Posts tagged as security

Latvian Foreign Ministry appreciates contribution by Spain to strengthening of Baltic region’s security

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

On May 21, Riga hosted political consultations between the Political Directors of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Spain, LETA learned from the ministry. The Latvian delegation was headed by the Under Secretary, Political Director Janis Mazeiks, and the Spanish delegation – by the Director General for Foreign Policy and Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Enrique Ignacio Mora Benavente. The consultations…

Energy security is in the interest of the Baltic States and the U.S.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with the Presidents of Latvia and Estonia met with the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry. The meeting was held at the initiative of the United States with the aim of strengthening collaboration between the Baltic countries and the U.S. in energy security matters. Dalia Grybauskaitė underlined that the United States was a strategic partner of the three Baltic States that strongly supported Lithuania’s efforts to…

WhatsApp security flaw left phones vulnerable to spyware

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WhatsApp uncovered a security flaw which allowed hackers to install and use software on phones, the company has confirmed to Euronews. The company identified and fixed the security flaw, but said that some users were targeted. WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging programme owned by Facebook, began rolling out an upgrade for its estimated 1.5 billion users on Friday. The flaw allowed attackers to install commercial Israeli surveillance spyware on phones through…

President Kaljulaid meets with Speaker Pelosi, talks security, defence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

While on a working visit to the US, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late on Wednesday evening, with whom she discussed security and defence cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats as well as bilateral Estonian-US cooperation. “There has been strong bipartisan support for Estonia, NATO and transatlantic relations in both houses of Congress,” Ms Kaljulaid said at her meeting…

Baltics manipulate NATO finances to their advantage

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Three NATO member states – Denmark, Estonia and Latvia – are sure that they have made an important step towards the strengthening their security. On March 8 defence ministers of these countries opened the headquarters of Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia’s Adazi. It is known that during the NATO summit of July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels the letter of intent to create Multi-National Division North (MND North), a…

Israel security forces should face justice for Gaza killings: U.N.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

United Nations investigators said on Thursday Israeli security forces may have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in killing 189 Palestinians and wounding more than 6,100 at weekly protests in Gaza last year. The independent panel said it had confidential information about those it believes to be responsible for the killings, including snipers and commanders. “The Israeli security forces killed and maimed Palestinian demonstrators who did not pose an…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

Polish, Lithuanian presidents talk security, business

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Polish president’s chief of staff, Krzysztof Szczerski, said Duda and Lithuania’s Dalia Grybauskaite would issue a joint declaration pledging to cooperate on security issues. During her two-day trip to Poland, Grybauskaite was on Thursday also to meet the Speakers of the lower and upper houses of the Polish parliament. On Friday, Grybauskaite, whose term in office ends this year, was to hold talks with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

Homeland Security, Democrats seem to find rare common ground after Central America trips

By Anne Flaherty on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Central America this week where her message wasn’t all that different from several Democrats’.Their answer? More should be done to protect Central American families in the first place, so fewer seek refuge in the United States.The comments in recent days by Nielsen and Democratic lawmakers suggests there’s rare common groundon what’s mostly been an explosive and divisive political issue. It’s also in contrast to President Donald Trump’s past…

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…