Posts published in Baltic states

Riga alarmed as Russian missile tests force partial closing of Baltic Sea and airspace

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Russia began testing missiles with live munitions in the Baltic Sea on Wednesday, alarming Latvia, a member of NATO, which says the drills have forced it partly to shut down Baltic commercial airspace. The Russian defense ministry said on Monday that its Baltic Fleet, based in its European exclave of Kaliningrad, was preparing for routine training in the Baltic Sea, including live fire drills to practice hitting air and sea…

Supreme Allied Commander Europe visited the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania

Thursday, April 5, 2018

On April 4 Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Curtis M. Scaparrotti paid a visit to Lithuania. General came to meet with soldiers deployed with the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group (eFP BG), view their service conditions and familiarise with specifics of combat training here. General C. M. Scaparrotti visited the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf in Rukla to which the NATO eFP Battle Group Lithuania is assigned, met…

President of the United States Donald Trump expressed full support to the security of the Baltic states

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis attended the Baltic-US summit on April 3 alongside President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė and Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius. At the event, President of the United States of America Donald Trump expressed full support in ensuring the security of the Baltic states and called them staunch allies that not only invest into their own security but also contribute to security…

Estonia planning to buy anti-tank, artillery ammunition for US support

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Estonia is planning to use support to be provided by the United States to buy ammunition for its Javelin missile systems as well as artillery ammunition and intelligence equipment. A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told BNS on Wednesday that a total of approximately $170 million worth of support from various funds has been earmarked for Baltic military defense this year; this sum is to be divided between Estonia, Latvia and…

Majority of Latvian residents feel that they are free

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

According to a recent SKDS survey, the majority of Latvian residents feel that they are free people. The survey, conducted in February, ask residents if they feel like free people in Latvia. 79 percent stated that they felt like free people in Latvia – 33.2 percent feel ”strongly” about this, while 45.4 percent said that they ”mostly” feel that they are free. Meanwhile, 17 percent had an opposite view, while…

Lithuania joins EU project to develop naval surveillance technology

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lithuania has joined the European Union (EU) initiative OCEAN2020 aimed at boosting naval technological research in surveillance and interdiction missions, reports LETA/BNS. The project is the first initiative launched by the European Defense Fund, which was founded last year to step up the integration of European armies and the defense industry. The Ocean2020 project will be conducted by Italy’s company Leonardo SPA with 42 partners from 15 EU nations. The…

Estonia supports idea of 2 power links with Poland

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

As the Baltic countries ready for synchronization of their electricity networks with continental Europe, Estonia is awaiting results of the final study, as they should determine whether Tallinn will support one or two links with Poland. Nevertheless, Estonia’s Economy and Infrastructure Minister Kadri Simson has restated support to building the second interconnection, reports LETA/BNS. “For Estonia it is a matter of energy security. That’s why we are preparing two lines.…

Donald Trump to Baltics: I’ve been tough on Russia, but want better relations

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 President Trump on Tuesday told the leaders of the Baltic States — Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia — that he has been tough on threats from Russia, but said a better relationship with President Vladimir Putin would be “a good thing.” “Nobody has been tougher on Russia,” Trump said during a luncheon meeting with Baltic leaders who have said they are worried about the threat of Russian expansionism. Trump, who has been accused of cozying…

Baltic leaders to push Trump for more military aid

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The leaders of the three Baltic states are expected to press President Donald Trump on Tuesday for more U.S. military support to defend NATO’s borders with Russia, where some allies are concerned about Moscow’s military advantage. “It is important that (U.S. troops) are here on a permanent rotational basis in all Baltic states,” Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told local reporters ahead of her visit to the White House. In addition…

Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association roundtable to focus on developments in hybrid warfare

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Estonian Atlantic Treaty Association (EATA) on Wednesday is to once again hold an international conference titled the “NATO-EU Roundtable 2018”, which this year will focus on new development in hybrid warfare, cooperation between the European Union and NATO in the field of cyber defense and strategic communication and society’s resistance to misinformation and propaganda. Panel discussions will be attended by experts from Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Germany and…