Posts tagged as interests

Prime Minister: Common Lithuania-Estonia interests will be defended

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis met with Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas to discuss the development of the bilateral cooperation in the political, economic and other fields. The Prime Minister noted the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way, where people showed that violence and forced policy were not acceptable in international relations. 23 August is marked in Europe as a day of remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes. It…

Snap elections in Riga would be better than two more years of torment

Monday, June 10, 2019

Honor to Serve Riga (GKR) party is ready for snap elections in the Latvian capital city and considers such a scenario to be better than “two more years of torment”, Riga vice mayor and GKR board member Olegs Burovs says in an interview published in today’s issue of Neatkariga. Commenting on his party’s relations with coalition partner Harmony, Burovs said that during the 2013 elections the two parties were like…

How to advance European security against Russia

By Stephen Blank on Monday, June 3, 2019

European security is much in the news today. Brexit, EU parliamentary elections, unresolved issues in the Balkans, Russia’s unremitting war on European integration and democracy, and Ukraine make it easy to surrender to pessimism about Europe. But this despair is unwarranted and antithetical to U.S. and European interests in democracy, integration and security. Moreover, there are mechanisms available through which European governments, institutions and the U.S. can advance their shared…

Lithuanian businessman charged with large-scale fraud in Russia

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lithuanian businessman Vidmantas Kucinskas says he has no knowledge of large-scale fraud charges against him in Russia. Russia’s Alfa Bank is trying to recoup a debt of around 20 million euros from Kucinskas through courts, and the latter believes the bank might try to employ such tactics to bolster its position during the negotiations on the their dispute’s out-of-court settlement, launched some six months ago. According to Laurynas Lukosiunas, a…

Trump – U.S. will respond with ‘great force’ if Iran attacks interests

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Donald Trump warned on Monday Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked U.S. interests in the Middle East, and government sources said Washington strongly suspects Shi’ite militias with ties to Tehran were behind a rocket attack in Baghdad’s Green Zone. “I think Iran would be making a very big mistake if they did anything,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Monday evening…

The main Latvian foreign policy issues is the protection of its interests

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

During a meeting today, President Raimonds Vejonis and Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) were in agreement that the main foreign policy issues at the moment is the protection of Latvia’s interests in EU budget talks, Brexit and the upcoming European Parliament elections. As LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery, Vejonis met with Rinkevics to discuss the work of the Foreign Ministry and his priorities. The two sides were…

EU-British talks «constructive», while May’s party shrinks in UK parliament

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Following three British MPs leaving the ruling Conservative Party amid Brexit impasse, British head of government held more talks with the European Union that were constructive according to both Pirme Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. American news agency AP reports that no breakthrough on United Kingdom’s demands over legally-binding changes to the so-called Irish backstop was announced from the dinner meeting at EU headquarters held on…

Small states’ influence grows through cooperation

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

In his annual speech to the Riigikogu on foreign policy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Tuesday outlined the challenges facing Estonian policy and highlighted solutions that would help protect and promote rules-based order as well as serve Estonian policy and security interests. “In addition to celebrating the centenary of the birth of the Republic of Estonia, last year we also marked the 100th anniversary of the Ministry…

“The EU as a Global Actor: Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow”

By Piret Kuusik on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Politico Brussels Playbook wrote that 4 February 2019 might go down in the history books as a “fatal blow … to the EU’s attempts to be taken seriously on a global stage”. Agreement on the joint statement of the EU–Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting was blocked by Hungary. The EU was unable to adopt a joint position on Venezuela because Italy disagreed, leading to a collection of individual member states endorsing…

Arab League Opposes Iran’s Threats to Block Navigation in Hormuz Strait

Friday, August 17, 2018

The Arab League opposes Tehran’s threats to obstruct Middle East states’ oil exports through the Strait of Hormuz in case Iran is unable to transport its oil via the route, the organization’s new ambassador to Russia, Jaber Habib Jaber, told on Thursday. “We oppose any threats to suspend navigation and foreign intervention into the region’s affairs. The Arab League defends the principles on non-interference in domestic issues of the Arab…