Posts tagged as defence

Defence League volunteers join NATO troops in first-of-a-kind exercise

Monday, July 1, 2019

Personnel from Estonia’s voluntary Defence League (Kaitseliit) were on exercise with NATO troops this weekend, according to Baltic News Service, gaining anti-tank warfare experience on a scale the organization had previously not enjoyed. The Defence League members, from the Tallinn, Harju and Rapla region, joined British and French personnel at the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) central training area June 28-30, and engaged in anti-tank warfare training. The exercise, named Hunt…

NATO releases report on defence spending 2012-2019

Friday, June 28, 2019

NATO has released its defence spending figures for the period between 2012 and 2019 and it will make unhappy reading for some, including the Trump Administration. In 2019 only seven members of the alliance are estimated to have met the NATO objective of spending two percent of GDP on defence. These include the US, Greece, Estonia, the UK, Romania, Poland and Latvia. Although there has been an effort by other…

Security cooperation of Lithuania and Montenegro discussed

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

On June 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed matters of bilateral security cooperation, shared information on security challenges faced the Baltic and the Balkan regions and regional security situation at a meeting with Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro Genci Nimanbegu and delegation of members of the Montenegro-Lithuania Parliamentary Friendship Group. “We appreciate Montenegro’s contribution to the security in the Baltic region. Deployment of Montenegrin military personnel…

New defence lessons in Latvian schools could cost 8 million euros in 2026

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

As Latvia considers introducing a mandatory national defence lessons in school curriculum, the costs of this novelty could reach 8.16 million euros by 2026, estimates by the Latvian Defence Ministry showed. On Tuesday, June 11, the Latvian Defence Ministry stated in a press release that the national defence subject would be introduced in 61 schools on a voluntary basis from the September 2019. The Cabinet of Ministers is yet to…

Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas to go on a formal visit to North Macedonia and Slovakia

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On June 4–5 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will go on a formal visit to North Macedonia where he will meet with Deputy Minister of Defence Bekim Maksuti and attend opening ceremony of national North Macedonia’s Exercise Decisive Strike 2019. The exercise will include a group of Lithuanian Land Force soldiers. In the course of the visit on June 6–9 Vice Minister V. Umbrasas will take part in…

Latvian partisans stay at home

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, May 24, 2019

Most Latvians are not ready to resist the occupation authorities in case of war. This is evidenced by the results of a social research commissioned by the Latvian Ministry of Defence. The authorities are introducing a comprehensive defense system and preparing the population for guerrilla warfare. However, society is not ready to take up arms and provide armed resistance. According to the SKDS social research, 33.7% of respondents from Russian-speaking…

IISS Research: Europe cannot defend itself without U.S.

By Adomas Abromaitis on Thursday, May 23, 2019

International research institutes very often provide assessments which cause just a revolution in the thinking of ordinary people and even politicians. Such reports give impetus to decisive actions and revision of existing strategies and politics. One of such reports is “Defending Europe: scenario-based capability requirements for NATO’s European members” made by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). An independent open-source high-level assessment of how the defence of Europe, would…

Sunday protest in defence of freedom attracts hundreds in Tallinn

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Tallinn’s Old Town on Sunday to protest against politicians that may form part of the new Estonian government whom they believe are a threat to their freedoms. Current talks including the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE), organisers said, are undermining the rights of the people. “According to the Constitution, no one may be discriminated against on the basis of nationality, race, colour, sex, language,…

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…