Posts tagged as NATO

Stratcom director: China and Russia top Covid-19 disinformation sources

Thursday, April 9, 2020

China and Russia have been the main sources of disinformation during the Covid-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, but Latvia is well prepared for the situation compared to many other countries, according to NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Director Jānis Sārts. “During the last week the amount of Russian disinformation has decreased, but the amount of disinformation from China has increased,” said Sārts. According to the director, there is a very…

Measures taken by the Baltic States are insufficient

By Viktors Domburs on Saturday, April 4, 2020

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of NATO met on April, 2 in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. Though they expressed the deepest sympathies with all the victims of the Coronavirus disease, NATO continues to do its part. The organization tries to kill two birds with one stone. On the one hand, Commander, U.S. European Command, Gen Tod D. Wolters commented that linked exercises to Defender-Europe 20 in the Baltic…

NATO could be used for humanitarian aid

Thursday, April 2, 2020

NATO foreign ministers will hold a video-conference meeting on Thursday to discuss how the Alliance could help countries cope with the  coronavirus   crisis. Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Tuesday said NATO could help with human resources and transport. “I’m sure NATO must now provide full support to civilian institutions,” he told the Seimas Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Linkevičius also said that the NATO Response Force had…

NATO expects allies to maintain defence spending despite virus

Friday, March 20, 2020

As Europe has become the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, NATO is scaling down its military exercises to avoid a further spread but will continue its missions, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a video news conference on Thursday (19 march). “Some of our exercises have been modified or cancelled … but our forces remain ready,” Stoltenberg told reporters in a first-ever virtual briefing. Before the announcements, Europe was preparing for what…

What you need to know about coronavirus

Friday, March 20, 2020

The novel coronavirus has reached Europe, including Lithuania, with full force. As the number of deaths in Europe has now exceeded those in China, we look at how the nationwide quarantine in Lithuania affects you. During our day-to-day coverage, please follow our ‘live updates’ tag to keep track of the news as we get them. IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO COME BACK: Lithuania closed its border on March 16 to foreigners…

Lukashenko shows his teeth to Putin

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, March 16, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about Russia’s attempts to use economic levers to force Belarus to submit to Putin’s demands, and many readers didn’t like it. It’s understandable – many Latvian commentators go out of their way to support the Kremlin’s attempts of interfering in the information space of Latvia. Remembering the article about the Kremlin’s instruments of economic leverage used to influence Ukraine and Belarus, it can be predicted…

Coronavirus threatens NATO combat readiness

By Vairis Godmanis on Thursday, March 12, 2020

U.S. European Command is already cutting back on its plans for the large-scale combat exercise on the continent that kicks off this spring. The decision was made to curtail the exercise in order to deal with the spread of the novel form of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, that already forced the U.S. Army Europe commander to self-quarantine himself earlier this week. US Commander in Europe Christopher Cavoli and several…

Lithuanian President: EU defence duplicates NATO functions

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A separate EU  defence  would duplicate NATO functions and lead to confusion, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda says. Addressing the Bucharest Nine meeting of foreign ministers in Vilnius on Tuesday, the Lithuanian president insisted that “the transatlantic link is by far the most important one” to ensure the region’s security. “We need the US to remain a European power. This is the only winning strategy. For all of us,” Nausėda said.…

Nuclear ‘blitzkrieg’: NATO ally Latvia fears Russia will stage swift invasion using small nukes

By Joel Gehrke on Thursday, March 5, 2020

Russian forces have been training for a blitzkrieg operation targeting NATO members under the cover of recently developed nuclear weapons, according to a senior Baltic defense official. “That is probably the most dangerous scenario,” Janis Garisons, the second-ranked official in Latvia’s Ministry of Defense, told the Washington Examiner. “If you would look at Russian exercises, then you would see that they are exercising for such a scenario.” Latvia joined NATO in…

NATO’s “Crystal Arrow” exercise started in Latvia

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

International military exercise “crystal arrow – 2020”, which is attended by 2.5 thousand NATO troops, started on Monday in Latvia, said in a press release of the Ministry of defence of the country. “International military exercises “crystal arrow-2020″ began in Latvia. They will last until March 13. Attended by about 2.5 thousand soldiers of NATO”, – stated in the press release of the Ministry of defense. The exercises are held…