Posts published in Day: October 7, 2019

Latvia plans to open embassy in Australia next year

Monday, October 7, 2019

Opening an embassy in Australia, which has a sizable Latvian diaspora of post-WWII refugees and their relatives, is among the named budget priorities for 2020. Together with Brazil, Australia is the second country that the Foreign Ministry named as an important location for opening an embassy. Currently, Latvia’s Ambassador to Australia is based in Tokyo while the Australian ambassador resides in Stockholm. There’s an Estonian embassy in Australia, open for several years…

Latvia could back another Brexit extension

Monday, October 7, 2019

Latvia is minded to back a new Brexit postponement in order to prevent the UK’s disorderly withdrawal from the European Union (EU), Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (New Unity arty) told the LETA newswire through his spokesman Martins Dregeris October 6. Latvia appreciates the submission of the legal text of the UK’s proposal, he said. The minister indicated that the documents on the Irish backstop submitted by the UK have not…

Further operation of speed cameras and purchases of new cameras up in the air

Monday, October 7, 2019

Revenue generated by fixed speed cameras is currently smaller than projected, which is why further operation of the existing speed cameras and purchase of new cameras is now up in the air, the Interior Ministry’s State Secretary Dimitrijs Trofimovs told LETA. The revenue generated by speed cameras is smaller than projected due to repairs on central highways and streets, which force drivers to slow down in areas where speed cameras…

US-European energy dialogue important for Baltics, Lithuanian president says

Monday, October 7, 2019

The dialogue between the United States and Europe in the area of energy is very important for ensuring the security of the Baltic states and Lithuania, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says. “It has never been more important, especially for those countries that have seen energy resources being used against them as a geopolitical weapon. I believe that the P-TEC (the Partnership for Transatlantic Energy Cooperation) initiative offers a way out…

US vows to help protect Baltics’ energy infrastructure from cyber attacks

Monday, October 7, 2019

The United States has pledged to help the Baltic states to protect their energy infrastructure from cyber attacks as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia prepare to disconnect their power networks from the post-Soviet system and synchronized them with those of Western Europe. A joint declaration, signed on Sunday in Vilnius by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry and his Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian counterparts, states that the US might provide strategic and…

German defense minister to visit Estonia

Monday, October 7, 2019

Minister of Defense for Germany Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is visiting Estonia this week to meet with PM Jüri Ratas and Minister of Defense Jüri Luik. Kramp-Karrenbauer will arrive in Estonia on Thursday afternoon, which is when she will meet with her Estonian colleague Jüri Luik, the Ministry of Defense communicated. The head of Germany’s ruling party and chancellor hopeful will meet with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas on Friday morning. Kramp-Karrenbauer (57)…

US Energy secretary Rick Perry in Lithuania

Monday, October 7, 2019

The supply of liquefied natural gas from the United States might ensure greater competition in the European market, US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in Lithuania on Sunday. “The United States finds itself in a relatively new and unique position of being able to be a major importer, particularly of liquefied natural gas into Europe,” he told journalists in Vilnius after meeting with the Baltic counterparts. “We hope that all the citizens…

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas in NATO-related Afghanistan visit

Monday, October 7, 2019

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas started a two-day visit to Afghanistan Monday. The trip focuses on Estonian military missions in that country, as well as Afghanistan’s own development. Ratas will be accompanied by Maj. Gen. Martin Herem, chief of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF). The prime minister is set to meet President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghanī in Kabul on Monday, as well as U.S. Gen. Austin S. Miller and Sir Nicholas…

Magnus Kirt wins Javelin Silver, though is stretchered off injured

Monday, October 7, 2019

Estonian javelin thrower Magnus Kirt clinched Silver at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, though he had to be stretchered off due to injury, according to ERR’s sports portal. Kirt’s Silver-winning throw came in the second attempt in the finals Sunday evening, where he made 86.21 meters (Personal Best: 90.61 meters), continuing a successful few days for Estonian sport. TV footage shows the left-armed Kirt falling to the ground…

Lithuanian PM says he’ll decide on political future after cancer recovery

Monday, October 7, 2019

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, who has lymphoma, is considering all options about his political future, but says will make a decision only after recovering from cancer. “When I fully recover, and that will happen, then I will have to think what to do next. We still have time and finishing the key tasks of the parliament’s fall session is now the most important thing,” the prime minister told the…