Posts tagged as defence

Lithuania adopts legal changes to streamline defence in wartime

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

On Tuesday, the Lithuanian parliament endorsed new mobilisation and martial law declaration procedures. The adopted laws define procedures and legal grounds for the declaration and recall of martial law and military mobilisation, as well as status and composition of the armed forces. The legislation package will come into force in January 2021. “The existing martial law legislature was adopted 20 years ago. Since then, Lithuania has become an EU and…

U.S. political tools in Europe are working

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Starting with the 50s years of the 20th century European countries has been taking efforts to unite. Europe has been living in the European Union format since signing the Maastricht Treaty in 1992. This treaty created the European Union with its pillars system, including foreign and home affairs alongside the European Community. The European states did their best to pursue an independent policy, develop collective responsibilities and rights. It was…

Lithuanian President: EU defence duplicates NATO functions

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A separate EU  defence  would duplicate NATO functions and lead to confusion, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says. Addressing the Bucharest Nine meeting of foreign ministers in Vilnius on Tuesday, the Lithuanian president insisted that “the transatlantic link is by far the most important one” to ensure the region’s security. “We need the US to remain a European power. This is the only winning strategy. For all of us,” Nausėda said.…

Poland and Lithuania to plan joint Suwalki Gap defence

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The first Lithuanian-Polish  Defence   Council, to be held in Vilnius on Wednesday, will focus on the  defence   of the Suwalki Gap. The Suwalki Gap connecting Lithuania with Poland is just 80 kilometres wide, and is flanked by Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus. NATO has stressed that if the corridor was seized during an armed conflict, the Baltic states would be cut-off from the rest of the Alliance.…

Who would defend Lithuania?

Monday, December 23, 2019

The citizens’ desire and capacity to defend Lithuania is significant, however, the state often is unaware of what the citizens can offer and how to organise active resistance during armed conflict. According to experts, this could be the same sort of fatal mistake as was made by Ukraine, not having active and trained reserves, Jūratė Važgauskaitė writes in TV3.lt. Speaking at the conference Piliečio Galimybės Gintis ir Ginti Valstybę [A…

Turkish veto on Baltic defense plans is bad

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Turkey’s decision to block the updated defense plans for the Baltic states and Poland might make military planning more difficult but it’s not a catastrophe as other planning instruments remain, retired US General Ben Hodges says. The ex-commander of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) underlined that military officers have to take into account what defense plans are formally endorsed by all NATO members at the North Atlantic Council. “In…

Over a thousand Defence League and other personnel in weekend exercise in Estonia

Friday, November 29, 2019

Around a thousand volunteer Defence League (Kaitseliit) personnel are taking part in a training exercise over the weekend. Exercise Orkaan (Hurricane) is being organized by the West Estonia defense district, BNS reports, and will also bring personnel from the Kalev Infantry Battalion, Naiskodukaitse, the women’s arm of the Defence League, volunteers from the Latvian volunteer corps Zemessardze, the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA). “Protecting our family and our home…

Majority of Lithuanians against upping defence spending

Monday, November 25, 2019

The majority Lithuanians are against political parties’ agreement to increase defense spending to at least 2.5 percent GDP in 2030, according to a survey carried out by Vilmorus for BNS on November 8-16. Out of 1,000 respondents, 30.3 percent said they were in favour or were rather in favor of the planned increase in the defense budget, as stipulated in the agreement. However, 55.2 percent said they were against or…

President says revising Lithuania’s defence spending plans ‘irresponsible’

Friday, November 22, 2019

The Lithuanian president has criticised members of parliament who have suggested revising an earlier agreement among parliamentary parties to raise  defence   spending to 2.5 percent of GDP. Revising national agreements is “irresponsible”, Gitanas Nausėda said on Thursday. Major political parties in Lithuania signed a so-called national agreement last year on increasing defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP by 2030, but a parliamentary committee recently proposed to revise the…

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…