Posts tagged as NATO

German NATO troops return from Lithuania over racism allegations

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called allegations of racist and antisemitic behavior “a slap in the face of all those who serve our country.” The soldiers were in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission. News German NATO troops return from Lithuania over racism allegations Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer called allegations of racist and antisemitic behavior “a slap in the face of all those who serve our country.” The soldiers were…

Germany has recalled four soldiers serving in a NATO contingent in Lithuania over crimes

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

According to Deutsche Welle, Germany has recalled four soldiers serving in a NATO contingent in Lithuania over suspected sexual harassment and singing anti-Semitic songs. Germany’s Defence Ministry announced the decision on Monday. The four soldiers, who are serving in the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP), are suspected of involvement in sexual harassment, singing anti-Semitic and radical right-wing songs. The suspected incident occurred in late April in a hotel, according to…

NATO Secretary General: Summit comes at “pivotal moment” for Alliance

Monday, June 14, 2021

Arriving at the NATO Summit on Monday (14 June 2021), Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the meeting would be a pivotal moment for the Alliance and a time to “open a new chapter in our transatlantic relations.” Mr Stoltenberg laid out a full agenda for the meeting, including NATO’s relations with Russia, which he said were “at its lowest point since the Cold War because of Russia’s pattern of…

The Presidents of Lithuania and Turkey discussed the state of affairs in NATO‘s Eastern Flank

Monday, June 14, 2021

On the eve of the NATO Summit in Brussels, President Gitanas Nausėda met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey. At the meeting, security and defense issues in the Baltic Sea and in the Black Sea were discussed. The President of Lithuania pointed out to the President of Turkey the changing geopolitical situation in the Eastern Flank of the Alliance, the unpredictability of the Russian and Belarusian regimes, and additional…

BALTOPS 2021 Maritime-Focused Exercise In The Baltic Region Has Kicked Off

Monday, June 7, 2021

The 50th Baltic Operations (BALTOPS 50) exercise, the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, kicks off today, June 6 involving air and maritime assets from 18 NATO Allies and partner nations in live training events. “This year, we celebrate the 50th BALTOPS, an exercise that sets the foundation of interoperability across the Alliance,” said U.S. Vice Adm. Gene Black, commander, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO and commander, U.S.…

Summer Shield NATO training exercise in Latvia for US – Latvian and Polish troops

Monday, June 7, 2021

According to information published on June 1, 2021, NATO Allies have conducted the multinational military training exercise Summer Shield in Latvia with the aim to enhance joint capabilities in conducting combat operations, including air and ground coordination. Key participants of the exercise in the Ādaži training area included detachments of the Latvian Mechanised Brigade reinforced by NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group (eFP BG) Latvia and a U.S. detachment equipped…

Portugal will send troops to Lithuania

Friday, June 4, 2021

Portugal will send a rotation of troops to join the international NATO battalion based in Lithuania, and will also bolster the NATO air policing mission. In early June, 146 soldiers of the Portuguese Navy will deploy to Lithuania for three months of training. Some 140 marines and six Navy divers will be training with subordinate units of the Lithuanian motorized infantry brigade Zhemaitija. Four F-16 fighter aircraft and 85 airmen…

Soldiers raid Bulgarian sunflower oil factory during NATO exercise

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The owner of a small sunflower oil factory in Bulgaria has accused US soldiers of illegally storming his facility during a NATO military exercise last month. Marin Dimitrov told reporters on Wednesday that he had filed a lawsuit against those responsible for the May 11 incident. Swift Response 2021 was a US Army-led multinational exercise held across Estonia, Bulgaria and Romania and involving more than 7,000 paratroopers from 10 NATO…

Ukrainian, Polish security chiefs discuss LitPolUkrBrig’s inclusion in NATO documents

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov and Chief of Poland’s National Security Bureau Pawel Soloch have discussed the inclusion of the Lithuanian-Polish-Ukrainian Brigade (LitPolUkrBrig) in official NATO documents, the NSDC’s press service has reported. According to the report, Danilov met with Soloch as part of a working visit to Lithuania on May 31-June 1. Both parties paid special attention to the importance of supporting Ukraine…

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…