Posts tagged as NATO

Stoltenberg expresses NATO’s full readiness to react to Russian cyberattacks

Friday, May 24, 2019

NATO stood ready to respond to cyber attacks from Russia and other possible adversaries with all its capabilities, the Secretary General of the alliance has stated. French news agency AFP reports that during a visit to London on Thursday, May 23, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s warning came with the bloc’s members on alert for interference in European Parliament elections taking place this week. Western allies accuse Russia of trying…

Lithuania’s chief of defense in Brussels for EU, NATO military committees’ meetings

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Zukas has left for Brussels to take part in meetings of the EU and NATO Military Committees. EU’s chiefs of defense will meet on Tuesday to “discuss the NATO-EU cooperation, EU military operations in the Western Balkans, off the coasts of Somali and Libya, training missions, the concept of the Single European Sky, development of military capabilities and military financial instruments of…

Estonian government endorses North Macedonia NATO accession protocol

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Estonian government at its Thursday meeting endorsed a protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty with which North Macedonia is to join NATO. The government endorsed a proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approve the protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO, spokespeople for the government said on Thursday. The bill of the protocol was approved by the…

Why U.S. is silent about exercises in Baltics

By Viktors Domburs on Friday, May 10, 2019

The Baltic States are in the anticipation of the annual large scale military exercise Saber Strike. The well-known annual international exercise held since 2010 by the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) is focused on the Baltic States. These countries consider this event as a key element of participants’ training on command and control as well as interoperability with regional partners. The Saber Strike exercise aims to facilitate cooperation amongst the…

Does Germany want to get rid of NATO?

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Is NATO dying? Walter Russel Mead, leading columnist of the Wall Street Journal, says yes. His opinion is based on the decision of the German government to keep defence spending as low as 1.25% of gross domestic product (GDP) for the next five years. This decision is not at all driven by fiscal urgency. Germany is expected to have a balanced budget after many years with an annual surplus. It…

Air detachments conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states will change over at a ceremony at Šiauliai Air Base

Thursday, May 2, 2019

On May 2 a hand over-take over ceremony will take place at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai for the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission units – the leaving Polish air Force Detachment will transfer the lead of the mission to the incoming Hungarian Air Force Detachment. Augmentation to the mission conducted from Lithuania will be sent in by the Spanish Air Force. It is a special rotation of…

Hungary to block NATO Ukraine bid over language law

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Hungarian government will continue to block talks between NATO and Ukraine in anger at a newly-adopted Ukrainian law limiting the use of minority languages. Passed by Ukraine’s parliament on April 25, the law makes the use of the the Ukrainian language compulsory for all citizens, except for private conversations and religious ceremonies. Amongst others, the law is applicable to all public servants including those working in healthcare and education.…

NATO’s fate is uncertain

Monday, April 22, 2019

The fate of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization that has for decades kept us safe from the former Soviet Union and more lately from Russia hangs in the balance. NATO turned 70 earlier this month; how much longer it survives depends largely on two people — President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. As NATO celebrated its anniversary, Russia doubled down on its efforts to undermine the military alliance already…

Hungary, augmented by the United Kingdom and Spain, will lead 50th NATO Baltic Air Policing detachment

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hungary is scheduled to be the lead nation for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission at Šiauliai, Lithuania, together with augmenting nations Spain and the United Kingdom. From May 2019 Hungary will take over the lead of NATO’s Baltic Air Policing mission deploying their JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft to Šiauliai, Lithuania. This is the second time since 2015 that Hungary will deploy their Gripen fighters and an air force detachment to…

Russia-NATO Relations Deteriorate, No Cooperation on Any Issue

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister said the current relations are reminiscent of Cold War era. Russia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have completely ceased cooperation on civil and military matters, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko told Russian state media  RIA Novosti on Monday. “NATO has abandoned a positive agenda in its relations with Russia. It doesn’t exist,” Grushko said, adding that the current relations are reminiscent of the “state of affairs under which…