

Estonia’s Eesti Energia will import Novatek gas

Friday, August 23, 2019

Estonia’s energy group Eesti Energia will import gas from Russia’s largest private gas company Novatek via Lithuania’s LNG terminal based in Klaipeda in September. “Yes, we are buying from Novatek,” Priit Luts, the press officer at Eesti Energia, told on Friday. On Thursday, the Lithuanian terminal operator Klaipedos Nafta (Klaipeda OIL, KN) said Eesti Energia had become the Lithuanian terminal’s fourth client. KN said it had allocated Eesti Energia 0.061 TWh of regasification capacity,…

DPD installs 27 new parcel stations in Estonian counties

Friday, August 23, 2019

The transport and logistics company DPD has expanded its parcel terminal network in Estonia by a further 27 stations, focusing this time primarily on smaller county centers and small towns. During 2018, DPD added over 50 new terminals to its network across Estonia. To the 27 new terminals installed this summer five new stations will be added in the fall. Besides, the company will start expanding its most intensively used…

Formins of Baltics, Poland, Romania call for investigation of totalitarian crimes

Friday, August 23, 2019

The foreign ministers of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania have issued a joint statement to mark the 80th anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact and to stress the importance of continued investigation of totalitarian crimes. August 23 will mark 80 years since the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany that sparked World War II and doomed half of Europe to decades of misery.…

This step unavoidable, Reform says in no-confidence motion against Ratas

Friday, August 23, 2019

The opposition Reform Party intends to submit a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Jüri Ratas in the Riigikogu on Monday. The text of the motion, for which Reform is collecting signatures, says that the current government is damaging to Estonia’s reputation, destructive of its societal cohesion and spending at its future expense. Reform is proposing that the Riigikogu be convened for an extraordinary sitting on Monday, Aug. 26…

Watch Angela Merkel’s Baltic Way message

Friday, August 23, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has sent a message of congratulation to the people of the Baltic states 30 years on from the Baltic Way. The specially-recorded 2 minute video was played at a conference in Rīga and is reproduced above, complete with English subtitles (though you may have to endure a couple of ads first). “The Baltic Way was a moving and crucial staging post on the journey to freedom…