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Mikser attends high-level conference on Middle East

Friday, February 15, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Wednesday and Thursday attended a high-level ministerial conference in Poland centred on discussing possible ways of ensuring greater stability in the Middle East. The meeting brought together more than 50 countries to encourage the resolution of prolonged conflicts and find common ground among various viewpoints, according to a ministry press release. Discussions over the two-day event touched on the threats posed by…

President Kaljulaid, Luik attending Munich Security Conference

Friday, February 15, 2019

From Friday through Sunday, President Kersti Kaljulaid will be in Germany attending the annual Munich Security Conference, where she will be taking part in a discussion on the future of Ukraine as well as speaking at the Young Leaders forum about technological diplomacy. Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) is likewise attending the conference. On Friday afternoon, Ms Kaljulaid will be taking part in a public debate entitled NATO@70, looking…

US to pull out its forces from Afghanistan only with other allies

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan sought to reassure nervous NATO allies on Thursday that any potential U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be done in a coordinated fashion, which could calm European concern about a precipitous drawdown. U.S. officials have held several rounds of talks with the Taliban in Qatar since last year, in what is widely seen as the most serious bid for peace in the 17-year war.…

Sexual misconduct has reached ‘crisis’ point at US military academies

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sexual misconduct at the nation’s three military academies has accelerated at an alarming rate and become a “crisis,” a U.S. House subcommittee chairwoman said Wednesday at a hearing that included testimony from the Naval Academy’s superintendent. “I’m putting the academies on notice,” said Rep. Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who chairs a House Armed Services subcommittee. “This isn’t a blip, a ‘Me-Too’ bump or some accident. It’s time for us…

Families living with military housing horrors plea for reforms

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Termites falling from light fixtures. Toxic mold sickening families. Rodent infestations of residences. Asbestos and lead paint exposures. This is the alarming world of dilapidated military housing today. On Wednesday, some families who have suffered with these residential nightmares told their stories on Capitol Hill. “Our military families do not deserve this after all the sacrifices they make,” Janna Driver, the wife of an active-duty Air Force servicemember and mother…

Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis departs for the NATO Ministerial in Brussels

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On February 13–14 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will take part in the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Brussels (Belgium) where strengthening of the NATO deterrence and defence will be addressed. A particular focus will be put on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) and NATO response to the violations of the Treaty on the Russian side. NATO Defence Ministers will also take stock of the increased defence…

South Korea pushes back at Trump claims about more money for troop agreement

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back on Wednesday against comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more toward maintaining U.S. troops in the country. Trump said at a cabinet meeting in Washington on Tuesday Seoul had agreed to pay $500 million more as part of an agreement sharing the cost of keeping roughly 28,500 American troops stationed in South Korea. “They…

British Bolshoi Ballet star is detained by police in Moscow

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A British ballet star has been detained in Moscow on suspicion of possessing cocaine, according to reports. Oscar Frame, 21, is a rising star of the world famous Bolshoi Ballet in Russia but has now been arrested, Russian media states. The Bolshoi confirmed last night that Moscow police had held the dancer but declined to give details. Pro-Kremlin media reports citing law enforcement sources alleged Frame had changed direction in the city…

U.S. allies look for clues on acting Pentagon chief in European debut

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

U.S. allies will use the opportunity of Patrick Shanahan’s first NATO ministers meeting this week to see whether the acting defense secretary will be as supportive of the military alliance as his predecessor was, defense officials and experts said. Shanahan, a former Boeing Co executive who has mostly focused on internal issues since he joined the Pentagon in July 2017, took over on Jan. 1 from former secretary Jim Mattis,…

French, Germans trust Putin more than Trump, survey finds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Europeans are more likely to trust Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping to do the right thing regarding world affairs than US President Donald Trump, according to a survey released on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a majority of respondents in most of the seven countries surveyed by the US-based Pew Research Centre said they trust Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Emmanuel Macron. But the Munich Security Conference, which released the findings, warned…