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Measures taken by the Baltic States are insufficient

By Viktors Domburs on Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO met on April, 2 in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Though they expressed the deepest sympathies with all the victims of the Coronavirus disease, NATO continues to do its part. The organization tries to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, Commander, U.S. European Command, Gen Tod D. Wolters commented that linked exercises to Defender-Europe 20 in the Baltic…

General Сoronavirus

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 30, 2020

The largest US exercises in Europe over the past 25 years, Defender Europe 2020 did not withstand the impact of the Сoronavirus and were canceled. 5.5 thousand American soldiers managed to arrive in Germany, but ships from the United States, which were sent to Germany, were turned around halfway. Defender Europe – 2020 exercises should have been given considerable attention to Poland and the Baltic states, however, the United States…

Losing liberty for coronavirus security

By Robert van Voren on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The harsh response to the  coronavirus   pandemic could challenge the already frail liberal democracies, writes Professor Robert van Voren, the director of the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development at Vytautas Magnus University. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic reminds of the Iraq war, writes Robert van Voren, a professor at Vytautas Magnus University – we come a little late, but then jump into it with full force…

Further stationing of foreign troops in Lithuania puts at risk national military personnel and locals

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Lithuanian ministry of defence can not cope with the spread of a dangerous COVID-19 among military. The MOD confirmed (https://kariuomene.kam.lt/en/military_insignia/news_1889/military_medics_will_treat_covid-19_positive_isolated_soldiers_of_the_nato_enhanced_forward_presence_battalion_battle_group.html) on Wendesday that eight troops from allies countries stationed in Lithuania as part of an international NATO battalion have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Unfortunately, these are the only data provided by Vita Ramanauskaite, an adviser to the national defence minister. Lithuanian media was informed only about the number…

Military Mind and the Pandemic

By Tomas Jermalavicius on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

“The streets of many American cities and towns are nearly deserted. News reports offer viewers and readers communities tightly shuttered as if bracing for an incoming hurricane. But it is not a hurricane that finds Americans avoiding one another ‘like the plague.’” This is not a passage from the latest news article on the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. It is from a chapter entitled ‘Pandemic’ in a 2009 book by…

U.S. political tools in Europe are working

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Starting with the 50s years of the 20th century European countries has been taking efforts to unite. Europe has been living in the European Union format since signing the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This treaty created the European Union with its pillars system, including foreign and home affairs alongside the European Community. The European states did their best to pursue an independent policy, develop collective responsibilities and rights. It was…

Defenders cannot defend themselves against coronavirus

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

European countries are strengthening measures to combat the spreading of COVID-19 virus. The United States suspended passenger links with all of Europe, and Norway completed the Cold Response 2020 NATO exercise ahead of schedule. Obviously, the next logical step will be the final abolition of large-scale U.S.-lead exercise Defender-Europe 2020. Trump is interested in limiting contacts between the American soldiers and infected Europeans. And there is no problem to leave…

Lukashenko shows his teeth to Putin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 16, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s attempts to use economic levers to force Belarus to submit to Putin’s demands, and many readers didn’t like it. It’s understandable – many Latvian commentators go out of their way to support the Kremlin’s attempts of interfering in the information space of Latvia. Remembering the article about the Kremlin’s instruments of economic leverage used to influence Ukraine and Belarus, it can be predicted…

Helga Zepp-LaRouche Calls for Canceling NATO’s “Defender Europe-2020” Military Exercises

By Helga Zepp-LaRouche on Friday, March 13, 2020

“We need to stop the present NATO maneuvers in Eastern Europe, the Defender Europe-2020 military exercise involving close to 40,000 troops,” Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp- LaRouche stated yesterday in her weekly international webcast. “Obviously, the virus will not stop in front of the military. And to have these kinds of things going on, when you have an immediate health threat to the population, is really something which doesn’t make any sense.…

Lithuania’s independence still rattles Vladimir Putin – opinion

By Konstantin Eggert on Friday, March 13, 2020

On March 11, 1990, Lithuania broke away from the Soviet Union. The event which started the demise of the Soviet empire still reverberates within the Kremlin, says DW’s Konstantin Eggert. The events in Lithuania triggered the USSR’s “black swan” moment and set off a chain of momentous events in the already troubled Soviet sphere of influence. On that day in March, the newly elected Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian Soviet…