Posts tagged as defence

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…

The annual high-level security and defence forum “The Rīga Conference 2018” opens today

Friday, September 28, 2018

On 28 and 29th September of 2018 the National Library of Latvia in Riga will host the annual high-level security and defence forum “The Rīga Conference 2018”, bringing together almost 800 participants from across the world. The conference, organised by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, has been shaping the foreign policy debate in the Baltic Sea region since…

Ruling and opposition parties trade blows over ‘Fort Trump’

Monday, September 24, 2018

The investment in a permanent US military base will an investment in Poland’s defence infrastructure, the Polish defence minister said in response to the opposition party’s criticism of the project. “The money invested in the permanent base for American troops in Poland is the money invested in infrastructure which will be part of Poland’s defence system,” said Poland’s Defense Minister Mariusz Błaszczak on Monday. Former Polish president Bronisław Komorowski, who…

Russia threatens counter-measures if Finland and Sweden join NATO

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia would react if Finland and Sweden joined Nato. In his speech at the Defence Ministry, he said more Nato planes in eastern Europe and hybrid threat centres in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Germany and France were evidence of deeper defence co-operation. Finland’s defence policy has been founded on the idea of keeping the ‘Nato option’ open, without formally applying to join…

U.S. to make anti-tank missiles for Lithuania, Estonia and Ukraine

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

U.S. to manufacture Javelin anti-tank missiles for the Baltic states of Estonia and Lithuania, as well as Ukraine, defence news portal reports. On Wednesday, July 25, the Defence World news portal wrote that the U.S. joint company Raytheon-Lockheed Martin has received the order to make Javelin weapon systems for the three countries, as well as for Australia, Turkey and Taiwan. The total worth of the contract is USD 307.5 million…

Secret of the chosen: draft dodgers pay fine

By Jüri Estam on Monday, July 16, 2018

Approximately one thousand young men in Estonia pay the state more than 150,000 euros fines for the privilege of evading compulsory military service. The top of the list is occupied by men working in Finland, sons of well-known businessmen and even athletes. One H.S.P. from Harju county (initials unchanged) is probably one of the most determined draft dodgers. Unknown to the public, he has been waging a sort of private…