Posts tagged as threat

Guest workers not a COVID-19 threat, says epidemiologist

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) said July 29 they do not believe guest workers in Latvia would significantly increase risk of COVID-19 spread, Latvian Radio reported. In response to the fact that  five guest workers   from Uzbekistan were infected with COVID-19, the government decided on Tuesday to  impose stricter controls   on guest workers: they will have to carry out two tests. However, the Center for…

Vilnius welcomes updated NATO plans

Thursday, July 2, 2020

As NATO finally endorsed updated defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states, Lithuanian officials say the step is crucial for regional security. “Today we have a coordinated regional NATO defence plan for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland,” Darius Kuliešius, the president’s adviser on national security, told reporters on Wednesday. “This plan is very important, as it boosts regional security, boosts deterrence and means that Lithuania and the Baltic states…

Latvian intelligence names China, Russia a threat

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Latvia’s yearly security assessment named China a growing cyber and espionage threat, alongside risks posed by Russia’s historical revisionism and foreign policy. Warsaw Institute, a think tank in Poland, analyses the report. Chinese influence in the Baltics At the end of April, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), Latvia’s most important intelligence service, published an annual report, reviewing threats to the national security of their country. A major part of the report concerned…

Pabriks: Covid-19 crisis has not reduced Russian threat

Friday, April 17, 2020

During the Covid-19 crisis, external security risks to Latvia have not increased, but the crisis has not in any way reduced the threat posed to the Baltic countries by Russia, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) told LETA. Although Russia also is now busy tackling the Covid-19 coronavirus, this in no way has diminished Russia’s threat to the Baltics. “Not at all. Moreover, at this week’s meeting of NATO defense…

The Growing Threat of Ecofascism

By Cole Baker on Friday, January 17, 2020

On August 2019, a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and opened fire, killing 22 people. In the aftermath of the shooting, public discourse was dominated by the topics of gun safety and the malign influence of hate-fueled rhetoric. While these are important conversations that are likely to generate much debate before the 2020 election, much of the mainstream discourse ignored a major facet of the shooter’s ideology:…

Greater state security powers no threat to human rights, intelligence chief says

Friday, January 10, 2020

Amendments granting more powers to state security, allowing “preventative conversations,” administrative detention and ID checks, would not violate human rights, Darius Jauniškis, head of the country’s State Security Department, says. “Those amendments have been under consideration for a long time, and I am deeply convinced that it definitely has nothing to do with some human rights violations,” he told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence on Wednesday. “There…

Lithuania and Poland see Nord Stream 2 as threat to energy security

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland and Lithuania consider the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project a threat to energy security in central and eastern Europe. “Poland and Lithuania have a very similar stance saying that the construction of Nord Stream 2 is s threat to energy security in this part of Europe,” Morawiecki told a televised news conference with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Europol: terrorism threat remains high in Europe

Friday, June 28, 2019

The threat of terrorism in Europe remains high, especially from Jihadists, announced European police agency Europol on Thursday, 27 June. Although in 2018 there were fewer attacks than in the previous year, more attacks of Jihadists were successfully thwarted last year, as stated in Europol’s report. 13 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Europe in 2018. All of those attacks were performed by Jihadists, Europol reported. The number of…

Sudanese forces storm protest camp, nine people dead

By Michael Georgy on Monday, June 3, 2019

Security forces stormed a protest camp in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Monday morning and at least nine people were reported killed in the worst violence since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in April. Footage broadcast by Al Hadath and Al Jazeera television showed chaotic scenes of people fleeing through streets as sustained bursts of gunfire crackled in the air. People rushed to carry away those who had been…