Posts tagged as NATO

Lithuania will not respond to provocations if Belarus sends forces to border

Friday, September 18, 2020

If Belarus deploys forces to the border with Lithuania and Poland as claimed by Alexander Lukashenko, Vilnius will not respond to the escalation, Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Friday. “Even if the Belarusian forces move closer [to Lithuania], we are planning no actions which would be unplanned [like] deploying additional forces,” Karoblis told LRT RADIO. Alexander Lukashenko claimed on Thursday that Belarus would shut borders with Lithuania and…

Saeima approves Latvian troops’ participation in two missions

Thursday, September 17, 2020

On Thursday the Saeima adopted a decision on the participation of Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldiers in the European Union (EU) military operation in the Mediterranean region and the NATO mission in  Iraq, Saeima press service said September 17. In the EU military operation in the Mediterranean region, the officer permanently seconded from the NBS served at the operational headquarters of the operation in Rome. However, in order to make…

Russia and Belarus drill ‘worrying’ offensive operations, says Lithuanian military

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Despite claims of defensive drills, Russian and Belarusian military exercises are practicing offensive operations, said Lithuania’s Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupšys on Tuesday. “The exercises are worrying, because contrary to [Belarus’] claims, they are orientated at [practicing] offensive actions,” Rupšys said after a meeting with the Lithuanian president and defence minister. However, there is no direct military threat to Lithuania, he added. “It’s a fact they [Russia and Belarus] will…

Lukashenko instructs to withdraw troops from western border of Belarus

Monday, September 14, 2020

President of Belarus Lukashenko ordered to withdraw the troops from the western border, because “it is costly.” Lukashenko said this at a meeting with the power bloc of the Security Council of Belarus, BelTA informs. “The first question is about the situation on the western border. I would like to hear a report from the Minister of Defense and the Chief of General Staff on what actions you propose for…

Baltic States at the epicenter of military exercises

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Baltic States have become the scene of NATO military actions especially aimed at provoking Russia and Belarus. At the end of September, this year’s largest military exercise “Sword 2020” will take place in Latvia. Approximately 1000 Vidzeme Brigade bodyguards and soldiers, representatives from the Lithuanian Armed Forces Volunteer Defense Forces and the NATO Extended Presence Battle Group will take part in the training. They will carry out the tasks…

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Lithuania’s open economy suffers

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, August 25, 2020

COVID-19 continues to test economy of the Baltic States. According to Lithuanian Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka, it is too soon to tell whether the second half of the year would be hopeful. The recent spike in coronavirus cases and growing uncertainty over the future might negatively affect business and consumer expectations, according to Šapoka. Lithuania’s GDP contracted by 3.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020, compared to a year…

Spanish F-18s will be flying close to Rīga this week

Monday, August 24, 2020

From August 25 to 28, don’t be surprised to hear the roar of jet engines north of Rīga as the National Armed Forces and the NATO enhanced presence in Latvia will be taking part in training exercises around Vangaži. During the training, air support controllers will improve their skills in air support procedures, assisted by Spanish F-18 fighter jets, which are currently patrolling NATO airspace over the Baltic states. Members of the public may…

Government approves Latvian troops going to Kosovo

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The government supported the sending of Latvian soldiers to the international operation in Kosovo (KFOR), newswire LETA said August 11. The final decision to send soldiers to Kosovo will have to be taken by the Saeima. It is planned that Latvia’s participation in this operation would last until December 31, 2023. Based on a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in 1999, the  NATO-led operation in Kosovo (KFOR)  …

Poland Tells the Kremlin and NATO It’s Prepared to Fight

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

In late July, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Army’s V Corps headquarters would be reactivated and permanently stationed in Poland. The Kremlin, its Twitter bots and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda twits objected. Chinese Communist Party flacks likely hissed (if so, I missed it). Reactions throughout still-free Europe were either quiet nods of agreement or reserved acceptance. These reactions reflect strategic reality. Putin’s nuclear-armed Russia is an expansionist…