Posts tagged as criticism

One working, five watching: Lithuanian president dismisses criticism

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda on Wednesday hit back at criticism over EU budget talks, saying it reminds him of a Soviet-era joke where one man is working and another five are watching and giving him useless advice. “I could remind [the critics] that there are different stages in the negotiations, and when both sides – in this case, net payers and net recipients – want to obtain more in the…

Lithuanian transport minister rejects president’s criticism: He is ‘misled’

Friday, January 10, 2020

Lithuanian Transport Minister Jaroslav Narkevič has rejected President Gitanas Nausėda’s claims that he has installed his people into state-run transport companies. He insists that the president may have been misled. “I have an impression that his excellency the president is being misled. The question arises as to who and why is doing that,” Narkevič told a press conference on Thursday. In an interview to LRT RADIO, President Nausėda said that…

Estonian minister claims Baltics prepping ‘plan B’ to NATO, sparking criticism

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Estonian opposition has demanded the firing of Interior Minister Mart Helme following his comments doubting NATO and claiming Estonia is working together with the other  Baltic states   in drawing up a “plan B”. According to Helme from the conservative EKRE party, Estonia is preparing its position for the NATO summit in London. “We’re also preparing a plan on what Estonia and other Baltic states will do, if Macron’s words…

Apple removes Hong Kong map app after Chinese criticism

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Apple removed a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong activists to report police movements from its online store Thursday after an official Chinese newspaper accused the company of facilitating illegal behavior. Apple Inc. became the latest company to come under pressure to take Beijing’s side against anti-government protesters when the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said Wednesday the HKmap.live app “facilitates illegal behavior.” The newspaper asked, “Is Apple guiding Hong…

Putin uses G-20 to strengthen alliances, soothe tensions

By Vladimir Isachenkov on Friday, June 28, 2019

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin used a series of talks with global leaders at the Group of 20 summit on Friday to strengthen old alliances and try to soothe tensions with rivals. Putin used his meetings with the leaders of China and India to find common ground on issues such as opposing protectionism, while his long-delayed talks with the American and British leaders likelier touched on thornier issues. Putin’s meeting with…

Hunt steps up attacks on Johnson in UK leadership contest

Monday, June 24, 2019

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt stepped up his attacks Monday on front-runner Boris Johnson in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, challenging him to face public secrutiny amid the fallout from a reported quarrel with his girlfriend that prompted a police visit. Writing in the Times of London, Hunt said Johnson needs to earn the public’s trust by facing television debates before 160,000 Conservative Party members vote on which…

Hong Kong lawmakers raise complaints over police brutality

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city’s security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-confidence for Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s handling of the legislation, which sparked the demonstrations over recent weeks including a massive march on Sunday. The opposition lawmakers were wearing black with…

Trump defends Mexico deal as criticism continues

By Jill Colvin on Monday, June 10, 2019

With his threatened Mexican tariffs now on the backburner, President Donald Trump was looking to claim victory even as some of his Democratic challengers for the White House criticized him for overselling a deal that mostly ramps up existing efforts. Trump defended the agreement reached by U.S. and Mexican negotiators to head off the 5% tax on all Mexican goods that Trump had threatened to impose Monday as he tried…

Kremlin rebuffs Trump on Syria, says military action in Idlib is justified

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Kremlin on Monday rebuffed criticism from U.S. President Donald Trump of Russian and Syrian government military action in Syria’s Idlib province, saying it was justified. Trump on Sunday urged Russia and Syrian government forces to stop bombing Idlib, following a Friday Kremlin statement that signaled Moscow would continue to back a month-long Syrian government offensive there. When asked about Trump’s criticism on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters…

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn’t budge Democrats

Monday, January 21, 2019

Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he’d billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a “radical” and said she was acting “irrationally.” The president also tried to fend off criticism from the right, as conservatives accused…