Posts published in Day: October 2, 2019

Estonian and Italian defense forces meet to promote military cooperation

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Major General Martin Herem, Commander of the Defense Forces, ended his two-day visit to Italy on Wednesday, where he met with General Enzo Vecciarelli, the Commander of the Italian Defense Forces. The purpose of the visit was to promote military co-operation between the two countries and to harmonize their positions on NATO and European Union issues.  Italy has contributed to the Latvian Allied Battle Group and guarded the Baltic airspace…

Most Lithuanians view China positively – poll

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lithuania, together with other Eastern and Central European states, look favourably towards China. According to a Pew Research Center poll, young people aged 18-29 have the most positive view towards Beijing. While 45% of respondents in Lithuania looked favourably upon China, and 33% didn’t, in Bulgaria and Poland the approval response rate rose to 55% and 47% respectively. In Hungary, the respondents were almost evenly split, while in the Czech…

Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew last year. Rouhani said the plan included preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, securing its support for regional peace, lifting U.S. sanctions and the immediate resumption of Iranian oil exports Speaking during a weekly cabinet meeting, Rouhani…

Annual Conference for NATO Cyberspace Operations Education and Training convenes in Tallinn

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Annual Conference for NATO Cyberspace Operations Education and Training (E&T) organized by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) was opened today in Tallinn, Estonia. The conference brings together more than 40 experts from various NATO Commands, NATO Education and Training Facilities, national education institutions, cyber commands and other partner institutions to discuss current requirements and needs for cyberspace training and education for the whole of NATO. “The…

UK tabloid to fight Meghan Markle’s lawsuit on letter to dad

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Mail on Sunday newspaper says it will defend itself “vigorously” against a lawsuit brought by Prince Harry’s wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex. The newspaper said Tuesday night it “stands by the story” in question, which concerns publication of a letter Meghan had written to her estranged father. “Specifically, we categorically deny that the duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning,” the tabloid said in…

Lithuania’s EC nominee prepares to show muscle in EP confirmation hearings

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

As Lithuania’s European Commission nominee, Economy Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius prepares for his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament, MEPs who will question him say they will be looking for personal engagement with environmental issues. Sinkevičius has been nominated to oversee Environment and Oceans and his hearing is scheduled for Thursday. He will be questioned by members of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and the Fisheries Committee. Pascal…

Google rolls out updated privacy tools for YouTube, Maps

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Google is rolling out more tools for users to control their privacy settings. The company and other tech giants are facing increased scrutiny over the amount of data they collect from their users. Google and Facebook both debuted new privacy tools this year. Now, YouTube users will be able to set their search and viewing histories to auto-delete after a set period of time. Google Maps will have an incognito…

Estonian THeMIS patrols Mali for the first time

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

An Estonian infantry platoon has deployed Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS UGV on patrol for the first time during operations in Mali. The Estpla-32 infantry platoon deployed the UGV to test its utilisation in support of infantry in the conflict area, assessing it from both a tactical and a technical standpoint. ‘Deploying an unmanned vehicle will allow units to increase their combat power, as it reduces the physical load to soldiers and allows additional supplies to…

India’s moves in Kashmir raise tension in part next to China

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Nearly two months after the Indian government changed the status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, new tensions are brewing in Ladakh, a remote and picturesque part of that territory that borders China. On Aug. 5, New Delhi stripped Indian-controlled Kashmir of its statehood and divided it into two centrally governed union territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. India and Pakistan both claim predominantly Muslim Kashmir, and the…

Tallinn city government to give former mayors allowance boost

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Tallinn City Government has approved a bill which would double the monthly allowance given to former city mayors to over €1,000. The previous law, in force since 2011, gave former mayors €550 per month. To qualify, recipients must be of retirement age (63 or higher) and not working. The draft bill, which must pass a vote at the council chamber, will also increase active official’s salaries. According to the bill’s…