Posts published in Day: October 21, 2019

Residents of northeast Syria city throw potatoes at departing US troops

Monday, October 21, 2019

Angry over the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, residents of a Kurdish-dominated city pelted departing American military vehicles with potatoes Monday as they drove through. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that U.S. troops will stay in eastern Turkey to protect Kurdish-held oil fields for at least the coming weeks and that he was discussing options to keep them there. A video by the Kurdish news agency showed a convoy of armored…

Lithuania’s police chief not to be nominated for 2nd term

Monday, October 21, 2019

Lithuania’s Police Commissioner General Linas Pernavas will not be nominated to head the force for a second term, a spokesman for Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said. “I can confirm that Pernavas will not be proposed for a second term,” Tomas Beržinskas told BNS on Monday. Pernavas was appointed to lead the police force on November 11, 2014. Under the existing procedure, the police commissioner general is nominated by the…

Rally planned in Vilnius to support Kurds in northern Syria

Monday, October 21, 2019

Several Lithuanian organsiations are calling a rally next week to express support to the Kurds in northern Syria and condemn Turkey’s military action in the wake of US withdrawal. The protest rally is planned on Tuesday night in front of the European Commission representation office in central Vilnius. “By holding a public action in front of the European Commission office in Lithuania, we want to express solidarity with the Kurds…

No more “non-citizens” to be born in Latvia from 2020

Monday, October 21, 2019

Latvia’s parliament, the Saeima, passed historic legislation October 17 that will mean that from next year, no children will be born in Latvia with “non-citizen” status. From January 1, children born in Latvia will receive either Latvian citizenship or citizenship of another country if both parents agree on that other citizenship. The default will be Latvian citizenship for all children born to Latvia-resident parents. If the child is born outside…

Lithuania: new Vice Minister of National Defence appointed

Monday, October 21, 2019

As of October 21 Eimutis Misiūnas assumes the position of the Vice Minister of National Defence overseeing procurement and acquisition at the National Defence System. He is replacing Giedrimas Jeglinskas who has been appointed as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management and starts his work in Brussels. Before the current appointment, E. Misiūnas worked as the Advisor to the Minister of National Defence from mid-September 2019 until present,…

Kersti Kaljulaid has not yet received an invitation to Moscow on May

Monday, October 21, 2019

As the Office of the President has not received an invitation to Moscow on May 9, it is not known whether President Kersti Kaljulaid would participate in the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe held in Moscow next year. A spokesman for the president said: “The Office of the President has not received an invitation to Moscow on May 9.” Moscow has…

First 12 students graduate airBaltic Pilot Academy

Monday, October 21, 2019

Today the first graduation ceremony of the airBaltic Pilot Academy took place at airBaltic Training facilities in Riga. The first 12 students, who began their studies just 18 months ago in spring 2018, have now graduated from the program and are joining airBaltic as first officers. Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “Similarly to aircraft, pilots are a notable part of airline operations. Now the first graduates of the pilot academy…

President Levits embarks on visit to Japan to attend enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito

Monday, October 21, 2019

President Egils Levits today is embarking on a visit to Japan where he is scheduled to attend the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito, the president’s agenda shows. The official events of the visit will begin on Monday. Levits will visit Tokyo and attend the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako on Tuesday, as well as meet with several officials, LETA was told at the president’s office. During his…

Lithuania is set to replace its ambassadors to Russia, UNESCO and NATO

Monday, October 21, 2019

Lithuania set to replace ambassadors to Russia, UNESCO, NATO over the upcoming few months as the terms of the incumbent ambassadors are expiring, reported LETA. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is proposing to the government to recall the country’s Ambassador to UNESCO Irena Vaisvilaite as of Dec 30. Ambassador to Russia Remigijus Motuzas would be recalled as of Jan 16, and Ambassador to NATO Vytautas Leskevicius would leave the position as of Feb 17.…

Ostapenko wins 3rd WTA title in her career at Luxembourg Open

Monday, October 21, 2019

Latvia’s second-ranked women’s tennis player Alona Ostapenko on Sunday defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges in straight sets in the final match of the Luxembourg Open, reported LETA. Ostapenko, who beat Goerges 6-4, 6-1, won her first WTA title in two years and third in her career, which also include the French Open 2017 and the Seoul WTA International 2017. Ostapenko, currently 63rd in the WTA ranking, played as a wildcard entrant…