Posts tagged as military

Lithuanians are against the expansion of military training grounds

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Lithuania keeps up policy of militarization of the country, increasing the total area of military training grounds to 1.2 percent of the territory of the country. Unfortunately, the Lithuanian leadership did not manage to avoid a conflict with the residents of the Jonava region in Lithuania, where the Gaižiūnai military training ground is located. There is one of the largest continental dunes in the Dumsiai forest. This is a unique…

Why NATO is dangerous for the Baltic States

By Antanas Tubelis on Monday, April 26, 2021

Relations between Russia and NATO are becoming worse. In the near future, the situation can become quite dangerous. Since the Baltic States are the main NATO bridgeheads, deterioration of the situation will lead to the most negative consequences for the population of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The United States is committed to rebuilding and mobilizing NATO. This requires an external enemy. Washington also needs an external enemy to consolidate American…

Eastern Europe and the Balkans: From Socialist Bloc And Non-Alignment To U.S. Military Colonies

By Rock Rozoff on Monday, April 26, 2021

April 23, 2021. Today, we commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the bombing of the Radio TV of Serbia headquarters. Twenty-two years ago the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was in the seventh week of a bombing war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, one which saw over 1,000 Western military planes fly over 38,000 combat missions, bombs dropped from the sky and Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from the Mediterranean Sea. Having…

Latvia to host online discussion: Women in the Military

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Latvian Mission to the United Nations in New York will be hosting a discussion on March 25 at 16.00 (Latvian time, GMT 2) within the framework of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The subject under discussion is “The role of women leaders: How to increase women’s participation in the military and peacekeeping” and will feature participants from Latvia (Colonel Ilze Žilde, pictured above), Canada, Liberia, the Maldives and Norway,…

Arising extremism in Lithuania’s Army

By Adomas Abromaitis on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

On 29 March Lithuania will celebrate 17 years of NATO membership. These years of membership for sure have made Lithuania stronger and more dependent on the Alliance. This dependence is often presented as a benefit though it could be regarded as a problem as well. The U.S. has been the main strategic Lithuanian partner for 17 years. Lithuania practically, equate NATO with the U.S. Washington, in its turn cultivates the…

NATO Isn’t Happy That Russia’s Su-27 Flanker Is Defending the Baltics

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The Kaliningrad Flankers are arguably the busiest—and most dangerous—Su-27s anywhere in the world. Here’s What You Need to Know: Russian aerial activity in the Baltic region has been on the rise for years — and escalated sharply following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2014. Fighters from NATO and neutral countries have intercepted Russian planes on hundreds of separate occasions since then. On June 9, 2017, examples of all three…

The Suwalki Gap Could Be NATO’s Biggest Weakness

Monday, January 11, 2021

A few reinforced battalions, no matter how capable, cannot hope to stop an invasion that could involve dozens of battalion tactical groups. Russia’s Western Military District, for example, has over 300,000 personnel, and the RAND wargame assumed Russia would deploy 450 tanks. Since 2014, NATO strategists have focused much of their attention on a forty-mile-wide stretch of border between Poland and Lithuania called the Suwalki Gap (pronounced ‘Soo-vow-kee’). The gap’s…

Lithuania plans to raise military draftee numbers

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Lithuania’s new government intends to increase the number of military draftees and pursue universal conscription for men and women. “A consistent transition to universal conscription […] is an aspiration, but the practical implementation of this goal will only be possible if there is a broad political consensus [and] an adequate level of preparation and funding for the Armed Forces, with an adequate transition period to be set,” the government’s draft…

European security becomes a matter of the EU only

By Adomas Abromaitis on Monday, November 23, 2020

A rift between the U.S. and the E.U. in the military sphere has become wider. On November 22 the U.S. formally withdrew from the open-sky treaty that accelerated European security. The 1992 treaty allows the 34 member countries to conduct short notice, unarmed, reconnaissance flights over the other countries to collect data on their military forces and activities. “Russia didn’t adhere to the treaty, so until they adhere, we will…

Military fly-bys to mark Independence Day cancelled

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

With mass public events on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Latvia’s and allied armed forces had hoped to mark Independence Day on November 18 with a series of celebratory flyovers by various planes and helicopters. However, the flyovers were cancelled shortly before they were due to take place owing to poor weather conditions, the National Armed Forces said. A group of Latvian Air Force and Border Guard choppers had been…