News from the Baltic States

Latvia has fallen into the trap. It all started with a sincere desire to increase the military capabilities of the state. Thus, according to the Ministry of Defence, five years ago Latvia and the UK agreed on supply of 123 used Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance Tracked or CVR(T) for €48.1 million euros to Latvia. In November… » read more

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Money is a very powerful tool, which can easily ruin relations. Different views on money spending can ruin even good relations between countries in such huge and powerful organization as NATO. It should be noted that European defence spending will surpass $300 billion a year by 2021, according to new research from Jane’s by IHS… » read more

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About 500 U.S. troops arrived in Lithuania in October. This news is widely discussed all over the Baltic States and Europe. The issue of permanent NATO presence in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been discussed for a decade. There is still no legal basis for this step, but NATO and Baltic authorities found the possibility… » read more

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Some of EU politicians are very successful in making their careers using the weak points of the European Union member states. Current tensions between Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and NATO (including EU countries) lead to the development of many expensive programs and projects that European taxpayers have to pay for. Current security situation provides… » read more

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In 1991 the Baltic States gained independence. They started to develop their new way. This choice was highly appreciated by the residents of the Baltic countries, as well as by people all over the world. People craved independence then, and they still crave it now. They understand independence as “freedom from the control, influence, support,… » read more

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Lithuania may not worry about its safety when SUCH people defend it! Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis recently told Defence News that “the deployment of the enhanced forward presence, or EFP, battalions in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have significantly reduced the risk of military conflict in the Baltic region.“ It is known that Belgian troops… » read more

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Four presidents, 14 governments and eight Seimas have changed in Latvia over the past 20 years. The country joined the European Union and NATO, and then switched to the euro. But have Latvians become better off? Has their quality of life improved? Statistics shows that the general well-being of population remains very low. Political turbulence… » read more

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The Baltic States are in the anticipation of the annual large scale military exercise Saber Strike. The well-known annual international exercise held since 2010 by the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) is focused on the Baltic States. These countries consider this event as a key element of participants’ training on command and control as well… » read more

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The U.S. does its best to strengthen its positions in the Baltic States. The U.S. hunts out excuses for being there, having no actual reason and legal grounds to deploy its military contingent in the region. For instance, though its troops are not even a part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle group in… » read more

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  It is obvious, that if a person is planning his or her travelling through the Baltics, it is absolutely necessary to conform the movements with the schedule of military events. National police, of course, usually warns when you should be especially attentive and responsible on the road and what places you should not visit… » read more

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