Posts tagged as NATO

American Bombers Blaze Toward Russia In Provocative Show Of Force

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Two U.S. Air Force B-1 bombers took off from their temporary home at Orland air base in Norway on Tuesday, looped through international air space over the Baltic Sea then turned south and barreled along the NATO-Russia frontier. With a pair of NATO Typhoon fighters flanking it, one of the swing-wing bombers roared at low altitude over the capitals of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The dramatic sortie had at least…

Estonian defense minister: Finland extremely significant regional defense partner

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Defense minister Kalle Laanet (Reform) has stressed the importance of bilateral defensive cooperation between Estonia and Finland. “Finland is a crucial long-term regional partner for us, and Estonia highly values defense cooperation with it, both bilaterally in the Nordic-Baltic format, and in the European context,” Laanet said via a ministry press release, after a video meeting with his Finnish counterpart, Antti Kaikkonen, Wednesday evening. Finland, unlike Estonia, is not a…

Past and future of Šiauliai Air Base (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Friday, March 5, 2021

Šiauliai Air Base is one of the major airfields in the Baltics used by NATO. In 1931, an airfield was built specifically for Lithuanian Air Force. In 1940 airfield was placed at the disposal of the Red Army. After the Second World War, the airfield was expanded and specially transformed for the needs of Soviet aviation. In 1993, Russian troops were withdrawn from the territory of Lithuania. The airfield was…

The Baltic States are the European troublemakers

By Antanas Tubelis on Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Foreign policy of the Baltic States creates conflicts in the international relationship of Eastern Europe. Earlier, head of the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Žygimantas Pavilionis was delegated to Georgia as a mediator in the political conflict. However, he threatened the Georgian authorities with sanctions for arresting opposition leader Nikanor Melia. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili called the statements of the Lithuanian delegate offensive and unacceptable. Now Lithuania…

NATO capabilities in Baltic region

By Antanas Tubelis on Thursday, February 25, 2021

As we can see, militarization in the Baltic States remains at a very high level at present time. But why do our leaders want to invite as many foreign troops as possible? What are the main mission and real capabilities of these troops in the region? Let’s try to figure them out. The Baltic States now are preparing for possible military confrontation because of the “Russian threat”. As we know,…

Baltic States may be left without NATO support

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, February 24, 2021

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged at the NATO Defence Ministers Meeting held on February 17-18 “to increase NATO’s funding for our core deterrence and defence activities.” In an effort to improve “burden sharing” Stoltenberg proposed that allies jointly fund more of NATO’s work. “The country that provides the capabilities also provides the funding. So, if you send some troops to the NATO battlegroup in Lithuania, as Norway does, then…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers social media regulation

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCE) is back with another online expert discussion February 24 with the regulation of social media platforms in focus. “Social media have emerged as dominant global platforms for both private and political discourse. While these platforms have transformed communication and information exchange to enable democratic debate, they have also created environments where harassment, disinformation, hate-speech and extremism thrive,” sys advance publicity. “Considering recent controversies…

NATO countries discuss reform for the first time

Friday, February 19, 2021

NATO should be made fit for the future. With the change of power in the USA, a possible disruptive factor is gone. But there are other hurdles for Secretary General Stoltenberg. NATO has started discussions on reform proposals from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The defense ministers of the 30 member states exchanged views on the “NATO 2030” project for the first time on Wednesday. Among other things, it includes 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…

U.S. agenda in Baltics (Video)

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The Baltic States remain highly dependent on the US foreign policy. Therefore, the leadership of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia anticipated the results of the presidential elections with impatience and trepidation. Obviously, Trump’s rhetoric was troubling for countries on NATO’s Eastern frontier. On the contrary, new elected Biden took over the presidency with more personal knowledge of foreign policy and a competent team. What Biden’s election means for the Baltics? Firstly,…