Posts published in Day: September 17, 2019

US diplomat tells Lithuania not to glorify Holocaust collaborators

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cherrie Daniels, a US diplomat, has warned that the glorification of Holocaust collaborators in Lithuania undermines the country’s reputation and the memory of its true heroes, and promotes anti-Semitism. “Lithuania has been shaped into the proud democracy it is today because of the valiant actions of countless heroes throughout its history,” Cherrie Daniels, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues at the US Department of State, tweeted on Monday. “But every country has its…

Lithuania and Poland see Nord Stream 2 as threat to energy security

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland and Lithuania consider the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project a threat to energy security in central and eastern Europe. “Poland and Lithuania have a very similar stance saying that the construction of Nord Stream 2 is s threat to energy security in this part of Europe,” Morawiecki told a televised news conference with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The…

Latvia will continue to defend its key interests in EU multiannual budget

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

On September 16, at the meeting of the European Union (EU) General Affairs Council in Brussels, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkevics, underlined that Latvia stands up for timely agreement on the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework for 2021–2027, while at the same time the schedule should not affect the quality of decisions, LETA learned from the Latvian Foreign Ministry. At the meeting, the Finnish Presidency of the Council, in…

Lithuania hopes to attract new biotechnology investment

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lithuania’s foreign investment promoting agency Investuok Lietuvoje (Invest Lithuania) hopes to attract more investment into the so-called red biotechnology to increase the added value created by Lithuania’s life sciences industry. The agency plans to commission a study to asses the country’s investment environment. “The study should look into the weaknesses of Lithuanian biotechnology sector’s value proposal for investment we could amend and thus increase the success probability for attracting investment,”…

Lastauskas to head Lithuanian Armed Forces’ Strategic Communication Department

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Eugenijus Lastauskas has taken over as head of the Strategic Communication Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The 42-year-old officer replaced Colonel Darius Petryla on Monday, Captain Gintautas Ciunis, a spokesman for Lithuanian Armed Forces, has told BNS. Lastauskas started his military service in 1995. His has served as a reconnaissance officer in various units of the Armed Forces and, most recently, as the commander of the Duke…

Edward Snowden said ‘he would love to be granted asylum in France’

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

ormer US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden said he would love if French President Emmanuel Macron granted him political asylum after one of his ministers said that if it was up to her, she would offer him asylum. During the weekend, French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said she would give Snowden asylum, though she made clear she was speaking in a personal capacity and it was not an official offer.…

Current ozone hole could be one of the smallest in 30 years

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The hole in the ozone layer could be held up as an example of hope in the fight against climate change. According to Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, the 2019 hole is expected to be the smallest in 30 years, thanks in part to the Montreal Protocol, adopted on 1987 to protect the ozone layer. In 1985, British scientists announced a terrifying discovery: there was a hole in…

US and NATO partners use exercise to better protect waters where Russia operates

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

U.S. divers used underwater drones to find and clear simulated mines and submerged explosives in a NATO exercise that seeks to boost security in the Baltic Sea area, where Russia has grown more active. Eighteen countries, 40 vessels and 3,000 personnel are participating in this year’s two-week Northern Coasts exercise in the Danish straits, which link the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. “The Baltic Sea is of vital importance…

Finland aims to improve water quality in Baltic Sea

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Ministry of the Environment is enhancing the protection of the Baltic Sea by launching a research project on the gypsum treatment of fields. The object of the project is to promote the use of gypsum to treat fields in the countries around the Baltic Sea in order to reduce nutrient leaching from agriculture and improve the water quality in the sea, said a government press release. The research project…

Baltic index falls

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Baltic Exchange’s main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships ferrying dry bulk commodities, stretched its losing streak to an eighth straight session on Monday, hurt by lower rates for capesize vessels. The Baltic index, which reflects rates for capesize, panamax and supramax vessels, fell 1 point to 2,311 points. The index has fallen for eight straight sessions. The capesize index dropped 9 points, or 0.2%, to 4,538…