Posts tagged as NATO

UK planning landing operations exercise in Estonia in summer 2019

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The United Kingdom is planning a combined landing operations exercise in Estonia in summer 2019 that will involve the army as well as the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. The British Army will also increase the amount of armoured equipment of the battle group present in Estonia, bringing in more tanks and later in the year replace much of its armour in a large-scale equipment transfer. The UK…

Strengthening of anti-air defense capabilities in Baltics also discussed during meeting of NATO foreign ministers – Rinkevics

Friday, December 7, 2018

During this week’s meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels, also discussed was the strengthening of the alliance’s defense capabilities, including anti-air defense in the Baltics and critical infrastructure in case NATO reinforcements are need in the Baltic region, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics told LETA. He said that these matters were discussed in relation with the decisions which were made at this year’s NATO Summit. However, the foreign minister refrained…

NATO open door policy set to continue says foreign minister

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Foreign minister Sven Mikser (SDE) was at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, focussing on moving forward the alliance’s relationship with the Western Balkan nations and looking at opportunities in support of Afghanistan. Sven Mikser stated the representatives reaffirmed NATO’s commitment to its open door policy. “Macedonia and Greece have demonstrated good will in trying to solve the Macedonia name dispute,” said Mr Mikser, referring to…

Defence forces decline to comment on missile deliberate firing speculation

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) have declined to comment on media speculation that the missile fired in error by a Spanish fighter pilot in NATO service resulted from an interception of a French Mirage 2000-5, also in NATO service. Whilst an internal Spanish Airforce investigation after the 7 August incident reportedly concluded pilot error was to blame, a minimal penalty (alternatively 14 days’ detention or a week’s wages’ fine) was…

Most advanced military radars in the region enter service in Lithuania

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Airspace Surveillance and Control Command of the Lithuanian Air Force begins conducting air surveillance tasks with two long-range 3D radars from a NATO manufacturer located in Antaveršis (Southern Lithuania) and Degučiai (Western Lithuania). New infrastructure and radars is Lithuania’s largest contribution so far to the development of both, national and NATO collective defence capabilities. “The operational launch of the two long-range radars marks a huge qualitative leap in strengthening both,…

Estonian formin affirms NATO allies’ united support for Ukraine, Georgia

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

On the first day of a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, member states of the alliance reaffirmed their support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. The NATO foreign ministers talked about the alliance’s cooperation with Georgia and Ukraine and the political situation in the Black Sea region, but also transatlantic security, spokespeople for the Estonian Foreign Ministry said. According to Mikser, the NATO…

NATO ministers conclude Russia has put at risk Euro-Atlantic security

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

During approval of the Intermediate – Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, NATO foreign affairs ministers agreed with USA and concluded that Russia has developed and has tested missiles banned by the document, thereby breaching the treaty and putting at risk Euro-Atlantic security. On Tuesday, 4 December, USA presented a report on halting the treaty if Russia does not change its position in regards to the lasting violations of the treaty it…

Allied Intelligence Chiefs discuss countering cyber-attacks, disinformation

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Heads of Allied Civil and Military, Intelligence and Security Organizations met at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on 29 November 2018 for talks on countering disinformation, cyber-attacks and traditional means of espionage. The conference was opened by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with the Romanian Chair of NATO’s Civilian Intelligence Committee and the Canadian Chair of the Military Intelligence Committee. The Allied Intelligence officials endorsed the framework for the establishment…

Russian deputy defmin says NATO concentrating troops near borders under disguise of drills

Monday, December 3, 2018

 The North Atlantic Alliance is using military drills to concentrate troops and heavy weapons near Russian borders, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Col. Gen. Alexander Fomin said on Friday. “NATO countries are arming. They are concentrating troops, heavy weapons, and armor in the Baltic countries, in Poland and other countries under the disguise of drills,” Fomin told reporters in Moscow on Friday. The Russian deputy minister of defense also accused the…

NATOs biggest cyber exercise starts in Tartu, Estonia

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Cyber Coalition, NATO’s biggest and most important cyber defense exercise that is held in the Estonian city Tartu this week, involves more than 700 defense forces personnel, information technology experts, legal specialists and government officials. Now in its eleventh year, Cyber Coalition tests and trains cyber defenders from across the alliance in their ability to defend NATO and national networks. At Cyber Coalition 2018, experts from the allied nations can…