Posts published in Baltic states

Estonian MEP Paet: Turkey’s missile purchase from Russia creates tensions with NATO

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urmas Paet, member of the European Parliament from Estonia, has said in his comments on the purchase of S-400 air defense systems by Turkey from Russia that such weapons procurement by Turkey causes tensions in relations with NATO. “Turkey, a country of 80 million people, is our important ally in NATO. Today’s news that Turkey has taken delivery of the first batch of the S-400 air defense system from Russia…

Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries regarding armored vehicles procurement

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries as potential suppliers of armored vehicles to the Latvian military as part of a major procurement, LETA was told at the ministry. The Defense Ministry has conducted research to determine which partner countries would be ready to supply the vehicle platforms for the National Armed Forces’ operational needs. In all, 12 countries have been offered to submit their bids in the tender, the…

NATO’s right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation

Monday, July 15, 2019

In the event of crisis situations NATO forces will be able to deploy in Latvia from beyond its border, as provided by amendments to the Latvian State Border Law the government will discuss on 16 July. Amendments state that people who arrive in Latvia as part of NATO forces to provide assistance in emergency situations or in exceptional cases, including while taking part in exercises, will be able to cross…

France to send 300 troops to Lithuania next year

Monday, July 15, 2019

France will next year send around 300 troops to NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the French ambassador in Vilnius said on Sunday. The Alliance deployed units to the three Baltic countries and Poland in early 2017, in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region. The battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany. Other countries send their troops for a certain period of…

Mobile speed cameras clock over 300 offenders since introduction early July

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mobile police speed cameras introduced at the beginning of July have caught well over 300 speeding drivers. The locations of the cameras, eight in total, have, perhaps unsurprisingly, not been reported by the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA), however, though the first camera in operation was located on Pärnu Highway, on the outskirts of the town of the same name. “The PPA won’t be publishing the locations of current…

US Air Force chief to visit Estonia, mark Estonian Air Force centenary

Saturday, July 13, 2019

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, is to visit Estonia July 13-14, marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi). The visit will include meetings with Estonian Ministry of Defence personnel, as well as those from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), according to a U.S. Embassy press release. “I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on…

Ukrainians hungry for Lithuanian jobs, but some end up here in deeper misery

Friday, July 12, 2019

Once a country of EU record-high emigration, Lithuania has recently become a new home for thousands of Ukrainians, who come here in search for a better life. According to the Lithuanian Migration Department, the number of Ukrainians living in Lithuania has rocketed by almost 42 per cent in 2018, making them the largest foreign community in Lithuania. The stats say there were 16 873 Ukrainian nationals in Lithuania as of…

Spotless reputation, Latvian citizenship and EUR 9 000 wage – chief wanted for FCMC

Friday, July 12, 2019

Latvia’s State Chancellery has announced the opening of application submission process for the post of chairman of Finance and Capital Market Commission (FCMC), according to the 12 July official publication in Latvian Herald. The main requirements for candidates include having a spotless reputation, no criminal record, and compliance with requirements of regulations in order to be provided with access to official secrets. Candidates have to be Latvian citizen with at…

Duda says they share conservative attitude to traditions with Lithuania’s Nauseda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Polish President Andrzej Duda says he and Lithuania’s incoming President Gitanas Nauseda share a conservative attitude to traditions, and the two countries share a similar historic heritage. Duda is set to welcome Nauseda in Warsaw next week after the new Lithuanian president decided to pay his first state visit to Poland, with Duda welcoming this sign of friendship. “As far as I know, our views on many things are similar,…

Baltic Security Foundation established to promote regional defense synchronization

Friday, July 12, 2019

The Baltic Security Foundation (BSF) was officially established this week with the goal to promote and foster Baltic regional defense and security, BSF representatives informed LETA. Olevs Nikers, president of the BSF, is an analyst at the Jamestown Foundation, and Otto Tabuns is the BSF director. The BSF has been established on the basis of the Baltic Security Strategy Project, which was led by Nikers and Tabuns. The objectives of…