Posts tagged as Defense Minister

Defense minister: Latvia is ready to host US troops

Friday, July 10, 2020

Latvian defense minister Artis Pabriks said his country is ready to host American troops. Pabriks’ remarks came during an online EU Defense Washington Forum, Voice of America reported. The minister expressed hope the deployment of the US military in Latvia would not be carried out amid the withdrawal of part of the US troops in Germany. According to him, they are not trying to punish the Germans and they understand…

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Defense Minister Jüri Luik will attend a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, where, among other things, the role of NATO in the Middle East will be discussed. Allied defense ministers will address issues related to NATO operations and missions, as well as deterrence and defense attitudes, focusing in particular on the future of the NATO Training Mission for Iraq (NMI) and the Afghan Training Mission Resolute…

Latvian Defense Minister wades into Danish-South African extradition row

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

With the Latvian Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry already deeply involved in negotiations with Denmark over the controversial extradition of a Latvian citizen to South Africa, a minister without any obvious brief to get involved in extradition cases has also charged into the fray. Defense Minister Artis Pabriks has published an open letter “to politicians and the public in the Kingdom of Denmark on the case of Kristīne Misāne” in which he…

Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan receives Lithuanian Ambassador

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Armenian Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan received the Ambassador of Lithuania to Armenia, Inga Stanytė-Toločkiene and military attache. According to the press service of the Defense Ministry, Armenian News – NEWS.am, during the meeting, Tonoyan congratulated Stanytė-Toločkien on the appointment as ambassador and wished her success during his work in this post. The Armenian-Lithuanian defense cooperation in both bilateral and multilateral formats has a wealth of experience, the Armenian leader highlighted the importance…

Von der Leyen seeks to secure EU top job at parliament

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Outgoing German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway, in an attempt to woo enough legislators at the European Parliament to secure the job of European Commission President The Christian Democrat of the European People’s Party is seeking to become the first woman to hold perhaps the most important post…

Lifesaving US troops honored in Latvia

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Two United States military personnel who saved the life of a Latvian civilian will be officially recognized for their efforts today by the country’s Defense Minister, Artis Pabriks. Pabriks will attend a special ceremony midday in the town of Jekabpils, where a military parade marking the restoration of Latvia’s independence is due to take place, to thank Captain Logan Georges and Staff Sergeant Stephen Yang, both of whom are stationed in…

Expect snap checks of combat readiness, says Defense Minister

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Scheduled as well as random inspections will be carried out at the National Armed Forces to make sure that the army is combat ready, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (Development/For!) told a press conference April 29. The Defense Ministry’s priorities include increasing the Armed Forces’ battle readiness, which concerns all five brigades – the Mechanized Infantry Brigade as well as all four Home Guard brigades, said Pabriks. It also means that…

Fake emails sent from Russia-based servers in Latvian defense minister’s name

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Using a fake account, email messages containing false and discrediting information have been sent out in Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks’ (For Development/For) name to recipients in state institutions on Tuesday, LETA was told at the Defense Ministry. The fake email messages with Pabriks’ signature were sent from servers in Russia. In the false messages the minister “tells” how on February 16 he visited a pub in Riga Old City…

Baltic defense ministers sign memorandum on creation of new NATO HQ

Friday, February 15, 2019

The ministers of defense of Estonia, Latvia and Denmark during a meeting in Brussels on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of Headquarters Multinational Division North of NATO, which will serve as basis for the functioning of the new international division of the alliance. “The creation of Headquarters Multinational Division North in Latvia is a highly important step not only in strengthening Latvia’s defense but also for…

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu refuses to call fresh elections amid growing pressure

Monday, November 19, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday remained defiant in the face of growing pressure to call fresh elections, saying it would be “irresponsible” to do so at such a critical juncture. Netanyahu is under pressure to call fresh elections after his defense minister, Avigdor Lieberman of the Yisrael Beitenu party, resigned over a controversial ceasefire deal during one of the worst escalations of violence between Israel and Islamist militants in…