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Opinion: Lembergs’ political activities in the past decade were aimed at avoiding prison

By Simona Sjadite on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

«For more than ten years I’ve felt the influence of Aivars Lembergs’ network in politics. I’ve noticed a major difference between the government that was led by Laimdota Straujuma and the one led by Māris Kučinskis. The latter having affected matters of media – basically Kučinskis’ government has done everything it could to block all positive movements on the highest political level if only because this positive movement was not…

How would Lithuanian President flee if Russians invaded?

By Linas Jegelevičius on Thursday, November 22, 2018

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė has been facing heavy criticism at home after failing to arrive to the festivities of the centenary of Latvia’s statehood. «Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė missed the best friend’s birthday party!». «If I couldn’t have been able to fly, I’d have gone to Riga on bike». «The President is so conceited that she does not care about the centenaries of Latvia and Estonia. The only things she cares is…

Politics is above common sense in Latvia

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The painful issue of using Russian language in Latvia appears on the agenda once again. Ethnic Russians “knock at the doors” of international organisation trying to defend their rights to speak and get education in their native language. Their hope for understanding in Latvia is melting every day. It has become known that Russian Community in Latvia sent a letter to Council of Europe about violation of human rights. The…

NATO in Exercise Iron Wolf trains to fight against teachers

By Kovas Azbis on Friday, November 16, 2018

Lithuanian Ministry of Defense announced, that on November 4 Exercise Iron Wolf began. The exercise has been running for two weeks, not only in military areas (Gaižiūnai and General Silvestras Žukauskas training fields), but also on civilian territories and in surrounding areas. Columns of military vehicles are planned to move on public roads and inhabited territories. The Lithuanian Armed Forces invite Lithuanian residents to be attentive and calm. The main…

U.S. military in ‘crisis,’ could lose a war to Russia and China, report warns

By Alex Johnson on Thursday, November 15, 2018

The U.S. “could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict,” the National Defense Strategy Commission says. The United States faces a “crisis of national security” because its historic military supremacy has eroded drastically, leaving it likely unable to fight more than a single war at a time, according to a congressionally chartered report released Wednesday. “U.S. military superiority is no longer assured and…

Why NATO trains to survive

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This fall in Europe and in the Baltic region in particular is very “hot” from the military point of view. Russia thinks that NATO exercises in the region are not just single episodic maneuvers but a chain of successive events, a well-designed scheme of conducting large-scale exercises that are offensive in nature. This point of view is disputable but certainly Russian experts have the reasons to feel threatened. These days…

Study demands ‘new energy’ in France-UK defense ties to weather Brexit fallout

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Defense ties between France and the U.K. need a shot in the arm to ensure the two countries can remain closely aligned in a post-Brexit world, according to a pair of British and French think tanks. London’s looming exit from the European Union has the potential to put a wedge between the two long-standing allies, as the Macron government in Paris see its future intertwined with that of a strong…

Why the Russian Navy Could Be in Serious Trouble

By David Axe on Friday, November 9, 2018

The sinking of the Russian navy’s biggest drydock could spell trouble, and change, for the world’s third-biggest navy. PD-50, a huge floating dry dock at the 82nd Repair Shipyard in Roslyakovo, Russia, accidentally sank on Oct. 29, 2018 after an electrical malfunction resulting in pumps overfilling the dock’s ballast tanks. Four shipyard workers were hurt. Admiral Kuznetsov , Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, was aboard PD-50 at the time of the sinking.…

The Baltic states depend on global climate forecasts

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, November 2, 2018

The price of electricity in European countries has increased 20-40% this year. This includes a 30% increase in Latvia and Lithuania, says Latvenergo Sales Department manager Guntis Lūsis. According to him, the main factors that affect prices are associated with global raw material markets, regional and access to production sources, as well as wind energy fluctuation, temperature or hydro energy storage changes and price fluctuations for coal and gas. Consumers’…

Defiant impeached former Lithuanian President launches campaign to restore litas

By Linas Jegelevičius on Thursday, November 1, 2018

The defiant impeached former Lithuanian president Rolandas Paksas is not giving up. After a new attempt to lift his lifetime ban to run for the top post in 2019 failed, the now member of the European Parliament and the leader of a new nationalist movement, «I am calling the Nation» seems undaunted and this week has launched campaign aimed at scrapping the euro and restoring the litas, the Lithuanian currency…