Posts tagged as Defense Ministry

Defense ministry mindful of anti-NATO Baltics COVID-19 misinformation cases

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

A recent misinformation campaign targeting the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) battlegroup in Latvia focused on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and claimed that the battlegroup had been particularly hard hit by the virus, claims which were rejected as wholly untrue. Estonia’s Ministry of Defense has highlighted the need to remain vigilant even as the emergency situation in the country expired early last week. The NATO eFP in Latvia…

Two large-scale international military exercises to be held in Latvia

Monday, August 12, 2019

Two large-scale international military exercises will be held in Latvia in the autumn, LETA was informed by the Defense Ministry. From September 26 to October 6, the Silver Bullet international military exercises will be held. Participating in the exercise will be troops from the National Armed Forces and allied military units – Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, as well as troops from the Canadian led NATO battle group. The aim of…

Latvian Defense Ministry and banks play out crisis scenario in an exercise

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Representatives of the Latvian financial sector today participated in the Defense Ministry’s exercise simulating a crisis scenario to test the sector’s readiness to work in the circumstances of an emergency, LETA was told at the ministry. “The financial sector’s ability to work during hybrid warfare is an essential part of the comprehensive national defense system. For that reason, we organize such exercises with banks and other leading institutions of this…

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers carry out patrolling mission over Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have carried out a planned patrolling mission over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The flight lasted for more than seven hours,” it said. At certain stages of the flight, Danish, Finnish and Swedish fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, it said. “All flights by Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance…

Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries regarding armored vehicles procurement

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Defense Ministry has approached 12 countries as potential suppliers of armored vehicles to the Latvian military as part of a major procurement, LETA was told at the ministry. The Defense Ministry has conducted research to determine which partner countries would be ready to supply the vehicle platforms for the National Armed Forces’ operational needs. In all, 12 countries have been offered to submit their bids in the tender, the…

Around 15 NATO warships arrive in Baltic for NATO exercise

Friday, June 7, 2019

Over a dozen NATO warships have entered the Baltic Sea, ahead of the major international NATO BALTOPS annual exercise. The ships, which number at least 15 and include the USS Fort McHenry, a dock landing ship, entered the Baltic on Thursday via the Storebælt and the Kiel Canal, BNS reports. BALTOPS 2019 runs from June 9-21 and is under the command of the newly reestablished US Navy Second Fleet. The…

Defense Ministry cancels procurement of armored vehicles and will announce new one

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Defense Ministry of Latvia has cancelled a EUR 200 million-worth procurement of 4×4 armored vehicles, and will announce a new one in the near future, LETA was informed by the Defense Ministry. The Procurement Committee has established that it is not possible to eliminate the shortcomings ascertained by the Procurement Monitoring Bureau within the current procurement, and a new one will be announced in the nearest future. As reported,…

Lithuanian soldiers unharmed in Mali attack – Defense Ministry

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Lithuanian soldiers were not harmed during an attack on the Koulikoro training center of the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM), the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday. The mission informed the ministry that the attack involving two vehicles loaded with explosives and armed attackers had occurred early on Sunday. The attackers were stopped by Mali’s forces protecting the EU training center. One of the vehicles burned down and the other exploded near the gate. Three…

Latvia to invest EUR 50 mln a year in military infrastructure

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

From 2019 to 2022 the Latvian Defense Ministry plans to invest around EUR 50 mln in military infrastructure a year as it continues to build the infrastructure necessary for the National Armed Forces (NAF), LETA was told at the ministry “Defense infrastructure development is crucial for enhanced national defense capabilities and building of adequate combat capabilities of the National Armed Forces of Latvia. Continuous investments into the infrastructure, on a…

Negative information aimed at deteriorating trust in allied forces – Latvian Defense Ministry

Thursday, December 27, 2018

In reaction to the NATO presence in Latvia, the circulation of negative information aimed at deteriorating trust in the allied forces deployed to Latvia is a regular occurrence, the Defense Ministry told LETA. The Defense Ministry informs that this circulated information is usually manipulated by using partly factual but mostly false facts, with the aim of influencing public opinion. The ministry emphasized that ”in the information war of today, the…