Posts tagged as Baltic States

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…

Transport in the Baltic States’ cities: reducing air pollution

Thursday, February 21, 2019

EU legislative institutions (the Parliament and the Council) agreed on a stricter air pollution control in the cities. For the first time in the EU’s history, the states are forced to reduce CO2 emissions by 30%, compared with 2019 level. The states will make city’s air quality better excluding polluting transport in cities by 2030. Already during 2017, the EU institutions adopted several measure to reduce transport pollution, so-called “mobility…

Baltic states skeptical about new Brexit talks

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Baltic states are skeptical about efforts by the UK to reopen negotiations with the European Union about the terms of the British withdrawal from the bloc, Baltic leaders said to reporters on February 4. On Monday, a prime ministerial meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers was held in Riga with the participation of Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis and Estonian Ambassador to Latvia…

US-Russia Cold War missile treaty dead as Europe frets about arms race

Saturday, February 2, 2019

The INF accord, signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, banned ground-launched missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres and ended a dangerous build-up of warheads. Berlin: Germany said on Friday that Russia had “de facto invalidated” a landmark Cold War missile reduction treaty which the US is poised to abandon, with Europe anxious at the prospect of a new arms race. A US deadline…

Lithuania will celebrate the anniversary of its occupation in February

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As we know, NATO member states decided to enhance the Alliance’s presence in the Baltic states and Poland with four multinational battalion-size groups in July 2016. This move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture. By the way, the Baltic region has turned into a huge warehouse of weapons and military equipment. NATO’s military infrastructure is moving closer and closer to the Russian borders in order to protect…

Baltic PMs to meet in Riga next week

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Prime Ministers of the three Baltic states will meet in Riga next Monday, LETA was told at the State Chancellery. The meeting of the Baltic Council of Ministers will bring together Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins (New Unity), Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The meeting of the Baltic premiers is expected to focus on the European Union’s (EU) current agenda, including the bloc’s…

NATO soldiers may face obesity

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Servicemen of the national armed forces of the Baltic states constantly report the poorer quality of nutrition at mess-halls compared with that of US soldiers. Representatives of the defence ministries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in their turn are confident that the diet of our soldiers is balanced and does not harm their health. According to a new health report, however, the military experienced a 12-fold increase in the number…

Foreign ministers of Baltic states and Poland to visit Mariupol

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

On January 15, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics together with his counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland will visit the city of Mariupol in Ukraine to pledge their support for Ukraine and the region of Mariupol over Russia’s aggression in the east of Ukraine and imposition of a blockade on the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov, LETA learned from the Foreign Ministry. As part of the visit, the…

Baltic States are EU’s biggest spenders on alcohol

Friday, January 4, 2019

Emerging European countries spend the most on alcohol, according to new figures from the European Union’s statistics department, Eurostat. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania spent the highest share of household expenditure on alcoholic beverages in 2017, at 5.6 per cent, 5.2 per cent and four per cent respectively. They were followed closely by Poland (3.5 per cent), the Czech Republic (3.3 per cent) and Hungary (3 per cent). The lowest expenditure on…

American “Trojan horse” in Poland and Baltic states

By Jonas Dringelis on Saturday, December 29, 2018

The confrontation between East and West threatens potential war between the United States and Russia. In this case, the Baltic countries, Poland can become a battlefield between West and East. Most NATO planners and independent experts think that if any fighting breaks out between Russia and its neighbors to the West, the likely battlefields will be Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland. And the question today is not whether NATO will fight, but…