Posts tagged as NATO

Donald Trump says he wants Brazil to join NATO

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, described as the “Trump of the Tropics” has received warm praise from the US original, Donald. At a meeting in Washington, the two men announced a new, special relationship. After the two men exchanged soccer shirts, there was both praise and encouragement from President Donald Trump as he opened the door towards Brazil joining international organizations. He predicted a “fantastic working relationship” with President Jair Bolsonaro.…

Baltics cannot rely on Germany anymore

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, March 18, 2019

On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel. In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their…

Interview: NATO commander on challenges of role in Estonia

By Giles Harris on Monday, March 18, 2019

Having already interviewed some of the personnel from the 1 YORKS battle group, the third such battle group to form, together with its NATO allies, the core of the alliance’s Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), it made sense to catch up with the commander of the eFP, Col Giles Harris, formerly of the Welsh Guards. I was very privileged to be able to do just that, at the Estonian Defence Forces…

North Macedonia thanks Lithuania: NATO membership will make Balkans safer

Friday, March 15, 2019

Talat Xhaferi, president of the Assembly of North Macedonia, on Thursday thanked Lithuania for ratifying the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty, saying that the Balkan region will become safer once the country joins NATO. “NATO membership has strategic importance and significantly contributes to regional and international stability,” he told a joint press conference with Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Prackietis on…

Interview: British soldiers with NATO Battle Group reflect on job well done

By Andrew Whyte on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Estonia has been a NATO member since 2004, but only in recent years has any of that become more visible to most people. With US troops first arriving in 2014, the impetus grew after the 2016 Warsaw Summit’s decision to strengthen NATO’s eastern presence in the Baltic States and Poland. Within a space of time which might make Brexit negotiators, on both sides, hang their heads in shame, the Enhanced…

Lithuanian parliament gives initial backing to North Macedonia’s NATO membership

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to proposed ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty. The protocol was signed in Brussels on February 6. Allied members need to ratify it to create legal preconditions for North Macedonia’s NATO membership. The protocol will come into force once all NATO members ratify it under their national procedures. The Lithuanian…

Female Naval Cadets Say Russia Not Ready for Women in Combat Roles

By Gareth Jones on Friday, March 8, 2019

Alina Politika is one of 42 female cadets attending the naval academy in Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, but she knows she is unlikely to ever step onto the captain’s bridge of a battleship. Politka’s diploma and military rank after graduation won’t differ from those of male cadets, but the Russian navy does not accept women as commanding officers – a situation she sees no need to change for now.…

Czech soldier injured in Lithuania during NATO exercise

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

According to the BNS report, a Czech soldier injured during NATO exercise in Lithuania. According to the local Police Department, an incident happened at the Gaižiūnai training area in the Jonava district at about 10 o’clock. A soldier from the Czech Republic, born in 1990, was injured in a hand grenade explosion. She was hospitalized with injuries to her leg and both hands to the hospital in Kaunas. Unfortunately, the…

The biggest failure of DRAGON 2019

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 4, 2019

The exercise Dragon 2019 is one of the largest exercises in Poland and is held every two years. In June of this year the head of the exercise will be General Jaroslav Mika, commander-in-chief of the Polish armed forces. The main unit of the military exercise Dragon 2019 will be the 11th Panzer Division, together with its subordinate military units. Participation in the exercise will also take not only the…

Russia defense chief calls Baltic buildup a response to NATO

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Russia will add new tank and missile defense units to its Baltic fleet this year along with more modern weaponry for forces positioned in the vicinity of NATO turf, the country’s defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian state media on Wednesday the moves were a response to NATO’s growing presence in and around the Baltics. “We are forced to provide an adequate response, carrying out strategic containment…