Posts tagged as defence

President Kaljulaid meets with Speaker Pelosi, talks security, defence

Thursday, March 14, 2019

While on a working visit to the US, President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) late on Wednesday evening, with whom she discussed security and defence cooperation, the situation in Ukraine, hybrid threats as well as bilateral Estonian-US cooperation. “There has been strong bipartisan support for Estonia, NATO and transatlantic relations in both houses of Congress,” Ms Kaljulaid said at her meeting…

Baltics manipulate NATO finances to their advantage

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Three NATO member states – Denmark, Estonia and Latvia – are sure that they have made an important step towards the strengthening their security. On March 8 defence ministers of these countries opened the headquarters of Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia’s Adazi. It is known that during the NATO summit of July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels the letter of intent to create Multi-National Division North (MND North), a…

Armenia MOD delegation visited Lithuania

Friday, February 8, 2019

A delegation from the Ministry of Defense (MOD) of Armenia was in Lithuania on a working visit, from Monday to Wednesday. Along the lines of its visit, the delegation met with chief Vitalijus Vaikšnoras of the Defence Staff of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania, the MOD informed Armenian News-NEWS.am. They discussed Armenian-Lithuanian cooperation in defense sphere. The Armenian delegation met also with commander Gintautas Zenkevičius of the Training…

German defence minister visiting Estonia

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen met with her Estonian counterpart, Minister of Defence Jüri Luik (Pro Patria), as well as with German Air Force personnel currently serving on NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. Mr Luik commented on Tuesday that Germany’s participation in the NATO air policing mission and the allied battle group in Lithuania is one of the most visible contributions to the region’s security. It shows that…

Social uncertainty weakens Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that at the beginning of 2018 population of Latvia accounted for 1 million 934 thousand, which is 15.7 thousand people fewer than a year ago. Another survey conducted in 2018 by the CSB, shows that the share of Latvia’s population exposed to the risk of poverty grew by 1.2 percentage points from a year before to 446,000 people. CSB representatives…

Ministries ordered to identify measures necessary for development of comprehensive national defense

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The government on Tuesday ordered all ministries to carry out an analysis by September 1, 2019 to identify possible problems and necessary measures related to the planned development of a comprehensive national defense system. The government at a meeting on Tuesday heard the Defense Ministry’s report on the development of the comprehensive national defense system. In the report the ministry says that threats to Latvia’s security have reached such a…

2019: a difficult political year in Lithuania

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 will be a big political year in Lithuania, with elections in national focus. Lithuania will hold presidential, municipal and European Parliament elections this year. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite in her traditional New Year congratulation message was very restrained and short-spoken. She clearly understands that she did nothing outstanding to be proud of. This message looked more as a warning. It could be read between the lines that she warned…

Modern European security: theory and practice

By Eugene Eteris on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

In the second article on European security, the issues inspired by the media-summit in Brussels, some theory and practice in modern approaches to security both in the EU institutions and the member states are discussed. Besides, present Commission agenda on security union shows its role in the member states increased attention to security and defense. Security protection issues are becoming a hot-spot agenda in the member states’ external and internal…

Strengthening of anti-air defense capabilities in Baltics also discussed during meeting of NATO foreign ministers – Rinkevics

Friday, December 7, 2018

During this week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, also discussed was the strengthening of the alliance’s defense capabilities, including anti-air defense in the Baltics and critical infrastructure in case NATO reinforcements are need in the Baltic region, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics told LETA. He said that these matters were discussed in relation with the decisions which were made at this year’s NATO Summit. However, the foreign minister refrained…

Enhancement of EU defence has to be aligned with the existing NATO assurances, Minister R. Karoblis says

Friday, November 23, 2018

“We have to build upon the added value that the EU defence initiatives create as we implement them, and for that not only EU but also NATO allies’ engagement is simply vital – it is the only way to ensure that the EU-NATO cooperation is effective and initiatives are synergetic,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the joint European Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on November 19. When…