Posts tagged as Baltic

Eastern European NATO allies ramp up drone buys to protect their borders

Monday, August 10, 2020

As Russia’s military activities in the Baltic and Black seas are mounting pressure on NATO’s eastern flank, a number of Eastern European countries are developing programs to acquire unmanned aerial vehicles for their militaries. In Romania, local analysts say the country’s Ministry of National Defence aims to boost the military’s surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence (SRI) capabilities by acquiring new drones, ensuring the country’s armed forces can efficiently monitor Romanian borders.…

The sea is a war zone. Lithuanian to cross the Baltic in a canoe

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

“The sea is like a war zone, where you can‘t hide from the waves, sun, or rain,” says Domantas Laukevičius, a Lithuanian who is planning to cross the Baltic Sea alone in a canoe. Laukevičius is starting his journey in mid-July at the northernmost point in Denmark, hoping to finish it in Lithuania by September. But according to the adventurer, the exact length of the trip will “depend on the…

Baltic and German Foreign Ministers meet in Tallinn

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

On 20 July 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in the annual meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Baltic States and Germany in a “3 1” format, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius; and the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas. At the meeting in Talinn, the Ministers were…

Iceland joins Baltic bourses’ unified CSD system

Monday, May 25, 2020

Trading platform Nasdaq on May 25 announced the merger of Nasdaq CSD Iceland (CSD standing for Central Securities Depository) with Nasdaq CSD SE, which covers the Baltic states. The combined company, Nasdaq CSD SE, will operate in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Iceland. Migration of the securities settlement platform in Icelandic markets is scheduled to be fully implemented on June 15. Indars Aščuks, the Latvian CEO of Nasdaq CSD continues as CEO of…

Baltic ministers say first coronavirus wave ‘under control’

Friday, May 15, 2020

Prime ministers of the three Baltic states said the first wave of the coronavirus has been taken under control. “We can be glad that we, the three Baltic states, have successfully taken the first [Covid-19] wave under control and are the first in the European Union to open our borders to each others’ citizens [and residents],” said Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. “But we remain cautious and responsible and are…

Lithuania eases travel restrictions for Baltic, Polish residents and citizens

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Lithuania’s government announced on Wednesday that the free travel zone between the Baltic states will be opened to citizens, as well as residents of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. From May 15, residents and citizens of Estonia and Latvia will be able to enter Lithuania, provided they had not travelled outside the Baltic states in the past 14 days. Also, Polish residents and citizens will be allowed to enter Lithuania for…

Baltic independence depends on NATO

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, May 8, 2020

The militarization of the Baltic States continues. Defense spending grows and military infrastructure is being developed. Even in the context of COVID-19, the Baltic authorities are ready to conduct large-scale NATO military exercises. And nobody cares about the opinion of local residents on this matter. That said, NATO ships arrived in Latvia this week to participate in the annual Open Spirit 2020 mine warfare exercise. This exercise is an international…

Looking for Baltic unity on VE Day

Friday, May 8, 2020

Unity among the Baltic states is not always a given, but this week the three prime ministers have agreed that they trust each other’s healthcare systems and  will allow   Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians to travel freely within the Baltics as of May 15. Latvia’s president  suggested   that  Poland   and Finland could, too, soon join this European “zone” of free movement which would be a step back to…

Joint Baltic and Polish delegations to visit Washington

Monday, March 2, 2020

The speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, is going to the US to discuss Baltic affairs. He will be joined by his Latvian and Polish counterparts and representatives of the Estonian parliament. “The US presence in our region is indispensable. We are grateful to the United States for its active participation in military exercises held in the Baltic region,” Pranckietis said. NATO’s defence plan for the Baltic states and Poland…

“Big Shift” in tech – who do you trust?

Friday, February 21, 2020

Rīga turned into the Baltic tech capital for two days during the international Techchill tech conference on February 20 and 21, gathering around 2,000 attendees to discuss green tech, blockchain and 5G, while giving startups the opportunity to battle it out in a pitch competition for the grand prize of 10,000 euros, according to organizers. Everyone got their business cards ready and updated their Linkedin profiles in preparation for the…