Posts tagged as the Baltic states

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…

How Baltic States help citizens and businesses in crisis

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Generally, the Baltic States have chosen relatively similar support measures to overcome the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Latvian Radio reported on June 9 about the approaches taken by Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. Economists stress that the effect will be worth assessing after a year and a half. Economist Pēteris Strautiņš of the Luminor bank pointed out that the objective of all countries is to reduce the decline in economic activity and to help people whose activities are…

Ukraine is a stone of discord for the US and Lithuania

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Lithuanian government has decided in February to donate Soviet-made light small arms ammunition to the Ukraine Ministry of Defence (MoD). Worth €255,000 and transferred on a non-reimbursable basis, the ammunition can be used in automatic rifles, machine-guns to ensure national security and defence. Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said: “The transfer of assets is a part of consistent and comprehensive Lithuanian support to Ukraine as it strengthens its…

Why World War 3 could happen in 2019 – threats from North Korea, Syria and Putin

By Patrick Knox on Thursday, February 28, 2019

RISING tensions around the globe along with spectacular war games and weapons testing have increased fears of a major military conflict breaking out in 2019. Here we look at trouble spots which could be potential World War 3 flash points. Why is 2019 such a dangerous year? Our map shows the flashpoints where there are currently military standoffs which could suddenly turn nasty and bring the major powers into conflict…

Rinkēvičs: Ukraine can count on the Baltic states

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On 15 January 2019, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, together with his counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland visited Ukraine to pledge their support for Ukraine over Russia’s aggression and imposition of a blockade on the Kerch Strait and the Sea of Azov. A planned visit to Mariupol had to be postponed due to bad weather conditions, but the ministers visited a military hospital in Dnipro instead, where they were able to speak to Mariupol by…

Unemployment level in Latvia down to 7.7% in Q2 2018

Thursday, August 16, 2018

In Q2 2018 Latvian unemployment rate constituted 7.7 %. Compared to the previous quarter, unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percentage points, while over the year it dropped by 1.2 percentage points. In the 2nd quarter, in Latvia there were 75.4 thousand unemployed persons aged 15–74, which is 11.2 thousand people fewer than a year ago and 4.6 thousand fewer than in the previous quarter, according to results of the Labour…

The Baltic States support the bacteriological labs of the Pentagon

Monday, August 13, 2018

On the relationship of outbreaks of African swine fever, resistant to low temperatures, with the development of a network of American bacteriological laboratories in the former Soviet republics. So, in June in Latvia was ill 165 pigs in Lithuania recorded 41 the outbreak of ASF (African swine fever), only one pig farm because it was destroyed more than 20 thousand animals, and the Minister of agriculture of Lithuania encouraged the…

NATO occupation of the Baltic sky

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, April 26, 2018

NATO fighter aircraft conducting Air Policing Mission the in the Baltic states were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation over the Baltic Sea, according to the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania last week. As we know, NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states is carried out by the Danish Air Force since January. It consists of four F-16 Fighting Falcon fighters which…

Improve NATO forces now

By Dominik George Nargele on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

President Trump has asked Europe’s allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and started efforts to rebuild Europe’s military readiness as NATO is standing up, lethal military aid is going to Ukraine and U.S. energy is going to Europe as an alternative to Gazprom. If NATO were attacked now, only several thousand of the 1-million-plus troops in the European armies would be ready. Allied leaders are now working…

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on April 16-22

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

On April 16-22 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled once to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. On April 16 NATO fighters intercepted one IL-20 flying from the mainland of the Russian Federation to Kaliningrad with its onboard transponder off, according to a flight plan, keeping radio contact with the regional…