Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuania to increase its armed forces by 25 percent

    On Wednesday, Lithuanian government approved a draft bill of the Lithuanian National Defense Ministry to increase the number of country's armed forces by 25% in the next five years, reports Lithuanian news outlet Delfi.

    According to the new structure of the armed forces of Lithuania, which should be adopted by 2024, the total number of soldiers in the Lithuanian Army should be increased from 21,290 to 26,850 people. The total number of contract military should be increased from 11,400 to 15,600 …

  • NATO begins Iron Wolf military exercises on border with Russia

    Military exercises with the participation of about 4 thousand troops from 11 NATO member countries started in Lithuania, reports the press service of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

    Iron Wolf military drills will last until November 18, and the return of Lithuanian equipment back to the military ranges is scheduled for November 18-22. Soldiers from Germany, Poland, Estonia, the United Kingdom, and the United States will participate in military exercises.

    Lithuanian Armed Forces noted that the …

  • Latvian army receives new rigid-hulled inflatable boats

    The Latvian National Armed Forces presented new Rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIB) to the public, reports Delfi.lv news outlet.

    "These boats are indispensable for special operations. With this new equipment, we are becoming leaders in the region. These boats are effective, modern, and necessary for our armed forces. With these boats, our country can feel safer. In case of possible crises, it is an indispensable tool for tactical operations," said Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. …

  • Lithuania allocates millions of euros for disputes with Gazprom

    Lithuania continues litigation in the International Investment Arbitration in Washington against the French concern Veolia. It seeks to annul the decision of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC) in the dispute with Russia's gas giant Gazprom. Lithuania has allocated another €3.9 million to pay for the services of lawyers representing Lithuania, reports obzor.lt news outlet.

    The Lithuanian government decided to allocate this amount to the Lithuanian Energy …

  • Lithuania to buy American UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters instead of Russian Mi-8s

    The Lithuanian Defense Ministry has decided to buy six new American UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters. The cost of the deal is estimated at €300 million, but part of this amount will be covered by Lithuania’s ally – the US, writes the Lithuanian news outlet Delfi.

    The Lithuanian military will be purchasing the six new Black Hawks to replace the Soviet-era Mi-8 helicopters currently in the armament. According to the Defense Ministry, the Soviet helicopters are already old and extremely difficult to …

  • Lithuania and Russia prepare to exchange captured spies

    Lithuania and Russia have agreed to exchange a number of prisoners accused of espionage, the Lithuanian news agency BNS reported, citing informed sources.

    Lithuania will hand over Nikolai Filipchenko, a Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) agent who was convicted two years ago. In turn, Russia will release the Lithuanian citizens Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis.

    The exchange agreement also includes a Norwegian citizen who was convicted in Russia and one other Russian citizen. …

  • US to deploy tank battalion in Lithuania

    In October the US will be deploying a tank battalion in Lithuania at a training ground several kilometers from the Belarusian border, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry announced in a post on its website.

    The battalion in question is from the 9th regiment of the 1st division of the US army, and it will be deployed at a military training ground near the Lithuanian city of Pabrade, roughly 10 km from the border with Belarus. Around 500 US army personnel, 30 M1 Abrams tanks, 25 M2 Bradley fighting …

  • Belarusian company excluded from project in Lithuania for ties with Russia

    The Latvian government has excluded consortium of the Kaunas-based company KRS and the Belarusian company Beltruboprovodstroy from the tender for the construction of the Gas Interconnection Poland–Lithuania (GIPL). The reason for that was the business ties of the Belarusian company with the Russian companies and contacts with legal and physical persons who “present a risk to Latvia”.

    The consortium was offering the lowest bid price— 74.9 million euros (without VAT), reports DELFI news agency. …

  • Over the past week NATO detected Russian military aircraft over the Baltic 9 times

    During the period between August 5-11, NATO air patrol aircraft detected and escorted Russian aircraft nine times over the Baltics, reports Radio Liberty.

    According to the Lithuanian Defense Ministry, in most cases, Russian warplanes crossed into the in the country's airspace with transponders turned off. It was only on August 6 that a Russian warplane flew into Lithuanian airspace over the Baltic sea because of the "bad weather conditions," notes Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

    The Russian side …

  • Media: Families of Dutch NATO pilots were intimidated by individuals 'with Russian accent'

    Family members of Dutch pilots who conducted the NATO air patrol mission in the Baltic countries in 2017 received threatening phone calls, reports the Dutch newspaper NL Times.

    As noted, the wives and live-in girlfriends of the pilots of F-16 aircraft were repeatedly called by unknown persons "with a Russian accent," who, among other things, suggested that their husbands should leave the region and were interested what their wives think about the service in the Baltic. The women often receive …