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Air Baltic chief ‘optimistic’ but says slow pace is critical

Monday, July 20, 2020

Air Baltic and the wider airline industry will successfully navigate the coronavirus crisis as long as a cautious approach is taken to reinstating services, according to the carrier’s chief executive Martin Gauss. “I am optimistic, because if you go at a slow pace we will work ourselves, our industry out of this crisis,” Gauss says during an FIA Connect event today. “Every crisis has an end,” he continues, noting that…

Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy

By Robert Burns on Monday, November 25, 2019

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Esper said on Sunday that he had lost confidence in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and alleged that Spencer proposed a deal with the White House behind his back to resolve the SEAL’s case. Trump has championed…

Pentagon chief tries to keep Asia in focus with second trip

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Barely four months into his tenure, Defense Secretary Mark Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East – most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria – that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops. Esper’s Asia visits illustrate the central feature of a revamped U.S. defense strategy: Focus first on China as a threat…

Lithuania’s chief of defence visits American troops in Pabradė

Friday, November 1, 2019

Lithuania’s Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupšys visited American rotational force troops stationed in Pabradė, the Ministry of Defence reported on Thursday. Rupšys inspected the living conditions of the American troops, Host Nation Support provided by Lithuania, needs and combat readiness plans. “It’s another piece of evidence that the US remains our strong and reliable ally, unquestionably meeting its commitments to the whole region,” Rupšys was quoted in the ministry’s statement. The US unit deployed…

Tallinn University committee reassessing police chief plagiarism claims

Monday, September 23, 2019

Tallinn University’s (TLÜ) masters program thesis committee is to meet Monday to reassess the 2016 thesis by Police and Border Guard Board chief Elmar Vaher. Vaher was cleared of plagiarism by TLÜ in July, though violations of principles of copyright, citation and research ethics in the thesis were noted. The committee says it will also make its decision Monday, though this may not be made public until later, ERR’s Estonian…

EU chief: The risk of a no-deal Brexit “remains very real”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal remains “very real,” European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker declared Wednesday as EU lawmakers debated the ramifications of a no-deal Brexit. Speaking at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Juncker, who met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, said a no-deal Brexit “might be the choice of the U.K., but it will never be ours.” After the debate, the…

US Air Force chief to visit Estonia, mark Estonian Air Force centenary

Saturday, July 13, 2019

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, is to visit Estonia July 13-14, marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi). The visit will include meetings with Estonian Ministry of Defence personnel, as well as those from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), according to a U.S. Embassy press release. “I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on…

Russia defense chief calls Baltic buildup a response to NATO

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Russia will add new tank and missile defense units to its Baltic fleet this year along with more modern weaponry for forces positioned in the vicinity of NATO turf, the country’s defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian state media on Wednesday the moves were a response to NATO’s growing presence in and around the Baltics. “We are forced to provide an adequate response, carrying out strategic containment…

Many EU member states realize possibility of external interference in European Parliament elections – StratCom chief

Monday, January 21, 2019

Many European Union (EU) member states realize that there might be attempts to interfere in the upcoming European Parliament elections from outside, Janis Sarts, director of the Riga-based NATO Strategic Communication Center of Excellence (NATO StratCom), told LETA. The possible risks are currently being analyzed on the European level, and countries have the ability to exchange information. “We see that there are domestic political players in some countries who are…

NATO Chief lists benefits of alliance to the security of the United States

By George Allison on Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is as important to the United States as it is to Europe, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in the US last week. The NATO chief spoke at the Heritage Foundation following talks with US security officials. In his remarks, he stressed the importance of the nearly 70-year-old organisation to America. The alliance has guaranteed peace and stability in Europe since it was founded in…