Posts tagged as defence

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…

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…