Posts tagged as Poland

USA Is Pulling Nukes Out Of Turkey

By Rod Renny on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

As reported earlier, Air Mobility Command’s C-17A Globemaster III arrived at Incerlik AB, Turkey from Sicily, Italy on February, 20 as a part of US-led train Defender Europe 2020, Air Mobility Command officers mentioned. 5 extra C-17A Globemasters III arrived to Incerlik AB from Ramstein Air Base on February, 21. Our sources at Incerlik AB affirm that the presence of 5 further transport plane is a transparent proof of getting…

In a small Polish village near a Russian exclave, US-led NATO battle group is ready ‘in case anything happens’

Monday, February 17, 2020

When American troops first deployed to northeast Poland in 2017 to lead a NATO enhanced Forward Presence battle group, the population of the village of Bemowo Piskie grew by a third overnight. Nearly three years later, locals have grown used to the military presence and the occasional columns of tanks that pass through the village. Some say having the Americans in the village, which lies just south of the strategic…

Polish Orlen’s success ‘precondition’ for good relations with Warsaw

Friday, February 14, 2020

Concessions given to Poland’s Orlen operating an oil refinery in Mažeikiai, northern Lithuania, helped improve bilateral relations, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said on Thursday. “[Orlen’s] successful activity is a very important precondition for the success of Lithuania’s economy, and […] a precondition for good relations with Poland,” the president told DELFI on Thursday night. Although, “I would assume it contributed but definitely was not the defining factor for a thaw…

Why South Korea’s K2 Black Panther Tanks Are Headed To Poland

By Charlie Gao on Friday, February 14, 2020

Key point: In a competition between the M1 Abrams and the K2 Black Panther, the Black Panther has some advantages. On January 17, 2020, The Korea Times reported that the Korean industrial concern Hyundai Rotem was favored to win an upcoming 9 billion tank development deal with the Polish Ministry of Defense. If the deal goes through, Poland will likely procure and/or build a variant of the K2 Black Panther…

Pay rise for Lithuanian teachers in Belarus, Poland, Russia

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Lithuanian government has given a 50-percent increase to allowances for Lithuanian language teachers in Belarus, Poland and the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius says the measure is aimed at bringing their salaries up to the level of their counterparts in Lithuania. “In total, there are 64 of them: 46 in Belarus, eight in Poland and 13 in Kaliningrad, and their salaries are lower than those of…

The Baltic Fund concept presented to the authorities of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Today, representatives of the Warsaw Institute, together with four other think tanks from the Baltic States, presented the official concept of the Baltic Fund to the authorities of Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Representatives of five think tanks: the Warsaw Institute (Poland), the International Center for Defense and Security (Estonia), the Baltic Security Foundation (Latvia), the Eastern Europe Studies Center (Lithuania) and the Memel Institute (Lithuania) have been working on…

We are entering a new stage of cooperation with our strategic ally Poland, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says

Friday, January 31, 2020

“We are entering a new stage of cooperation with our strategic ally in defence, Poland. We have held for the first time a bilateral Defence Ministers Council, this format will enable us to cooperate in defence area even more systemically and closely. The Council will meet on a regular basis in the future,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said after the first Lithuanian-Polish Defence Council in Vilnius with Minister…

Dreaming of Lithuanian-Polish Commonwealth and Russia in focus

Friday, January 31, 2020

The morning before  Brexit. As our British readers might wake up feeling nostalgic for one union, Vilnius and Warsaw are remembering another one – the Lithuanian–Polish Commonwealth. “We are heading toward something we had before the Battle of Grunwald [in 1410] or the Battle of Orsha [in 1514],” said Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundis Karoblis. So why the historical longing? It has some very present-day realities. During the first joint Polish–Lithuanian…

Poland and Lithuania to plan joint Suwalki Gap defence

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The first Lithuanian-Polish  Defence   Council, to be held in Vilnius on Wednesday, will focus on the  defence   of the Suwalki Gap. The Suwalki Gap connecting Lithuania with Poland is just 80 kilometres wide, and is flanked by Russian exclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus. NATO has stressed that if the corridor was seized during an armed conflict, the Baltic states would be cut-off from the rest of the Alliance.…

Poland increases defence expenditure by over 11% in 2020

Monday, January 27, 2020

According to the Polish budgetary deal, the 2020 defence expenditure limit would be defined as almost 49.997 billion zlotys, the MoD reported during the meeting of the Parliamentary National Defence Committee. The above constitutes an increase of 11.3% when compared to the preceding year. For the first time in the recent period, the defence spending would be equivalent to the level of 2.1% of GDP. The above increase is aligned with…