Posts tagged as Defense

Nordic, Baltic chiefs of defense to discuss security, cooperation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday to take part in the annual meeting of the Nordic and Baltic chiefs of defense. The chiefs of defense of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, and the director general of the Iceland’s Defense Directorate “will discuss relevant issues to the region and common military cooperation projects at the event”, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said…

Bill on national defense education forwarded to Saeima committees

Friday, January 31, 2020

Saeima today forwarded to committees a bill on national defense education for children and youth, drafted by the Defense Ministry. The ministry predicts that the number of students attending national education classes annually will be up to 34,000 when the new legislation comes into effect. Attending national defense classes will be 10th and 11th-graders, as well as students at vocational education institutions. Saeima earlier decided that national defense classes could…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

Estonian Defense forces to carry out exercise at Toompea on Friday evening

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Estonian Defence League is organizing a joint exercise on Friday evening with the police at Toompea Castle in Tallinn which will be closed to the public during the training session. The exercise will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight around Toompea Castle. Police and the defense forces will practice law enforcement, critical object protection, patrols, security and vehicle screening. “There are no significant restrictions during the exercise for people…

Stoltenberg assures Poland and Baltic states defense in case of attack

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO once again assured Poland and the Baltic States of their support in the event of an attack by Russia. With the presence of NATO forces in the countries, the Alliance sends “a very strong signal to Russia,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Polish newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Tuesday at the beginning of the NATO summit in London. “If Poland and the Baltic States are attacked, the entire Alliance will…

Kersti Kaljulaid: Europe needs to contribute more to its defense

Friday, November 15, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is attending the Paris Peace Forum, said Europe must make a greater contribution to preventing local conflicts in addition to transatlantic cooperation, ERR reported on Wednesday. ERR correspondent Epp Ehand spoke to Kaljulaid from Paris after the president met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s recent statement about NATO, where he said he was angry at the behavior of the U.S. and Turkey and said that…

Baltic chiefs of staff discuss defense cooperation

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The chiefs of staff of the defense forces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania discussed issues concerning the defense cooperation between Baltic countries and the further development of that cooperation at a two-day meeting held in Tallinn. Topics discussed during a meeting of the military committee of the three countries that took place on the level of the chiefs of staff included cooperation between the three countries’ defense forces and various…

Ukraine’s defense minister to meet with Stoltenberg, defense chiefs of UK, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and US

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A delegation of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine led by Minister of Defense Andriy Zahorodniuk is on a working visit to the headquarters of NATO. According to the ministry’s Facebook, Zahorodniuk is hold meetings with the counterparts from Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Poland and United States in a QUINT format two days long. The delegation will take part in the NATO sitting between the defense ministries of the states-contributors of…

Estonian and Italian defense forces meet to promote military cooperation

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Major General Martin Herem, Commander of the Defense Forces, ended his two-day visit to Italy on Wednesday, where he met with General Enzo Vecciarelli, the Commander of the Italian Defense Forces. The purpose of the visit was to promote military co-operation between the two countries and to harmonize their positions on NATO and European Union issues.  Italy has contributed to the Latvian Allied Battle Group and guarded the Baltic airspace…

Levits and Pabriks agree to necessity for slight increase in defense budget

Thursday, August 8, 2019

President Egils Levits and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) are both in agreement that the defense budget must remain at two percent of GDP, and also the possibility for a slight increase, LETA was informed by the Presidential Chancery. Continuing his meetings with government ministers, Levits met with Pabriks today to discuss Latvia’s participation in international operations, and the creation of a comprehensive national defense system involving institutions, companies,…