Posts published in Day: May 9, 2021

632 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed Sunday

Sunday, May 9, 2021

On Sunday, May 9, Latvia recorded 632 new cases of Covid-19 infection. The new cases of Covid-19 were registered during the previous 24 hours, according to the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC). The total number of cases detected since the start of the pandemic now stands at 123,963. Of 18,767 tests carried out in the past 24 hours, 3.4% were positive, down on the 4.2% rate the day before and just below the 4% rate that is…

Russian Troops Mass Near Ukraine, So The U.S. Military Lands An Army Brigade In Albania

Sunday, May 9, 2021

This spring Russia massed 80,000 troops and thousands of vehicles near Ukraine. Now NATO is mobilizing 28,000 of its own troops for a sprawling, months-long series of war games with its locus—you guessed it—near Ukraine. While the alliance’s Defender Europe 21 exercise is just the latest iteration of an annual training event and long has been in the works, its geography is no accident. NATO—and the United States in particular—is determined to…

Biden makes the EU look like the bad guys

Sunday, May 9, 2021

At first glance, transatlantic relations look rosier since Donald Trump left the White House. In public, there’s no longer a U.S. president who attacks German cars and accuses Angela Merkel of not paying her NATO bills. But look closer, and it turns out that on everything from trade and taxes to coronavirus vaccines, U.S. President Joe Biden is transpiring to be every inch as much of a pain in Brussels’…

Estonia allocates funds to help India fight coronavirus

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Estonia is allocating €75,000 to India to help the country contain the severe new coronavirus wave it’s experiencing. “The situation is concerning because the rapid increase of infections has put the health-care system of the country under enormous pressure. Hospitals are lacking staff, beds, medicines and oxygen,” Estonia’s foreign minister, Eva-Maria Liimets, said in a statement. The minister said “it is important to help those in need”. “India is an…

Baltic states start to turn away from China

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Over the past decade, China has made noteworthy strides towards drawing Eastern Europe into a web of cooperative relations. Through a cheque-book diplomacy approach, Beijing promised lucrative financial investments in the region. After the implementation of the so-called 17+1 platform, Eastern Europe’s ties with the emerging superpower intensified and appeared largely friction-free. China’s courting of this part of Europe even rattled Brussels bureaucrats who worried that the Chinese Communist Party could use…