Posts tagged as Soviet Union

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…

Ažubalis compares Dobrovolska‘s plans to the Soviet Union: “It divides the country”

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Freedom Party, with its Minister Evelina Dobrovolska at the forefront, will present a project to the Seimas this spring, which could legalise bilingualism in certain regions of the country. The minister says that this project will bring nothing new and certain matters already factually exist. However, this does nothing to reassure the legislation’s critics who compare such initiatives to arrangements in the Soviet Union and call for the minister…

Legendary ship restarts river route to the Baltic Sea

Friday, June 5, 2020

After 25 years in hiatus, the Soviet-built hydrofoil ship Raketa departed for its maiden voyage from Lithuania’s Kaunas to Nida on Thursday. The ship Raketa (Rocket) completed the 250-kilometre journey in four hours. The roundtrip uses up around 1,200 litres of fuel. The hydrofoil ship, which means the ship rises once it picks up speed, can sail in water less than one metre-deep and needs only 1.5-metre depth to launch.…

Why It Was Wonderful That Russia’s KV-1 Tank Was a Disaster

By Robert Beckhusen on Thursday, September 5, 2019

A day after the German blitzkrieg into the Soviet Union in June 1941, more than 200 Nazi tanks were powering through Lithuania on a race northward to Leningrad. The Luftwaffe knocked out the Soviets’ nearby air bases, leaving counter-attacking armored columns easy prey for German bombers. Desperate to staunch the bleeding, on June 23 the Red Army sprang its KV-1 and KV-2 tanks — which at the time packed some of the…

Official must be able to publicly discuss state’s problems

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Minister of Finance Martin Helme (EKRE) posted a message on social media on Wednesday criticizing Ministry of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for European Affairs Matti Maasikas, who had expressed concerns regarding the direction of Estonia’s foreign policy. Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) in turn wrote another message on social media himself in defense of Estonia’s officials. In his post on Wednesday afternoon, Martin Helme, deputy chairman of the Conservative People’s Party…

Russia vs. Germany: The Worst War In All of Human History?

By Robert Farley on Monday, May 28, 2018

The civilian population of the territory in conflict suffered terribly from the war, in part because of the horrific occupation policies of the German, and in part because of a lack of food and other necessities of life. Around 15 million Soviet civilians are thought to have been killed. Some three million ethnic Poles died along with around three million Jews of Polish and another two million of Soviet citizenship…

How Russia’s Blunders Abroad Have Galvanized Europe

By William Courtney on Saturday, May 12, 2018

On the eve of his visit to Washington, French President Emmanuel Macron sent a strong signal to the Kremlin. He told Fox News, “We should never be weak with Russian President Vladimir Putin. When you are weak, he uses it.” But at its peril, the Kremlin often seems hard of hearing when it comes to listening to Europeans. Speaking on March 27 about the expulsion of Russian diplomats by European…

Estonia is most westernized of former Soviet Union members

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Estonia is the most westernized of the former Soviet Union states, it can be seen from the results of a fresh study carried out by StrategEast, a U.S. strategic center for political and diplomatic solutions, the daily Postimees reports, cites LETA/BNS. The organization analyzed the development of 14 countries of the Post-Soviet, Non-Russian region (PSNR) as a whole in five categories: political, economic, legal, language and cultural westernization, and westernization…