Posts tagged as US

President Levits on five-day US visit

Monday, September 20, 2021

From September 19 to 24, State President Egils Levits is on a working visit to the United States to attend the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York and to visit the state of Michigan. The President’s speech to the UN General Assembly is scheduled for September 21. LSM.LV

US backs Vilnius in row with China over Taiwan’s de facto embassy

Friday, September 17, 2021

The United States is backing Lithuania in the face of what American officials describe as China’s “coercive behaviour” after Vilnius recently became the first European country since 2003 to allow Taiwan to open a representative office. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis met for talks at the State Department. The meeting followed a call on August 21 in which Blinken “underscored ironclad…

Was US money used to fund risky research in China?

Sunday, July 25, 2021

As the debate continues over the origins of the coronavirus, a fresh row has erupted over virus research being carried out in China using US funds. It’s linked to the unproven theory that the virus could have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, the Chinese city where it was first detected. This idea centres on research carried out on bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Republican Senator Rand…

Vilnius calls US-German pipeline deal ‘a mistake’

Friday, July 23, 2021

Lithuania on Thursday said the deal struck by the US and Germany over a controversial Russian gas pipeline was “a mistake”, but there was still time to seek concessions from Moscow. The Baltic state has, like several other European countries and the United States, fiercely opposed the Nord Stream 2 project to double Russian gas supplies to Germany. The nearly finished 10-billion-euro ($12-billion) pipeline has long been a sore point…

US, Germany to vow action on Russia in Nord Stream 2 deal

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The United States and Germany will take action against Russia if it uses the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to harm Ukraine or other Eastern European countries, according to two sources familiar with a bilateral agreement expected on Wednesday (21 July). The agreement, hammered out in recent months by senior US and German officials and first reported by Reuters on Tuesday, will resolve a long-standing dispute over the $11 billion…

North Korea’s Kim vows to be ready for confrontation with US

Sunday, June 20, 2021

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his government to be prepared for both dialogue and confrontation with the Biden administration — but more for confrontation, state media reported Friday. It comes days after the United States and others urged the North to abandon its nuclear programme and return to talks. Kim’s statement indicates he’ll likely push to strength his nuclear arsenal and increase pressure on Washington to give up…

The EU and the US have to reform the global trading system together

Friday, May 21, 2021

On 20 May, the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Arnoldas Pranckevičius took part in the Foreign Affairs Council (Trade), which  focused on strengthening the world trade system, the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) reform, and the need for the EU and the US to take a leadership role in these processes. In a discussion with the United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, Pranckevičius stressed that trade tensions between the EU…

Afghanistan president fears civil war after US troops’ withdrawal

Saturday, May 15, 2021

The President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, stated that a civil war may start in the country after the withdrawal of the US troops, Der Spiegel reported. “There is a possibility of a civil war [in Afghanistan]; but that should not be allowed,” he said. At the same time, Ghani added that since 2014, when the NATO combat mission in the country was transformed into a training mission, many saw in…

US ransomware attack aftermath food for thought in Estonia too

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Ransomware attacks have been reported in Estonia, authorities say, in the aftermath of a recent breach in the US which disrupted oil flows in a major east coast pipeline. The sums involved are far from that scale, however, ETV news show “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported Tuesday night, though they can affect plenty of firms and individuals. In the current situation where remote work is common, simple security holes are also…

Close cooperation between EU and US is only way for sustainable global development – Karins

Sunday, May 2, 2021

The European Union (EU) and the United States are united by common democratic values and are the closest allies in issues important for world development and overcoming global challenges, the Prime Minister of Latvia Krisjanis Karins (New Unity) emphasized at a remote guest lecture at Stanford University in the United States on Wednesday. As the Prime Minister’s press secretary Sandris Sabajevs informed LETA, Karins emphasized that in order to ensure…