Posts published in Day: June 11, 2018

R.Karoblis invites NATO to speed up the decision regarding the headquarters near eastern borders of the Alliance

Monday, June 11, 2018

“The Alliance has achieved quite a lot on stronger deterrence and defence since the Warsaw Summit but we have to make sure the launched security initiatives are continued and their implementation is accelerated,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 7. He stressed that the speed of decision-making is one of the key conditions of efficient collective defence and therefore…

UK to deploy Typhoon jets to Estonia for Baltic air policing mission in 2019

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Royal Air Force will be returning to Estonia in 2019 to conduct the NATO Baltic air policing mission, Baltic air policing’s Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson announced on Friday. In addition the RAF will also conduct NATO air policing in Iceland for the first time during 2019. These new U.K. deployments acknowledge the important alliance to Europe’s defense, stability and security, Williamson said at the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels.…

Synchronization details due by middle of June

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Baltic states, Poland and the European Commission plan to sign a political agreement on the synchronization of the Baltic states’ power networks with continental Europe in late June, and the project’s technical details are due over the upcoming week, Lithuanian Energy Minister Zygimantas Vaiciunas says. “We are in the stage of final specifications, i.e., the studies are almost finished but certain calculations are being specified since, naturally, politicians want…

Trump, Kim to Start Summit With One-on-One Meeting

Monday, June 11, 2018

The White House said Monday that the US-North Korea talks were moving “more quickly than expected.” According to the statement, US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un will begin talks with a one-on-one meeting, accompanied only by their interpreters. “President Donald J. Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. [1:00 a.m. GMT] Following the initial greeting, President Trump and Chairman Kim will participate in a…

Fire breaks out in Adazi military field during drills

Monday, June 11, 2018

A fire broke out in Adazi military field during military exercise on Sunday, and also some forest area is on fire, said Defense Ministry’s representative Mairita Senkevicina. She said that the fire is being controlled. She also said that this is not unusual. This time the fire has been promoted by the dry and hot weather. State Forest Service specialists are involved in extinguishing the fire. The service’s representative Zigmunds…

Estonian, allied combat engineers demonstrate their skills at central training ground

Monday, June 11, 2018

Combat engineers from the Estonian Scouts Battalion, the allied battle group and the Finnish defense forces displayed their skills in overcoming and clearing different obstacles during a demonstration event held at the Estonian defense forces’ central training ground as part of the Saber Strike exercise on Friday. “The presence of Finns here is very positive because their actions are very similar to the actions of our combat engineer units, especially…

Navigating the Post–Obama World

By Stuart Gottlieb on Monday, June 11, 2018

What if there was a major Palestinian uprising and nobody came? In the seventy years since the founding of the state of Israel, it has been the standard operating procedure for any Israel-Palestinian clash to be met with swift condemnation (and sometimes outright conflict) by the Arab states, and a wave of international outrage against Israel, typically by the United Nations. However, following last month’s massive protest in Gaza against…

NATO member states must make Russia understand that it is not invulnerable

Monday, June 11, 2018

Although there are NATO battalions in the Baltics, the region’s security still has to be improved by developing military infrastructure, setting up a joint forces command in the Baltics and boosting U.S. military presence, the Latvian Chief of Defense, Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube said. First of all, to receive assistance from NATO in case of an emergency, it is necessary to keep developing logistics infrastructure of all kinds, particularly airfields and…