Posts tagged as Moscow

Lithuania dismisses Moscow claims that Belarus protesters train in Baltics

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed claims by the Russian foreign intelligence chief that the United States trains Belarusian protesters in Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine. “We have been hearing such stories created by Russia for six years now, since the time of Maidan in Kyiv,” the ministry said on Wednesday. “We doubt that the authors of these statements themselves believe in them.” “So far, the world has only seen ‘little green…

Tipping point in Belarus: as Minsk turns to Moscow, it’s time to act

Friday, September 4, 2020

What Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin call interference from the West, “we see as simply calling a spade a spade”, writes Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. The crisis in Belarus goes far beyond the violent aftermath of its presidential election in August. For decades, under Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship, the country has witnessed successive waves of repression. With an opposition too weak and divided to overcome to the regime,…

Riga blames Moscow for destroying Latvian transit

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 17, 2020

The Latvian Ministry of Transport has published transit industry statistics this week. These figures show the total collapse of the transit sector of the economy. It is surprising, but officials have not admitted that the main reason for the decadence of Latvian ports and railways is Riga’s anti-Russian policy. However, it is quite obvious that the collapse of the transit industry was the result of refusal to cooperate with Russia.…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

New DEFENDER Europe 20 exercise is a new wave of COVID-19

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 8, 2020

On Thursday (5th of June), at the Drawsko Land Forces Training Center, the Polish-U.S. DEFENDER Europe 20 Plus exercise has started. Nearly 6,000 Polish and U.S. soldiers and around 2,000 pieces of equipment participate in this exercise: tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, missiles and aviation are being used. Exercise will last until June 18 this year. “Plus” is a modification of the initially planned exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 – the largest for…

Baltic independence depends on NATO

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, May 8, 2020

The militarization of the Baltic States continues. Defense spending grows and military infrastructure is being developed. Even in the context of COVID-19, the Baltic authorities are ready to conduct large-scale NATO military exercises. And nobody cares about the opinion of local residents on this matter. That said, NATO ships arrived in Latvia this week to participate in the annual Open Spirit 2020 mine warfare exercise. This exercise is an international…

Moscow slams Estonia’s decision to strip Russian journalist of Schengen visa

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Russian Foreign Ministry has urged European human rights bodies and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to assess Estonia’s decision to strip Russian journalist Andrei Zakharov of the freedom of travel around the countries of the Schengen zone. The correspondent of the Izvestia multimedia information center was denied entry to Latvia at the request of the Estonian state authorities on Feb. 24, the Russian Foreign Ministry…

Macron would bolster Baltic trust if he didn’t go to Moscow

Monday, January 20, 2020

French President Emmanuel Macron would bolster trust in Lithuania if he rejected Russia’s invitation to attend the commemoration of World War 2 in Moscow, French analyst Nicolas Tenzer says. In an interview with BNS, the security policy expert said it would be a mistake to observe a military parade in Moscow on May 9, taking into account President Vladimir Putin’s military interventions in Syria and Ukraine and his attempts to…

EU to normalise relations with Moscow

Monday, December 2, 2019

EU’s newly sworn-in foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in an interview with the Spanish daily El Pais that Russia is “a very divisive” issue among the member states. According to the High Representative of the Union, the de facto EU foreign minister, “some countries are very reluctant to embark on a normalisation of relations with Russia and others would like to do so”. His words came on the heels…

Moscow: Estonia’s rhetoric re territorial claims does not benefit bilateral relations

Friday, November 22, 2019

Estonia’s rhetoric in connection with the territorial claims to Russia does not benefit bilateral relations, this issue is closed for Moscow once and forever, Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu recently said that Estonia should not abolish the principles of the Tartu Peace Treaty for the sake of the ratification of the border agreement with Russia. Russia’s non-recognition of the Tartu Peace Treaty…