Posts tagged as security

Baltic presidents meet and discuss climate change, digital era and security

Thursday, July 11, 2019

On his first official foreign visit, Latvia’s President Egils Levits met with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid. The two discussed climate change, challenges of the digital age and security affairs. Leaders of the two countries agreed that Baltic and Nordic states should cooperate in climate change matters and agreed that climate change is a priority for Europe and the rest of the world. The two also stressed that Latvia and Estonia…

Russian inspectors to make an observation flight over Lithuania

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In the framework of the implementation of the international Treaty on Open skies, the Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian an-30B surveillance aircraft over the territory of Lithuania. This was announced by the Head of the National Centre for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov. The mission will be carried out from July 8 to July 12 from the Shaulai airfield. The maximum flight range will…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…

Iran enriching uranium to 4.5%, breaking deal limit

Monday, July 8, 2019

Iran began enriching uranium Monday to 4.5%, breaking the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, semi-official news agencies in the country reported. The acknowledgement by the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran comes a day after Iran pledged to break the deal’s limit of 3.67%. The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment came less than a week after Iran acknowledged breaking the 300-kilogram (661-pound)…

Foreign minister to highlight Ukraine, Georgia at OSCE meeting

Monday, July 8, 2019

Foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu (Isamaa) is attending an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) informal foreign ministers’ meeting in Slovakia this week, BNS reports. Formed in the early 1970s,  The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization, and focuses on arms control, human rights, press freedoms and fair elections. It boasts 57 member states. The meeting, held in the resort town of Štrbské Pleso in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains, is to…

German family finds bullet from Telliskivi shooting in their luggage

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A German family who visited Tallinn in June discovered a bullet among their possessions which had been fired in the course of a shooting spree which led to the murder of a taxi driver. The family did not find the bullet until after they had returned home, ERR’s online news in Estonian reports. In the small hours of Friday, June 21, 30-year-old Raivo Jürimäe approached two taxis on Telliskivi street…

The Baltic States are on the brink of destruction

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, July 5, 2019

Why does the United States need the Baltics and what threatens these countries with an increasing of the American military presence? So, the United States have opposed Russia in one form or another in this region since the 1940s, when the Baltic States were not recognized as part of the USSR. This region has always been in the focus of American attention. The United States believed that it was more…

Allied units in joint amphibious landing exercise

Friday, July 5, 2019

A joint Estonian and British amphibious landing exercise took place at Kolga Bay on Estonia’s northern coast Thursday. The exercise came as part of Baltic Protector 2019, a large scale exercise led by Britain’s Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) and involving NATO allies which has run since May, covering a broad sweep of the Baltic Sea. Britain’s elite Royal Marines Commandos were at the heart of Thursday’s landing practice, which was…

Russia starts army drills to respond to Central Asia threats

Monday, June 24, 2019

The Russian military has launched a massive exercise to simulate a response to possible security threats in Central Asia. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five-day drills that began Monday will “check the armed forces’ ability to ensure security in the Central Asian region that faces serious terrorist threats.” Russian officials have voiced concerns about the possible spread of militants from Afghanistan into former Soviet nations in Central Asia. Russia…

President on Victory Day: Defense starts with everyone

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid addressed Sunday’s Victory Day parade, noting the scope everyone in Estonian society has in contributing to the country’s sense of security. “We are also preparing our defense forces and defense league for situations that are unlikely, but still possible,” Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech at the parade in Tartu, according to a press release from the president’s office. “Similarly, we might all be prepared for other…