Posts tagged as USA

Washington hits Iran with new sanctions, target’s country’s Supreme Leader

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

United States President Donald Trump has announced imposing of tough, new sanctions against Iran also on the office of the Middle Eastern country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. British public broadcaster BBC reports that the executive order of the U.S. president was signed on Monday, June 24, with the shooting down of a U.S. drone, fuelling of foreign conflicts and support to terrorist activities. Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, was singled…

Global airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US drone

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Major airlines from around the world on Friday began rerouting their flights to avoid areas around the Strait of Hormuz following Iran’s shooting down of a U.S. military surveillance drone there, as America warned commercial airliners could be mistakenly attacked. The Federal Aviation Administration warned of a “potential for miscalculation or misidentification” in the region after an Iranian surface-to-air missile on Thursday brought down a U.S. Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk,…

The EU’s own army will make the Baltic States alone

By Kovas Azbis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

As history proves, even the most powerful unions and military alliances fall apart sooner or later. Political scientists estimate the life cycle of NATO at about ten years. It will be replaced by a new “European Army”. European countries began to think about the need for their own security system and the strengthening of relations with Russia. The U.S. is losing its influence on Europe and is trying to prevent…

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…

Who really flexes muscles in Baltic region?

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Large-scale NATO manoeuvres “Iron Wolf – 2019” (Gelezinis Vilkas 2019) in Lithuania started on 8 June. Military personnel from the USA, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Estonia also take part in addition to the Lithuanian soldiers. Some of them are members of the forward-based NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania. More than 1000 units of military equipment are involved in the exercises, according…

The U.S. sell “fear” to Europe

By Vairis Godmanis on Saturday, June 1, 2019

The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) has considered several options for the outcome of the military conflict between Russia and Europe if the US withdraws from NATO. According to experts of the institute, European countries will not be able to resist Moscow. This is reported by the American magazine National Interest. According to one of the options, Russia will seize Lithuania and part of the territory of Poland. This…

Huawei in U.S. courts challenging Washington’s sanctions against it

Thursday, May 30, 2019

As Washington has effectively prohibited American firms to sell its technology to Huawei without government approval, the Chinese company has filed lawsuits in the U.S. challenging what it sees as selective punishment against the firm. American news agency AP reports that Huawei filed a motion in U.S. court on Wednesday, May 29, challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits its sales of telecom equipment. It has also launched its…

Latvia-US agree on priorities in defense cooperation

Monday, May 13, 2019

Latvian and US defense officials have signed a bilateral cooperation plan that sets priorities in cooperation in defense for the coming five years, the Latvian Defense Ministry reported. Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development) on Friday met with US Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan in Washington to discuss further cooperation in defense. The officials confirmed readiness to continue implementation of the principles of cooperation agreed on during the…

French expert: Establishing US base in Poland bilaterally would be bad for Europe

Friday, May 10, 2019

Russia would view the establishment of a US military base in Poland on a bilateral basis as a sign of fragility of the US commitment in Europe, well-known French strategic thinker Francois Heisbourg said in an interview with BNS. “‘Fort Trump’ is at heart a destabilizing notion,” Heisbourg, one of the speakers at the international Lennart Meri Conference to be held in Tallinn later this month, said in reference to…