Posts tagged as Baltics

Joe Biden’s VP pick and its consequences for the Baltics – opinion

Friday, August 7, 2020

The choice of the Democratic vice presidential candidate is going to be more consequential for the US and the Baltics – but judging her solely by hawkishness towards Russia is too simplistic, argues Audrius Ričkus. In the next few days, Joe Biden is posed to choose his running mate for the upcoming American presidential election. In recent history, there has not been a situation when a vice presidential pick would…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

US military leaders urge Washington to deploy special forces in Baltics

Monday, July 13, 2020

If reports about Russia paying bounties for the killing of American troops in Afghanistan, the US should deploy special forces in the Baltics to counter Russia’s escalation, American military leaders said last week. Radio Free Europe reports. Top Pentagon officials have said that the United States will respond if the US military is able to corroborate reports that Russia paid militants linked to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in…

Baltics in a bid to host US troops departing Germany

By Jeff Seldin on Friday, July 10, 2020

As thousands of US troops are set to depart Germany, Latvia has said it would be ready to host them in the Baltics. Voice of America reports. There may be some additional competition for the thousands of US troops that could soon be on their way out of Germany. Poland is already in line to receive some of the 9,500 troops that US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from…

EU to help Baltics resolve dispute over Astravyets NPP

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

The EU will present an offer to the Baltic states in an effort to find a common position in the ongoing dispute over Belarusian nuclear energy imports, according to Latvian Present Egils Levits. Lithuania is calling on the Baltic states to join its boycott of Belarusian electricity imports once the nuclear plant becomes operational later this year. However, Riga has so far refused to join the ban, saying trade with…

Russian troops in Belarus would be an ‘early warning’ for Baltics

Monday, July 6, 2020

Russian troops traversing Belarus could be an “early warning” of Moscow’s military aggression against the Baltics, according to a report by Chatham House analyst commissioned by Vilnius Policy Analysis Institute. In the  report on Belarus and Russia, presented in Vilnius on June 23, Anais Marin from Chatham House analysed the prevailing myths on the two countries’ integration – including the military union envisioned by the Union State treaty signed in 1999.…

TV3 extends Baltics rights to EuroLeague and EuroCup

Friday, July 3, 2020

Baltic media group TV3 has agreed a three-season extension to its rights deal with Euroleague Basketball. Under the deal covering the 2020-21 to 2022-23 seasons, the TV3 Sport television channel will air more than 240 live matches during the EuroLeague regular season, plus all the playoffs and Final Four games of the top-tier club competition to its customers in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. These games will also be available via…

International passenger carrier FlixBus to launch operations in Baltics

Thursday, July 2, 2020

FlixBus, an international passenger carrier registered in Germany, will start operating in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the company’s representatives informed LETA. Representatives of FlixBus will give a press conference on July 8 to inform the public about the company’s plans in the Baltic countries. FlixBus Managing Director in Poland, Baltics and Ukraine, Michal Leman will also participate in the press conference. He will announce the first routes that will connect…

Nuclear particles detected in Baltics, likely from Russia

Monday, June 29, 2020

Higher than usual but harmless levels of radiation in the Baltic Sea region were detected last week, likely coming from a malfunctioning nuclear power plant in western Russia, according to a Dutch institute. Nuclear safety officials in Estonia and Scandinavia have all announced that their sensors recorded elevated levels of radioactive particles. According to Radio Free Europe, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said its “calculations…

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…