Posts tagged as NATO troops

Lithuanian Military Police to protect NATO troops from Lithuanians

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, November 20, 2020

From January 1, 2021, the powers of the Military Police of the Lithuanian Armed Forces to investigate administrative offenses and ensure security will be expanded. The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania last week passed draft law on the Military Police. According the new law, it will be possible to independently conduct administrative investigations and provide support for NATO allies in Lithuania. Among other things, the Military Police will investigate…

US troops arrive in Lithuania amid tensions with Belarus

Friday, September 4, 2020

An armoured US battalion is arriving in Lithuania on Friday amid heightened tensions with Belarus. The 2nd Battalion of the 69th Regiment of the US Army 2nd Brigade will train with Lithuanian and other NATO troops in the Pabradė, close to Vilnius, according to the Lithuanian Defence Ministry. The American rotation will bring Abrams tanks and Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The US troops are part of the US Army operation…

Coronavirus strikes Latvia

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, April 30, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the NATO combat group in Latvia has increased dramatically. The first case of coronavirus infection of NATO troops in Latvia became known a month ago – on March 25. On March 31, Commander of the National Armed Forces of Latvia Leonīds Kalniņš, reported that two Latvian servicemen were infected with a new coronavirus. The Commander went into isolation, ceasing to inform society…

NATO troops ‘fall victim’ to coronavirus disinformation – Lithuanian defence minister

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Lithuanian  Defence   Minister Raimundas Karoblis said Allied troops also “fall victims to the corona fake  news   quite often” and called to strengthen EU and NATO cooperation. “Allied troops also fall victims to the corona fake news quite often,” he said during a teleconference of NATO defence ministers on Wednesday. “Therefore, we find it necessary to keep strengthening cooperation between NATO and EU, especially [in] public resilience, military movement…

Coronavirus updates: Covid-19 cases in Lithuania climb to 345, including 24 NATO troops

Friday, March 27, 2020

Fourty-six cases of the  coronavirus   were confirmed in Lithuania since Thursday evening, bringing the country’s total to 345, the Health Ministry said on Friday. Out of the total 5,593 people tested for the coronavirus in Lithuania, 1,273 were tested on Thursday alone. Government representatives claim Covid-19 testing will be expanded in the country after a large shipment of 300,000 reagents necessary for tests reached Lithuania on Thursday night. The…

Lithuania’s case count at 290, including 20 NATO troops

Thursday, March 26, 2020

A total of 290  coronavirus   cases have been confirmed in Lithuania as of Thursday morning, the Health Ministry said. Four patients have died from Covid-19 so far and one has recovered. Over 4,320 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the country so far, including 849 on Wednesday. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, the government on Wednesday extended the nationwide quarantine, which started on…

In a small Polish village near a Russian exclave, US-led NATO battle group is ready ‘in case anything happens’

Monday, February 17, 2020

When American troops first deployed to northeast Poland in 2017 to lead a NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group, the population of the village of Bemowo Piskie grew by a third overnight. Nearly three years later, locals have grown used to the military presence and the occasional columns of tanks that pass through the village. Some say having the Americans in the village, which lies just south of the strategic…

Europe is in big trouble

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tensions are running high in Europe with a history of paranoia and mistrust. The rhetoric being used raises the concern of a military escalation. And now there are massive war and political games that will only add to the combustible situation. Recently, US formally withdrawn from nuclear treaty with Russia and prepares to test new missile, raising fears of a new arms race. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was…

Relations between Europe and the US on the brink

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Today there are many misunderstandings and questions between the USA and Europe in the political and military spheres. Of course, they are partners, but there are problems. The United States continues to define the rules for relations with Europe in the field of foreign economic relations and in the field of foreign policy. But Europe is trying to stand up for its own interests on all these issues. The Munich…

US General: Polish army would be sacrificed

By Jonas Dringelis on Friday, February 1, 2019

On the occasion of receiving the prize of the Great Gala of Polish Business Business Club Leaders, General Ben Hodges spoke on the subject of the Central Communication Port. – The geographical location of Poland is crucial for stability and security in Europe. The effectiveness of the strategy of deterring potential aggression on the part of the Russian Federation depends on a strong and modernized Polish army on land, in…