Posts tagged as security

Survey: Economic security good, opinion split on state’s pandemic actions

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Pollster Kantar Emor’s emergency situation monitoring survey shows that the economic and emotional security of residents of Estonia is generally good, but concerns remain over the long-term consequences of the emergency situation. Respondents’ viewers were split on action taken by the government so far. The survey of 628 people shows 64 percent of respondents consider the financial situation of their household to be good or very good. Kantar Emor strategy…

Losing liberty for coronavirus security

By Robert van Voren on Thursday, March 26, 2020

The harsh response to the  coronavirus   pandemic could challenge the already frail liberal democracies, writes Professor Robert van Voren, the director of the Andrei Sakharov Research Centre for Democratic Development at Vytautas Magnus University. Our response to the coronavirus pandemic reminds of the Iraq war, writes Robert van Voren, a professor at Vytautas Magnus University – we come a little late, but then jump into it with full force…

U.S. – Baltic States: nothing personal – just business

By Adomas Abromaitis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Security situation in the world is deteriorating year by year, day by day. But wars and conflicts nowadays are not only deaths and damage but business and money for involved participants. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) made a report on all international transfers of major arms (including sales, gifts and production under license) to states, international organizations and non-state groups. SIPRI Arms Transfers Database which is freely accessible…

Põlluaas discussed security and Estonia’s support for Ukraine with Razumkov

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Põlluaas assured his Ukrainian colleague of Estonia’s continuing support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and reform processes. The pair also discussed the tense security situation in Eastern Ukraine. “Relations between Estonia and Ukraine are excellent, and we cooperate closely at different levels. I hope that these relations will become even stronger in the future,” Põlluaas said. “We support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and condemn the illegal annexation of Crimea.” Põlluaas emphasized…

Estonia needs to save more than before for sense of security

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Although Estonia has been doing well, for our own sense of security, we actually need to save more, President Kersti Kaljulaid said in her speech on the occasion of the 102nd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia in Viljandi on Monday evening. “We are accustomed to our world being diverse, beautiful, and rich in species. The technology that was available on Robber’s Rise — mainly the shovel in Sauna-Madis’ calloused…

Capability and Resolve: Deterrence, Security and Stability in the Baltic Region

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014, NATO has revitalised its core business of deterrence and defence and adapted it to today’s political and geostrategic circumstances. In the Baltic region, the most visible expression of this effort has been the deployment of the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Poland and the three Baltic states. These are, in turn, backed up by a readiness and reinforcement strategy, which NATO…

Nordic, Baltic chiefs of defense to discuss security, cooperation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday to take part in the annual meeting of the Nordic and Baltic chiefs of defense. The chiefs of defense of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, and the director general of the Iceland’s Defense Directorate “will discuss relevant issues to the region and common military cooperation projects at the event”, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said…

Lithuanian may still secure more EU funding – presidential aide

Friday, January 31, 2020

Lithuania may still secure more EU funding in talks on the EU’s next multi-annual budget, an advisor to President Gitanas Nauseda said on Thursday. “Everything is realistic. All countries are actively negotiating. The talks are in full swing now and decisions will be made within the next few months,” Simonas Krepsta told LRT Radio. According to the advisor, the current budget proposal is not acceptable to Lithuania. “The total amount of funding…

Three security services into one doesn’t go, says Levits

Friday, January 31, 2020

President of Latvia Egils Levits said January 31 that in his opinion merging the three Latvian special and secret services would not be a good idea. Speaking on LTV’s “Morning Panorama” news show, he said that merging the special services could create a potentially problematic “monopoly of information” that could give undue influence to a single service. “I think it would not be optimal,” Levits said, “Several services is better than one service.” Currently…

Europe adrift in a Trump world

By Robert Malley on Tuesday, January 28, 2020

No wonder Europe is struggling to find its voice. Never mind the Brexit drama, rise of right-wing populism and internal divisions. Europe finds itself caught in the midst of a power struggle between the world’s three greatest players, as the United States, Russia and China each try to either ignore, divide or strong-arm the Continent for their own ends. Coming from Moscow or Beijing, this kind of pressure is neither…