Posts tagged as Baltic States

The Baltic States are the European troublemakers

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Foreign policy of the Baltic States creates conflicts in the international relationship of Eastern Europe. Earlier, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis was delegated to Georgia as a mediator in the political conflict. However, he threatened the Georgian authorities with sanctions for arresting opposition leader Nikanor Melia. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called the statements of the Lithuanian delegate offensive and unacceptable. Now Lithuania…

NATO capabilities in Baltic region

By Antanas Tubelis on Thursday, February 25, 2021

As we can see, militarization in the Baltic States remains at a very high level at present time. But why do our leaders want to invite as many foreign troops as possible? What are the main mission and real capabilities of these troops in the region? Let’s try to figure them out. The Baltic States now are preparing for possible military confrontation because of the “Russian threat”. As we know,…

Baltic States may be left without NATO support

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged at the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting held on February 17-18 “to increase NATO’s funding for our core deterrence and defence activities.” In an effort to improve “burden sharing” Stoltenberg proposed that allies jointly fund more of NATO’s work. “The country that provides the capabilities also provides the funding. So, if you send some troops to the NATO battlegroup in Lithuania, as Norway does, then…

The U.S. does not rely on NATO in the Baltic States

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, February 16, 2021

It is not a secret, that the U.S. has developed a complex system of defending its interests in Europe. This system is composed of mechanisms which allow to support its influence by different means, including economic and military tools. From the military point of view, this system is based on the U.S. military presence in Europe and in the Baltic States and Poland in particular. In order to strengthen its…

An unexpected alliance may appear in Europe: France and the Baltic States

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

“The newly forged Franco-Baltic friendship stands as an addition to the multilateral security and cooperation structures and does not mean the Baltics are trading Brussels for Paris just yet, but their revamped cooperation, particularly on cybersecurity and disinformation, is set to continue” – writes Monika Bicskauskaite, a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office, for EurActiv. This article was posted on February 9th by LRT.LT According to the…

Baltic states favour rail over recovery

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are raising the stakes to secure EU funding for the Rail Baltica high-speed rail link connecting the three countries and continuing all the way to Warsaw, and may even be ready to block the EU’s €750 billion recovery package if funding for the rail project is not guaranteed. The EU has already approved a sum of €1.4 billion for the Rail Baltica project from the €28.4…

U.S.-Russia contradictions threaten the Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The U.S. foreign policy trends raise questions and alarm not only its opponents but also close allies. This concern is caused by a number of decisions made by the previous administration, as well as planned by the new one. Thus, the international security system has become unstable due to the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019 and from the Open Skies Treaty in 2020. Though, Mr.…

How the Baltic States will survive without U.S. help

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The seizing of the Capitol by Donald Trump’s radical supporters came as a shock not only to the United States, but also to its allies. Never in recent history has the world seen such obvious evidence of the degradation of the most powerful state on the planet as it is today. The United States partly lost its position as a Superpower, but now the internal conflict inside America has acquired…

Finland seeking to improve exchange of data bases between Baltic States, Northern Europe

Friday, January 22, 2021

Finland is seeking to improve the exchange of information in the daily life of citizens of Northern Europe and Baltic countries in such areas as education, health care and law, the Finnish government said on Friday. In 2021, Finland chairs Nordic-Baltic Eight, a regional cooperation format that also includes Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. “As part of chairmanship, in the beginning of the year, Finland launched a…

Baltic States are the poorest in EU

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Baltic States remain among the poorest regions in the EU. Despite the measures implemented by the leadership of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the level of the minimum wage in these countries is one of the lowest in Europe. The question of setting a minimum wage is one of the most analyzed and debated topics in economics. Over recent years and in the context of the economic and social crisis engendered…