Posts tagged as Moscow

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…

Moscow launches hotline for tourists

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Moscow Tourist Information Support Centre has launched a new hotline for tourists in Moscow. Visitors to the Russian capital can now get 24/7 help via a short number – 122, as well as a ten-digit landline number – +7 (495) 122-01-11, the Moscow Tourist Information Support Center representatives informed BC. Moscow Call Centre operators will advise on how to pay fares in the Metro and get to the airport,…

Tallinn should maintain dialogue with Moscow on behalf of partners

Friday, September 20, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid told the country’s public broadcaster ERR this week that Estonia should “remain the country that tells others – you don’t know, don’t understand, we’re keeping this difficult job of communicating with Russia to ourselves”. According to her, Estonia should be one of the countries that maintains an independent dialogue with Moscow, while other partners and allies come to it for advice on Russia. Kaljulaid also dismissed…

Baltic States protest against Moscow’s plans to celebrate Baltics’ «liberation» with fireworks

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Latvian, Lithuania and Estonian foreign ministries have summoned representatives of Russian embassies to issue protests against Moscow’s plans to celebrate with fireworks on 22 September Baltics’ «liberation» from German forces in 1944. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry summoned Russia’s ambassador on 10 June to issue a complaint in regards to Russia’s planned festivities. Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu believes the announcement on the planned festivities in the Russian Federation is «a provocative…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…