Posts tagged as troops

France to send 300 troops to Lithuania next year

Monday, July 15, 2019

France will next year send around 300 troops to NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the French ambassador in Vilnius said on Sunday. The Alliance deployed units to the three Baltic countries and Poland in early 2017, in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region. The battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany. Other countries send their troops for a certain period of…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Defence League volunteers join NATO troops in first-of-a-kind exercise

Monday, July 1, 2019

Personnel from Estonia’s voluntary Defence League (Kaitseliit) were on exercise with NATO troops this weekend, according to Baltic News Service, gaining anti-tank warfare experience on a scale the organization had previously not enjoyed. The Defence League members, from the Tallinn, Harju and Rapla region, joined British and French personnel at the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) central training area June 28-30, and engaged in anti-tank warfare training. The exercise, named Hunt…

Eight British soldiers are arrested over ‘drunken brawl in Lithuanian seaside resort’

Monday, June 24, 2019

A group British soldiers have been arrested in Lithuania over an alleged drunken brawl in a seaside resort. Local media reported that eight soldiers had been detained after a ‘massive fight’ broke out in the early hours of Sunday in the town of Palanga on the country’s Baltic coast. According to local news site 15min, some of the soldiers, all aged in their 20s, were arrested for being ‘intoxicated’ while others…

More US troops will also come to Lithuania after extra Poland deployment, defmin says

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The United States’ decision to send more troops to Poland means that more of them will come to Lithuania for training as well, Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense says. “We believe the number of troops attending exercises in Lithuania will increase. We think it will grow and that is a direct contribution to our security,” Raimundas Karoblis told BNS Lithuania on Wednesday. The minister said he viewed the US decision…

Trump considers moving up to 2,000 troops to Poland as Polish president agrees to buy F-35s

Thursday, June 13, 2019

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is considering a move of up to 2,000 troops from Germany to Poland, a country that had proposed building a “Fort Trump” in hopes of luring the United States to base a larger American military force there. “It’ll be no additional troops in Europe. We will be moving them from another location in Europe,” said Trump, who singled Germany out as the likely…

NATO’s Largest Baltic Drill To Kick Off On Sunday

Monday, June 10, 2019

Some 8,600 US, European troops from 18 nations taking part in annual Baltic Operations Exercise. The U.S. and 18 European countries are preparing to perform “the largest naval exercise series in the Baltic Sea” for the 47th time. The Baltic Operations Exercise (BALTOPS) will kick off on Sunday in Germany’s port city of Kiel. Around 8,600 U.S. and European troops from 18 nations are taking part in the annual BALTOPS…

French prime minister calls for global peace

Friday, June 7, 2019

The Latest on the 75th anniversary of D-Day (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Concluding D-Day celebrations at Juno beach, with birds singing in the background, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has made a plea for global peace and understanding. Philippe attended the ceremony alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, among other dignitaries from other countries. They paid a last…

White House Reviews Military Plans Against Iran

By Eric Schmitt and Julian E. Barnes on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

At a meeting of President Trump’s top national security aides last Thursday, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan presented an updated military plan that envisions sending as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East should Iran attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons, administration officials said. The revisions were ordered by hard-liners led by John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s national security adviser. They do not call for a…

Lifesaving US troops honored in Latvia

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Two United States military personnel who saved the life of a Latvian civilian will be officially recognized for their efforts today by the country’s Defense Minister, Artis Pabriks. Pabriks will attend a special ceremony midday in the town of Jekabpils, where a military parade marking the restoration of Latvia’s independence is due to take place, to thank Captain Logan Georges and Staff Sergeant Stephen Yang, both of whom are stationed in…