Posts tagged as NATO

Lithuania buys Washington’s trust

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, July 13, 2020

Lithuania will purchase six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment from the United States worth than $ 380 million. This was reported by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the U.S. Department of Defense on July, 6. The U.S. Department of Defense noted that the purchase of helicopters will significantly increase Lithuania’s capabilities in countering threats from the East, border control, medical evacuation, search and rescue operations and…

DSCA approves sale of 6 UH-60M to Lithuania

Friday, July 10, 2020

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania of six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and related equipment for an estimated cost of $380 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Lithuania has requested to buy six (6) UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in standard U.S. Government configuration…

Canadian soldier plane turned back halfway to Latvia

Monday, July 6, 2020

A war plane with Canadian soldiers on its way to Latvia was turned back on Thursday, July 2, half-way, as it was found that someone who might have been in contact with people on the aircraft had become infected with COVID-19, news agency LETA reported on July 6. The Canadian Air Force (CAF) learned about the infection when the aircraft was already in the air. In order to avoid the…

Vilnius welcomes updated NATO plans

Thursday, July 2, 2020

As NATO finally endorsed updated defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states, Lithuanian officials say the step is crucial for regional security. “Today we have a coordinated regional NATO defence plan for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland,” Darius Kuliešius, the president’s adviser on national security, told reporters on Wednesday. “This plan is very important, as it boosts regional security, boosts deterrence and means that Lithuania and the Baltic states…

Lithuanian generals in shock: American tanks return home

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, June 29, 2020

The American mechanized battalion left Lithuania. Tanks and soldiers went to Germany and then to Texas. The U.S. battalion left Lithuania without waiting for Defender Europe 2020 military exercises. The battalion has been in the country since last fall and took part in some exercises. It was planned that the battalion would join the largest Defender 2020 NATO maneuvers, but they were eventually canceled due to the coronavirus. Several dozens…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers Russia’s use of strategic military exercises

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) hosts another in its series of online discussions on July 1. This time the theme will be “Russia’s Strategic Exercises: messages and implications” with Valeriy Akimenko (Research Lead on Russia and Ukraine, Conflict Studies Research Centre), Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska (Adjunct Professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security and Global politics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Maj. Marius Varna (Staff officer and project manager of the report on Russia’s strategic…

What is the real goal of NATO in the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 29, 2020

U.S. will transfer 2,000 troops and military equipment to Poland. Military infrastructure of NATO continues to be deployed in the Baltic States. The main opponent of the Alliance is Russia. Washington plans to redeploy a new corps headquarters, called V Corps, located at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to Poland. There is also a plan to transfer 30 F-16 fighters of U.S. army from Germany to eastern borders of NATO. Additionally, not…

Politicians hide behind civilians

By Vairis Godmanis on Friday, June 26, 2020

The United States plans to transfer the command of the 5th Corps of the U.S. Army from Kentucky to Poland and 30 American F-16 fighters from Germany to the eastern borders of NATO. In addition, the United States is redeploying to Poland not one thousand, as mentioned earlier, but two thousand American troops. In addition to these measures, the deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons in Poland has been publicly discussed…

NATO exercises with Tunisian Navy in the Mediterranean

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) ships and Tunisian Navy vessels performed a passing exercise in the Western Mediterranean Sea on 22 June 2020. The Standing NATO Maritime Group Two, now at the end of the Italian Command, exercised with two Tunisian Navy units – offshore patrol vessel Syphax and the fast patrol boat Hamilcar. The exercise was conducted in the waters north of Bizerte, Tunisia, with the four vessels…

Poland, US, UK, Romania and Croatia conduct military exercises on NATO’s eastern flank

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Troops have attended the military exercise Bull-Run 12 in Podlasie province near the Suwalki Gap, which is a bottleneck consisting of a 65 km short stretch of land located between Kaliningrad and Belarus. It serves as the only land route through which supplies can reach the Baltic States from Poland and other European NATO member states. War games focused on the defense of NATO’s eastern flank. Together with allied troops…