Posts tagged as relations

U.S. warship sails through strategic Taiwan Strait amid China tension

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The U.S. military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing. Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States…

Kazakhstan to turn diplomatic mission in Latvia into embassy

Friday, July 19, 2019

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Thursday signed decrees transforming and re-organizing several of the country’s diplomatic missions and one consulate into embassies. These are the diplomatic missions in Bratislava (Slovakia), Belgrade (Serbia), Lisbon (Portugal), Riga (Latvia), and Sofia (Bulgaria) and the consulate in Tallinn (Estonia), according to the decrees published on the head of state’s website. The move is prompted by the need to boost relations with the European Union,…

Polls show sour views of race relations in Trump’s America

By Hannah Fingerhut on Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Even before President Donald Trump’s racist tweets toward four Democratic congresswomen of color, Americans considered race relations in the United States to be generally bad — and said that Trump has been making them worse. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the congresswomen should go back to the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from, despite the fact that all are American citizens and three were born in the U.S.…

Estonian president discusses future of European defense cooperation in Paris

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid participated in a working lunch held at the the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on Sunday, where the heads of state and government of the countries participating in the French-led European Intervention Initiative (EI2) discussed the future of defense cooperation in Europe. “It is very positive that the European Union is taking increased responsibility in organizing the security and defense of its citizens. It should be…

A new NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vice Minister of National Defence has been hired as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management. The position covers responsibilities for institutional NATO change management: human resources policy, budget planning, IT, relations with other organisations in the NATO structure (NSPA, NCIA, etc.), and daily operation of the NATO headquarters. This is going to be the first time of a representative of Lithuania working at the NATO headquarters. “The swiftly…

UK’s Labour shifts policy, now backs new Brexit referendum

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In a significant shift, Britain’s main opposition Labour Party said Tuesday that Britain’s next prime minister should hold a referendum on whether to leave the European Union or remain in the bloc. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the party would campaign to stay in the EU if a referendum was called by whoever succeeds Prime Minister Theresa May. She announced her resignation last month after failing to get Parliament to…

Japan to restrict exports to South Korea, citing less trust

Monday, July 1, 2019

Japan is imposing restrictions on exports to South Korea, citing a decline in “relations of international trust” between the Asian neighbors. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said a review soliciting public comments starts Monday on the move to effectively remove South Korea from a list of so-called “white nations,” like the U.S. and European nations, that have minimum restrictions on trade. Starting Thursday, Japanese manufacturers must apply for…

North Korea urges South to stop mediating between North, US

Thursday, June 27, 2019

North Korea said Thursday that South Korea must stop trying to mediate between Pyongyang and Washington, as it stepped up its pressure on the United States to work out new proposals to salvage deadlocked nuclear diplomacy. The North Korean statement was an apparent continuation of its displeasure with Seoul and Washington over the stalled diplomacy. But there are no signs that North Korea would formally abandon talks anytime soon as…

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…

Sanctions against Russia should stay in place, issue calls for close coordination between EU and U.S.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

On June 5-6, Political Directors from the foreign services of the Baltic states, the Nordic countries and the United States of America gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland, for their e-PINE (Enhanced Partnership in Northern Europe) meeting to discuss the Arctic, the growing role of China, developments in the Middle East, relationship with Russia and the conflict in Ukraine, as well as the transatlantic security. Latvia was represented at the meeting by…