Posts tagged as threat

Chemical weapons in Baltic Sea an ‘urgent threat’

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Thursday, March 18, 2021

A group of MEPs has called on Brussels to take action to tackle the issue of the chemical and conventional weapons laying dormant on the Baltic seabed. “We express our deep concern about the threat that is still posed by chemical and conventional weapons sunk into the Baltic Sea after World War II,” 39 MEPs said in a letter addressed to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. The letter was initiated…

The main threat in Europe

By Antanas Tubelis on Friday, March 12, 2021

NATO regularly conducts military exercises in the Baltic States. Exercises in the Baltic region do not stop in fact. From March 1 to March 12, NATO military exercise “Griffin Lighting 21” is held in Estonia. In the course of maneuvers, it is planned to work in cooperation to protect the region from “external aggression”. Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia take part in the exercise. In addition, in the framework of…

North Korea is a bigger missile threat than Russia, China or Iran: US official

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Top US official warns that there’s a “real possibility” North Korea would actually launch a missile toward Americans. Months after North Korea rolled out its largest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile for the world to see, a top U.S. military officer said that he’s treating North Korea as a greater missile threat than other American adversaries. On Tuesday, Gen. John Hyten — the second-highest-ranking military officer in all of the United States…

Guest workers not a COVID-19 threat, says epidemiologist

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC) said July 29 they do not believe guest workers in Latvia would significantly increase risk of COVID-19 spread, Latvian Radio reported. In response to the fact that  five guest workers   from Uzbekistan were infected with COVID-19, the government decided on Tuesday to  impose stricter controls   on guest workers: they will have to carry out two tests. However, the Center for…

Vilnius welcomes updated NATO plans

Thursday, July 2, 2020

As NATO finally endorsed updated defence plans for Poland and the Baltic states, Lithuanian officials say the step is crucial for regional security. “Today we have a coordinated regional NATO defence plan for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland,” Darius Kuliešius, the president’s adviser on national security, told reporters on Wednesday. “This plan is very important, as it boosts regional security, boosts deterrence and means that Lithuania and the Baltic states…

Latvian intelligence names China, Russia a threat

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Latvia’s yearly security assessment named China a growing cyber and espionage threat, alongside risks posed by Russia’s historical revisionism and foreign policy. Warsaw Institute, a think tank in Poland, analyses the report. Chinese influence in the Baltics At the end of April, the Constitution Protection Bureau (SAB), Latvia’s most important intelligence service, published an annual report, reviewing threats to the national security of their country. A major part of the report concerned…

Pabriks: Covid-19 crisis has not reduced Russian threat

Friday, April 17, 2020

During the Covid-19 crisis, external security risks to Latvia have not increased, but the crisis has not in any way reduced the threat posed to the Baltic countries by Russia, Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) told LETA. Although Russia also is now busy tackling the Covid-19 coronavirus, this in no way has diminished Russia’s threat to the Baltics. “Not at all. Moreover, at this week’s meeting of NATO defense…

The Growing Threat of Ecofascism

By Cole Baker on Friday, January 17, 2020

On August 2019, a gunman entered a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and opened fire, killing 22 people. In the aftermath of the shooting, public discourse was dominated by the topics of gun safety and the malign influence of hate-fueled rhetoric. While these are important conversations that are likely to generate much debate before the 2020 election, much of the mainstream discourse ignored a major facet of the shooter’s ideology:…

Greater state security powers no threat to human rights, intelligence chief says

Friday, January 10, 2020

Amendments granting more powers to state security, allowing “preventative conversations,” administrative detention and ID checks, would not violate human rights, Darius Jauniškis, head of the country’s State Security Department, says. “Those amendments have been under consideration for a long time, and I am deeply convinced that it definitely has nothing to do with some human rights violations,” he told the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defence on Wednesday. “There…

Lithuania and Poland see Nord Stream 2 as threat to energy security

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that Poland and Lithuania consider the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project a threat to energy security in central and eastern Europe. “Poland and Lithuania have a very similar stance saying that the construction of Nord Stream 2 is s threat to energy security in this part of Europe,” Morawiecki told a televised news conference with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis. The…