Posts tagged as security

Russia’s plan: protect or attack?

By Lukas Ramonas on Friday, September 13, 2019

A special report entitled “Security in the Eastern Baltic” by the Russian Association of Baltic Studies (RABS) was presented on Tuesday. Let’s see what it is about. The main objective of the report is to identify the causes of the problems in the field of regional security of the Baltic Sea Region. The second task is to analyze the buildup of the armed forces of the United States and other…

Importance of Baltic navies ensuring Baltic Sea security

By James Foggo on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval strength is vital to achieving maritime security, which is an essential component for stability in a region and a thriving economy. Indeed, the Baltic Sea remains a critical artery of commerce, with up to 15 percent of the world’s cargo traffic transiting the region. Throughout history, the Baltic Sea has been home to great naval fleets. Naval…

Merkel and Nausėda exchange promises of support on security and sharing refugees

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

After the first meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Lithuania’s new President Gitanas Nausėda, both leaders spoke about close and friendly relations between the two countries, skirting around points of potential disagreement. Nausėda, who addressed reporters at the joint media conference in German, said that the country where he spent two years while studying in the early 1990s was his “second fatherland” and that his meeting with Merkel was…

Lithuanian formin, US Rep. Quigley to discuss security, energy

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius is meeting with Mike Quigley, a member of the US House of Representatives, in Vilnius on Tuesday to discuss security and energy issues. The meeting will focus on “bilateral Lithuanian-US relations, the security situation in the region, economic cooperation and energy policy issues”, the Foreign Ministry has told BNS. The visit by the Democratic Representative from Illinois is being organized by the US embassy in…

Chinese investment can undermine Lithuanian security

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Chinese investment into the construction of an outer deep-water port in Lithuania’s port of Klaipeda can undermine national security, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says. He also called against pushing the deep-water port project through too hard as there are still disagreements on its need and it will have major environmental impact. “That pushing through so hard, I think, is not very sensible, all the more so, we still don’t have…

Latvian chief of defense to begin visit to US

Thursday, July 25, 2019

The Latvian Chief of Defense, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins is beginning a working visit to the United States today to discuss defense cooperation between the two countries’ armed forces, as well as security and cooperation matters. “Cooperation with the Michigan National Guard is among the deepest, strongest and most vital. And this is not because this cooperation involves military might but because it is based on a truly friendly relationship…

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)…