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Lithuanian Armed Forces buy new pistols instead of vaccines

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

During the struggle against the terrible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing consequences in the national economy, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense bought a batch of new firearms to finally abandon the pistols of different caliber. The Armed Forces of Lithuania has already passed the first batch of German pistols HK SFP9 SF Paddle. This was reported by the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense. Lithuanian servicemen…

Deal with the Devil: Baltics are celebrating the anniversary of joining NATO

By Jonas Dringelis on Monday, March 29, 2021

17 years ago, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia formally became members of NATO. According to the NATO leadership, the North Atlantic Alliance is “defensive organization” that is constantly expanding. Some might say it’s a “defence mechanism”. The “defensive expansion” of NATO does have something of an “Orwellian” ring to it though. “Orwellian” is an adjective describing a situation, idea, or societal condition that George Orwell identified as…

All Lithuania as a one big military training area

By Vairis Godmanis on Monday, March 29, 2021

Recently, the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania wanted to build a huge military facility in the West of the country, but the research showed that due to natural features, the designated territories do not meet the needs of the army in order to conduct comprehensive military exercises on them. In this regard, the Minister of Defense of Lithuania Arvydas Anušauskas and the Minister of Environment Simonas Gentvilas agreed that the…

It’s about time we started discussing China’s influence in Latvia

By Juris Paiders on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Last week, noted Estonian marine scientist and researcher at the Tallin Technical University Tarmo Kõuts was sentenced to prison for spying for a Chinese intelligence service. He had access to Estonian and NATO classified information for quite some time, and during the last three years he received 17,000 euros for handing this information over to China. If you ask me, it’s a laughable amount of money to betray your motherland…

NATO troops in Lithuania neglect Covid-19 quarantine rules

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Covid-19 cases have been confirmed in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup in Lithuania. According to the battalion spokesman, the infected soldiers are from Norway, and the unit has been placed under lockdown. “We are confirming that Covid-19 had been detected in the Battlegroup during last weekend. The Battlegroup’s German commander decided therefore to put all soldiers in Rukla on lockdown until contact traces are completed,” Lieutenant Colonel Stephan-Thomas Klose…

Latvian government turned population into prisoners

By Viktors Domburs on Thursday, March 25, 2021

Baltic States’ authorities decided not to “reinvent the wheel” and just found “hot” topics to divert attention from situation at home. They continue to discuss neighbour countries’ problems deflecting popular attention away from problems with COVID-19 vaccination delay, poorly performing economy and growing unpopularity. They try to focus citizens’ attention on the situation in other states, such as human rights violations in Russia, protests in Belarus, building North Stream-2, China’s…

How politics influences Lithuanian health system

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, March 22, 2021

The news that Lithuanian government suspends use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from March 16 as “a precaution” until the European Medicines Agency gives a final evaluation of its safety, made citizens nervous. It happened just some hours after Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė categorically told the public broadcaster her government would not suspend use of the vaccine, saying the harm due to the disruption to vaccination would be worse. Thus,…

EU ambassadors OK human rights sanctions on China

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU ambassadors on Wednesday agreed to a new package of sanctions on four Chinese individuals and one entity over human rights violations targeting the minority Uyghur Muslim population, according to multiple diplomats. The penalties are part of a new sanctions package that will punish several countries over human rights abuses. The overall list includes 11 individuals and four entities in six countries, according to the diplomats. Among those facing punishments…

Chemical weapons in Baltic Sea an ‘urgent threat’

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Thursday, March 18, 2021

A group of MEPs has called on Brussels to take action to tackle the issue of the chemical and conventional weapons laying dormant on the Baltic seabed. “We express our deep concern about the threat that is still posed by chemical and conventional weapons sunk into the Baltic Sea after World War II,” 39 MEPs said in a letter addressed to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The letter was initiated…

World War III: If Russia Invaded the Baltics NATO Couldn’t Stop Them

By Mark Episkopos on Tuesday, March 16, 2021

But if the Baltics have really been so vulnerable for so many years, why is it that the Russians have yet to attack? Is NATO able to fend off a large-scale Russian invasion of the Baltic states? No, according to most experts. A 2016 RAND Corporation report, “Reinforcing Deterrence on NATO’s Eastern Flank,” conducted a series of wargames simulating a Russian assault on the Baltic states. The report reached an…