Posts published in February 2019

Estonia to mull joining international Biometrics Institute

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Estonian government is to discuss at a meeting on Thursday a proposal to appoint the Ministry of the Interior as the managing body of membership rights in the non-profit Biometrics Insitute and to authorize the minister of the interior to conduct the activities required for membership in the institute, spokespeople for the government said.  The Biometrics Institute is a non-profic organization founded in Australia in 2001. The mission of the institute…

Royal Air Force Wittering Drivers Support NATO Air-Policing Mission

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Royal Air Force drivers from RAF Wittering are deploying tonnes of vital equipment to Estonia as the RAF prepares to deploy Typhoon jets to conduct the NATO Baltic air-policing mission this summer. The drivers, from RAF Wittering based 2 Mechanical Transport (2MT) Squadron, are supporting the initial deployment by getting the vital equipment required to conduct the mission to Estonia. 2 Mechanical Transport Squadron trucks have been rolling out from the Cambridgeshire station all…

Lithuania and Poland sign co-operation agreement

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Błaszczak, signed co-operaton agreements on 21 February, their ministries announced on their respective websites. The two defence ministers signed a letter of intent to affiliate the Lithuanian Iron Wolf and Polish 15th Giżycka mechanised brigades with the headquarters (HQ) of NATO’s Multinational Division North-East (MND NE) in Elblag, Poland, which co-ordinates NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroups in Poland and…

Former NBA star Mike Bibby under investigation amid allegations of sexual abuse, stalking

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Former NBA player Mike Bibby has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by a teacher at an Arizona high school where he was coaching basketball. Bibby had a 14-year career as a point guard for a number of professional basketball teams, including the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and New York Knicks, before retiring from the NBA in 2012. Since then, he has been coaching boys’ basketball at his alma mater,…

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…