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Defence Attaché of Kazakhstan accredited to Lithuania

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On April 17 Colonel Mukhan Zhassuzakov was accredited as Defence Attaché of Kazakhstan to Lithuania. He was welcomed by Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas. “We appreciate the decision of the Government of Kazakhstan to appoint the first ever Defence Attaché to Lithuania and we are looking forward to that giving an impetus to further bilateral cooperation,” Vice Minister V. Umbrasas said at the accreditation ceremony. Lithuania’s interest in…

€2.4 billion to be allocated to national defense over next four years

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Over the next four years a total of €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense. According to Defence Minister Jüri Luik (IRL), the state budget strategy as decided on by the government late last week provides a strong base for developing the field. According to the state budget strategy, €2.4 billion will be allocated to national defense over the next four years. This will make it possible to keep…

Requirements for Latvian language education in national minority kindergartens to increase

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Education programmes of national minority kindergartens will soon be amended to ensure increased requirements for Latvian language education, as the Director of the State Education Content Centre Guntars Catlaks told journalists, presenting new pre-school education guidelines. «Following previously approved amendments to Education Law and General Education Law, which provide for gradual transition to Latvian language in education, we plan to provide children in pre-school education options to learn Latvian language…

Latvian armed forces to practice cooperation with rescues services

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On Tuesday, 17 April, Latvia’s National Armed Forces will be performing an exercise in Rezekne’s Audriņi and Vērēmi counties. These exercises are intended to train armed forces to cooperate with Emergency Medical Service, State Fire and Rescue Service, State Police and State Border Guard, as reported by Defence Ministry. Through exercises it is planned to improve the unity of National Armed Forces and civil institutions, as well as mutual cooperation…

NATO faces down Russia: Fighter jets scrambled to DEFEND Europe four times in one week

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

NATO fighter jets were mobilised to head off Russian military aircraft that were attempting to avoid detection near Europe four times in just five days. Russian military planes were intercepted by the NATO Air Policing team tasked with guarding airspace over the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. NATO fighters were scrambled to escort the Russian aircraft on four separate occasions between April 9 and April 14, according…

Baltic ambassadors claim Russia is a threat to their nations

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RUSSIA is a threat to the survival of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, MPs were told yesterday. Ambassadors for the three Baltic countries who border Russia told the Westminster defence committee they believed Kremlin troops were poised for an attack. Latvian ambassador Baiba Braze told the committee that there had been a big increase in operations close to her country’s border. “Those are assault capabilities,” she told the MPs, “they are…

Developments in Baltic Defense since Trump Took Office

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Baltic states have felt themselves to be in something of a defense crisis since the Russian annexation of Crimea, which revealed Russia’s revisionist intentions to the extent that even Western Europeans began to take them seriously. While all three Baltic states worked to improve their own national defenses, they also had to rely on NATO to provide the resources necessary to deter or, if necessary, defeat Russia. Trump’s disparagement…

Ratas accepts Aab’s resignation, no successor announced yet

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas accepted the resignation of Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab on Tuesday. Aab announced that he is stepping down after police caught him speeding and driving while intoxicated. A successor will be picked in the next few weeks, Ratas said. “I’ve accepted Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab’s resignation with a very heavy heart,” Ratas was quoted as saying in a government press release. “Unfortunately there…

Vejonis: Russia provokes us with military drills, but we are in control of the situation

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Russia’s announced missile-firing tests is nothing more than demonstration of strength and a provocation against Latvia and NATO to see how we react, said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis in an interview to LNT. According to the politician, Russia wants this to be widely covered. Latvia has provided too much attention to this. The president is confident that Latvia’s reaction so far has been adequate and the country’s armed forces control…

Committee supports more restrictions for military service evaders

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Riigikogu’s National Defence Committee supported a bill that would make it possible to restrict certain rights and permits of those who evade compulsory military service and training exercises. The new law would allow the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) and the Defence Resources Office to file an action with an administrative court to suspend the validity or the issuing of the right to drive power-driven vehicle, the right to command…