Posts tagged as russia

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…

Latvian Prime Minister: Navalny Poisoning Shows EU Must Open Its Eyes About Russia

Monday, September 14, 2020

Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins says the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny shows that the European Union must get more realistic about its dealings with Russia. “What still has to happen to see that this is a Russia that is dangerous for Europe and for our European values?” Karins said in an interview published on September 13 by German broadcaster ARD. “We must finally open our eyes.” Karins…

If Russia swallows Belarus, what would happen to Lithuania?

By Andrius Balčiūnas on Friday, September 11, 2020

Belarus’ Alexander Lukashenko refused to have Russian military bases in the country. But despite past differences, the turmoil following the August 9 presidential election is pushing Minsk closer to Moscow. What does it mean for Lithuania’s security? Back in the 1990s, Russia and Belarus agreed to form a union state. Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin reminded Lukashenko about the deal, but the two leaders failed to agree on the…

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…

Lithuanian customs detain oil, gas equipment bound for Russia

Monday, September 7, 2020

Lithuanian customs officers on Friday detained a shipment of equipment for the oil and gas industry bound for Russia, the Customs Department said. The detained shipment is used of oil drilling, the department said, and it was meant for use at oil and gas fields on the Arctic shelf. The shipment was detained because it contained dual purpose goods that required an export license. Some of the equipment may also…

How will the events unfold in Belarus?

By Zintis Znotiņš on Friday, August 28, 2020

The events in Belarus have attracted the attention of many people. After the results of the presidential election were announced, the Belarusian people used their rights to express their opinion, which has notably shaken Lukashenko’s position. Everyone now wants to know – how will the events unfold in Belarus? Will one of the last authoritarian leaders be dethroned, and can the events in Belarus affect Russia, or – can Russia…

Russia might incorporate Belarus

Monday, August 17, 2020

There are worrying signs Russia might consider incorporating Belarus, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said on Monday. “Tensions remain, since there are still many remaining questions regarding the so-called international assistance from Russia,” he told reporters after his meeting with the Lithuanian president and heads of the country’s political groups. “I believe Russia itself is also considering what to do. There are all sorts of signs that are very worrying.…

Finland, Estonia, Poland to help mark centenary of Latvian-Russian peace treaty

Thursday, August 6, 2020

On 11 August 2020, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu; the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Pekka Haavisto; and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, will arrive in Riga in response to an invitation from the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, and take part in events to mark the centenary of signing the Treaty of Peace between Latvia and Russia, the Latvian…

Washington continues to take care of the Baltic States

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 31, 2020

The United States will deploy a battalion of troops to Lithuania this autumn for a rotation of more than half a year, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said on Wednesday. “A battalion is coming from Poland in mid-September for two weeks of training in Pabradė. After a break of several weeks or a month, there are plans to deploy most of the battalion to Pabradė again for up to late June…

Stop blaming Russia, China for US disarmament failures

By Thomas L. Knapp on Monday, July 27, 2020

On June 22 and 23, Russian and American diplomats met in Vienna to discuss New START, a nuclear arms reduction treaty which expires next year. The treaty provides for an optional five-year extension. Alternatively, the parties could negotiate a new agreement as has happened several times in the past. A third possibility involves one or both parties playing silly games like insisting that China be brought into the negotiations despite…