Posts published in Day: June 14, 2021

Eighty years from the beginning of mass deportations

Monday, June 14, 2021

President Gitanas Nausėda together with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia and President Egils Levits of Latvia commemorated a painful event – today marks the eightieth anniversary from the 1941 mass deportations, organized by the Soviet Union in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The Presidents of the Baltic states jointly addressed their nationals and international community urging not to forget the deportations by the Soviet Union that shook the world and crippled…

The Reset Of US-EU Relations And Baltic States – Analysis

By Una Bergmane on Monday, June 14, 2021

In the context of the new transatlantic rapprochement initiated by the new US administration, this policy paper offers an overview of possibilities to reinforce and deepen the long-term strategic partnership between the US and the Baltic states. After four years of troubled transatlantic relations during the Trump presidency, the US and the Baltic states should strengthen the US-European ties, both inside and outside the NATO framework. While former US President…

Head coach Pete Russell on the lessons learned

Monday, June 14, 2021

HEAD COACH Pete Russell says respect for Great Britain is continuing to grow after a second successful World Championship campaign. Two years ago in Kosice, a dramatic comeback overtime win against France saw them silence the many doubters who had tipped them for instant relegation back from the top tier. At this year’s tournament in Riga, head coach Russell’s team performed even better. Returning home with four points from their…

What Putin really wants from Biden

By Sarah Rainsford on Monday, June 14, 2021

The Geneva summit between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden on 16 June will not be a friendly encounter. For a start, Russia recently included the US on its official list of “unfriendly states”. Both sides describe relations as at rock bottom and neither currently has an ambassador in-country; senior Russian officials are under American sanctions for everything from annexing Ukraine’s Crimea to alleged election meddling, and two former US marines…

Emmanuel Macron Sparred With Boris Johnson Over Brexit Geography At G7

Monday, June 14, 2021

Over years of discussions, UK and France have made little headway, agreeing multiple texts and deals only to find that their solutions fall well short of expectations, and then bickering over what to do. French President Emmanuel Macron stepped into the Brexit maelstrom on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit by sparring with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the post-Brexit geography of the United Kingdom and France.…

Ursula von der Leyen says G7 global strategy has ‘no strings attached’ unlike China

Monday, June 14, 2021

The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has told Euronews that plans discussed by G7 leaders to help the world’s developing countries come “without strings attached”, in comparison to China. In an exclusive interview from the G7 summit in southwest England, she said the Group of Seven nations and China were “strong competitors” in the economic field and “systemic rivals” when it came to human rights and democracy. On…

NATO Secretary General: Summit comes at “pivotal moment” for Alliance

Monday, June 14, 2021

Arriving at the NATO Summit on Monday (14 June 2021), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the meeting would be a pivotal moment for the Alliance and a time to “open a new chapter in our transatlantic relations.” Mr Stoltenberg laid out a full agenda for the meeting, including NATO’s relations with Russia, which he said were “at its lowest point since the Cold War because of Russia’s pattern of…

Erdoğan meets with President Levits of Latvia

Monday, June 14, 2021

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is in Brussels for NATO Leaders’ Summit, met with President Egils Levits of Latvia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who arrived Sunday in Brussels to attend the NATO Leaders’ Summit, met with the heads of NATO member countries as part of his bilateral talks ahead of the summit. Erdogan held separate talks with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Latvian…

Lithuanian central bank ups 2021 growth forecast to 5.1%

Monday, June 14, 2021

Lithuania’s central bank said on Monday it now expected the economy to grow 5.1% in 2021, a upward revision from the 2.9% increase seen in March. The increase is due to robust growth in the first quarter, growing demand for exports, faster wage growth and spending of savings accumulated during the pandemic, central bank governor Gediminas Simkus told reporters. The central bank cut the forecast for next year’s growth to…