Posts tagged as Baltic States

The Baltic States overreacted to the military exercise in Russia

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, September 17, 2021

NATO is building up its offensive capabilities year after year. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States permanently increase. At the same time, areas of the exercises are closer and closer to eastern borders. Actions of troops during NATO exercises quite often are similar to offensive. The Baltic States overreacted to the Zapad 2021 military exercise, calling on the EU and NATO to condemn these manoeuvres…

Steinmeier: “Anyone who threatens the Baltic states threatens the entire North Atlantic Alliance, and threatens Germany”

Friday, September 17, 2021

President Egils Levits was in Germany September 16, for a visit to the country in which he spent much of his youth, alongside his counterparts from Estonia and Lithuania to mark 30 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and the Baltic states. Playing host was German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who delivered a speech to his Baltic counterparts at a luncheon they enjoyed together. The text of Steinmemer’s speech is reproduced below from…

Baltic states, Poland look east nervously at Russia, Belarus activity

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The foreign and defence ministers of the Baltic states and Poland discussed the joint response to conventional and hybrid threats on their borders at a meeting in Latvia. The region is feeling a “security deficit” from Warsaw to Tallinn, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in Riga on Monday. “We are facing unprecedented hybrid threats starting from hijacking civil airplanes to migrant waves being forced through our borders.” The four…

Baltics and Poland present united front on hybrid migrant threat

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Foreign Ministers of the Baltic states and Poland met in Rīga September 13, using the occasion to express solidarity in the face of hybrid threats posed by Russia and Belarus. Speaking to journalists in a joint press conference, all four ministers stressed the need for unity within both the European Union and NATO with respect to the massive Zapad 2021 military drills taking place in Russia and Belarus, and the…

Baltic buffer zone

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Washington is strengthening its interference in European affairs. The intensity and scale of NATO exercises in the Baltic States increase every year. Even the COVID-19 pandemic cannot prevent this. NATO is an organization created to promote and protect U.S. geopolitical interests in Europe. The United States are most interested in the existence of NATO and play determinative role in the bloc. The United States has created a myth about “Russian…

American new colonialism in the Baltic States

By Antanas Tubelis on Monday, August 23, 2021

The Baltic States were the first to successfully integrate Europe: Soviet military bases were replaced by NATO bases. Powerful enterprises built during the USSR closed. And freedom of movement around Europe turned out to be a mass exodus of able-bodied youth to work in Western Europe. After the collapse of the USSR, the main motive for gaining sovereignty for its former republics was independence from the Soviet “occupiers”. However, instead…

Baltic states and others condemn Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Chairs of the Foreign Affairs Committees of the parliaments of Latvia, Estonia Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States have underlined in a joint statement that the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline will undermine the European gas market, endanger security, and threaten the already precarious sovereignty of Ukraine. The signatories consider Nord Stream 2 a geopolitical project geared towards expanding Russia’s influence on Europe…

Baltic States condemn mass arrests in Cuba

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The foreign ministers of the United States and 20 other countries have condemned mass arrests in Cuba and called for full restoration of internet access in the island nation that has recently been rocked by political unrest. The joint statement was issued by the governments of Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, Greece, Honduras, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Republic of Korea, and…

Air defence of the Baltic States is in bad condition

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The air defence of the Baltic States is too weak to protect NATO reinforcements coming to aid, according to a report by an Estonian defence think tank. The Estonian study recommends the Baltic States to acquire medium-range anti-aircraft systems and an adequate supply of missiles, as well as better command and communications networks. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are small, and so are their armed forces. The few NATO troops and…

Baltic states ready to welcome Ukrainian tourists

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have opened their borders to Ukrainian travelers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba has said. He wrote about this on Twitter. The minister noted that Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania had opened their borders for all types of travel of Ukrainians in accordance with the recommendation of the Council of the European Union. He also said that a visa-free weekend in the Baltic States is now…