Posts published in Day: February 27, 2019

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

Relations between Europe and the US on the brink

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today there are many misunderstandings and questions between the USA and Europe in the political and military spheres. Of course, they are partners, but there are problems. The United States continues to define the rules for relations with Europe in the field of foreign economic relations and in the field of foreign policy. But Europe is trying to stand up for its own interests on all these issues. The Munich…

UK clarifies next Brexit steps and their consequences

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

British Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to offer the country’s parliament a vote on delaying the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal in March. British public broadcaster BBC reports that May made a statement in the parliament about Brexit on Tuesday, February 27, while Remain-supporting ministers threatened to cause a revolt in the government. The British Prime…

Lithuania to spend around EUR 142 mln on new JLTVs

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lithuania plans to spend around 142 million euros on the purchase and maintenance of new American joint light tactical vehicles, or JLTVs, the Ministry of National Defense said on Wednesday. The funds would be allocated for 2020-2023, making it the second-largest acquisition in the history of Lithuania’s army, following the purchase of Boxer armored fighting vehicles. Lithuania plans to complete negotiation with the US government on the purchase of 200…

Lithuanian soldiers unharmed in Mali attack – Defense Ministry

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lithuanian soldiers were not harmed during an attack on the Koulikoro training center of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM), the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday. The mission informed the ministry that the attack involving two vehicles loaded with explosives and armed attackers had occurred early on Sunday. The attackers were stopped by Mali’s forces protecting the EU training center. One of the vehicles burned down and the other exploded near the gate. Three…

Latvia to invest EUR 50 mln a year in military infrastructure

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

From 2019 to 2022 the Latvian Defense Ministry plans to invest around EUR 50 mln in military infrastructure a year as it continues to build the infrastructure necessary for the National Armed Forces (NAF), LETA was told at the ministry “Defense infrastructure development is crucial for enhanced national defense capabilities and building of adequate combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces of Latvia. Continuous investments into the infrastructure, on a…

Warfare between nuclear powers. Pakistan downs Indian warplanes

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

As tension rises in Southern Asia between regional, nuclear-armed powers Pakistan and India, two warplanes have been shot down by Pakistan on Wednesday in response to Indian air strikes on its territory. Canadian-British news agency Reuters reports, that Pakistani officials said that its military also conducted air strikes. Both countries have carried out airstrikes this week, the first time in history that two nuclear armed powers have done so, while…

Fight of the Latvian State Police against pirates of audiovisual content becomes more efficient

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

In 2018, the State Police has initiated 11 criminal proceedings regarding illegal provision of audiovisual content, 3 criminal proceedings have been transferred for criminal prosecution, and one person has been convicted of illegal retranslation of television content, Mārtiņš Brižs, Deputy Head of Cybercrime Division of the Economic Crime Department /ENAP/ of the State Police, reported BC Iveta Balode from biedrība „Par legālu saturu!”. For the first time in Latvia, a…

Maasikas: North Macedonia NATO, EU integration backs regional stability

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On 25 and 26 February, the Foreign Ministry’s undersecretary for European affairs, Matti Maasikas, was on a visit to the North Macedonian capital of Skopje. Mr Maasikas met with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Vice-Prime Minister of North Macedonia for European Union Affairs Bujar Osman, and also held European Union consultations, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a press release on Tuesday. At the meeting with Foreign Minister…