Posts tagged as russia

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…

NATO Air Policing scrambled twice to intercept Russian planes

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Last week NATO fighter aircraft were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On February 4, NATO jets intercepted one Ilyushin Il-76 flying from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder on, according to a pre-filed flight plan, maintaining radio communication with the regional air traffic control centre. On February 7, NATO fighter aircraft intercepted one Tupolev…

Estonian MP asks minister about plans to end funding of Russian propaganda channels

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Reform Party parliamentary group deputy chairwoman Keit Pentus-Rosimannus has asked Minister of the Interior Mart Helme (EKRE) regarding the kinds of legislative amendments the Ministry of the Interior plans to submit to end the channeling of Estonian taxpayers’ money to channels linked to Russian influencing activity and participation in the financing of hostile channels this way. “An absurd situation currently exists in Estonia in which security authorities are fighting channels…

Prague joins Vilnius in renaming square by Russian embassy after Nemtsov

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Prague is expected to rename a square where the Russian Embassy is located after slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. The major parties represented in the Prague city council have voiced support for the move. In February 2018, Boris Nemtsov Plaza was officially unveiled outside the Russian Embassy in Washington, followed by a similar move in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. The renaming of the squares triggered criticism from Moscow. А…

Cold siege against Kaliningrad

By Lucas Leiroz on Monday, February 10, 2020

The announcement of the Defender-Europe 2020 gave the world, but especially Russia, a new and strange perspective on the future of international security. The drills seem to be the largest military exercises in Europe in 25 years. The countries elected to be the theater of the activities are those closest to the Russian border, causing great reactions in Russian media and their military forces. Basically, as well known, the program…

Operation Barbarossa II: Setting The Stage For War

By Christopher Black on Monday, February 10, 2020

I have written several times about the continuing NATO preparations for an attack on Russia, a second Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941. Circumstances prompt me to write about it again, for as of the last week in January the Americans and their gang of lieutenant nations in NATO have commenced the biggest military exercises in 25 years to take place in…

The U.S. conquers new territories in Europe

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, February 7, 2020

The deputy of the Latvian parliament Nikolay Kabanov spoke this week about the plans of the government to allocate territory in the suburbs of Riga under the U.S. military base. According to him, the Parliament was expelled from the decision-making process. Kabanov said on Tuesday that the Latvian government revised the document of the Ministry of Defence, containing amendments to the agreement on cooperation between the republic and the U.S.,…

Russian observers inspect 1st Infantry Brigade

Thursday, February 6, 2020

On Tuesday, the Russian Armed Forces Mission inspected the Estonian 1st Infantry Brigade campus as part of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) Vienna Document. The 1st Infantry Brigade (1. Jalaväebrigaad) represents the main manoeuvre unit of the Estonian Defence Forces which includes the majority of conscripts. It also has the capacity to co-operate with NATO forces. Lieutenant Colonel Peeter Kõiv said: “International commitments are an additional task for…

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…

Russian spies recruit tourists, undermine minorities in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Free Russian visas to Kaliningrad and St Petersburg allow security services to recruit travelers, according to a Lithuanian intelligence report. The National Threat Assessment, prepared by the State Security Department (VSD) and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence (AOTD), also reports on a Russian spy operating in Lithuania from Kaliningrad and warns about Chinese officers posing as employers on professional social networks. Last year, the Russian…