Posts tagged as countries

Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries regarding armored vehicles procurement

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries as potential suppliers of armored vehicles to the Latvian military as part of a major procurement, LETA was told at the ministry. The Defense Ministry has conducted research to determine which partner countries would be ready to supply the vehicle platforms for the National Armed Forces’ operational needs. In all, 12 countries have been offered to submit their bids in the tender, the…

Delegates of Baltic states leave PACE session in protest

Thursday, June 27, 2019

In protest against restoration of voting rights for Russian delegation, delegations of the Baltic states and four other countries cut short their participation in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and return home to consult on further actions with their governments and parliaments. Delegations of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland and Slovakia said in their statement: “The unconditional restoration of the Russian…

L. Linkevičius: Europe must remain open to countries that strategically aspire to join European Union

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

On 11 June, Foreign Ministers of thirteen European Union member states issued a joint statement on the EU commitment to the Western Balkans’ European integration. The document emphasizes the importance of the EU’s enlargement policy, backs the enlargement process and the launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia. Ahead of the General Affairs Council in June, the Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Estonia, the…

Mark Zuckerberg Outlines New Plan to Build ‘Privacy-Focused’ Facebook

Friday, March 8, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms and plans to transform Facebook into such a platform.“Facebook and Instagram have helped people connect with friends, communities, and interests in the digital equivalent of a town square. But people increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room,” the billionaire founder of Facebook said in his blog. Zuckerberg said he wanted to develop the…

It’s better to reform than destroy EU – EPP Chairman Weber

Friday, February 1, 2019

It is better to reform the European Union (EU) than to abandon or destroy it, Manfred Weber, Chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament, told LETA. The bloc’s future in in the hands of its citizens, not bureaucrats, he said. Weber also emphasized the significance of the upcoming European Parliament elections which are expected to help answer the fundamental question whether we as European are…

China offers Turkey moral support, says can overcome difficulties

Saturday, August 18, 2018

China offered moral support to Turkey on Friday as Ankara reeled from a currency crisis and U.S. sanctions, saying it believed the country could overcome its “temporary” economic difficulties, in Beijing’s first comment on the issue. The Turkish lira TRYTOM=D3 has lost a third of its value against the dollar this year as worsening relations between the NATO allies Turkey and the United States added to losses driven by concerns…

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Says No War, No Negotiations With US

Monday, August 13, 2018

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has banned holding any direct talks with the United States, according to state television. “I ban holding any talks with America … America never remains loyal to its promises in talks… just gives empty words … and never retreats from its goals for talks,” Khamenei said. Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that its allies and partners should join with the United States to deny funding to the leaders…

Tokyo approves bill in next step toward enactment of new Trans-Pacific Partnership

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Diet approved a bill Wednesday to ratify the 11-country Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. The bill was adopted at a plenary session of the Upper House by a majority vote, with support mainly from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito. The Lower House passed the bill in May. The parliamentary approval is expected to help speed up related domestic procedures and add momentum…