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NATO soldiers brawl and died in Baltic states

By Kovas Azbis on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

On 11 July, during the NATO Brussels Summit, Defence Minister Raimonds Bergmanis and Danish, Estonian, Canadian, British and Lithuanian defence ministers signed a Letter of Intent to establish Multinational Division North Headquarters, sargs.lv repots. According to the Letter of Intent signed during the NATO Summit, Multinational Division North Headquarters, which will be responsible for NATO’s defence planning and implementation in the Baltic region, will become functional in 2019. Command of…

Secret of the chosen: draft dodgers pay fine

By Jüri Estam on Monday, July 16, 2018

Approximately one thousand young men in Estonia pay the state more than 150,000 euros fines for the privilege of evading compulsory military service. The top of the list is occupied by men working in Finland, sons of well-known businessmen and even athletes. One H.S.P. from Harju county (initials unchanged) is probably one of the most determined draft dodgers. Unknown to the public, he has been waging a sort of private…

NATO sacrifices the Baltics in favor of the Black Sea

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, July 13, 2018

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the NATO’s summit in Brussels that the Alliance would improve its ability to facilitate the movement of forces in Europe, but did not plan to deploy additional units to the Baltic countries and Poland. It should be noted that the 2016 NATO summit in Warsaw was Baltic-centric, highly concentrated only on the Nordic part of the Eastern Flank. Earlier in response to Russia’s aggressive…

NATO Spending: ‘2% is Already Not Realistic & 4% is Out of Question’ – German MP

By Fernand Kartheiser on Friday, July 13, 2018

NATO nations have agreed to satisfy the US demand to increase defense spending. This is what US President said at a press conference in Brussels during the second day of the NATO summit. President Trump reiterated his earlier request for doubling defense spending target, saying that four per cent of gross domestic product was “the right number.” Radio Sputnik discussed how achievable President Trump’s demand with Fernand Kartheiser, Luxembourg Parliament member…

Europe Captive… of America

By Finian Cunningham on Friday, July 13, 2018

While browbeating European leaders at the NATO summit this week, US President Donald Trump used a rather unfortunate metaphor. He described Germany and Europe as “captive of Russia”. Trump was erroneously referring to the huge and mutually beneficial trade in natural gas between Russia and Europe. He was implying that Germany and the rest of Europe are excessively dependent on Russian fuel, and thereby are “controlled” by Moscow’s geopolitical agenda. Sometimes garbled thinking, however, inadvertently brings…

Allies wonder if the West can withstand the Trump presidency

By Stephen Collinson on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

President Donald Trump begins a six-day European trip amid blazing anxiety among US allies over his commitment to the transatlantic alliance and antipathy for its leaders and institutions while stirring new disquiet about his cozy, baffling relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such concerns will color a tense NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, beginning Wednesday; Trump’s long-delayed visit to Britain, where turmoil over Brexit is raging; and his first standalone…

Trump Derides NATO as ‘Obsolete.’ Baltic Nations See It Much Differently

By Marc Santora on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Near midnight on the outskirts of the Latvian capital, close to 100,000 spectators joined 16,500 singers last week in a song about a mystical castle that is submerged when foreign powers hold sway only to rise again. The castle is a metaphor for their nation. The foreign powers? Well, from the 20th century, take your pick. First it was the Russians. Then the Germans. Then the Russians again. Only in…

US divorces Europe

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analyzed all allies’ expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members’ defence budgets don’t reflect real needs of the Alliance. Among the twenty-nine members, only the United States is really serious about its obligations, spending approximately $700 billion or 3.5 percent of its GDP on…

This is how Russia could test NATO, warns former US army Europe commander

By Patrick Tucker on Monday, July 9, 2018

Ben Hodges co-authors a new report that explores how Russia might engineer a military crisis on the Poland-Lithuania border. At Poland’s northeast border there’s only a narrow strip of inland border connecting it to NATO members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. It’s called the Suwalki Corridor and it has long been an object of concern for Western military leaders. To the west sits a unique spot Russian territory, the exclave of Kaliningrad,…

Brussels NATO Summit 2018: Bolstering the Defense of the Baltic States

By Daniel Kochis on Saturday, July 7, 2018

The security and defense of the Baltic states deserves to be a key topic at the NATO summit on July 11 and 12 in Brussels. The Baltic region is one of the most complex regions that the Alliance is obligated to defend. While decisions made at the 2016 Warsaw Summit, especially the creation of four battlegroups, were a step in the right direction, the region remains exposed. NATO should think…