Posts published in Day: October 18, 2019

Lithuania to buy six American Black Hawk helicopters

Friday, October 18, 2019

The leadership of Lithuania’s national defense system has decided to buy six American Black Hawk helicopters for around 300 mln euros. They will replace eight Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters Lithuania has used so far, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed. The new multifunctional military helicopters would be used for search and rescue operations, as well as for the implementation of tasks of the Lithuanian army and the Lithuania-based German-lead NATO battalion.…

Lithuanian army helicopter saves injured Russian citizen

Friday, October 18, 2019

A Lithuanian army helicopter saved an injured Russian citizen from a tanker, Lithuania’s Ministry of National Defense said. The Maritime Rescue Coordination Center received a call at around 2 a.m. that a crew member of the Moskovsky Prospect tanker needed medical assistance. A rescue operation was launched and a Dauphin helicopter of Lithuania’s Air Force was dispatched. The injured Russian citizen, 32, was taken to a hospital in Lithuania’s port…

Turkey deal gives Pence and Pompeo a break from the political inferno back home

By Jake Sherman on Friday, October 18, 2019

At home, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are under siege. The White House is not cooperating with the impeachment inquiry. A handful of the State Department’s career employees are in revolt, testifying to Congress that elements in and around the administration are engaged in rogue diplomacy. Congress is uniformly opposed to Trump’s foreign policy in Syria, and Republicans have broken away in…

Catalan president calls for new independence vote

Friday, October 18, 2019

Quim Torra’s allies say it’s not the time to set ‘deadline’ for new referendum. Catalonia’s regional president called on Thursday for a new vote on independence from Spain as protests continue over the conviction of separatist leaders for staging the last referendum. In a speech to the Catalan parliament, Quim Torra condemned the Spanish Supreme Court’s decision to jail former regional government officials for their role in an October 2017 independence referendum…

EU plan B

Friday, October 18, 2019

The European Union is weighing all options of possible action if the British parliament rejects the recently-reached Brexit deal, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says. Alternative scenarios were discussed by the European Council on Thursday night, he said. “We spent the majority of time discussing scenarios A, B, C and D,” he told journalists early Friday morning. EU leaders backed the new deal stipulating the conditions of Britain’s withdrawal from the…

Lithuanian president ‘disappointed’ with EU decision

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has expressed disappointment that European Union leaders did not invite North Macedonia and Albania to start membership negotiations. His comments came early Friday morning after talks in Brussels on possible expansion to Western Balkans ended without any agreement. “It’s a bit of a disappointment. We have to admit that we failed to reach a consensus, because three countries were against the decision to invite those two…

Lithuania to fully reimburse medications for elderly

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lithuania’s parliament adopted on Thursday amendments to the Law on Health Insurance, which will guarantee full reimbursement for medication and medical supplies to elderly and low-income people in the country. The new rule will be applied to medicines which are currently partially reimbursed by the state. The amendments provide that medications will be 100 percent reimbursed to all persons aged 75 and over. Free medications will also be available to…

Hungary would have to ‘use force’ if Turkey ‘opens gates’ to refugees

Friday, October 18, 2019

Hungary would “use force” at its southern border with Serbia to protect the European Union’s frontier if Turkey follows through on its threat to open the gates to Europe to refugees, Hungary’s Viktor Orban said. The Hungarian prime minister put up a fence on the country’s border with Serbia to block the Balkan route of migration, where hundreds of thousands of people marched through from the Middle East to western…

Estonia made first piece of asphalt from plastic

Friday, October 18, 2019

Estonia’s first piece of asphalt made from plastic was laid on Wednesday in Tallinn, and innovation that was made in Scotland but inspired by a trip to India. A trial section 75 meters long and 3 meters wide has been laid on the Narva mnt on the sidewalk in front of the Chinese Embassy, as part of the Reidi tee development. It is the first of its kind in Northern…

Discord over support for LGBT association in Estonia

Friday, October 18, 2019

Minister of the Interior and chairman of the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) Mart Helme said on Thursday that discord over the allocation of support to the Estonian LGBT Association will not split up the coalition. Speaking at Thursday’s government press conference, Helme said that this issue has been an important one for EKRE “since the very beginning,” adding that they were the ones who raised the subject. “It…