Posts tagged as Washington

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.…

Lithuania buys Washington’s trust

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, July 13, 2020

Lithuania will purchase six UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters and associated equipment from the United States worth than $ 380 million. This was reported by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the U.S. Department of Defense on July, 6. The U.S. Department of Defense noted that the purchase of helicopters will significantly increase Lithuania’s capabilities in countering threats from the East, border control, medical evacuation, search and rescue operations and…

‘A significant shift’: US oil for Belarus reaches Lithuania

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The first shipment of US oil for Belarus reached Lithuania on Friday, marking a “significant shift” for Minsk as it seeks to reduce its energy dependence on Moscow, according to Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. Amid standoff with Moscow over tariffs, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko previously called for a third of the country’s oil exports to come via Baltic ports. Belarus has already imported oil shipments from Saudi Arabia and…

New DEFENDER Europe 20 exercise is a new wave of COVID-19

By Lukas Ramonas on Monday, June 8, 2020

On Thursday (5th of June), at the Drawsko Land Forces Training Center, the Polish-U.S. DEFENDER Europe 20 Plus exercise has started. Nearly 6,000 Polish and U.S. soldiers and around 2,000 pieces of equipment participate in this exercise: tanks, combat vehicles, artillery, missiles and aviation are being used. Exercise will last until June 18 this year. “Plus” is a modification of the initially planned exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 – the largest for…

Washington and nine European countries denounce Russia’s effort to ‘falsify history’

Friday, May 8, 2020

The United States, along with nine Central and Eastern European countries, issued a joint statement denouncing attempts to “falsify history” of World War Two. The Lithuanian foreign minister says it is aimed at countering Russia’s propaganda justifying Soviet crimes. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the foreign ministers of nine countries in the region issued the joint statement on Thursday, the eve of the 75th anniversary of the end…

Joint Baltic and Polish delegations to visit Washington

Monday, March 2, 2020

The speaker of the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, is going to the US to discuss Baltic affairs. He will be joined by his Latvian and Polish counterparts and representatives of the Estonian parliament. “The US presence in our region is indispensable. We are grateful to the United States for its active participation in military exercises held in the Baltic region,” Pranckietis said. NATO’s defence plan for the Baltic states and Poland…

Washington prepares Europe for war

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, February 20, 2020

As you know, large-scale NATO maneuvers Defender-Europe 20 will soon begin. Nearly 40 thousand troops will take part in the exercise. The exercise will be held in 10 European countries, including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Germany. These maneuvers will be the largest transfer of troops directly from the United States to the European continent in more than 25 years. For the first time, an American division will be transported…

Estonian formin embarks on visit to Washington at invitation of his US colleague

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu will be on a visit to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday and Thursday at the invitation of the Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo. Reinsalu is to attend the opening event of the International Religious Freedom Alliance hosted by the US secretary of state on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, the minister will take part in the national prayer breakfast where President Donald Trump…

Washington does not understand consequences of Soleimani’s killing

By Jonas Dringelis on Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that Trump had ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Iran’s top “shadow commander” was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, the State Department said. By ordering the airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, President Trump has demonstrated to Iran’s leaders that he…

Asian shares mixed as investors look ahead to rate decisions

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Asian shares were mixed Tuesday after a day of listless trading on Wall Street, as investors awaited signs on global interest rates. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 added nearly 0.3% in afternoon trading to 21,379.45. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.7% to 6,599.60, while South Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.5% to 2,030.21. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was virtually unchanged, inching down less than 0.1% at 26,679.83, while the Shanghai Composite lost 0.3%…