Posts tagged as NATO

Estonia feels safe in NATO

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid defended NATO in her remarks to Reuters on Tuesday after French President Emmanuel Macron branded it “brain dead,” saying Estonia felt safe in a military alliance that has been fortifying its eastern flank as a shield against Russia. “NATO is clearly functional,” said Kaljulaid. “Let’s face it — it [NATO] has a 100 percent success record. No NATO ally has ever been attacked. So we trust…

Estonian minister claims Baltics prepping ‘plan B’ to NATO, sparking criticism

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Estonian opposition has demanded the firing of Interior Minister Mart Helme following his comments doubting NATO and claiming Estonia is working together with the other  Baltic states   in drawing up a “plan B”. According to Helme from the conservative EKRE party, Estonia is preparing its position for the NATO summit in London. “We’re also preparing a plan on what Estonia and other Baltic states will do, if Macron’s words…

Lithuanian FM said about “a problematic period” in NATO

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

“A problematic period”: that’s how Lithuania’s foreign minister has described the lack of co-ordination within NATO that recently led French President Emmanuel Macron to decry the transatlantic military alliance as suffering from “brain death”. Linas Linkevicius has told FRANCE 24 that “rumours about the death of NATO are strongly exaggerated”, insisting – like Angela Merkel – that problems can be “overcome”. Asked about US-EU relations over NATO, the Lithuanian foreign minister warned against “questionable initiatives” and…

Is this the end of NATO-era?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, November 18, 2019

Money is a very powerful tool, which can easily ruin relations. Different views on money spending can ruin even good relations between countries in such huge and powerful organization as NATO. It should be noted that European defence spending will surpass $300 billion a year by 2021, according to new research from Jane’s by IHS Markit. Defense expenditure is a highly sensitive topic in the region. U.S. President Donald Trump…

NATO ships clear more than 50 mines from Baltic Sea

Saturday, November 16, 2019

November 14 saw the conclusion of the Joint Hod ops (Historical Ordnance Disposal Operation) exercise organized by NATO’s 1st Standing Anti-Mine Squad and the Baltic Minesweeper Squadron (BALTRON) which began November 4. The main task of the training was to find and neutralize explosive items left over from World War I and World War II of the Latvian coast near Irbe in order to improve maritime safety in the Baltic Sea, as well…

Lithuanian president recalls ambassadors to NATO, Russia due to expiry of terms

Thursday, November 14, 2019

President Gitanas Nauseda recalled on Wednesday Lithuania’s ambassadors to Russia, NATO and UNESCO as their terms of office are set to expire. Remigijus Motuzas’ term as ambassador to Russia is ending on January 16, 2020. Irena Vaisvilaite’s term in UNESCO is expiring on December 30, 2019 and Vytautas Leskevicius swill complete his tenure as envoy to NATO on February 17, 2020. The president granted the diplomatic rank of extraordinary envoy…

NATO drills held in Lithuania

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Large-scale maneuvers of Gelezinis Vilkas 2019 – II with the participation of about 4 thousand troops from 11 NATO member states and over 1 thousand units of military equipment began on Monday in Lithuania, TASS reported. The purpose of the maneuvers is to develop the interaction of the forces and means for the effective planning and implementation of combat missions, said the command of the Lithuanian Army. The military personnel…

Dressed in NATO uniform criminals operate in the Baltic States

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, November 1, 2019

The media and society for a few years have been discussing a lot of incidents related to the moral features of NATO soldiers and the crimes they commit. Soldiers are being accused of using and transporting drugs, violence against civilians, and violations of discipline. It is obvious that the NATO and U.S. soldiers experience some kind of moral decline – the defenders of “democracy” are turning into criminals. This problem…

Russia has a problem in the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, signed a letter of intent to withdraw from The Treaty on Open Skies this week, the Wall Street Journal reported citing sources in the White House. Against the backdrop of the recent withdrawal of the United States from The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, the news of the collapse of another security instrument (The Treaty on Open Skies) is alarming. As…

Who really defends the Baltic States?

By Viktors Domburs on Monday, October 28, 2019

About 500 U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania in October. This news is widely discussed all over the Baltic States and Europe. The issue of permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been discussed for a decade. There is still no legal basis for this step, but NATO and Baltic authorities found the possibility to deploy troops on a long-term basis. The justification for such long deployment becomes participating…