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Vejonis: Russia provokes us with military drills, but we are in control of the situation

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Russia’s announced missile-firing tests is nothing more than demonstration of strength and a provocation against Latvia and NATO to see how we react, said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to LNT. According to the politician, Russia wants this to be widely covered. Latvia has provided too much attention to this. The president is confident that Latvia’s reaction so far has been adequate and the country’s armed forces control…

Committee supports more restrictions for military service evaders

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee supported a bill that would make it possible to restrict certain rights and permits of those who evade compulsory military service and training exercises. The new law would allow the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the Defence Resources Office to file an action with an administrative court to suspend the validity or the issuing of the right to drive power-driven vehicle, the right to command…

Budget strategy: Government agrees on nominal surplus, structural balance

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The government concluded its budget strategy meetings on Friday with an agreement that the budgets of the next years will aim for structural balance and a nominal surplus. “For the next four years we are planning a nominal surplus and at least a structural balance of the government sector budget. Hence the fiscal policy of Estonia is and will remain responsible. I want to thank all the ministers and officials…

Latvian parliament ratifies memorandum about defense, security cooperation with Canada

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Latvian parliament on Thursday passed in the final reading the bill ratifying the memorandum of understanding between the Latvian and Canadian governments on enhanced defense partnership and security cooperation. According to the parliament’s press service, the memorandum establishes the procedure for Latvian-Canadian defense cooperation and describes in detail of the rights and obligations of the Canadian soldiers deployed to Latvia as part of a NATO multi-national battle group. Allied…

Political project Nord Stream 2 would harm Ukraine – Lithuanian PM

Friday, April 13, 2018

The gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, which is projected on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, is in essence a political project and would cause major harm to Ukraine’s economy, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said during a visit in the country. In his words, Ukraine’s proposal to increase gas transit to Europe via its territory as an alternative should be supported. “We spoke about Nord Stream. Ukraine is indeed…

Lithuania continues to show support to Ukraine

Thursday, April 12, 2018

According to the Ministry of National Defence report, on April 11-13 Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis is conducting a visit in Ukraine in the delegation of the Prime Minister and will attend meetings with the President, Prime Minister, and members of the Parliament of Ukraine. During the visit Minister. R.Karoblis is planned to meet with Iryna Fryz, Chair of the Subcommittee on National Information Systems Security, Committee on National Security…

Latvian ports see cargo turnover fall 15.9% in Q1

Thursday, April 12, 2018

In the first three months of 2018, all Latvian ports together handled 15.556 million tons of cargo, down 15.9% from the same period in 2017,writes LETA, according to the information released by the Transport Ministry. Bulk cargos, which dominated in the Latvian ports in January-March this year, fell 16.7% year-on-year to 8.263 million tons. Coal cargos contracted 26.9% to 4.228 million tons, chemical cargos were down 23.7% to 625,000 tons…

The United States enjoys with the Baltic states in many spheres, including NATO

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The U.S. Senate has congratulated Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on the 100th anniversary of their declarations of independence and praised the Baltic countries for their commitment to democracy and their increasing defense spending. In a resolution adopted this week, the Senate “commends the Baltic states for their commitment to democracy and respect for human rights and for their leadership in furthering these values abroad”. The resolution commends the people and…

Baltic ministers underscore role of Poland, Finland in implementation of Rail Baltica project

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Rail Baltica European-gauge railway project will be of benefit not only to the Baltic states, but also to Poland and Finland, said Baltic ministers at the Rail Baltica Global Forum 2018 held in Tallinn on April 10th, reports LETA/BNS. Estonian Economics and Communications Minister Kadri Simson said that it is important to cooperate with Finland and Poland during implementation of this project. Rail Baltica, in fact, will create a new…

Transfer of Authority Ceremony for NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

BEMOWO PISKIE, Poland—  1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (War Eagles) based out of Vilseck, Germany is set to replace 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Wolf Pack) in a transfer of authority ceremony scheduled for April 20, 2018. Battle Group Poland commanded by U.S. Army Lt. Col. Scott Cheney and commander of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment (Wolf Pack) relinquishes command to the incoming Battle Group Poland commander U.S. Army Lt.…