Posts tagged as Defense

Estonia to restrict wind farm developments

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Supreme Court has decided that it is permissible to restrict wind farm developments following national defense considerations. The court found no unconstitutional aspects in legal acts Toila Rural Municipality relied on when refusing a wind farm construction permit. At the heart of the matter was the decision of the Toila Rural Municipality to refuse a building permit for the Päite-Vaivina wind farm. Est Wind Power OÜ applied for a…

Estonian defense spending to rise to €645.4 million in 2021

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Defense spending in 2021 will rise to €645.4 million, constituting 2.29 percent of Gross Domestic Product, following the government’s signing off on the 2021 state budget Tuesday. 2020’s level was €615 million. NATO membership requires a minimum 2 percent of GDP defense-spending level; the 2020 figure already exceeded this requirement. Defense minister Jüri Luik (Isamaa) says that agreements reached at cabinet level on the state budget mean that the national…

Saeima approves concept of national defense

Friday, September 25, 2020

Saeima has approved a new State Defense Concept, which determines the main directions of the national defense and protection, Latvian Television reported September 24. This is the main planning document for the defense sector. The aim is to make Latvia’s defense strong enough so that any attack would cause an aggressor to lose significantly more than potentially gain and thereby deter any attacks. The Saeima said that the concept was prepared at a…

Nordic, Baltic chiefs of defense to discuss security, cooperation

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupsys is leaving for Denmark on Wednesday to take part in the annual meeting of the Nordic and Baltic chiefs of defense. The chiefs of defense of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, and the director general of the Iceland’s Defense Directorate “will discuss relevant issues to the region and common military cooperation projects at the event”, the Lithuanian Armed Forces said…

Bill on national defense education forwarded to Saeima committees

Friday, January 31, 2020

Saeima today forwarded to committees a bill on national defense education for children and youth, drafted by the Defense Ministry. The ministry predicts that the number of students attending national education classes annually will be up to 34,000 when the new legislation comes into effect. Attending national defense classes will be 10th and 11th-graders, as well as students at vocational education institutions. Saeima earlier decided that national defense classes could…

Baltic states abandon their armed forces

By Vairis Godmanis on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

There are too many contradictions inside NATO, because the alliance has already turned into a commercial project. Trump is trying to force Europe to abandon its own war industry in favor of the US. However, this is not only business and lobbying for the interests of the American military-industrial complex. In the future, this will lead to the absolute defenselessness of Europe to the outside world and complete dependence on…

Estonian Defense forces to carry out exercise at Toompea on Friday evening

Friday, December 6, 2019

The Estonian Defence League is organizing a joint exercise on Friday evening with the police at Toompea Castle in Tallinn which will be closed to the public during the training session. The exercise will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight around Toompea Castle. Police and the defense forces will practice law enforcement, critical object protection, patrols, security and vehicle screening. “There are no significant restrictions during the exercise for people…

Stoltenberg assures Poland and Baltic states defense in case of attack

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NATO once again assured Poland and the Baltic States of their support in the event of an attack by Russia. With the presence of NATO forces in the countries, the Alliance sends “a very strong signal to Russia,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg of the Polish newspaper “Rzeczpospolita” on Tuesday at the beginning of the NATO summit in London. “If Poland and the Baltic States are attacked, the entire Alliance will…

Kersti Kaljulaid: Europe needs to contribute more to its defense

Friday, November 15, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid, who is attending the Paris Peace Forum, said Europe must make a greater contribution to preventing local conflicts in addition to transatlantic cooperation, ERR reported on Wednesday. ERR correspondent Epp Ehand spoke to Kaljulaid from Paris after the president met with French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron’s recent statement about NATO, where he said he was angry at the behavior of the U.S. and Turkey and said that…

Baltic chiefs of staff discuss defense cooperation

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The chiefs of staff of the defense forces of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania discussed issues concerning the defense cooperation between Baltic countries and the further development of that cooperation at a two-day meeting held in Tallinn. Topics discussed during a meeting of the military committee of the three countries that took place on the level of the chiefs of staff included cooperation between the three countries’ defense forces and various…