Posts tagged as NATO

The Baltic States are Target Number One

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

From 1 January 2020 security of the Baltic airspace is ensured by three Command and Reporting Centers designed for specific national airspace surveillance, based in Tallinn, Lielvarde, and Karmėlava, instead of one joint unit. It is said that they enhance capabilities of NATO’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense System, regional interoperability, and reliability of protection of the Alliance airspace. On December 19 the new BALTNET (Baltic Air Surveillance Network and…

NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group change of command ceremony to take place in Rukla

Monday, February 3, 2020

On February 6 rotation and leadership of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (eFP BG) will change over at the Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla (Jonava region). The ceremony is planned to be attended by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys, Vice Chief of Defence of Germany Vice Admiral Joachim Rühle, commanders of units of…

NATO’s upcoming war games targeted against Russia

By Paul Antonopoulos on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Last week NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained why the U.S. are strengthening their military presence in Europe. The reason is unsurprisingly to pressurize and intimidate Russia, but also against China and the so-called fight against terrorism. Stoltenberg explained that there are now more U.S. soldiers in EU Member States, more than ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the coming months, the Defender-Europe 2020 exercises, the largest of its kind in the…

Rehearsal of world war is coming

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 23, 2020

The leaders of the Baltic countries have been carrying out large-scale militarization of the region under the pretext of protection against the Russian threat over the past few years. NATO Warsaw Summit participants decided in June 2016 to deploy multinational battle groups in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. However, the leaders of these countries continued to make requests to strengthen NATO’s presence even after the transfer of the Alliance’s military…

NATO familiarizes the Lithuanian rezidents with its contribution to security

Thursday, January 23, 2020

On January 23 soldiers of the NATO allies deployed in Lithuania hold a community engagement event in Šakiai. It is be one of the cycle of events, held to familiarize the community of Lithuania in local municipalities with the NATO contribution to regional security. NATO troops will meet with representative of municipal administration, visit a high school, industrial objects, show their equipment. The visit will be conducted by members of…

Lithuanian court upholds sentence for man convicted of spying for Russia

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Lithuanian Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a seven-year prison sentence for a Lithuanian citizen convicted of spying for Russia. Klaipėda Regional Court handed down the jail sentence to Romanas Šešelis last April for collecting information for Russia on NATO military ships, the LNG terminal operator Klaipėdos Nafta, and other infrastructure. He denied all charges. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office, the man, who was born in Russia in…

NATO Baltic Air Policing mission made record number of flights in 2019

Friday, January 17, 2020

A record number of NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission flights were made last year, ETV’s evening news broadcast “Aktuaalne kaamera” (AK) reported on Thursday. In total 200 flights were made in Baltic airspace by NATO’s jets, an increase from 145 in 2018. AK reported, while on a visit to the mission’s base in Lithuania, these were due to an increase in vigilance and training exercises and the number of Russian…

To sway Trump on NATO importance, Baltic air policing demonstrates capabilities

Thursday, January 16, 2020

After US President Donald Trump crticised NATO’s importance, air force commanders hope to demonstrate Allies’ contribution to collective  defence  . Established in 2004, NATO planes in the Baltic air policing mission over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which lack fighter jets of their own, routinely intercept Russian aircraft flying to the Kaliningrad exclave with their transponders turned off and without a pre-filed flight plan. “They are present more or less every…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

Estonian sauna, prostitutes and aggressiveness

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, January 9, 2020

Unfortunately, aggressiveness is the hallmark of our time. People face aggressiveness more and more often. Sometimes the aggressiveness ends without consequences, sometimes innocent people suffer. This is especially dangerous when attack those people who must defend. On Saturday night, a NATO soldier was aggressive while in the spa at the largest Estonian spa and sauna centre. Mustamyae Elamuste Keskus staff had to call the police. The troublemaker turned out to…