Posts published in Day: April 21, 2021

Ukraine crises trace back to ongoing NATO enlargement

By Shane Quinn on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Due to its location on the map between Russia and the EU-NATO states, the Ukraine or Ukraine has significant strategic importance as tensions there rise once more. The country is most commonly called “Ukraine” but, out of preference, the author will retain its less frequently used title of “the Ukraine”. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former US National Security Advisor (1977-1981) for president Jimmy Carter, wrote that Russian power would be diminished without…

Estonia’s gender pay gap narrowed again last year

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The gross hourly earnings of female employees in Estonia were 15.6 percent smaller than the earnings of male employees in 2020, and the gender pay gap decreased by 1.5 percentage points year on year, Statistics Estonia said on Wednesday. In 2020, the gross hourly earnings of female employees totaled €7.70 and the gross hourly earnings of male employees €9.13. The gap was biggest in financial and insurance activities, 29.4 percent,…

Top military official warns China and Russia are modernizing nuclear weapons faster than US

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The top US military official who runs the American nuclear arsenal warned that China and Russia are modernizing their nuclear weapons and capabilities faster than the US, saying during a congressional hearing on Tuesday that if it does not start investing more in nuclear defense and infrastructure, the US will be “at risk of losing credibility in the eyes of our adversaries.” Russia is “aggressively engaged” in “conventional nuclear capability…

Vidmantas Purlys was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of the OPCW

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On 20 April, at the 65th session of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the OPCW, Ambassador Vidmantas Purlys was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Council of the OPCW to serve in that office for a period of one year. The Executive Council is the governing body of the OPCW. It is responsible for promoting the effective…

Foreign Vice-Minister Pranckevičius: Vaccine manufacturing capacity and supply still pose a challenge for vaccination in the EU

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

On 20 April, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in an informal video conference of European Affairs Ministers, which took stock of the COVID-19 EU coordination, assessed the state of play of EU-UK relations, discussed the rule-of-law developments in the EU, the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe, as well as the Enlargement and the Stabilisation and Association process. As regards the COVID-19 EU…

TikTok is facing a legal challenge

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

TikTok is facing a legal challenge from former children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield over how it collects and uses children’s data. The claim is being filed on behalf of millions of children in the UK and EU who have used the hugely popular video-sharing app. If successful, the children affected could each be owed thousands of pounds. TikTok said the case was without merit and it would fight it.…

The Latvians broke the Slovaks in overtime

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Slovak national hockey team lost in the opening match in preparation for this year’s World Cup with Latvia 1: 2 after extra time. Renars Krastenbergs took the lead 64 minutes into the game, making the score 0 – 1 after some elegant movement down the middle. The retaliation within the Kaufland Challenge 2021 event is on the program on Wednesday from 16.00. A few days later, coaches Craig Ramsay…

Latvia and Republic of Korea joined forces to participate in cyber defence exercise “Locked Shields 2021”

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The largest and most complex international live-fire cyber defence exercise in the world, Locked Shields 2021 organised by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) came to the end last week. For the first time in the history of Locked Shields a European – Asian joint team has participated in the exercise. Cybersecurity experts of Latvia and Republic of Korea joined forces as a one team to compete against…

Unemployment rises nearly three percentage points on year to March end

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Registered unemployment rose from 5.8 percent to 8.7 percent on year to the end of the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021), particularly in more rural counties, which have been hit hard by the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic even if their reported coronavirus rates are not as high as other areas. Women, too, have been hit more heavily then men in terms of job losses, ERR reports, with…

Ukrainian president invites Putin for talks in conflict zone

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls on Russian leader to meet him ‘anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass’ amid rising tensions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet him in his country’s war-torn eastern Donbass region for peace talks, amid growing international concern over Russia’s massive buildup of troops at the border. In a 13-minute speech late Tuesday, Zelenskiy began by addressing his fellow citizens in the Ukrainian language…