Posts tagged as relations

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…

Relations with Russia must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy – Levits

Friday, May 31, 2019

In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President-elect Egils Levits said that Latvia must form good relations with Russia, but that these relations must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy. He said that good relations must always be formed with neighbors, but added that this is a two-way street. ”Our side has this good will, we have always had and always will have,” Levits said. However,…

Relations with Russia must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy – Levits

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In an interview on Latvian Television this morning, President-elect Egils Levits said that Latvia must form good relations with Russia, but that these relations must primarily be formed in context with EU foreign policy. He said that good relations must always be formed with neighbors, but added that this is a two-way street. ”Our side has this good will, we have always had and always will have,” Levits said. However,…

Lithuania loses economically without good ties with neighbors

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Lithuania is losing economically without normal relationship with its eastern neighbors, a MEP and a candidate for the Lithuanian presidency, Valdemar Tomasevski, told ELTA news agency on Tuesday. “Due to the absence of good relations with our eastern neighbors we are losing a lot economically,” said Tomasevski, the leader of the parliamentary political party Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance. If elected as Lithuania’s president in…