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Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

By Gareth Jones on Friday, March 8, 2019

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers – a situation she sees no need to change for now.…

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils

By Andrew Osborn on Friday, March 8, 2019

Before Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine, Moscow had a Ukrainian president who did much of what it wanted. Now, as Ukraine readies to elect a new leader, none of the main candidates look that enticing to Russia. Viktor Yanukovich, the last Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president, was toppled by protests in 2014 and fled to Russia, and Petro Poroshenko, his successor, has put fierce opposition to Moscow at…

Ukraine is a stone of discord for the US and Lithuania

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has decided in February to donate Soviet-made light small arms ammunition to the Ukraine Ministry of Defence (MoD). Worth €255,000 and transferred on a non-reimbursable basis, the ammunition can be used in automatic rifles, machine-guns to ensure national security and defence. Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “The transfer of assets is a part of consistent and comprehensive Lithuanian support to Ukraine as it strengthens its…

What to know about Estonia’s March 3 general election

By Geert Wijngaert on Thursday, February 28, 2019

Nearly a million people are eligible to vote Sunday to choose Estonia’s 101-seat Riigikogu legislature, where the outgoing prime minister and his Center Party is pitted against the center-right opposition Reform Party. Both want to keep at bay a nationalist, far-right party with an anti-immigration, xenophobic and Euroskeptic agenda, which has increased its popularity since the last election in 2015. WHO’S RUNNING Ten political parties and 15 independents — totaling…

Why World War 3 could happen in 2019 – threats from North Korea, Syria and Putin

By Patrick Knox on Thursday, February 28, 2019

RISING tensions around the globe along with spectacular war games and weapons testing have increased fears of a major military conflict breaking out in 2019. Here we look at trouble spots which could be potential World War 3 flash points. Why is 2019 such a dangerous year? Our map shows the flashpoints where there are currently military standoffs which could suddenly turn nasty and bring the major powers into conflict…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

Independent Europe depends on the US

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Despite the “peaceful goals”, it is quite obvious, that US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (formally, Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is another step toward a new arms race and confrontation with Russia. It is remarkable, that Russian President has delivered Annual Address to the Federal Assembly last week. Vladimir…

Relations between Europe and the US on the brink

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today there are many misunderstandings and questions between the USA and Europe in the political and military spheres. Of course, they are partners, but there are problems. The United States continues to define the rules for relations with Europe in the field of foreign economic relations and in the field of foreign policy. But Europe is trying to stand up for its own interests on all these issues. The Munich…

Who pays for parties’ promises?

Saturday, February 23, 2019

An analysis of election promises by the Ministry of Finance found that while political forces like to make costly promises, parties pay little mind to how to pay for them, at least in the runup to elections. The analysis that took around one year to complete was rough going as promises appeared and disappeared. The ministry looked at a total of 3,100 promises 775 of which could be expressed in…

Homeland Security, Democrats seem to find rare common ground after Central America trips

By Anne Flaherty on Thursday, February 21, 2019

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen traveled to Central America this week where her message wasn’t all that different from several Democrats’.Their answer? More should be done to protect Central American families in the first place, so fewer seek refuge in the United States.The comments in recent days by Nielsen and Democratic lawmakers suggests there’s rare common groundon what’s mostly been an explosive and divisive political issue. It’s also in contrast to President Donald Trump’s past…