Posts published in Baltic states

Allies to rehearse guarding Baltic airspace in Ramstein Alloy exercise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Ramstein Alloy, an exercise of NATO and its partnership countries aimed at practicing guarding Baltic airspace, is to begin in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace on Tuesday. At the exercise, which is held three times per year, air force members will practice leadership and communication procedures as well as conduct air policing exercises in Baltic airspace, military spokespeople in Tallinn said on Monday. The Estonian Air Force and Ämari Air…

NATO jets in Baltics scrambled 4 times last week over Russian military aircraft

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NATO’s fighter-jets patrolling Baltic airspace were scrambled four times last week to intercept Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday. Two of the scrambles were to intercept reconnaissance aircraft and other two were to intercept transport planes. All of them flew over the Baltic Sea without using their onboard transponders. The NATO air-policing mission is conducted from Lithuania and Estonia.

EU member states to develop European cyber response force proposed by Lithuania

Monday, June 25, 2018

If a major cyber incident strikes as soon as in the coming years, it would be responded to by an international cyber response force. A Declaration of Intent signed on development of the Lithuanian-initiated EU Cyber Rapid Response Force teams at a session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg today has laid a foundation for that. “EU countries have not had the opportunity to address cyber incidents together so…

Polish president to pay a visit this week

Monday, June 25, 2018

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will make a two-day official visit to Latvia this week, becoming the latest head of state to drop in during centenary year. The trip will take place June 27-28 and will include bilateral talks, the presentation of a book to the Latvian National Library and a visit to Daugavpils to unveil a monument to former Polish ruler Stefan Batory and pay tribute to Polish soldiers who…

Lithuania’s army enjoys highest public trust in 13 years

Monday, June 25, 2018

A record-high number of people in Lithuania trust the country’s army, the latest survey has revealed, with almost 60 percent trusting the armed forces. “The army’s result is the highest in 13 years,” said Vladas Gaidys, head of the public opinion and market research company Vilmorus. 59.7 percent said they trust the army, 14.4 percent don’t. “Trust in the army and police is high in all democratic countries, they enjoy…

Estonian president: Level of defense spending can not be the only indicator

Monday, June 25, 2018

The level of defense spending of individual countries can not be the only indicator to be looked at when advancing the security relationship between NATO allies, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said. “It is essential that the defense spending of NATO’s European allies should grow and move towards the agreed 2 percent. At the same time, the whole transatlantic security relationship should not be reduced to comparing percentages alone,” the president…

Klaipedos Smelte: we’re becoming global container handling port

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Lithuanian port of Klaipeda is becoming a global container handling port and hopes to improve its handling results, says Rimantas Juska, head of Klaipedos Smelte, a cargo handling company in the port of Klaipeda, indirectly managed by international shipping company Mediterranean Shipping Company, informs LETA/BNS. In his words, the port is receiving a growing number of large container vessels, and MSC has announced recently its decision to start transshipment…

Latvia’s parliament conceptually supports new sanction regulations

Friday, June 22, 2018

On Thursday, 21 June, Saeima supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on International Sanctions and National Sanctions of the Republic of Latvia that are meant to improve sanction regime regulations to ensure efficient application of national and international sanctions, as reported by Saeima press-service. Amendments to the law clarify the range of subjects on which sanctions are applicable. Changes also resolve matters in relation to terms in…

Russian aircraft violates Estonia’s airspace near Vaindloo island

Friday, June 22, 2018

An aircraft belonging to the Russian Ministry of the Interior entered the Estonian airspace near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland without permission around noon on Wednesday and spent approximately a minute in Estonian airspace. The transponder of the Tupolev TU154M plane that spent about a minute in Estonian airspace was turned on, but it had not presented a flight plan, spokespeople at the headquarters of the…

Lithuanian parlt makes first step towards disclosing ex-KGB agents

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Seimas of Lithuania on Thursday backed an initiative by the opposition Electoral Action of Poles in Lithuania – Christian Families Alliance to disclose now classified information on former agents of the Soviet KGB who voluntarily admitted their collaboration. 55 lawmakers voted in favor of the bill, 34 were against and nine abstained. The bill will now go to parliamentary committees and is set to return to the parliament in…