Posts tagged as defense ministers

Baltic, Polish defense ministers discuss security of NATO’s eastern flank

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The ministers of defense of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland during their meeting in Tallinn on Monday discussed matters of security of the eastern flank of NATO. The meeting on Monday brought together defense ministers Juri Luik of Estonia, Artis Pabriks of Latvia, Raimundas Karoblis of Lithuania and Mariusz Blaszczak of Poland. On Tuesday the three Baltic ministers will continue discussions, spokespeople for the Estonian Ministry of Defense said. “I…

Estonian defmin to take part in NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Estonia’s Defense Minister Juri Luik is about to take part in a two-day meeting of NATO ministers of defense in Brussels on Thursday and Friday where strengthening of the alliance’s deterrence and defense will be talked about. Luik and his Latvian, Lithuanian and Polish counterparts are to meet with Gen. Tod D. Wolters, NATO’s supreme allied commander Europe (SACEUR). In addition, the ministers of defense are to discuss matters related…

Seven countries’ defense ministers, chiefs to mark JEF anniversary in Klaipeda

Friday, June 28, 2019

Defense ministers and chiefs of defense of seven NATO member states are meeting in Klaipeda on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF). The force is led by the United Kingdom and its partner nations are Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden. The meeting will take place aboard the HMS Albion, the British Royal Navy flagship that is currently leading the…

Pabriks at EU defense ministers’ meeting appreciates development of EU defense initiatives

Friday, February 1, 2019

During a discussion on current defense and security matters at an informal meeting of the European Union’s defense ministers, Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) said that a number of EU defense initiatives are being successfully developed. Pabriks indicated that the European Defense Fund and the Permanent Structural Cooperation (Pesco) are effective instruments for strengthening countries’ military capabilities and that they also allow for successful cooperation with the bloc’s…

Most EU defense ministers object to creation of EU army – Rinkevics

Monday, December 17, 2018

During the most recent meeting of EU defense ministers, at least two-thirds of European defense ministers were against the idea of creating a common European Union (EU) armed forces, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said during a Saeima Foreign Affairs Committee meeting this week. The minister explains that Latvia believes the EU can certainly do more to improve its defense, and it is positive that discussions on greater…

Baltic defense ministers agree to raise defense spending above 2% of GDP

Monday, November 26, 2018

During a meeting in Vilnius today, the defense ministers of the Baltic states agreed to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP, LETA was informed by the Latvian Defense Ministry. During the meeting, Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis, Raimundas Karoblis and Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik signed a joint communique today, expressing the commitment to raise defense spending above two percent of GDP. The communique also emphasized the importance…

EU defense ministers discuss transatlantic cooperation in Brussels

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

During a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, Estonia’s Defense Minister Juri Luik and ministers of defense of the other European Union member states discussed cooperation between the EU and NATO, the activity of the European Defense Agency and EU military missions, as well as matters related to operations. Luik also had meetings with his Belgian and Northern Group counterparts, spokespeople for the Defense Ministry in Tallinn said. Luik said that…