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Lithuanian generals in shock: American tanks return home

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 29, 2020

The American mechanized battalion left Lithuania. Tanks and soldiers went to Germany and then to Texas. The U.S. battalion left Lithuania without waiting for Defender Europe 2020 military exercises. The battalion has been in the country since last fall and took part in some exercises. It was planned that the battalion would join the largest Defender 2020 NATO maneuvers, but they were eventually canceled due to the coronavirus. Several dozens…

What is the real goal of NATO in the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 29, 2020

U.S. will transfer 2,000 troops and military equipment to Poland. Military infrastructure of NATO continues to be deployed in the Baltic States. The main opponent of the Alliance is Russia. Washington plans to redeploy a new corps headquarters, called V Corps, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Poland. There is also a plan to transfer 30 F-16 fighters of U.S. army from Germany to eastern borders of NATO. Additionally, not…

Politicians hide behind civilians

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, June 26, 2020

The United States plans to transfer the command of the 5th Corps of the U.S. Army from Kentucky to Poland and 30 American F-16 fighters from Germany to the eastern borders of NATO. In addition, the United States is redeploying to Poland not one thousand, as mentioned earlier, but two thousand American troops. In addition to these measures, the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Poland has been publicly discussed…

Kremlin reopens chapter on Baltic occupation. Why?

By EUvsDisinfo on Friday, June 26, 2020

An article attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed the Baltic states were occupied with “consent”. Two days prior on June 16, a story on Russia Beyond – an outlet under the same state ownership as RT – claimed it was a “privilege” to live in the Baltics during the Soviet occupation. EUvsDisinfo  , the disinformation fighting agency of the European Union, looks at the facts behind what Lithuanian officials …

A beach too far?

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Friday, June 26, 2020

A temporary beach in a Vilnius square, complete with hipster fairy lights and quirky signs, has become  the latest battleground   for the country’s historical memory. The issue? It stands on what many politicians describe as hollowed ground for Lithuania’s independence struggles – against Tsarist Russia, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany. Vilnius mayor says the beach enables people to celebrate and experience freedom. Critics, meanwhile, say it degrades and makes…

Chinese disinformation begins filling Latvian media space

By Zintis Znotiņš on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

As I have already written, there are notable similarities between China and Russia. If previously Latvian media was dominated by Russian propaganda and China seemed somewhere far away from all of it, then now it seems that China has decided to inject its own propaganda in the Latvian media environment. To what ends – it’s too early to tell, but the first signs are already present. China has chosen the…

Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer on 23 June?

By Adam Rang on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

From dodging meteorite strikes on Saaremaa to defying Soviet rule, Adam Rang explains why midsummer’s night or Jaanilaupäev (literally, Midsummer Eve) reflects the complicated story of the Estonian people over thousands of years. A friend from England recently asked a seemingly simple question: Why do Estonians celebrate midsummer two days later than the actual midsummer? 21 June is often said to be the day of the summer solstice, the astronomical midpoint of…

Kidnappings and assaults in Belarus. Inside Lukashenko’s crackdown on independent voices

By Dzmitry Mitskevich on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Never a free media-friendly country, Belarus is intensifying crackdowns on reporters in the run-up to presidential election. Belsat TV journalist Dzmitry Mitskevich experienced it firsthand. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region. June 10, 2020, 18:43. Two men approach a car parked in a narrow street near Hrodna city centre. Behind them, eight young men follow. The men surround the car shouting “Police!”, as…

Lithuania increases military capabilities

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Monday, June 22, 2020

The Baltic states continue to be one of the most militarized region in Europe. The planned reduction of American troops in Germany to 25 000 could increase the likelihood of further strengthening of relations between the Baltic states and the United States. Gradually, the Baltic states become Washington’s most reliable partners in the process of escalating tensions in eastern Europe. In particular, Lithuania keeps up politics of militarization of the…

Wagner mercenaries in Libya – Putin’s naive cannon fodder

By Augusts Augustiņš on Friday, June 12, 2020

The mentality of Russian soldiers of being mere cannon fodder has not changed since the times of Ivan the Terrible, and we can conclude this from what we have seen and read in mass media. If we objectively disregard the “heroic deeds” – made up by the Kremlin – of Russian soldiers during World War II, it becomes evident that on the battlefield a Russian soldier will follow the following…