Posts tagged as troops

Lukashenko instructs to withdraw troops from western border of Belarus

Monday, September 14, 2020

President of Belarus Lukashenko ordered to withdraw the troops from the western border, because “it is costly.” Lukashenko said this at a meeting with the power bloc of the Security Council of Belarus, BelTA informs. “The first question is about the situation on the western border. I would like to hear a report from the Minister of Defense and the Chief of General Staff on what actions you propose for…

Artis Pabriks asks US to station troops in Latvia

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Defence Minister Artis Pabriks addressed his US counterparts about the possibility of setting up a certain proportion of US troops in Latvia and in Poland, Pabriks told Latvian Radio September 9. Pabriks acknowledged that the negotiations are difficult and long, but hopes they will be successful. “These requests and demands – NATO understands them, but this does not in any way outweigh our need to maximize our own armed forces and army. There…

Saeima approves Latvian troops going to Kosovo

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Thursday, September 3, Saeima confirmed the decision on Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) soldier participation in NATO-led international operation in Kosovo until December 31, 2023, parliament representatives said September 3. Based on a resolution adopted by the UN Security Council in 1999, the  NATO-led operation in Kosovo (KFOR)   was launched in June 1999 following a long-standing inter-ethnic conflict and violence in the Balkan region. The main tasks of the…

Latvia to send 34 troops to NATO mission in Iraq

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Latvia is planning to participate in the latest iteration of the NATO mission in Iraq with a unit of 34 soldiers, news agency LETA said July 29. The Ministry of Defense (AM) has prepared a draft project for Saeima on the participation of Latvian soldiers in the NATO mission in Iraq until November 1 2022. AM said that in October 2016 NATO defense ministers approved training and security strengthening activities in Iraq and its region.…

The Baltic States and sold freedom

By Lukas Ramonas on Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Military personnel from Latvia and Lithuania are participating in joint exercise with the U.S. Northern Strike2020. Northern Strike 20 is held July 19-31 at Michigan’s National All-Domain Warfighting Center, encompassing Camp Grayling Maneuver Training Center and Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center. More than 2,300 personnel participate, including Army and Air National Guard forces from California, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin. Active-duty…

US to deploy hundreds of troops to Lithuania for training

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The United States will deploy hundreds of American troops to Lithuania for training over the next few years, said US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy in Vilnius on Thursday. “We intend to continue these deployments to Lithuania where both of our forces can mutually benefit from shared operations,” he told reporters after meeting with Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis. “This level of cooperation, training, security and, ultimately, stability has…

Baltic countries are begging troops from Washington

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

“Washington intends to relocate 9,500 U.S. troops from Germany to two different countries by the end of September” said U.S. President Donald Trump in his interview with the Washington Post last week. Poland is already in line to receive some of these troops. The second one will be a country that fulfills obligations to finance defense forces in the amount of GDP 2%. Now, Latvia wants to become this country.…

Canadian troops forced to hitch ride with British military to and from Latvia

Friday, July 10, 2020

Canadian troops have been forced to hitch a ride with the British military to get to and from Latvia due to a shortage of working planes. Canada has 540 troops in Latvia, where they form the core of a 1,500-strong multinational battlegroup established by NATO three years ago. Similar battlegroups led by Britain, Germany and the U.S. have been established in Estonia, Lithuania and Poland, respectively. The current Canadian contingent…

Baltics in a bid to host US troops departing Germany

By Jeff Seldin on Friday, July 10, 2020

As thousands of US troops are set to depart Germany, Latvia has said it would be ready to host them in the Baltics. Voice of America reports. There may be some additional competition for the thousands of US troops that could soon be on their way out of Germany. Poland is already in line to receive some of the 9,500 troops that US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from…

Russian troops in Belarus would be an ‘early warning’ for Baltics

Monday, July 6, 2020

Russian troops traversing Belarus could be an “early warning” of Moscow’s military aggression against the Baltics, according to a report by Chatham House analyst commissioned by Vilnius Policy Analysis Institute. In the  report on Belarus and Russia, presented in Vilnius on June 23, Anais Marin from Chatham House analysed the prevailing myths on the two countries’ integration – including the military union envisioned by the Union State treaty signed in 1999.…