Posts tagged as NATO Summit

The way NATO controls the armed forces of the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, May 30, 2019

In accordance with mass media resources, the headquarters of the international division “North” (HQ MND N) has begun to work lately at the Ādaži military base near Riga (Latvia). This divisional HQ includes combat units of Latvia, Denmark and Estonia. The need to create a new unit was first talked about at the NATO summit in Brussels last July. It is assumed that the Riga headquarters will facilitate the coordination…

Lithuanian president to visit Slovakia, Austria for talks on NATO summit, energy security

Monday, February 25, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite will this week visit Slovakia and Austria to discuss preparations for the next NATO summit and energy security issues. Grybauskaite will take part in a summit of eastern NATO countries, referred to as the Bucharest Nine, in the Slovakian city of Kosice on Thursday, her press service said on Monday. The Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Polish, Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian presidents and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will discuss preparations…

The Baltic split: America First and Europe First

By Jeroen Bult on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

It seems like ages ago. Last April, the three Baltic Presidents, Kaljulaid, Vējonis and Grybauskaitė, crossed the Atlantic for a rendez-vous with their illustrious American counterpart, Trump. The official reason was this year’s celebration of the centennials of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, but probably more important was the craving for an explicit affirmation of Trump’s commitment to Baltic security. After all, The Donald’s devotion to the defence of the Baltic States…

Trade and tea with Queen for Trump on visit to Britain in ‘turmoil’

Thursday, July 12, 2018

President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States’ closest ally in Europe and tea with Queen Elizabeth, against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country’s turmoil over Brexit. Fresh from a NATO summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to spend enough on defense, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip…

Allies wonder if the West can withstand the Trump presidency

By Stephen Collinson on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

President Donald Trump begins a six-day European trip amid blazing anxiety among US allies over his commitment to the transatlantic alliance and antipathy for its leaders and institutions while stirring new disquiet about his cozy, baffling relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Such concerns will color a tense NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium, beginning Wednesday; Trump’s long-delayed visit to Britain, where turmoil over Brexit is raging; and his first standalone…

US divorces Europe

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analyzed all allies’ expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members’ defence budgets don’t reflect real needs of the Alliance. Among the twenty-nine members, only the United States is really serious about its obligations, spending approximately $700 billion or 3.5 percent of its GDP on…

UK misses Nato deadline for completing defence review

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Theresa May had been expected to present proposals at next week’s summit attended by Donald Trump. The government has failed to complete a review of British defence forces in time for next week’s Nato summit, according to Whitehall sources. Theresa May had been expected to present detailed proposals for the modernisation of the army, navy and airforce at the Brussels summit. But, caught up in a row between the Ministry of Defence, the Treasury…

The President of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit

Thursday, July 5, 2018

At the invitation of President Dalia Grybauskaitė, President Sergio Mattarella of Italy is coming to Lithuania on a state visit on July 5-6. The leaders will focus on enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between Lithuania and Italy in the EU and NATO. At the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, the presidents will open an international exhibition of Renaissance and Baroque Florence. On July 6, they will attend a…

EU to deepen military readiness, raise spending, leaders say

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The European Union must strengthen its defences, spend more and be able to act independently of the United States, the bloc’s leaders said in a summit statement released early on Friday (June 29), pledging to push ahead with a new military cooperation pact. The pledge came after leaders met Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday and it includes a commitment to spend more on defence after years of cuts, a…

Minister R. Karoblis invites to demonstrate unwavering transatlantic solidarity

Saturday, June 16, 2018

“The most essential goal of the upcoming NATO Summit is to make the strong transatlantic allied solidarity as apparent to the world as possible,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said on June 13 at a conference in Washington, US. According to Minister, the success of the NATO Summit will depend not only on what will be laid down in the documents but also on the message the allied leaders…