Posts tagged as US

Eleven US service members were screened for brain injuries after Iranian missile strikes

Friday, January 17, 2020

U.S. military facilities in Kuwait and Germany treated 11 service members for possible brain injuries suffered during the Jan. 8 Iranian missile attack on Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said Friday. The attack was retaliation for a Jan. 3 drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. “As a standard procedure, all personnel in…

Iranian ambassador hopes Vilnius can sway US on nuclear deal

Friday, January 17, 2020

Iranian Ambassador to Lithuania Masoud Edrisi Kermanshahi, based in Warsaw, hopes Lithuania can help bring Washington back to the so-called Iran nuclear deal. “We urge the Polish and Lithuanian authorities, who are friends of the United States, to remind the Americans of their strategic mistakes and to ask them to get back to their commitments,” Kermanshahi told LRT English in a written statement. However, it’s “unrealistic” to expect the US…

US, Iran step back from the brink; region still on edge

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The U.S. and Iran stepped back from the brink of possible war on Wednesday as President Donald Trump signaled he would not retaliate militarily for Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops. No one was harmed in the strikes, but U.S. forces in the region remained on high alert. Speaking from the White House, Trump seemed intent on deescalating the crisis, which spiraled after he authorized the targeted…

Why Europe hates Trump more than Iran

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Reckless, illegal, unhinged. When it comes to finding adjectives to describe U.S. President Donald Trump’s assassination of Iranian military guru Qassem Soleimani, which prompted the Iranians to respond by launching missile attacks on bases in Iraq housing U.S. troops overnight, European officials have displayed rare unity. At least in private. Behind the sober public pronouncements from Brussels and national capitals about the need for “de-escalation,” officials are seething. Plus ça change? While Trump…

EU invites Iran’s foreign minister to Brussels amid tensions with US

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The European Union is rolling out a red carpet for Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, amid rising fears of potential war in the Middle East. The EU’s diplomatic service said in a statement Sunday that foreign policy chief Josep Borrell had issued a personal invitation to Zarif to visit Brussels — in a phone call on the same day that U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to bomb Iran amid escalating tensions between Tehran…

Luik: We stand with the US, Americans are defending their diplomats

Friday, January 3, 2020

Commenting on the situation with Iran on Friday, after a U.S. military airstrike killed a top Iranian military leader, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Isamaa) said that Estonia stands as an ally with the United States, and stressed that the U.S. is defending its diplomats and facilities. “Of course we don’t have all the information yet, but the fact is, we stand with our ally, the U.S., in a situation…

US to develop Baltic air defences, allocates millions in funding

Friday, December 27, 2019

The US will allocate 175 million US dollars for  Baltic states  ’  defence  , including 50 million for the development of air defences. Regional air defence is considered a weak spot in the Baltic states, and NATO has been engaged in air policing mission since 2004. However, Baltic and US officials have proposed shifting the mission to an air defence mandate, a move that is yet to be endorsed by…

Germany condemns US ‘meddling’

Monday, December 23, 2019

Berlin and Brussels have criticised White House sanctions against companies involved in building a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany. They accused President Trump of interfering in national and EU sovereignty. US sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany became law on Friday evening after President Donald Trump signed off on a massive defence bill. The sanctions target companies involved in constructing the 11-billion-US-dollar (€9.93…

Ventspils port apparently removed from a U.S sanctions list

Thursday, December 19, 2019

A frantic day of legislating in the Latvian Saeima appeared to have paid off, at least in the short term, December 18 with the Ventspils port apparently removed from a U.S sanctions list that had threatened to wreck business at Latvia’s second-largest port. Following no fewer than three extraordinary sessions of Saeima in a single day to take ownership of the port fully into public hands, Minister of Foreign Affiars Edgars Rinkēvičs…

Jamal Khashoggi: US spy chief given deadline to name Saudi writer’s killers

Saturday, December 14, 2019

US intelligence agencies will be given a month to make a formal declaration on whether the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the murder of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist, Jamal Khashoggi. The annual military spending bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), was passed by a large majority in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and is expected to be approved by…