Contents tagged with Baltic States

  • US Navy destroyer armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles enters the Baltic Sea

    On Thursday, USS Gravely (DDG-107), a guided missile destroyer of the US Navy passed the Danish Straits and is now in the Baltic Sea, reported Interfax, citing the monitoring data of marine resources.

    This ship can carry up to fifty-six Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1,600 kilometers. It is equipped with the Aegis missile defense system. The Gravely is the current flagship of the First Permanent Naval Group of NATO.

  • UK to strengthen its military presence in Estonia

    In 2019, Great Britain will strengthen its military presence in the Baltic States. 20 tanks will be deployed to Estonia, and the Royal Navy will conduct exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports ERR news agency, citing Gary Brooks, the British military attaché in Estonia.

    The UK will hold a rotation of British troops in Estonia in 2019. 10 tanks will be sent to Great Britain, and they will be replaced by 20 armored vehicles. From April to August, British fighter jets Eurofighter Typhoon will be …

  • Baltic states agreed to increase their defense budgets

    Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia intend to increase their defense budgets to more than 2 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. The Defense Ministers of the three countries agreed to this in their joint communique after the meeting in Vilnius on Saturday, November 24. DW reports that the document envisions cooperation in strategic communication between the Baltic States and Poland, and increasing the cyber security of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. 

    During the two-day meeting that took place in …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Russian missiles are dangerous for Europe

    Russia has been violating the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) for several years, the Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said in an interview with DW on Wednesday, November 14. Although US President Donald Trump announced that he was planning to quit the treaty, it is just an intention and not yet a decision. According to the Lithuanian politician, it is Donald Trump's tactic to exert pressure on Russia.

    Linas Linkevičius said that …

  • NATO begins large-scale military exercises in Poland

    Anakonda-2018 military exercises start in Poland on Wednesday, November 7. These are the largest maneuvers for the Polish armed forces in 2018.

    The stated objective of the exercises is the integration of national and allied structures and troops to conduct strategic defensive operations against conventional and hybrid threats. Their main focus is cooperation between military authorities and civil authorities and separate elements of the command structures of NATO.

    Servicemen from ten NATO …

  • Estonia starts a sudden call up of reservists

    According to ERR news agency, the government of Estonia decided at a meeting on Wednesday, October 31 to call 1,248 reservists for additional military training. This concerns the reservists, who are assigned to the 51st Logistics Battalion and who are assigned to the unit's mobilization reserve.

    The aim of additional military exercises is to review the functioning of the chain of command, starting with the decisions of the Estonian government and ending with the gathering of reservists from …

  • Poland expects a decision on NATO base by spring 2019

    Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz hopes that the decision on the deployment of a NATO base will be made in spring 2019.

    The diplomat said that there is a need for investments to expand and adapt the existing infrastructure. In addition, no decision on the location of the new base has been made. This largely depends on the position of the US Congress and the conclusions of the administrations of the US President and the Pentagon, Czaputowicz stressed.

    When asked when it is expected for …

  • Baltic States ask that NATO battalions stationed in the countries be strengthened with air and naval forces

    The Baltic countries are asking that NATO battalions deployed on their territory be reinforced with air and naval forces.

    This was stated by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, who, along with his colleagues from Estonia and Latvia, met in Washington with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, reports Delfi.

    “Now we have forward-based forces, and a limited international contingent is helping to ensure our security. We are not just talking about ground forces. In the future we …

  • Polish Prime Minister: after Ukraine Russia will attack Poland and Baltic States

    On Friday, March 9th, in Vilnius, the Polish Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, gave a press-conference after this meeting with his colleagues from Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.  During the interview with journalists, Morawiecki remembered the words of the President Lech Kaczyński who died in a plane crash in the Russian Federation, who predicted that the Russian aggression in the world will progress.

    As Ukrinform news agency reports, Morawiecki stated that Kaczyński’s predictions remain …

  • Baltic States oppose EU sanctions against Poland

    The Heads of State of the three Baltic countries oppose EU sanctions against Poland. The bone of contention is judicial reform initiated by the Polish government. After a meeting between the heads of government of the four countries in Vilnius, on Friday, March 9, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said that his country would support its neighbor if the EU decides to impose tough sanctions against Poland.

    "We would not want any sanctions to be imposed on Poland," said the head of the …