Posts tagged as Baltic States

Baltic leaders to push Trump for more military aid

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The leaders of the three Baltic states are expected to press President Donald Trump on Tuesday for more U.S. military support to defend NATO’s borders with Russia, where some allies are concerned about Moscow’s military advantage. “It is important that (U.S. troops) are here on a permanent rotational basis in all Baltic states,” Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told local reporters ahead of her visit to the White House. In addition…

Defence Ministry not overly concerned about Russian missile tests

Monday, April 2, 2018

The ministry’s secretary-general, David Vseviov, told ERR’s Estonian news on Saturday that Russia’s planned missile tests on the Baltic Sea between Wednesday and Friday this week are no reason for greater concern despite their proximity to the Baltic states. The Russian military will conduct missile tests later this week. What makes this case stand out is that for the first time in several decades, the tests are to be conducted…

The President of Lithuania to attend the Baltic States-U.S. Summit

Monday, April 2, 2018

President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė will meet with President Donald Trump and attend a summit meeting of the Baltic countries and the United States in the White House on April 3.  The summit is held at the initiative of President Donald Trump to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltic States’ independence and to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the United States and Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. During her visit to…

Lithuania openly names it’s major enemies

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

On March assessment of national security  was presented to the society and media representatives at the press conference hall at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania. According to The National Threat Assesment prepared by the State Security Department of the Republic of Lithuania and the Second Investigation Department under the Ministry of National Defence, the major threat to the national security of Lithuania originates from Russia’s aggressive intentions and…

President Trump to Host Leaders of 3 Baltic States

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

President Donald Trump will host a summit with heads of state from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania at the White House on April 3. White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah announced the summit between Trump and the leaders during Monday’s afternoon press conference. The President and three leaders will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the nations’ independence and “set the stage for another century of strong ties between our…

The Suwalki Corridor: NATO’s choke point

By Janusz Bugajski on Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Any effective political and military alliance must understand its weakest links and take urgent remedial action. The Suwalki Corridor, a 65-kilometer-wide strip of territory linking Poland with Lithuania, is NATO’s most vulnerable choke point along its eastern flank. In the event of conflict between Russia and NATO, Russia’s military—operating from the Kaliningrad exclave and from Belarus—could attempt to close the Suwalki Corridor and incapacitate NATO as a security provider for…

Russia Ambassadors Reportedly Summoned In Poland, Baltics

Monday, March 26, 2018

The Russian ambassadors to Poland and the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have been summoned to meetings at those countries’ foreign ministries, Russian news agencies report. The reports on March 26, which cited various named and unnamed Russian diplomats, did not say whether reasons were given for the summonses. They came amid signs that several European Union countries are preparing to expel Russian diplomats in response to the…

European Union strengthens countries’ sovereignty

Monday, March 26, 2018

The European Union strengthens its member states’ sovereignty, not reduces it. It is a union that combines many small and medium-sized countries, and together we are stronger. Without European Union’s assistance and our mutual cooperation we would be much more vulnerable on our own, said chairperson of Latvian Saeima’s European Affairs Committee Lolita Čigāne during ‘Baltic EU talks 2018: has Europe recovered?’ conference. Čigāne emphasized that the need for a…

Commanders of Baltic Sea region air forces discuss upcoming exercises at Amari

Monday, March 26, 2018

Topics discussed at a meeting of the commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) and seven commanders of the air forces of the Baltic Sea region at the Amari air base in northwestern Estonia included cooperation between the air forces and upcoming exercises. The participants of the discussion introduced latest developments in the air forces of their countries and an important discussion topic included exercises to be held in the…

NATO Planning First Command Structure Expansion Since Cold War

Friday, March 23, 2018

NATO is planning its first command structure expansion since the Cold War amid mounting Russian tension. An Atlantic Command, likely to be based in Norfolk, Virginia, would protect sea lanes and undersea communication cables. Similarly, the city of Ulm in the south of Germany is likely to host a new Logistics Command with Germany offering to host the new Joint Support and Enabling Command. NATO Defence Ministers are expected to…