Posts tagged as Baltic States

Stoltenberg assures Poland and Baltic states defense in case of attack

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO once again assured Poland and the Baltic States of their support in the event of an attack by Russia. With the presence of NATO forces in the countries, the Alliance sends “a very strong signal to Russia,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Polish newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Tuesday at the beginning of the NATO summit in London. “If Poland and the Baltic States are attacked, the entire Alliance will…

Consumers in Latvia have the most unfavourable pricing mechanism for medicines in the Baltic states

Thursday, November 28, 2019

After conducted sector inquiry, the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) has concluded – even when manufacturers in Latvia set lower prices for medicines than in Lithuania or Estonia, medicines may be more expensive for Latvian consumers due to the existing pricing mechanism. Therefore, the CC encourages the responsible institutions to develop a new mechanism, which would make reimbursable and non-reimbursable medicines financially more accessible for Latvian consumers. The final…

Baltic politicians prepare the whole world for a new war

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Recently, Lithuania hosted the NATO international military exercises Iron Wolf – 2019-II. During the two-week maneuvers, 4,000 troops from 11 countries of the North Atlantic Alliance and more than a thousand units of military equipment took part. Analysts say that that was the second stage of the exercises – the first took place in the summer. According to experts, this format allows NATO to increase information and psychological pressure on…

Citizens of Baltic states feel safe

Monday, November 18, 2019

People’s sense of security in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania has improved in recent years, according to a recent survey. Of the three nations, the highest degree of financial and material security was reported in Estonia, with falling levels of concern over financial bars to education, rent or utility payment fears, and also property crimes, ERR reported on Monday. While a sense of national security had improved in all three countries…

Is this the end of NATO-era?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, November 18, 2019

Money is a very powerful tool, which can easily ruin relations. Different views on money spending can ruin even good relations between countries in such huge and powerful organization as NATO. It should be noted that European defence spending will surpass $300 billion a year by 2021, according to new research from Jane’s by IHS Markit. Defense expenditure is a highly sensitive topic in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump…

Electricity prices rose in all three Baltic countries

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Wholesale electricity prices rose in all three Baltic countries last week, but Lithuania registered the lowest price in the region. Week-on-week, the average electricity price rose by 7% in both Lithuania and Estonia, to 48.21 euros and 49.49 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh), respectively, and went up by 6% to 48.64 euros in Latvia, the independent electricity supplier said in a press release. Across the Nord Pool power exchange, the average…

Dressed in NATO uniform criminals operate in the Baltic States

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, November 1, 2019

The media and society for a few years have been discussing a lot of incidents related to the moral features of NATO soldiers and the crimes they commit. Soldiers are being accused of using and transporting drugs, violence against civilians, and violations of discipline. It is obvious that the NATO and U.S. soldiers experience some kind of moral decline – the defenders of “democracy” are turning into criminals. This problem…

Who really defends the Baltic States?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 28, 2019

About 500 U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania in October. This news is widely discussed all over the Baltic States and Europe. The issue of permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been discussed for a decade. There is still no legal basis for this step, but NATO and Baltic authorities found the possibility to deploy troops on a long-term basis. The justification for such long deployment becomes participating…

Dilemma for the Baltic States: prosperity or defence

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, October 24, 2019

The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, published a report in October – “How to defend the Baltic States” written by R.D. Hooker, Jr. The report examines NATO capability to defend its eastern flank – the Baltic States. It contains harsh criticisms towards the Baltic States which do less than they can to strengthen their security. It is stated that “stronger NATO ground forces in the Baltics do not…

US think tank publishes report on Baltic states’ defence

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Jamestown Foundation, an influential US think tank, has published a report in October on ‘how to defend the Baltic states’. The report puts greatest emphasis on the role played by the US, “the undisputed leader of NATO,” and its position to overcome the still unsolved military mobility, interoperability and readiness issues encountered by NATO’s European allies. Jamestown therefore calls on Washington to take the “defence of the Baltics as a…