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Why NATO trains to survive

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This fall in Europe and in the Baltic region in particular is very “hot” from the military point of view. Russia thinks that NATO exercises in the region are not just single episodic maneuvers but a chain of successive events, a well-designed scheme of conducting large-scale exercises that are offensive in nature. This point of view is disputable but certainly Russian experts have the reasons to feel threatened. These days…

Study demands ‘new energy’ in France-UK defense ties to weather Brexit fallout

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Defense ties between France and the U.K. need a shot in the arm to ensure the two countries can remain closely aligned in a post-Brexit world, according to a pair of British and French think tanks. London’s looming exit from the European Union has the potential to put a wedge between the two long-standing allies, as the Macron government in Paris see its future intertwined with that of a strong…

Why the Russian Navy Could Be in Serious Trouble

By David Axe on Friday, November 9, 2018

The sinking of the Russian navy’s biggest drydock could spell trouble, and change, for the world’s third-biggest navy. PD-50, a huge floating dry dock at the 82nd Repair Shipyard in Roslyakovo, Russia, accidentally sank on Oct. 29, 2018 after an electrical malfunction resulting in pumps overfilling the dock’s ballast tanks. Four shipyard workers were hurt. Admiral Kuznetsov , Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, was aboard PD-50 at the time of the sinking.…

The Baltic states depend on global climate forecasts

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, November 2, 2018

The price of electricity in European countries has increased 20-40% this year. This includes a 30% increase in Latvia and Lithuania, says Latvenergo Sales Department manager Guntis Lūsis. According to him, the main factors that affect prices are associated with global raw material markets, regional and access to production sources, as well as wind energy fluctuation, temperature or hydro energy storage changes and price fluctuations for coal and gas. Consumers’…

Defiant impeached former Lithuanian President launches campaign to restore litas

By Linas Jegelevičius on Thursday, November 1, 2018

The defiant impeached former Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas is not giving up. After a new attempt to lift his lifetime ban to run for the top post in 2019 failed, the now member of the European Parliament and the leader of a new nationalist movement, «I am calling the Nation» seems undaunted and this week has launched campaign aimed at scrapping the euro and restoring the litas, the Lithuanian currency…

European Court of Human Rights rejects Estonian prisoner’s complaint regarding transport van

By LETA/TBT Staff on Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected a complaint by an Estonian prisoner who considered the conditions he would have had to tolerate in a prison transport van as inconsistent with human rights. “The European Court of Human Rights ruled that there has been no violation of Article 3 of the Convention [for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms] as the floor space of the single…

World War 3 fears as NATO launches ‘insane war games’ risking all-out ‘nuclear war’

By Sam Stevenson on Friday, October 26, 2018

NATO is holding its largest military exercises since the end of the Cold War in a bellicose signal of sabre-rattling branded by its critics as “insane”, as it threatens to ignite all-out conflict. Activist and author David Swanson told Radio Sputnik: “The war rehearsal, or war games, are just insane.” Mr Swanson, who called the drills “madness”, argued it was no longer clear what NATO’s true purpose was and that…

The deployment of US and NATO troops in Poland and Baltic states violates the NATO–Russia Founding Act

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, October 22, 2018

The United States and NATO countries continue to strengthen their military presence along the Western border of Russia disregarding all previously concluded treaties. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, declared that the deployment of US division in Poland would be the direct violation of the NATO-Russia Founding Act. Meeting Donald Trump in the Oval Office earlier in September, Polish President Andrzej Duda made a direct appeal…

US military base in Poland drives a wedge into European unity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, October 18, 2018

Recently, the issue of further expansion of the US military presence in Europe both on a rotational and a permanent basis became a topical issue in the international arena. As it turned out, due to the need to replace US Army Forces personnel and armament in Germany, Poland, Baltic States, the need for armored brigades increased in Kuwait at the same time. According to Army Times report, the Pentagon will…

Brussels preparing for talks with Russia on Baltic power systems – BNS INTERVIEW

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The European Commission is getting ready to start consultations with Russia over the switching of the Baltic states’ power networks off the post-Soviet system and their synchronization with that of western Europe. “When we have our next meeting with the Russian energy minister … we will brief him also about this desynchronization process,” European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic, in charge of energy, said in an interview with BNS Lithuania.…