Posts tagged as US

Lithuanian formin, US Rep. Quigley to discuss security, energy

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is meeting with Mike Quigley, a member of the US House of Representatives, in Vilnius on Tuesday to discuss security and energy issues. The meeting will focus on “bilateral Lithuanian-US relations, the security situation in the region, economic cooperation and energy policy issues”, the Foreign Ministry has told BNS. The visit by the Democratic Representative from Illinois is being organized by the US embassy in…

Europe is in big trouble

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tensions are running high in Europe with a history of paranoia and mistrust. The rhetoric being used raises the concern of a military escalation. And now there are massive war and political games that will only add to the combustible situation. Recently, US formally withdrawn from nuclear treaty with Russia and prepares to test new missile, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was…

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Should Be Expelled from NATO

By Alessandro Gagaridis on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 air defense system has angered the country’s NATO allies, the latest in a series of disagreements fueling a deterioration of Ankara’s relations with the West. The widening rift has some openly questioning the utility of Turkey’s ongoing presence in NATO, advocating for Ankara’s expulsion. Given the past few years of geopolitical divergence between Turkey and the West – this might actually be the best…

US, South Korea start low-key joint military drills after North Korean missile tests

Monday, August 5, 2019

The United States and South Korea began joint military exercises on Monday but kept them low-key to avoid provoking North Korea, which has warned the drills could derail efforts to resume nuclear negotiations. The allies declined to officially announce the two-week exercise had begun or provide details, but several officials confirmed they were underway. The quiet start was in sharp contrast to past years, underscoring the desire of Seoul and…

Rinkevics expresses condolences in regards to Saturday’s shootings in US

Monday, August 5, 2019

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has expressed his condolences in regards to Saturday’s tragic shootings in the United States. ”My deep and profound condolences to the family and friends of the victims of these senseless crimes. I wish a speedy recovery to all those who have been injured,” Rinkevics wrote in his Twitter account. The AFP news agency reports two mass shootings in the United States have left 29 people…

After INF treaty’s demise, U.S. seeks funds for missile tests

Friday, August 2, 2019

The United States will no longer be prohibited from having ground-launched intermediate-range missiles once it pulls out of an arms control treaty with Russia on Friday, but funds to test and develop the missiles may soon run out, officials say. Washington said last year it would be withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), accusing Russia of failing to comply with it. Moscow denies it has violated the treaty…

Next US ambassador to Latvia intends to strengthen the U.S.-Latvian relationship

Friday, August 2, 2019

The next US ambassador to Latvia, John Leslie Carwile, plans to address “difficult and complicated issues” such as corruption, money laundering, and the restitution of Jewish communal property. During a hearing at the US Senate, he prioritized security cooperation, mentioning in particular the security of the information space, reported Rus.LSM.lv. “I intend to strengthen the U.S.-Latvian relationship while advocating for and advancing U.S. interests in Latvia and throughout Europe. I…

Pompeo says US not asking Asia to take sides

Thursday, August 1, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn’t asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific engagement framework adopted by the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in June, saying it supports sovereignty, transparency, good governance and a rules-based order…

Iran president: US sanctions on foreign minister ‘childish’

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Iran’s president lambasted new U.S. sanctions by the Trump administration targeting the country’s foreign minister, describing the move on Thursday as “childish” and a barrier to diplomacy. Hassan Rouhani’s remarks came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday it had imposed financial sanctions on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of its escalating campaign of pressure against the Islamic Republic. The highly unusual action of penalizing another nation’s top diplomat…

North Korea again fires short-range missiles, raising pressure on US as it tries to restart nuke talks

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

North Korea test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its eastern coast Wednesday for the second time in just under a week, South Korea’s military said, casting a shadow over hopes that nuclear talks may resume soon. The launch raises pressure on the United States as it tries to restart talks aimed at persuading the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. North Korea is likely angling to increase its leverage in…