Posts tagged as Baltic region

A RAF led military Tactical Air Control Party is supporting NATO Operations in the Baltic region

Monday, May 17, 2021

A RAF led Tactical Air Control Party has deployed to Operation Cabrit with the 1 Mercian Battlegroup.  The British Army Battlegroup is integrated into the 1st Estonian Brigade as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence mission. On Operation Cabrit, the Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) deploys Joint Terminal Attack Controllers together with signallers, as part of a Fire Support Team that direct and control air support for the Battlegroup.  The…

New U.S. Civil War as a security threat for the Baltic Region

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Recently the U.S. marked the 160th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. The death toll was put at about 750,000 soldiers, including those who died from accident, disease and starvation. Most civil wars do not spring up overnight, and the American Civil War was no exception. After so many years this conflict continues to matter, America’s wounds have yet to heal and the nation is again divided…

Preparing for war. Baltic region is a battlefield

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, March 12, 2021

Currently, the processes of economic and geopolitical reorganization of the world are going on. Markers of these processes are terrorism, severe struggle for control over energy sources and information war. International security system does not work. At the same time, global military spending is constantly growing. In 2020, it reached $1.93 trillion, that is $180 billion more than in 2010 ($1.75 trillion). NATO is the leader here. The increasing of…

Lithuania increases military capabilities

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Monday, June 22, 2020

The Baltic states continue to be one of the most militarized region in Europe. The planned reduction of American troops in Germany to 25 000 could increase the likelihood of further strengthening of relations between the Baltic states and the United States. Gradually, the Baltic states become Washington’s most reliable partners in the process of escalating tensions in eastern Europe. In particular, Lithuania keeps up politics of militarization of the…

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…

Report Authors Discuss Challenges of NATO’s Reinforcement of the Baltic Region

Friday, May 8, 2020

In the event of a major crisis or war in the Baltic region, NATO’s reinforcement of the local armed forces and enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups would require the rapid movement of large and heavy military formations across Europe. In their report “Until Something Moves: Reinforcing the Baltic Region in Crisis and War”, a collaboration between ICDS and CEPA, Lieutenant General (retired) Ben Hodges, Tony Lawrence and Colonel (retired) Ray Wojcik…

Capability and Resolve: Deterrence, Security and Stability in the Baltic Region

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

In response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014, NATO has revitalised its core business of deterrence and defence and adapted it to today’s political and geostrategic circumstances. In the Baltic region, the most visible expression of this effort has been the deployment of the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Poland and the three Baltic states. These are, in turn, backed up by a readiness and reinforcement strategy, which NATO…

China UnionPay expands in Baltic region

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

UnionPay International, a subsidiary of banking card association China UnionPay, announced that it has just partnered with Swedbank, one of the largest banking groups in Northern Europe, to further expand its business in the Baltic region. The partnership will enable tens of thousands of merchants in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to accept UnionPay cards. Leveraging the advantages of both parties, the collaboration will enhance the service capacity of the UnionPay…

The price of NATO-Russia contention

By Lukas Ramonas on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nowadays, tensions between the main political forces of the world are growing. Tightness in relations between the United States and Russia is observed in the political, economic and military spheres. So, many experts call the Baltic region the most verisimilar place of an “explosion” (beginning of large-scale military conflict between NATO and Russia). To achieve its goals in Eastern Europe, the United States uses military, economic, informational and other instruments…

Cold drives electricity prices across Baltics higher

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Electricity prices rose across the Baltic region last week amid a spell of cold weather, Elektrum Lietuva. Prices in all three countries increased by 19% w-o-w, to 65.06 euros per megawatt-hour (MWh) in Lithuania, 64.83 euros in Estonia and 65.08 euros in Latvia, the independent electricity supplier said. The Baltic countries’ total power consumption grew by 5% to 642 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and their overall electricity production increased by 16 percent to…