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NATO appreciates Lithuania’s defence spending as showing example

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lithuania’s significant increase in defence spending has been praised by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as an example this week. The military alliance wrote in a press release that Stoltenberg hosted Lithuanian prime minister Saulus Skvernelis at NATO headquarters on Monday, November 19, and during a joint press conference thanked for Lithuania’s contributions to the alliance, for instance, in the form of peace keeping missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan. «You…

Lithuanian Railways to upgrade another section of Vilnius-Klaipeda railway

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai (Lithuanian Railways) continues to upgrade the railway between the capital of Vilnius and the seaport of Klaipeda, informed LG representative. The state railway operator has launched an international tender for the construction of a second track on the Livintai-Gaiziunai section of the railway, with the contract to be awarded through a negotiated procedure. The preliminary value of the project is put at 75 mln euros. “By implementing the…

Lithuanian formin: Georgia’s presidential runoff date raises doubts about transparency

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday the date of the second round of the presidential election in Georgia raised doubts about the transparency of the vote. Georgia’s election body has set the runoff date for Wednesday, November 28. Although the election day will a public holiday in Georgia, critics say holding the runoff on a weekday might prevent some people from voting. “The date of elections surprised us a bit,…

Kaljulaid on Latvia’s centennial: Time has grown Estonia, Latvia together

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Speaking on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that time has grown Estonia and Latvia together and made them strong. “The histories of Estonia and Latvia and intertwined, we have fought for our freedom together and time has grown us together and made us strong” Kaljulaid said in her speech made in Riga on Sunday. “On the independence day of…

Estonia likely to buy long-range antitank system from Germany’s Eurospike

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The sole offer in a procurement of the Estonian Centre for Defence Investments (ECDI) for the purchase of a long-range antitank system for Estonia was made by German company Eurospike GmbH. As according to a requirement set by Estonia, the weapons system must have a range of at least 4,000m, the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) will likely purchase Spike LR, Spike LR2 or Spoke ER missiles, provided that the offer…

Belgian unit to arrive in Estonia as part of NATO battalion in 2019

Monday, November 19, 2018

Members of the Chasseurs Ardennais battalion of the Belgian armed forces are to join the prepositioned NATO battalion in Estonia at the beginning of next year. Approximately 200 members of the Chasseurs Ardennais battalion will arrive in Estonia, the unit will be equipped with infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), SPIKE antitank missiles and 120-mm mortars, and will arrive here complete with a combat engineer and combat support unit. The unit is…

Lithuanian formin to attend EU Foreign Affairs Council

Monday, November 19, 2018

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs is set to attend an EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on Monday. The meeting’s agenda includes issues related to Central Asia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine and Yemen. EU security and defense issues will be also discussed during a joint working session of foreign affairs and defense ministers, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Ministers will discuss preparations for a meeting of foreign ministers from…

Kaljulaid on Latvia’s centennial: Time has grown Estonia, Latvia together

Monday, November 19, 2018

Speaking on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid said that time has grown Estonia and Latvia together and made them strong. “The histories of Estonia and Latvia and intertwined, we have fought for our freedom together and time has grown us together and made us strong” Kaljulaid said in her speech made in Riga on Sunday. “On the independence day of…

Lithuanian president congratulated Latvia on Independence Centennial

Monday, November 19, 2018

Before leaving for centennial celebrations in Riga, President Dalia Grybauskaitė sent a message of congratulations to President Raimonds Vējonis on the 100th anniversary of Latvia’s independence. The President underlined that Latvia was very dear to Lithuania. “We are bound not only by the historic events that took place 100 years ago, but also by our song-inspired resistance and armed fights for freedom and civil rights, as well as by our…

Lithuanian PM to meet NATO chief over additional support

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis is to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg next week to discuss possible deployment of additional allied capabilities in Lithuania, local media reported on Thursday. According to the Lithuanian government, Skvernelis’ visit to Brussels to meet Stoltenberg is scheduled next Monday. The PM of Lithuania and the NATO chief are to discuss capabilities to enhance the mobility of allied forces in Europe, relations with Ukraine…