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Baltic States’ authorities decided not to “reinvent the wheel” and just found “hot” topics to divert attention from situation at home. They continue to discuss neighbour countries’ problems deflecting popular attention away from problems with COVID-19 vaccination delay, poorly performing economy and growing unpopularity. They try to focus citizens’ attention on the situation in other… » read more

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It seems as if NATO has changed its priorities in the Baltic States. It is well known that NATO member states agreed at the 2016 Summit in Warsaw to enhance NATO’s military presence in the eastern part of the Alliance. So, the arrival of the multinational Allied battlegroup in Latvia in June 2017 concluded the… » read more

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The foreign policy of Latvia has been providing a surprising case of balancing policy between economic wisdom and political situation for some decades. Being the EU and NATO member state, Latvia managed to fulfill its commitments and at the same time Riga maintained fruitful relationship in the economic sphere with neighbouring countries – Russia and… » read more

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In November NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Latvia was strengthened by Iceland. This information was disseminated across Europe. But what is behind this fact? November 3, at Ādaži base, Minister of Defense Artis Pabriks and Commander of the National Armed Forces Lieutenant General Leonīds Kalniņš marked Iceland’s accession to the NATO Battlegroup in Latvia.… » read more

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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… » read more

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In October, the Pilskalns 2020 exercise has been held in four Latvian cities: Madona, Sigulda, Alūksne and Smiltene. The event is organized by the Ministry of Defence and the Vidzeme 2nd Brigade of National Guard in cooperation with the local authorities in order to train local civil protection commissions. The system of civil protection in… » read more

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Difficult political situation in Europe and unrest in neighbouring Belarus forced Latvian authorities to make strange decisions. Though NATO is thankful to the Baltic States for increasing its defence expenditures, the readiness of their armed forces are disputable and the future of their abilities arise questions. It is no secret, that one of Latvia’s main… » read more

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Everybody knows that militarization is not only a political process, but also a financial one. Militarization, is the process by which a society organizes itself for military conflict and violence. As soon as there are indicators of military threat, the government starts a process. Related activities in case of real threat could prepare a state… » read more

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The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. The EU calls on the Belarusian authorities to find a way out of the crisis through an end to violence, de-escalation, and an inclusive… » read more

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Now it is clear that the Baltic States have become home for foreign troops. NATO soldiers train and live along with the soldiers of national armed forces. Four multinational battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, led by the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and the United States respectively demonstrate their military capabilities. It is known… » read more

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