Posts tagged as US

Lithuania asks US support on Astravyets NPP issue

Friday, September 18, 2020

The US Department of Energy is well-informed about Belarus’ Astravyets nuclear power plant (NPP) project, and Lithuania is asking for American support in ensuring the facility is run safely, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said. Linkevičius met with US Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes during his visit to Washington on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said. “The Department of Energy is well-informed about the situation in Astravyets,” the minister said…

US is yet to achieve democratic ways of doing politics

By Stero Veberts on Thursday, September 17, 2020

There are many opinions on the US politics. This country had been the centre of many many debates. And there’s a reason for that. It’s fair to say that the USA is the greatest country in the world. Seems as its level of life is at the highest, it has the strongest army in the world and the idea of democracy and equality is its political agenda for lifetime. But…

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…

American Exceptionalism

By Larry Romanoff on Thursday, September 10, 2020

“Welcome to America, the Land of Freedom”, read the signs at Washington, DC’s international airport as you line up to have your fingerprints taken and your body cavities searched for mini nuclear devices. I could have titled this article “Setting the Cat among the Pigeons”. In an attempt to forestall the expected avalanche of disagreement, I confirm my awareness of statistics produced by a wide range of individuals and institutions…

US battalion deployed to Lithuania

Thursday, September 3, 2020

An American battalion of some 800–900 troops is arriving in Pabradė, near Vilnius, to take part in a month-long exercise, Lithuanian Armed Forces said on Wednesday. “They will stay in our country until late September or early October, but no exact date for their departure has been set,” said Captain Andrius Dilda, a PR officer at the military. The US troops are expected to arrive on September 5–6 and will…

Lembergs turns to US court over sanctions

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Ventspils former mayor Aivars Lembergs, suspended in connection with the sanctions imposed on him last year, turned to the US court against the US Treasury’s Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and its head, said the Minister of Justice Jānis Bordāns (New Conservative Party) on Latvian Television Thursday, August 20. “The Ministry of Justice has information that on August 11 this year Aivars Lembergs has sued the US District Court for…

US spends €24m to upgrade Lithuanian airbase

Monday, August 3, 2020

The United States has spent 24 million euros to upgrade the Lithuanian airbase in Šiauliai, which houses NATO’s Baltic air policing mission. On Monday, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry said the funds have been spent to develop maintenance hangars, completing various groundworks and installing equipment updates, including arresting gear used to rapidly de-accelerate landing aircraft. “Twenty-four million euros were allocated in 2016–2020 from the US European Reassurance Initiative to build the new…

US Troop Withdrawal: Politics Trumps Strategy

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Pentagon has released some details of its plan to withdraw forces from Germany. The headline figure is now 11 900 troops (coyly described by the Pentagon as “more than 11 000”) compared to the total of roughly 9 500 discussed when the plan was first announced in June. Of these, around 5 600 will be redeployed In Europe, mostly to Belgium and Italy, and around 6 400 returned to…

US is sending a battalion to Lithuania, defence minister says

Thursday, July 30, 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…

Lithuania looks to sign Black Hawk purchase deal with US in September

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Lithuanian government hopes to sign a contract with the United States on the purchase of six Black Hawk military helicopters in September, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said last week after meeting with a visiting high-ranking Pentagon official. “The negotiations are underway and we hope to complete them and sign contracts on upgrading helicopters to Black Hawks in September,” Karoblis told journalists after his meeting with US Secretary of the…