Posts tagged as the Baltics

Resilience of Necessity in the Baltics

By Ojars Eriks Kalnins on Saturday, February 2, 2019

The fact that the three Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia managed to establish, lose, and restore their sovereign statehood during the 20th Century is no guarantee they will be able to preserve it in the 21st. But it gives them a heads up when facing the multiple hybrid security threats that they and other European states must contend with these days. After two world wars and 50 years…

Is Russia a real threat to the Baltics?

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 31, 2019

On January 30-31 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis attends an informal EU Defence Ministers’ meeting in Bucharest, Romania. The working dinner will be attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix. They will present to the Ministers the work the organisations under their lead are doing on Women, Peace and Security and discuss further cooperation with the EU. At the main…

Mr. Trump – the master of the Baltics

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, January 31, 2019

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Sunday that US President Donald Trump’s regular complaints about the alliance had not undermined it – adding that his criticism on defense spending was having a positive impact. Trump has frequently blasted members of the 29-nation western security partnership for not paying more into their national defense budgets, the AFP news agency reports. He has clearly stated that NATO allies need to invest more.…

Small Baltic battalions for a big war

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, January 21, 2019

Allies implemented the 2016 Warsaw Summit decisions to establish NATO’s forward presence in the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland) and to develop presence in the Black Sea region. In general, the Alliance has decided to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Officially, it was aimed to demonstrate, as part of an overall posture, allies’ solidarity, determination, and ability to act by triggering an immediate mutual…

If they needed to fend off war with Russia, US military leaders worry they might not make it in time

Monday, June 25, 2018

U.S. commanders are worried that if they had to head off a conflict with Russia, the most powerful military in the world could get stuck in a traffic jam. Humvees could snarl behind plodding semis on narrow roads as they made their way east across Europe. U.S. tanks could crush rusting bridges too weak to hold their weight. Troops could be held up by officious passport-checkers and stubborn railway companies.…

Russia’s Offshore ‘Missile Tests’: Psychologically Undermining the Economic Security of the Baltics

By Olevs Nikers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

In the past two months, the Russian government twice warned Latvian authorities that it was planning to conduct missile tests over Latvia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Baltic Sea. Yet, in both cases (April 4–6 and April 17–19), Russia never actually shot off any live missiles during these “exercises” (Tvnet.lv, April 20; see EDM, May 2). This raises the question of what was the real purpose of Russia’s activities in…