Posts tagged as Baltic countries

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…

Baltic countries launch process of joining Continental Europe Synchronous Area

Monday, September 24, 2018

Poland’s transmission system operator (TSO) PSE confirmed on Friday, September 21, that it has submitted a formal application of the Baltic TSOs to the Regional Group Continental Europe (RGCE) of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) to join the Continental Europe Synchronous Area, informed LETA/BNS. Baltic TSOs Elering, AST and Litgrid last week submitted a formal application to PSE for joining the Baltic power grids with the Continental…

German air force chief: People in Baltics count on us

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

In remarks released on the occasion of the takeover of the NATO Baltic air policing duties by a German contingent, alongside a contingent of the air force of Belgium, commander of the German Air Force Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz said that residents of the Baltic countries count on the German Air Force and NATO protection. “Taking over responsibility for the safety of the Baltic airspace for yet another time, the…

Lithuania: Car accident caused by NATO soldier. Child injured (Video)

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A 5-year-old child and a man were injured in a two-car crash on the outskirts of Vilnius at about 8 am, August 21. The police reported that a double-vehicle collision left them with minor injuries. According to the Lrytas YouTube Channel, it is NATO soldiers from Hungary who are held responsible for the accident. Turning at the crossroads of the Moletskoe Highway and Skersines Street the military vehicle driven by…

Baltic Sea states must work together to reduce sea pollution

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

All members of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) should agree on practical measures and seek an effective solution so as to reduce the catastrophic pollution of the Baltic Sea, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics said during the meeting with the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallstrom, informs LETA. Rinkevics and Wallstrom met during the CBSS meeting of the foreign ministers to discuss bilateral cooperation between Latvia and Sweden…

All 3 Baltic countries post y/y growth in Jan-Apr exports

Saturday, June 16, 2018

All three Baltic countries posted year-on-year growth in exports for the first four months of 2018, figures from the EU statistical office Eurostat showed on Friday. Lithuania’s exports increased by 6 percent in January through April from a year ago to reach 8.6 billion euros. Latvia and Estonia both registered 9 percent growth in exports, to 4.1 billion euros and 4.5 billion euros, respectively. Lithuania’s imports rose by 7 percent year-on-year…

Centennial of Baltic countries to be celebrated at Stanford University

Saturday, June 2, 2018

A conference dedicated to the centennial of the three Baltic countries, aimed at fostering contacts between Baltic and U.S. researchers and students and emphasizing the importance of Baltc studies for international research, will start at Stanford University on Friday. The conference is organized by the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, Archimedes Foundation said in a press release. The three-day program, to…

Comprehensive air defense system beyond the means for Baltic states

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Developing and maintaining a comprehensive air defense system is beyond the means for the Baltic countries acting on their own, a report by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) based in Tallinn says. The report recommends that the Baltic countries focus on developing command and signals systems and harmonizing their short and medium range air defense systems. According to the report on the possibilities for strengthening the Baltic…