Posts tagged as U.S.

How the Baltic States will survive without U.S. help

By Jonas Dringelis on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

The seizing of the Capitol by Donald Trump’s radical supporters came as a shock not only to the United States, but also to its allies. Never in recent history has the world seen such obvious evidence of the degradation of the most powerful state on the planet as it is today. The United States partly lost its position as a Superpower, but now the internal conflict inside America has acquired…

U.S. military presence in the Baltic region remains one of the fundamental deterrents

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

“I am pleased to welcome another U.S. Army rotation in Lithuania. U.S. military presence in the region remains to be one of the fundamental deterrents. I would like to emphasise that we will continue making every effort to ensure the continuity of this rotational presence and the growth of strength of our cooperation with the U.S. Allies,” said Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas. Today he with Ambassador of the…

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…

U.S. gives protective medical equipment to Latvia

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

On November 16 the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia, John Carwile, handed over 14,000 medical isolation suits and 13,500 overalls to Latvia to assist in the battle against COVID-19. “Allied support is essential in the context of the global pandemic, and we value it very much,” said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. The U.S. embassy has previously donated face masks, disinfectant, face shields and medical gloves. A photoshoot was arranged at the military warehouse in Rīga to record…

The U.S. election hits the Baltic States

By Viktors Domburs on Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Political upheavals in 2020 in major countries stir people all around the world. It turned out, that presidential elections in a single country, which are a purely internal affair of the state, have a global impact on the foreign policy of many states. Thus, the world froze in anticipation of the results of the US elections. The Baltic States, in particular, want to know if the new president continues financial,…

New American military camp in Lithuania

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Recently Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Ambassador of the United States to Lithuania Robert S. Gilchrist visited the Gen. S.Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė (Švenčionys region) to greet the new rotation of U.S. soldiers deployed to Lithuania, met with the 2nd Brigade, 69th Regiment, 2nd Battalion Commander Lt Col George Bolton Jr. “Defence cooperation between Lithuania and the United States remains particularly strong and intense, and deployment of…

U.S. Treasury “embeds” advisor in Latvian Finance Ministry

Friday, September 25, 2020

On Thursday, September 24, Latvia’s Minister for Finance Jānis Reirs, the Head of the Financial Intelligence Unit Ilze Znotiņa and the U.S. Ambassador to Latvia John L. Carwile signed the Terms of Reference between the Republic of Latvia and the US Department of Treasury, prescribing the provision of technical assistance of the U.S. Department of Treasury in the field of anti-money laundering and countering terrorism and proliferation. At the signing, Reirs said: “We have…

NATO in crisis

By Jonas Dringelis on Thursday, August 27, 2020

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin Thursday against a backdrop of challenges for the transatlantic military alliance, rising tensions in Europe and a political crisis in Belarus. Addressing the situation in Belarus, Jens Stoltenberg denied accusations that NATO troops were gathering at the country’s border with Poland and Lithuania. “NATO has no military build-up in the region so any excuse to use that as…

Russia desperate to stop Poland from hosting U.S. nuclear weapons, launches new war games with Baltic fleet

By Gregorz Adamczyk on Monday, May 25, 2020

Russia remains adamantly opposed to Poland hosting U.S. nuclear weapons on it soil and is launching new military exercises that will be built around possible targeting of nuclear weapons that might be located in Poland, according to the Russian paper Niezavisimaya Gazeta. Russia’s new major war games will be launched with the participation of its Baltic fleet, which according to Russian defense chief Sergey Shoygu are designed as a response…