Posts tagged as Baltic countries

The Baltic countries are the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, August 1, 2019

Road accidents, fighting in the streets and in bars, broken shop windows and cars, mountains of garbage, sexual harassment – this is the “Westworld” for NATO soldiers in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. On June 7, 2018, four armored personnel carriers of the US Army, Stryker, collided in a major road accident in the Prienai district. 13 US troops sought medical assistance. Another accident happened on the night of June 9…

The Baltics with ships, but without electricity

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 18, 2019

It became known yesterday that Lithuania will acquire a rescue vessel for the naval forces worth about 40 million euros. “The contract with the winner of the tender for the construction of the vessel is planned to be signed in December of this year,” the ministry said. A preliminary cost – 39.4 million euros. Moreover, electricity in Lithuania went up by 23% to 47.4 euro per megawatt-hour last week. Prices…

The Baltics buy gas from Russia, despite Washington’s discontent

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, June 28, 2019

The European Union has decided to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia until January 31, 2020.According to the EU Council, it was decided on 27 of June to extend the economic sanctions imposed on Russia in certain sectors until the end of January next year. Moreover, all the deputies from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 25 of June opposed the…

Slower growth in the Baltic countries

Monday, March 25, 2019

The European Bank of Reconstruction and development (EBRD) has a positive outlook for Latvia in 2019. It expects Latvian growth to be the highest among the Baltic States and forecasts is at 3.5 per cent of GDP. Lithuanian growth is forecasted as a bit lower — 2.8 per cent of GDP, and Estonian as 3 per cent. Economic growth in the Central and Southeast Europe (CSE) and the Baltics was…

Baltic countries to discuss compensation for damage of Soviet occupation

Friday, March 22, 2019

Lithuanian Justice Minister Elvinas Jankevicius left for Riga on Thursday to discuss how to demand compensation for damage caused by the Soviet occupation of the three Baltic countries. Research on damage caused to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia during the occupation period will be presented in a conference in the Latvian capital, the Lithuanian Justice Ministry said. “It will be discussed what legal means should be used in seeking compensation for the identified losses,” it…

Baltic countries among 7 NATO members that hit defense spending target in 2018

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Seven of 29 NATO countries, including the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, hit the alliance’s defense spending target in 2018, AFP news agency reported. Apart from the United States, six members hit the target of spending two percent of GDP on defense in 2018: Britain, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly railed against European alliance members for not spending enough on their…

US General: Polish army would be sacrificed

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, February 1, 2019

On the occasion of receiving the prize of the Great Gala of Polish Business Business Club Leaders, General Ben Hodges spoke on the subject of the Central Communication Port. – The geographical location of Poland is crucial for stability and security in Europe. The effectiveness of the strategy of deterring potential aggression on the part of the Russian Federation depends on a strong and modernized Polish army on land, in…

Baltic countries have to achieve higher EU co-financing for Rail Baltica project

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Baltic countries have to continue their efforts to achieve that the European Union allocates maximum co-financing for the Rail Baltica project during the next EU financial framework, Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) said during the Baltic Council of Ministers’ meeting today. Kucinskis’ meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis today focused on security, the EU multiannual budget for 2021 to 2027, and the…

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…

Usackas doesn’t see Russia as direct military threat to Baltic countries

Monday, October 22, 2018

Vygaudas Usackas, a former EU ambassador to Moscow, says he does not think Russia poses a direct military threat to the Baltic countries. In a Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats (HU-LCD) presidential primary debate on Tuesday evening, Usackas criticized MP Ingrida Simonyte’s position that Russia is a threat to Lithuania. “I don’t see Russia as a direct threat to the Baltic states at the moment. The Pentagon and NATO don’t see…