Posts published in Baltic states

Lithuania allocates EUR 55 000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania has allocated EUR 55 000 for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, of which EUR 20 000 will be transferred to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and EUR 35 000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Thus, Lithuania aims to contribute to the provision of humanitarian aid in Ukraine, taking into account the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian…

Latvian President hopes only for the US

Thursday, March 29, 2018

During the Baltic presidents’ upcoming meeting with the U.S. president, a declaration will be adopted on the United States’ support for enhancing security in the Baltic countries, President Raimons Vejonis said in an interview with Latvian Television this morning. The four presidents will meet to discuss closer cooperation in security matters, economic cooperation, cooperation in education, and other matters, said Vejonis. As reported, the meeting of the presidents of Estonia,…

US troops should be sent back to Baltic states

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, former commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR), said in Vilnius on Wednesday that US rotational troops should be returned to the Baltic states. In his words, after stationing of NATO land forces battalion in the three Baltic states, the United States could contribute by sending logistics and air defense units to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. “I think a full-time logistics capability and also a…

EU to check spendings of Latvia and Lithuania

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission plans to pay a four-day visit to Latvia and Lithuania. During their stay, members of the delegation will be holding meetings with local officials in relation to multiple projects that are being realized in those two countries with help from EU funds. The visit to Latvia will be taking place take place from 3rd to 4th April and the visit to…

Lithuania openly names it’s major enemies

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On March assessment of national security  was presented to the society and media representatives at the press conference hall at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. According to The National Threat Assesment prepared by the State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence, the major threat to the national security of Lithuania originates from Russia’s aggressive intentions and…

President Trump to Host Leaders of 3 Baltic States

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

President Donald Trump will host a summit with heads of state from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the White House on April 3. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah announced the summit between Trump and the leaders during Monday’s afternoon press conference. The President and three leaders will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nations’ independence and “set the stage for another century of strong ties between our…

British defense secretary visits Estonia

Monday, March 26, 2018

British Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson arrived in Estonia for a two-day visit on Sunday, where his first stop, together with Ministry of Defence Jüri Luik (IRL), was Tapa Army Base to visit the British, Danish and Estonian troops serving there. Addressing the troops in Tapa, Luik said that just as the U.K. and its troops have stood by Estonia, Estonia is likewise prepared to stand by the U.K. The…

Commanders of Baltic Sea region air forces discuss upcoming exercises at Amari

Monday, March 26, 2018

Topics discussed at a meeting of the commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) and seven commanders of the air forces of the Baltic Sea region at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia included cooperation between the air forces and upcoming exercises. The participants of the discussion introduced latest developments in the air forces of their countries and an important discussion topic included exercises to be held in the…

NATO Planning First Command Structure Expansion Since Cold War

Friday, March 23, 2018

NATO is planning its first command structure expansion since the Cold War amid mounting Russian tension. An Atlantic Command, likely to be based in Norfolk, Virginia, would protect sea lanes and undersea communication cables. Similarly, the city of Ulm in the south of Germany is likely to host a new Logistics Command with Germany offering to host the new Joint Support and Enabling Command. NATO Defence Ministers are expected to…