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Thursday, 12.12.2019, 14:22
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of The Treasury on Monday imposed sanctions on a number of people and legal entities in Europe, Asia and Latin America, including on Latvia's Ventspils mayor Aivars Lembergs, based on the so-called Magnitsky bill, informed LETA/BNS.
Keyword tags: EU – Baltic States, Latvia, Security, USA
Turkey has not fully approved the NATO defense plan for the Baltic states and Poland and will block its publication until allies agree to designate the Syrian Kurdish YPG a terrorist group, Reuters quoted Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying Friday, citing LETA/Reuters.
Turkey agreed on Wednesday to back NATO's updated defense plan for the Baltic countries and Poland, thus clearing the last hurdle to its formal adoption, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said LETA/BNS.
The Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Criminal Police of Estonia said on Wednesday it was following the information published in the media in connection with the Estonian branch of SEB and, in the event of information coming up which entails suspected money laundering, will evaluate and analyze such information, reported LETA/BNS.
NATO combat helicopters, naval units and Patriot missile systems needed to improve security in Latvia - Pabriks11.11.2019
In terms of security, Latvia is currently not in a bad position because long-term presence of NATO forces is relatively guaranteed, but the Alliance's combat helicopters, navies and Patriot missile systems are needed to improve the security level in Latvia, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) said in an interview with LETA.
The Lithuanian parliament adopted on Thursday an amendment to the Criminal Code that details the president's right to pardon a convict involved in a spy swap deal, informed LETA.
In 2017, the number of intentional murders in Latvia reached 5.6 per 100,000 residents, which is the highest figure within the EU, and by one murder per 100,000 more than in 2016, according to information from Eurostat.