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NATO’s misfired weaponry or airstrikes on the Baltic countries

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Spanish Eurofighter Typhoon 2000 launched an AMRAAM-type air-to-air missile over Estonian territory Tuesday afternoon. All the Estonians are very shocked. The incident occurred on Aug. 7, 2018 at around 3:44 PM local time in the Pangodi area of Estonia’s Tartu County, which is situated less than 50 miles west to the country’s border with Russia. The rocket is being searched by helicopters. The Estonian army has started a large-scale…

No-deal Brexit? What it might mean for Britain

By William Schomberg, Tom Miles on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The prospect of a “no-deal Brexit” appears to have grown after the European Union’s negotiator rejected last month central elements of Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposals for a new trade agreement. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday the possibility of Britain leaving the EU without striking any deal with Brussels was “uncomfortably high”. Trade minister Liam Fox has put the chances at 60-40. May’s office repeated on…

Lithuania teaches Ukraine how to kill

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As we know, Lithuanian military instructors have been taking part in the training of personnel for Ukraine since 2014. Specialists from Lithuania participate in training programs independently or together with instructors from the USA, Great Britain, Canada and Poland. It’s not a secret that Lithuania is deeply integrated into the military reforms of Kyiv. Thus, Vilnius has legalized the military training operation in Ukraine in 2017. This law expands the…

Dear NATO, It’s Time to Hit Pause on Your Summits

By John R. Deni on Monday, July 30, 2018

This may be the only way to maintain deterrence versus Russia. he apparent damage done to transatlantic solidarity during the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit—in conjunction with the meager results of that summit—raises serious questions about whether and why there needs to be another such meeting for the foreseeable future. Given the significant costs and the paltry benefits, the alliance ought to forego summit meetings while President Trump…

Exclusive: Obama Administration Knowingly Funded a Designated al-Qaeda Affiliate

By Sam Westrop on Thursday, July 26, 2018

The group had been on a list of terrorist funders for a decade when a government agency specifically approved funding for it.The Middle East Forum has discovered that the Obama administration approved a grant of $200,000 of taxpayer money to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan — a decade after the U.S. Treasury designated it as a terrorist-financing organization. More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the release of at least $115,000…

NATO’s Expanding Liabilities

By Michael Brendan Dougherty on Thursday, July 26, 2018

Expansionists have turned NATO into something other than a military alliance and weakened it by adding weak members. Last week, Donald Trump said reckless things about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and silly things about Montenegro, the alliance’s newest member, specifically. He has complained about America’s Article 5 obligations under the treaty, though he seems to share the widespread misunderstanding that Article 5 obliges all member states to immediately engage…

Why North Korea is in no hurry to do what the US wants

By Hervé Lemahieu on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Meeting in Singapore last month, US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un captured the world’s attention and promised to work towards “new relations”. Why have mixed messages followed? At the end of a summit billed as an “epochal event”, ambitions were set high. North Korea reaffirmed its commitment to the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”, while the US said it would stop “provocative” war games with South…

The Baltic split: America First and Europe First

By Jeroen Bult on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It seems like ages ago. Last April, the three Baltic Presidents, Kaljulaid, Vējonis and Grybauskaitė, crossed the Atlantic for a rendez-vous with their illustrious American counterpart, Trump. The official reason was this year’s celebration of the centennials of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but probably more important was the craving for an explicit affirmation of Trump’s commitment to Baltic security. After all, The Donald’s devotion to the defence of the Baltic States…

Does NATO Still Matter? No!

By John Feffer on Monday, July 23, 2018

Donald Trump hasn’t shown a lot of love lately toward America’s European allies. On his recent trip to Europe, he dismissed Germany as Moscow’s minion and called the European Union a “foe.” He’s also treated NATO as an alliance to be bullied into submission rather than as the premier method of coordinating security policy with friendly nations. He even threatened to pull the United States out of the alliance. It’s…

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…