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USA 2020 = Kiev 2014?

By Vitaliy Timoschuk on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

In the United States, riots that began due to the death of African American George Floyd are gaining strenth. On May 25, an African American, George Floyd, was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis. The white policeman Derek Chauvin pressed his neck with his knee and held it like this for more than 7 minutes while George was lying face down on the road. Suspected of paying for a…

Why is Lithuanian MEP accused of interfering in Georgia?

By Jurga Bakaitė on Monday, June 1, 2020

As Georgia prepares for general elections in October, a letter from Lithuanian MEP about the government’s treatment of opposition leaders has ruffled some feathers in Tbilisi. Andrius Kubilius has been accused by Georgia’s ruling politicians of exerting unacceptable pressure on the country’s domestic issues. Meanwhile, the Lithuanian MEP told LRT.lt the current situation in Tbilisi reminds of pre-Maidan Ukraine, when the now-deposed Viktor Yanukovych imprisoned opposition leaders. “European partners need…

Estonia: The crisis brought out what was already there

By Aimar Altosaar on Monday, June 1, 2020

The emergency situation in Estonia lasted for 66 days. We are breathing air increasingly free of restrictions for the third week. President Kersti Kaljulaid (50) takes a look back at what has been an extraordinary time at work. She believes the crisis did not create new trends but accentuated existing ones. How have the Estonian people handled the crisis? Brilliantly! I have been teaching social education classes weekly and treated…

EU pie is up for grabs. Don’t punish Eastern Europe for handling corona crisis well

By Craig Turp-Balazs on Thursday, May 28, 2020

As the EU’s post-corona budget is set to benefit those worst affected by the pandemic, Eastern and Central Europe shouldn’t lose out only because they handled the crisis well, writes Craig Turp-Balazs for Emerging Europe. One of the first articles I wrote after joining Emerging Europe back in 2017 was a piece advocating for the region to no longer be viewed as merely a low-cost production centre for western European…

Coronavirus did not stop the U.S. mega maneuvres

By Vitaliy Timoschuk on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The command of the U.S. Armed Forces in Europe on its website announced the resumption of the exercise Defender Europe 2020, suspended due to a coronavirus pandemic. Now the exercise will be called “Defender Europe 2020 Plus.” The dates, goals and scope of the maneuvers have changed. The official statement said that “after careful assessment and planning between U.S. Army Europe and the Polish Ministry of Defense, exercise Allied Spirit,…

Russia desperate to stop Poland from hosting U.S. nuclear weapons, launches new war games with Baltic fleet

By Gregorz Adamczyk on Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia remains adamantly opposed to Poland hosting U.S. nuclear weapons on it soil and is launching new military exercises that will be built around possible targeting of nuclear weapons that might be located in Poland, according to the Russian paper Niezavisimaya Gazeta. Russia’s new major war games will be launched with the participation of its Baltic fleet, which according to Russian defense chief Sergey Shoygu are designed as a response…

Russia vs China

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, May 25, 2020

Cooperation between Russia and China has deep historical roots, and its earliest manifestations can be found already during the Chinese civil war. It seems that both countries should be most united by their communist ideology, but the ambitions of their leaders and the willingness to be the first and the most powerful was in fact the dominating force. Relations between these nations have seen times of flourishing, as well as…

DEFENDER-Europe 20 is still not neither canceled nor postponed till further notice

By Stero Veberts on Friday, May 22, 2020

Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 was mostly canceled due to coronavirus pandemic. It is the biggest military drills in Europe, that was to be held this April – May. However because of coronavirus outbreak the chain of smaller drills within DEFENDER-Europe 20 was significantly cut. The U.S. troops that were deployed before the outbreak and Europe’s lockdown are still there, and they are awaiting June. Because that’s when Defender Plus is to…

Hololei regards timing of Estonian flights ban peculiar

By Evelyn Kaldoja on Thursday, May 21, 2020

It is a bit peculiar that Estonia decided to ban flights during a time other countries are opening up again, European Commission Director General for Mobility and Transport Henrik Hololei finds. What is your opinion of Estonia’s rather sudden flights ban laid down on Sunday? (Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas decided to ban flights to high-risk coronavirus countries, including the United Kingdom, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Turkey, Belarus…

US Nukes can be redeployed from Germany to Poland

By Vitaliy Timoshuk on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In Germany, consideration has begun on replacing Tornado aircraft capable of carrying American B61 nuclear warheads. Alternatively, the F-18 and Eurofighter are considered. Defense Secretary Annegret Crump-Carrenbauer (CDU) has previously agreed with Pentagon chief Mark Esper to purchase 30 Boeing F / A-18F aircraft. The acquisition of 93 Airbus Eurofighter is also planned. This gave rise to disputes in the ruling coalition of Germany over the redeployment of American nuclear…