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Military intelligence chief: Russia obfuscating actual military spending

Saturday, May 5, 2018

While Russia’s nominal military spending decreased last year and is expected to see further reductions, the size of its federal budget for confidential items has actually grown, chief of the Military Intelligence Battalion of the Estonian Defence Forces, Col. Kaupo Rosin writes in the military’s recently published annual review. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently published a study according to which Russia’s defense spending shrank by roughly a…

Lithuania is joining OECD

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Lithuania is joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as the decision on this has been made, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis told the Seimas, cites LETA/BNS. “The formal decision has been made already, I have been informed by the foreign minister. It’s a fact,” the prime minister said. According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius, OECD Secretary General Jose Angel Gurria told the special OECD Council…

Political scandal in Lithuania

Friday, May 4, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has assumed this week a role that is downright uncharacteristic to her – that of defence. A set of screenshots of the correspondence between her and Eligijus Masiulis, the former Liberals leader, who is now fighting corruption, bribe and influence peddling charges, has everyone talking in the country about her. The Lithuanian head-of-state, who is dubbed in the foreign media the tough Magnolia, has chosen the…

Lithuania marks constitutional anniversary

Friday, May 4, 2018

Lithuania on Thursday stressed the importance of defending Ukraine from Russian aggression as the Baltic country marks the 227th anniversary of the Constitution of 3 May, 1791. “Ukraine’s aspiration to defend itself from the aggressor and to regain control of the occupied lands as well as to create a safe, prospering and European state, approaching NATO and the European Union, is also Lithuania’s strategic aspiration. Lithuania is inviting Poland and…

Estonian cyber security company among the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge

Friday, May 4, 2018

The Estonian cyber security company, CybExer Technologies, has been selected as one of the winners of the NATO Defence Innovation Challenge. In its third annual iteration, the NATO agency’s contest highlights new technologies that strengthen the alliance’s cyber capabilities and serve as a reference point for defence companies around the world. Small and medium-sized businesses as well as academics from 29 NATO member states participated in this year’s contest that…

Saeima bans Latvian children’s participation in paramilitary camps in Russia

Friday, May 4, 2018

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of Children’s Rights, proposed by MP Karlis Serzants (Greens/Farmers) to ban Latvian children from participating in paramilitary camps in Russia and a few other countries, were passed in the final reading by Saeima today. The legislation stipulates that children from Latvia may not participate in military activities or events in other countries, except in Latvia’s partner countries – NATO and European Union members.…

Brussels proposes EUR 552 mln for Lithuanian N-plant closure in new EU budget

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The European Commission proposes to allocate 552 million euros at current prices in the EU’s 2021-2027 budget for the decommissioning of Lithuania’s Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant (INPP). The amount is envisaged in the Commission’s multi-annual budget proposal unveiled on Wednesday. In line with its pre-accession commitments to the European Union, Lithuania shut down the first unit of the Soviet-era facility in late 2004 and closed the second unit at the…

Have the efforts to save the Baltic Sea failed? The new survey will tell us

Thursday, May 3, 2018

At the Annual Forum of the Baltic Sea Strategy held in Tallinn in June the Spatial Foresight centre of policy studies presents its EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region after 2020 study, which analyses and provides guidance on how to improve the policies of the Baltic Sea Region to achieve goals, such as a decrease in the level of pollution to such an extent as to achieve a clean…

Snap exercise for 223 reservists announced as part of Siil exercise

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The government of Estonia decided on Thursday to call up 223 reservists to participate in the ongoing large-scale Siil exercise. The snap exercise is running from Thursday to Sunday this week, while Siil still continues until May 14. The government followed the proposal of commander of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) Gen. Riho Terras to mobilize 223 members of the reserve units of the 92nd Air Surveillance Wing. The snap exercise, like previous ones…

France to take over Baltic air policing duties at Ämari airbase

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Italian Air Force handed over to their French colleagues at a ceremony at the Ämari airbase on Thursday. This is the first time that French Air Force fighters participating in the mission are based in Estonia. The French Air Force previously deployed its fighter jets and personnel to the Baltic air policing mission on six occasions. On five of them, the French Air Force’s units were stationed at the…