Posts tagged as NATO

Latvia becomes a victim of the East-West confrontation

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, December 4, 2020

The foreign policy of Latvia has been providing a surprising case of balancing policy between economic wisdom and political situation for some decades. Being the EU and NATO member state, Latvia managed to fulfill its commitments and at the same time Riga maintained fruitful relationship in the economic sphere with neighbouring countries – Russia and Belarus. And this despite the fact that these two countries are seen by the European…

NATO: Russia remains ‘chief threat’ amid Baltic build-up

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Russia will continue to be one of the main threats to NATO in the next decade, according to a high-level report by the alliance published on Tuesday. “While Russian aggression in Ukraine and Georgia continues, assertive Russian behaviour has intensified,” the report  said  , noting Russia’s “ongoing military build-ups and assertive activity” in areas including “the Baltic and Black Sea regions”. Russia has engaged in “air and naval build-ups in…

Lithuania calls on NATO to keep doors open for Georgia, Ukraine

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Lithuania’s outgoing Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius has asked NATO allies to cooperate more closely with Georgia and Ukraine and maintain a focus on “open door policy”. During a meeting of NATO foreign ministers on Wednesday, Linkevičius spoke on behalf of Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Slovakia, saying there was a need for “closer cooperation with the partners in the Black Sea region – Ukraine and Georgia”. Lithuania’s top diplomat…

NATO STRATCOMCOE ponders ‘Russia’s strategy and activities in cyberspace’

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) will be hosting another of its online discussions on December 2, this time with Russia firmly in focus. Titled “Russia’s strategy and activities in cyberspace”, the discussion will feature Oscar Jonsson, Academic Director of the Center for the Governance of Change at IE University, and Bilyana Lilly, a Pardee RAND Graduate School Fellow, with moderation from renowned Latvian journalist Olga Dragiļeva. “Reports on cyber-attacks linked to Russia…

Are NATO’s Baltic members safe until Joe Biden’s inauguration? – opinion

Thursday, November 19, 2020

While the transition of power in Washington will be anything but smooth, NATO’s eastern members must be particularly vigilant during the coming two months, writes Kalev Stoicescu for the Estonia-based International Centre for Defence and Security. There is almost no doubt that former Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has won the US presidential elections, although counting of votes has not yet finished in many states, and President Donald Trump…

Myth of NATO’s expanded presence in Latvia

By Viktors Domburs on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

In November NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia was strengthened by Iceland. This information was disseminated across Europe. But what is behind this fact? November 3, at Ādaži base, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš marked Iceland’s accession to the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia. It is reported that as part of NATO’s expanded presence in Latvia, Iceland will make…

Future Latvian leaders emerge at NATO 2030 Youth Summit

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Latvian Foreign Ministry’s diplomat Māra Šteinberga has been nominated to be among NATO’S 14 Young Leaders, according to a release by Munich Security Conference November 9. Monday, November 9, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hosted NATO’s first ever Youth Summit. Organized in cooperation with the Munich Security Conference, the Youth Summit brought together 18-35 year-old citizens from NATO member states and partner countries for an online conversation with the Secretary General…

Goodbye to Linas Linkevičius

By Rikar Jozwiak on Thursday, November 5, 2020

The departure of Linas Linkevičius marks the end of a significant era for Lithuanian democracy, writes Rikar Jozwiak for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. After Lithuania’s second and final round of parliamentary elections, it appears that the Conservatives will form a coalition with two minor liberal parties. This will bring no discernible change in the Baltic country’s foreign policy other than Vilnius potentially becoming even more of a Russia…

Iceland joins NATO battlegroup in Latvia

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

November 3, at Ādaži base, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš marked Iceland’s accession to the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia. As part of NATO’s expanded presence in Latvia, Iceland will make a contribution in the field of strategic communication. Communication experts from Iceland have also joined NATO’s expanded presence battlegroups in Lithuania and Estonia. Iceland has been a member of NATO since…

NATO to protect undersea cables from Russian attacks

Friday, October 23, 2020

NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) discussed the protection of critical infrastructure such as submarine cables under the Atlantic, amid growing concerns those could be cut or tapped. Military officials have in recent years noted increased Russian undersea activity and raised the possibility that Moscow could seek to damage cable networks during a potential conflict. Attacks of this kind could be part of hybrid warfare, a mixture of open and covert…