Posts tagged as Baltic States

Georgia allows entry to citizens of Baltic states

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Georgian authorities have decided to allow entry in the country by plane to citizens of Germany, France, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Irakly Chikovani, press speaker of the Georgian prime minister. Citizens of these countries can visit Georgia unimpededly, but only by plane, he said. Before visiting Georgia, people will be required to fill our special electronic questionnaires that will state specific data, history of trips in the past 14…

Latvia lagging other Baltic states in competitiveness

Monday, July 6, 2020

In an annual study of competitiveness by the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Latvia still lags behind the other two Baltic States, ranking 41st , between Indonesia in 40th and Kazakhstan in 42nd, Latvian Radio reported on July 4. In the same ranking last year Latvia was in 40th position. The full results  can be read online  . According to Oļegs Barānovs, senior analyst at the Ministry of Economics …

Baltic states update mutual consular assistance agreement

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On 2 July 2020, a renewed Agreement on Consular Assistance and Co-operation between Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania comes into force. The document supersedes the agreement on consular assistance and co-operation between the Government of the Republic of Latvia, the Government of the Republic of Estonia and the Government of the Republic of Lithuania signed in Vilnius on 5 February 1999, the provisions of which “can be considered outdated and had come into conflict with…

Lithuanian generals in shock: American tanks return home

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 29, 2020

The American mechanized battalion left Lithuania. Tanks and soldiers went to Germany and then to Texas. The U.S. battalion left Lithuania without waiting for Defender Europe 2020 military exercises. The battalion has been in the country since last fall and took part in some exercises. It was planned that the battalion would join the largest Defender 2020 NATO maneuvers, but they were eventually canceled due to the coronavirus. Several dozens…

What is the real goal of NATO in the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 29, 2020

U.S. will transfer 2,000 troops and military equipment to Poland. Military infrastructure of NATO continues to be deployed in the Baltic States. The main opponent of the Alliance is Russia. Washington plans to redeploy a new corps headquarters, called V Corps, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Poland. There is also a plan to transfer 30 F-16 fighters of U.S. army from Germany to eastern borders of NATO. Additionally, not…

Turkey still blocking defence plan for Poland and Baltics

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Turkey continues to block a NATO defence plan for Poland and Baltic states despite a deal last year between Turkey’s president and allied leaders, three allied diplomats and a French defence official said on Wednesday. Diplomats said while Ankara has approved the plan, known as Eagle Defender, it has not allowed NATO military chiefs to put it into action. The dispute, first reported by Reuters in November, is a sign…

Rail Baltica may be a burden on taxpayers, EU auditors warn

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

The cost of the high-speed railway link Rail Baltica will run significantly over budget and its economic viability is in doubt, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The EU watchdog  inspected eight multi-billion-euro transport projects, including the railway link connecting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia due to be completed by 2026. However, the construction may drag on until 2030, ECA member Mikhail Kozlov told reporters on Tuesday. The report also…

New DEFENDER Europe 20 exercise is a new wave of COVID-19

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 8, 2020

On Thursday (5th of June), at the Drawsko Land Forces Training Center, the Polish-U.S. DEFENDER Europe 20 Plus exercise has started. Nearly 6,000 Polish and U.S. soldiers and around 2,000 pieces of equipment participate in this exercise: tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, missiles and aviation are being used. Exercise will last until June 18 this year. “Plus” is a modification of the initially planned exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 – the largest for…

Chinese propaganda a threat to EU’s ambitions, warn Baltic states

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Slovakia said the EU’s geopolitical ambitions may be curtailed if it fails to respond to China’s and Russia’s disinformation, according to a document seen by Politico Europe in Brussels. The joint paper calls on the EU’s foreign service to ensure that its work remain “unimpeded by political considerations”, which is critical to “upholding public trust” and ambitions of the “geopolitical” Commission. According to Politico, the document…

Poland to join Baltic free travel bubble next week

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baltic states and Poland have agreed to resume free travel next week, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Friday. He announced it after talking with his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki. “We agreed that free movement between the Baltic states and Poland will be resumed next week. It will be coordinated by the responsible ministries as a matter of urgency,” Skvernelis posted on Facebook. At the moment, citizens and…