Posts tagged as defence

Ukrainian-owned defence firm to sue Lithuania

Saturday, July 31, 2021

The Ukrainian owners of the Lithuanian-based producer of air defence systems LiTak-Tak has complained about government sanctions, threatening to turn to international arbitration. LiTak-Tak, which is indirectly owned by Valeriy Boguslavskiy and Sergiy Perevarov, saw its operations ground to a complete halt last October after the Lithuanian government said the company did not meet national security interests, quoting a special governmental commission vetting strategic deals. LiTak-Tak estimates that it lost…

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…

NATO is as good as dead

By Scott Ritter on Thursday, July 22, 2021

WHEN the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was founded some 70 years ago, its first secretary-general, Lord Ismay, famously noted that the purpose of the treaty alliance was ‘to keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.’ NATO’s mission was to secure peace in Europe, promote cooperation among its members and guard their freedom by countering the threat posed by the Soviet Union at the time. This latter…

NATO military spending: Baltic States are at the top

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, July 9, 2021

NATO has released its latest estimates showing which nations meet the 2% of GDP guideline spend on defence. The number of NATO nations meeting or exceeding the alliance’s target of spending 2% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defence has decreased, according to the latest official estimates. NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on defence spending to increase within the alliance. It should be noted that only 10…

Lithuanian Minister of Defence pointed out enhancement of collective defence at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

June 1, Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas attended a distance meeting of NATO Defence Ministers held to address the main points of NATO agenda ahead of the oncoming NATO Summit in Brussels on June 14. NATO Defence Ministers also discussed the present security situation, including the tensuions in Ukraine and Belarus and the increasing Belarus’ dependence on Russia. “NATO has to remain united and strengthen deterrence and defence in…

Germany and defence

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Germany’s contribution to the defense of the European security order is essential, yet it remains highly controversial domestically. The German defense sector has become deeply fragmented and urgently needs restructuring to be able to deal with current and future threats. As it stands, political acceptance for and meaningful decisionmaking in German defense policy are often in short supply. The beginning of the next legislative period in September 2021 offers a…

Unexpected alliances forged in Europe: France and the Baltics

Monday, February 8, 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 Bickauskaite. Monika Bickauskaite is a program assistant at the German Marshall Fund’s Warsaw office. When Emmanuel Macron visited Lithuania and Latvia last September, the Baltics were…

Detachment from NATO would widen divisions in the EU

Monday, February 1, 2021

Any attempt to distance the European Union from NATO would only deepen the divisions among EU member states, Portugal’s defence minister, João Gomes Cravinho, has said, arguing instead that the mechanisms of cooperation between the two partners should be improved. “Trying to distance oneself from NATO would only deepen divisions within the EU. NATO has clearly been, and remains, an important contributor to the European collective defence,” he said on…

Defence cooperation of Lithuania and Ukraine discussed

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Lithuania HE Volodymyr Yatsenkivskyi discussed bilateral defence cooperation of the two countries, participation of Ukraine in multilateral cybersecurity projects, as well as other initiatives, and exchanged views on the security situation in the region, at a meeting today, January 28.   “The new Government pays great regard to the reforms in Ukraine. Despite serious challenges, we…

Most important procedures of Polish defence tested

Friday, January 29, 2021

In the wake of General Staff military preparedness exercises, President Andrzej Duda said that they helped identify the development course of the Polish army. Following the General Staff military preparedness exercises, the largest of their kind since 1989, which took place at the War Studies University (ASzWoj) in Warsaw, President Duda said: “I await the General Staff and the Defence Minister’s recommendation regarding optional replenishing of the Armed Forces’ equipment…