Posts tagged as NATO

Estonian MEP Paet: Turkey’s missile purchase from Russia creates tensions with NATO

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urmas Paet, member of the European Parliament from Estonia, has said in his comments on the purchase of S-400 air defense systems by Turkey from Russia that such weapons procurement by Turkey causes tensions in relations with NATO. “Turkey, a country of 80 million people, is our important ally in NATO. Today’s news that Turkey has taken delivery of the first batch of the S-400 air defense system from Russia…

NATO’s right to deploy in Latvia in crisis situations to be outlined in legislation

Monday, July 15, 2019

In the event of crisis situations NATO forces will be able to deploy in Latvia from beyond its border, as provided by amendments to the Latvian State Border Law the government will discuss on 16 July. Amendments state that people who arrive in Latvia as part of NATO forces to provide assistance in emergency situations or in exceptional cases, including while taking part in exercises, will be able to cross…

US Air Force chief to visit Estonia, mark Estonian Air Force centenary

Saturday, July 13, 2019

General David L. Goldfein, Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, is to visit Estonia July 13-14, marking the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Estonian Air Force (Eesti Õhuvägi). The visit will include meetings with Estonian Ministry of Defence personnel, as well as those from the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF), according to a U.S. Embassy press release. “I want to congratulate the Estonian Air Force on…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Duda says they share conservative attitude to traditions with Lithuania’s Nauseda

Friday, July 12, 2019

Polish President Andrzej Duda says he and Lithuania’s incoming President Gitanas Nauseda share a conservative attitude to traditions, and the two countries share a similar historic heritage. Duda is set to welcome Nauseda in Warsaw next week after the new Lithuanian president decided to pay his first state visit to Poland, with Duda welcoming this sign of friendship. “As far as I know, our views on many things are similar,…

Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs. Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia…

A new NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Vice Minister of National Defence has been hired as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management. The position covers responsibilities for institutional NATO change management: human resources policy, budget planning, IT, relations with other organisations in the NATO structure (NSPA, NCIA, etc.), and daily operation of the NATO headquarters. This is going to be the first time of a representative of Lithuania working at the NATO headquarters. “The swiftly…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Allied units in joint amphibious landing exercise

Friday, July 5, 2019

A joint Estonian and British amphibious landing exercise took place at Kolga Bay on Estonia’s northern coast Thursday. The exercise came as part of Baltic Protector 2019, a large scale exercise led by Britain’s Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and involving NATO allies which has run since May, covering a broad sweep of the Baltic Sea. Britain’s elite Royal Marines Commandos were at the heart of Thursday’s landing practice, which was…

NATO jets scrambled six times last week in Baltic air policing duties

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

NATO jets engaged in Baltic air policing duties had to scramble six times last week, Baltic News Service reports, in each case identifying and escorting military aircraft from the Russian Federation over Baltic Sea international airspace. According to the Lithuanian defense ministry, the assortment of Russian planes comprised an Ilyushin reconnaissance plane, an Antonov An-12 transporter (NATO reporting name: “Cub”) with two accompanying Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jets (NATO reporting name:…