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Estonian troops to deploy to Afghanistan this May

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

35 members of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will be deploying to Afghanistan in May, where they will serve in the framework of the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support. “Estonia has decided to increase its contribution to NATO’s Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan, and according to plan, an infantry platoon and logistics personnel will begin serving in Afghanistan this May,” EDF spokesperson Capt. Arvo Jõesalu told ERR. According to Jõesalu, the area…

Latvia takes delivery of first TPS-77 MMR

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has taken delivery of the first of three Lockheed Martin TPS-77 Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air systems, following the completion of a successful site acceptance test (SAT) in Ventspils on Latvia’s Baltic Sea coast on 1 March. The SAT – which is designed to validate the radar system’s performance – was conducted with assistance from the US Army’s 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade,…

Latvia’s prime minister open for talks regarding MPC system’s liquidation

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

RIGA – Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis is prepared to discuss the possible liquidation of the mandatory procurement system, but not for all businesses at the same time. On Monday, 19 March, Kučinskis mentioned in an interview to LTV Rīta panorama that he is of two minds on this matter, saying that he has heard arguments in favour of the system’s adoption and its liquidation. He sees no future in keeping…

NATO disappointment with Latvia and Lithuania

Monday, March 19, 2018

ESTONIA – Despite the current demanding security situation, in the NATO military alliance, no more than three member states of the European Union have reached the recommended defence spending sum in 2017 and Estonia is one of them. Estonian World website reports that in the framework of the EU, Estonia, the UK and Greece managed last year to meet the defence spending target of 2% of the GDP. Among the…

Lithuanians trust propaganda more than social networks truth

Monday, March 19, 2018

VILNIUS – Lithuanians have the most confidence in information seen on television or heard on radio, while they least trust the information they find on social networks, shows the latest Eurobarometer survey. Both television and radio is trusted by šu percent of respondents, including 10 percent and 11 percent, respectively, who said they had full confidence in the two information channels. Some 22 percent in Lithuania said they did not…

Latvia and Estonia have joint military procurements planned – Kalniņš

Monday, March 19, 2018

RIGA – Latvia and Estonia have joint military procurements planned, Commander of Latvia’s National Armed Forces Leonīds Kalniņš told journalists after his meeting with Commander of Estonia’s Defence Forces Riho Terras. Kalniņš mentioned that both countries are located in the same region and have the same goals. Because of that, it would be odd if the two countries did not have close cooperation in the field of defence. Commanders discussed…

Lithuania’s president urges parliament to stop “quarrelling”

Monday, March 19, 2018

VILNIUS – Lithuania’s lawmakers should stop “quarrelling” and start to work for the state and its people, President Dalia Grybauskaite said on Friday, reacting to recent public resentment towards the parliament sparked by a controversial parliamentary ballot earlier this week. “Nearly all political groups in the parliament stopped to fulfill their duties and got involved into squabble. This is what people were saying and noticing. The parliament must hear this,…