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  • Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama (Baltics now targeted)

    10/08/2016 10:20:12 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 42 replies
    Observer ^ | 10/07/2016 | John R. Schindler
    Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama Putin’s Activation of ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama The KGB officer in the Kremlin seeks one last, grand strategic humiliation for our president before he leaves office By John R. Schindler • 10/07/16 11:00am Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Prince Albert II of Monaco (not pictured) at the Kremlin in Moscow on October 6, 2016. / AFP / POOL AND AFP / YURI KADOBNOV Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images It’s long been obvious that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle view Barack...
  • Germany stresses defense of Baltics after Trump comments

    07/22/2016 9:17:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies ^ | 22 Jul 2016 15:39 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Germany on Friday stressed its promise to protect its NATO allies after White House hopeful Donald Trump called the commitment into question. “The German government is fundamentally committed to Article Five of the NATO treaty. That is the central promise of solidarity within the alliance,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters when asked about Trump’s remarks. “Collective defense according to Article Five is and remains the main duty of NATO,” Seibert added, noting that the pledge had once again been renewed at a NATO summit this month in Warsaw. …
  • Donald Trump Sets Conditions for Defending NATO Allies Against Attack (Praises Erdogan!)

    07/21/2016 5:02:26 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | By DAVID E. SANGER and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    For example, asked about Russia’s threatening activities that have unnerved the small Baltic States that are among the more recent entrants into NATO, Mr. Trump said that if Russia attacked them, he would decide whether to come to their aid only after reviewing whether those nations “have fulfilled their obligations to us.” Mr. Trump had nothing but praise for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the country’s increasingly authoritarian but democratically elected leader. “I give great credit to him for being able to turn that around,” Mr. Trump said of the coup attempt on Friday night. “Some people say that it was...

    04/24/2016 5:28:26 PM PDT · by 4FreeSpeach · 44 replies
    War on the Rocks ^ | April 21, 2016 | David A. Shlapak, Michael W. Johnson
    When asked two weeks ago in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee whether the Army was “outranged” by any adversary, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley said: “Yes … the ones in Europe, really Russia. We don’t like it, we don’t want it, but yes, technically [we are] outranged, outgunned on the ground.” Given Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, this is sobering testimony. But is it accurate? Unfortunately, yes: Nearly two years of extensive wargaming and analysis shows that if Russia were to conduct a short-warning attack against the Baltic States, Moscow’s forces could roll to the outskirts...
  • If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose — Quickly

    02/03/2016 12:11:55 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 84 replies ^ | February 3, 2016 | Dan De Luce
    If Russia Started a War in the Baltics, NATO Would Lose — Quickly War games show NATO’s eastern flank is vulnerable. To deter Moscow, the United States will need to deploy heavy armor on a large scale, a new study says. By Dan De Luce February 3, 2016 If Russian tanks and troops rolled into the Baltics tomorrow, outgunned and outnumbered NATO forces would be overrun in under three days. That’s the sobering conclusion of war games carried out by a think tank with American military officers and civilian officials. “The games’ findings are unambiguous: As currently postured, NATO cannot...
  • Legendary US Army Commander Says Russia Would "Annihilate" US In Head-To-Head Battle

    11/07/2015 5:24:40 PM PST · by amorphous · 90 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 Nov 2015 | Tyler
    Late in September, we brought you "US Readies Battle Plans For Baltic War With Russia" in which we described a series of thought experiments undertaken by The Pentagon in an effort to determine what the likely outcome would be should something go horribly "wrong" on the way to landing the US in a shooting war with Russia in the Balkans. The results of those thought experiments were not encouraging.
  • Honor the Victims of Communism and Nazism On Black Ribbon Day

    08/24/2015 11:45:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | August 24, 2015 | Gabriella Hoffman
    The Soviet Union may have collapsed, but its decades’ long reign of terror shall not be forgotten. The 20th century was marked by intense tragedy due to the pernicious ideologies of National Socialism and global communism that killed over 100 million people. Millions suffered and died under the tyrannical rule of both Adolph Hitler in Nazi Germany and Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, respectively. While the former usually receives resounding condemnation, the latter – particularly the Soviet variant – is wholly ignored by many today. That is why it is imperative to celebrate Black Ribbon Day on August 23rd,...
  • Putin threat of nuclear showdown over Baltics

    04/01/2015 4:31:24 PM PDT · by free_life · 97 replies
    The Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Ben Hoyle and Michael Evans
    President Putin is using the threat of a nuclear showdown over the Baltic states to force Nato to back away from Russia’s border, according to notes of a secret meeting between intelligence figures from Moscow and Washington. Western security chiefs are braced for the Kremlin to begin a series of “destabilising actions” in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that would directly challenge Nato’s mutual defence pledge. These could involve civil disturbances involving local ethnic Russians,
  • Jews in Baltics fear creep of anti-Semitism

    03/11/2015 9:17:38 PM PDT · by duckln · 13 replies ^ | March 11, 2015 | Paul Alster
    <p>Jews in the Baltics fear a series of disturbing events in the three-nation region of Eastern Europe may be signaling a revival of the Holocaust-era hatred that once nearly wiped out their numbers.</p> <p>Across the countries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, Jewish leaders say their communities are feeling increasingly uncomfortable as anti-Semitism once again appears to be on the rise. An Estonian museum exhibition mocking the Holocaust, a stage musical celebrating the life of a notorious Latvian Nazi mass murderer and the repatriation of the remains of a Lithuanian leader long linked to Nazis have all contributed to a climate of hate that has Jews on edge.</p>
  • Russian intelligence services launching study on language localism in the Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:09:22 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 5 replies Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 15:04 | Estonian Public Broadcasting
    FSB, the Russian Federal Security Service, is planning to study the Russian-language skills of ethnic Estonians, Latvians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians. FSB has published a tender to study the linguistics of Russian regions and the post communist countries. The study will ask ten men to read out texts in Russian, which will be recorded and analyzed. The results will be used to compile an atlas of the modern Russian language.
  • Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it

    11/09/2014 12:34:32 PM PST · by robowombat · 13 replies
    Aviationist ^ | Nov 09 2014 | David Cenciotti
    Russian spyplane violates Lithuania airspace, Canadian Hornets intercept it Nov 09 2014 By David Cenciotti Two Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Hornet jets intercepted and shadowed a Russian Air Force Il-20 Coot over Lithuania. On Nov. 8, two RCAF CF-18 (or CF-188) Hornet jets deployed to Lithuania for NATO Baltic Air Policing mission were radar-vectored to intercept and escort a Russian Ilyushin Il-20 Coot-A plane flying off the Baltic coast. According to Canadian media outlets, the CF-18s were conducting a routine training sortie out of Siauliai airbase, when they were re-tasked to visually ID the Russian ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) plane...
  • Russia is starting to use the same line on Baltic countries that it used to invade Ukraine

    10/01/2014 1:24:03 PM PDT · by MeganC · 27 replies
    Vox ^ | 1 October 2014 | Max Fisher
    A senior Russian Foreign Ministry official says that Moscow has a responsibility to protect ethnic Russian citizens of other countries, "regardless of where they live," and that "we will do everything possible to defend the rights and interests" of ethnic Russian minorities in the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The comments came from Anatoly Makarov, the director of the Foreign Ministry's Department for Interaction with Compatriots Abroad. He was speaking to the Russian outlet RuBaltic, as translated by Paul Goble. "We are carrying out a line so that Russian compatriots regardless of where they live are guaranteed...
  • Hungary offers to send troops to Baltics

    09/02/2014 9:08:30 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies ^ | September 2nd, 2014 | MTI
    Hungary is to make offers of military aid at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales in connection with the conflict in Ukraine, including sending troops to the Baltic states, the daily Magyar Nemzet said on Tuesday. Hugnary will also propose upgrading the airbase at Papa as well as increasing its own military spending, the paper said, citing unnamed sources.
  • WHITE HOUSE TO PUTIN: Don't 'Even Think About Messing Around' With The Baltics

    08/29/2014 5:56:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/29/14 | Brett LoGiurato
    President Barack Obama's message to Russian President Vladimir Putin when traveling to Europe next week is to not "even think about messing around" with the Baltic states, the White House said Friday. Obama is traveling to Europe next week for a meeting in Wales with other NATO leaders. He'll also make a stop in Estonia, where he will meet with the leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in an attempt to reassure allies amid burgeoning Russian aggression in Ukraine. "The two stops are essentially part of the same effort to send a message to the Russians that their behavior is...
  • U.S. troops arrive in Lithuania amid Ukraine tensions

    04/26/2014 7:49:38 AM PDT · by lodi90 · 81 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/26/2014 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The United States deployed 150 paratroopers to Lithuania on Saturday, part of efforts by Washington to reassure its eastern European allies, worried by events in Ukraine, that NATO would offer protection if they face Russian aggression.
  • Russian "Doomsday Plane" Spotted Flying By Finland Border

    04/25/2014 1:16:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/25/14 | Tyler Durden
    The last time the Russian "Doomsday Plane" was seen in the air doing its trademark loops at 27,000 feet telegraphing Vladimir Putin was somewhere nearby, was on March 31, just days after the formerly Ukrainian region was annexed by the Kremlin. Until today, when over the past 4 hours, the Tu-214 has been quietly circling in position just shy of Finland and the Baltics, where as it is known, NATO has been depositing hundreds of western soldiers in a "defensive" build up.
  • Obama Must Defend NATO's Red Lines From Putin's Aggression

    04/18/2014 3:32:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Last week, masked men in camouflage garb with no insignia, dressed and equipped like Russian special forces, started taking over police stations and other government buildings in the Donets basin in Eastern Ukraine. They appeared to be working in tandem with local militias in defying the Ukrainian government. This week, the Ukrainian government has responded by sending in military forces to counter these actions. There has been shooting and violence. But Ukraine's military doesn't seem capable of asserting control. So Vladimir Putin's Russia, with some 40,000 troops massed just outside Ukraine, seems to have taken effective control of a significant...
  • Doorstep Statement (NATO Sec. Gen.: NATO to increase presence in Baltics)

    04/16/2014 7:57:12 AM PDT · by kristinn · 4 replies
    NATO ^ | Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | Anders Fogh Rasmussen
    Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen following the meeting of the North Atlantic Council Good afternoon. We have just taken further measures to respond to the crisis in Ukraine. We agree that a political solution is the only way forward. NATO fully supports the Geneva talks and all the efforts of the international community to find a political solution, which fulfils the democratic aspirations of the entire Ukrainian people and respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We call on Russia to be part of the solution. To stop destabilising Ukraine, pull back its troops from...
  • U.S. Intel Assessement: Greater Likelihood Russia Will Enter Eastern Ukraine (and Baltics)

    03/26/2014 6:00:27 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies
    CNN ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Barbara Starr
    A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned. Two administration officials described the assessment but declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information. The officials emphasized that nothing is certain, but there have been several worrying signs in the past three to four days. “This has shifted our thinking that the likelihood of a further Russian incursion is more probable than it was previously thought to be,” one official said. The buildup is seen to be reminiscent of Moscow’s military moves...
  • Lithuania threatens to take Russian region hostage, demands changes in foreign policy

    10/02/2013 9:26:41 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 47 replies
    The Lithuanian Foreign Minister says his country could block land transport to Russia’s Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad if Russia maintains its opposition to stronger trade ties between Ukraine and the European Union. "As you know, the Kaliningrad region is isolated, geographically isolated, so we could apply some measures also to cut something," the Reuters news agency quoted Linas Linkevicius as saying on Wednesday. "Transport, we could cut off trains, but not only trains, also the supply of goods, whatever. It is theoretically possible," the official added. The reporters raised the topic as Lithuania, which currently holds the rotating presidency in...
  • Researchers find clues to the Baltic Crusades in animal bones, horses and the extinct aurochs

    12/13/2012 5:10:48 PM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12-11-2012 | Melissa Pandika
    A multidisciplinary project seeks to understand the Eastern Baltic Crusades through the lens of ecology. Horses, for example, aided the Christians in battle, while the castles the Crusaders built decimated forests. Stanford researchers have discovered that pagan villages plundered by medieval knights during the little-known Baltic Crusades had some problems in common with the modern-day global village. Among them: deforestation, asymmetric warfare and species extinction. According to a research paper published in Science, a project investigating the Baltic Crusades' profound environmental legacy could yield valuable insight into colonialism, cultural changes and ecological exploitation – relevant issues not only throughout history,...
  • Air Contingents on the NATO Baltic Air-policing mission rotate

    05/02/2010 8:29:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 05/03/2010 | Defense Professionals
    April 30, military contingents conducting the QRA Baltic Air-policing mission will change during a ceremony at the LAF Siauliai Air Base: Polish Air Contingent with four MiG-29 will replace French soldiers. Polish forces are deploying air assets for the Baltic Air-policing mission for the third time (after service on January-March 2006 and March-June 2008 with MiG-29 fighter-jets). The majority of the present shift come from the 23rd Air Base and the 1st Tactical Squadron of the Polish Air Force based in Minsk Mazowiecki near Warsaw. The third Polish rotation named „Eagle 3" will comprise 100 troops, 8 of them pilots....
  • Sweden to invest in new submarines ("Be aware II")

    04/15/2010 1:45:10 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 1 replies · 391+ views ^ | 04/11/2010 | TT/Paul O'Mahony
    Be aware: "The Swedish military is set to shell out billions of kronor for two new state-of the-art submarines while also upgrading two older vessels, defence minister Sten Tolgfors has revealed, defence minister Sten Tolgfors has revealed. Writing in the Sunday edition of Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet, the minister conceded that the Baltic Sea area remained stable, with only Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg breaking the circle of EU and NATO-affiliated countries. "However, one can never rule out long-term risks and incidents, which could also be of a military nature," Tolgfors wrote. The multi-billion kronor investment is to be included in...
  • Nato planes’ drill cause Russia worry (PICTURES)

    03/18/2010 6:28:43 AM PDT · by lizol · 19 replies · 1,026+ views
    Gulf Times ^ | 17/3/2010
    Nato planes’ drill cause Russia worry AFP/Vilnius A handful of Nato aircraft took to the Baltic states’ skies yesterday for an exercise that has raised hackles in Russia, still riled by the alliance’s expansion into its Soviet-era stamping ground. In a statement, Nato’s Germany-based Air Command said the one-day drill over Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia demonstrated the trans-Atlantic alliance’s “commitment to their collective security” and airspace safety. It would also improve working relations among alliance members’ ground controllers and air forces, it added. The Baltic trio joined Nato and the European Union in 2004, almost 13 years after winning freedom...
  • Russia's Military Shopping Spree Raises Specter Of Gunboat Diplomacy

    02/10/2010 5:58:05 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 386+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | 1/29/2010 | Ahto Lobjakas
    Fears are spreading from the Baltic to the Black Sea that Russia may be on the move again. According to experts, Moscow has put out feelers to some half a dozen Western European nations in bids to acquire advanced military hardware. If it bears results, the potential multibillion-dollar Russian shopping spree would be the first of its kind since the end of the Cold War. By far the biggest splash has been made by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin when he used a visit to Paris last November to publicly place an order for a state-of-the-art French warship. But Russia has...
  • Baltic economies - a painful downfall after years of prosperity

    08/17/2009 12:51:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 504+ views
    CEWeekly ^ | August 12, 2009 | Pawe&#322; Siarkiewicz
    Baltic economies - a painful downfall after years of prosperity In the first six months of 2009, the Baltic states' GDP shrank by nearly 20%, which was the worst result in Europe. As a consequence of job cuts in private enterprises and the public sector, the unemployment level has tripled in comparison with the preceding year to exceed 15% in all three countries. It is still unclear from the economic data for the past few months whether recession in the Baltic states will continue to worsen. However, it seems that the economic indices will not fall so rapidly in the...
  • Nato commanders to draw up plans to defend ex-Soviet bloc members from Russia

    10/06/2008 11:24:09 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 362+ views ^ | October 06, 2008 | Damien McElroy
    Nato's top military commander has demanded the authority to draw up detailed military plans to defend former Soviet bloc members for the first time since the alliance expanded eastward. Russia's offensive in Georgia in August exposed the dangers of the Western alliance's lack of contingency plans against an invasion on its eastern flanks. Political leaders from the Baltics and Eastern Europe have subsequently demanded that Nato fulfil the requirements implied by its "Chapter 5" commitment to defend the territorial integrity of all its members. General James Craddock, Nato's Supreme Commander, has asked for the political authority to draw up contingency...
  • Ceremony marks beginning of U.S. mission in Baltics

    10/06/2008 5:27:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech Sgt. Jill LaVoie, USAF
    10/6/2008 - SIAULIAI, Lithuania (AFNS) -- For the second time in history, an American flag was raised over the Quick Reaction Facility in Siauliai during a ceremony marking the U.S. Air Force's assumption of responsibility for the NATO Baltic air policing mission. The ceremony began with Lithuanian Lt. Col. Raimundas Matulis, Ministry of Defense representative, thanking the German Air Force for the support they provided during the last three months and welcoming the newly arrived U.S. personnel. "Welcome to the Baltic States. On behalf of the Ministry of Defense, I wish you success and hope you make friends," Colonel Matulis...
  • U.S. condemns ‘illegal’ Soviet occupation of Baltics

    09/17/2008 1:33:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 152+ views ^ | Sep 17, 2008
    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill declaring the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states “illegal.” The bill also calls on Russiato acknowledge the occupation, something the state has been unwilling to do since the fall of the Soviet Union. Russiamaintains that it ‘liberated’ the Baltics from the Nazi regime. “The Soviet Union imposed the communist political system on Latvia,Estonia and Lithuaniaand thus oppressed opposing views, free expression of political will and violated basic human rights,” the document said. “The Congress appeals to the U.S. President and the U.S. State Secretary to urge the government of the...
  • Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics - Nervous neighbours

    08/21/2008 1:39:48 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 225+ views
    The Economist ^ | Aug 21st 2008
    Poland, Ukraine and the Baltics Nervous neighbours Aug 21st 2008 | MOSCOW AND WARSAW NOBODY has watched the war in Georgia more anxiously than Russia’s western neighbours. Recently the Russians have been bellicose towards Ukraine, the three Baltic states and Poland. It was no surprise when leaders from the other four flew with the Polish president to Tbilisi to express solidarity with Georgia’s Mikheil Saakashvili. It was also no coincidence that Poland signed a deal with the Americans to host missile-defence interceptors. The deal marks the end of a game of hardball, with the Poles turning down many American offers...
  • Russia Warns Baltics, Poland To Pay For Georgia Stance-Report

    08/11/2008 6:17:22 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 102 replies · 393+ views
    AFP ^ | 11 August 2008
    RIGA, Latvia (AFP)--Russia's ambassador to Latvia Monday warned the Baltic states and Poland that they would pay for their criticism of the Kremlin over the conflict in Georgia, the Baltic news agency BNS reported. "One must not hurry on such serious issues, as serious mistakes can be made that have to be paid for a long time afterwards," Alexander Veshnyakov was quoted as saying by BNS. Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Riga confirmed the ambassador's comments but declined to elaborate. Veshnyakov's remarks followed a joint statement Saturday by Latvia's President Valdis Zatlers and his counterparts...
  • Russia's neighbours put on edge by war threat

    08/10/2008 12:58:54 PM PDT · by lizol · 29 replies · 168+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 10 August 2008
    Russia's neighbours put on edge by war threat (AFP) 10 August 2008 WARSAW - The conflict between Georgia and Russia has stunned eastern European nations who can still feel the scars of their domination by the former Soviet Union. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland called on the European Union and NATO to oppose Russia's "imperialist" policy towards Georgia. And even countries such as Sweden, which was not part of the Soviet bloc, expressed extreme concern at the conflict, making comparisons to Adolf Hitler's tactics as leader of Nazi Germany. Russia has in turn been vocal in criticising neighbours such as...
  • Lithuania ready for e-voting, but Estonia's already onto m-voting

    09/28/2007 9:51:56 AM PDT · by vahet pole · 1 replies · 132+ views
    The Baltic Times ^ | September 27. 2007
    TALLINN/VILNIUS - Estonia's ruling Reform Party is preparing an amendment to allow people to vote by mobile telephone. The party presented its ‘m-voting’ proposals Sep. 27 in order to prepare a bill along with its other coalition partners next week. If the partners give the initiative the thumbs up the legislation will be sent to parliament. The head of the Reformist faction, Keit Pentus, said Estonia has always been at the forefront of information technology innovation. In her words, the use of an ID card linked to a cell phone is no longer fantasy, and m-voting would make involvement in...
  • Council of Europe parliament chief to visit Baltic States

    09/17/2007 2:47:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 238+ views
    dpa ^ | Sep 17, 2007 | Aleks Tapinsh
    Riga - An outspoken critic of the Baltic States will visit the three small nations this week. Rene van der Linden, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, will visit EU members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for talks about human rights, democracy, and national minorities. Linden criticized Latvia and Estonia for their minority policies, including Estonia's decision to relocate the Soviet-era monument last spring. 'I have repeatedly criticized the Baltic states for their attitude toward the Russian national minorities,' he said on his visit to Moscow in August. He said during his visit to the Baltics this...
  • Lithuania, Latvia react to Tallinn events

    04/30/2007 2:25:38 PM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 270+ views
    The Baltic Times ^ | Apr 29, 2007
    Lithuania, Latvia react to Tallinn events Apr 29, 2007 From wire reports Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said his country supports the position of the Estonian government in its recent moves related to the controversial Bronze Soldier monument, which was removed from central Tallinn Friday morning during two nights of rioting. Speaking from the Vatican, where he was meeting with Pope Benedict XVI, the president said he was observing the developments in Tallinn with great concern. The president's press service reported that Adamkus stressed that this exceptionally sensitive procedure of reburying the remains of World War II soldiers was being conducted...
  • Baltic Pipeline Faces a Minefield of Problems

    02/14/2007 1:43:27 PM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 388+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | February 15, 2007. | Miriam Elder
    Baltic Pipeline Faces a Minefield of Problems By Miriam Elder Staff Writer When a Gazprom-led consortium begins laying the foundation for a major new pipeline to pump Russian gas under the Baltic Sea directly to Western Europe, it is likely to run into problems -- thousands of them. The North European Gas Pipeline, or Nord Stream, is due to snake along the seabed over an area covered with hundreds of thousands of unexploded mines and munitions dating as far back as World War I. Officials and environmental groups in several of the countries that border the Baltic say construction of...
  • Troops launch Taleban offensive

    12/17/2006 12:36:36 PM PST · by lizol · 5 replies · 415+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 16-Dec-06
    Troops launch Taleban offensive HUNDREDS of British, Estonian and Danish troops yesterday launched a major operation targeting Taleban in Afghanistan's Kandahar province. The offensive by soldiers previously based in neighbouring Helmand came as two suicide bombers killed at least two Afghan soldiers.
  • Latvia extends Iraq mission for 1 year

    12/17/2006 12:38:38 PM PST · by lizol · 7 replies · 388+ views
    People's Daily Online ^ | December 15, 2006
    Latvia extends Iraq mission for 1 year The Latvian parliament approved Thursday to extend the peacekeeping mission in Iraq for an extra year to Dec. 31, 2007. Defense Minister Atis Slakteris said that would be the last extension of the Iraq mission. A defense ministry report said that given the fact the security situation on the ground still depends on foreign forces, Latvia will keep its 125 troops staying in Iraq for one more year to complete the mission in cooperation with contingents from other countries. The deployment started in Aug. 2003 and was extended in November 2005.
  • Baltics forge ahead with nuke plant project, Poland on board

    12/10/2006 11:22:38 AM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 246+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 12-08-2006
    Baltics forge ahead with nuke plant project, Poland on board 12-08-2006, 18h40 VILNIUS (AFP) Lithuanian Prime Minister Gediminas Kirkilas announced that Poland will join a project launched by the three Baltic states to build a new nuclear power station to replace the ageing Ignalina facility. "Poland will join the nuclear plant project," Kirkilas told a joint press conference held here with Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski. "Poland wants to speed up the construction of the new reactor so it's ready before 2015. This idea has been accepted by Latvia and Estonia," Kirkilas said, after the two prime ministers attended a...
  • Poland, Baltics agree on new energy links, nuclear power plant

    12/08/2006 1:14:00 PM PST · by twinself · 4 replies · 285+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | December 8, 2006 | The Associated Press
    VILNIUS, Lithuania: Poland and Lithuania on Friday signed a major deal to build a high-voltage "energy bridge" to give the Baltic states a much-needed link to the European Union's electricity market. The Baltic states' prime ministers also agreed to include Poland in the planned construction of a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania that could become operational in 2015. Linking Lithuania's energy to those in Poland will cost some €304 million (US$404 million), according to preliminary estimates, and the EU has pledged €142 million (US$189 million) to help finance the project. Lithuania hopes to begin construction in 2007 and to...
  • Czech Gripens will protect Baltic countries

    10/06/2006 2:34:51 PM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 603+ views
    Ceske Noviny ^ | 6.10. 2006
    Czech Gripens will protect Baltic countries -- press Prague- Czech Swedish-made Gripen fighters will protect Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia, complying with the request by Lithuanian Defence Minister Juozas Olekas addressed to his Czech counterpart Jiri Sedivy on behalf of the Baltic states, Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD) writes. The three countries do not have supersonic aircraft and NATO states take turns in the protection of their airspace, MfD writes. It quotes Sedivy as saying that he told Olekas that the Czech Republic can provide its Gripens for three to four months and that talks about it have been conducted for several...
  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ask NATO to control their territories till 2018

    08/31/2006 12:03:58 PM PDT · by lizol · 14 replies · 398+ views
    Regnum ^ | August 31, 2006
    Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ask NATO to control their territories till 2018 During their meeting in Jurmala (Latvia) the defense ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have decided to ask NATO to prolong its air control over their territories till 2018, the Estonian Defense Ministry told REGNUM on August 30. According to the current agreement, NATO will control the air space of the Baltic states till 2007. Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said that the Baltic states will be able to control their air space on their own no earlier than in mid 2010s. The DMs also said that the...
  • Former Soviet bloc still struggling to open communist-era files to the public

    08/20/2006 10:34:43 AM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 388+ views
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | August 19, 2006 | William J. Kole
    Former Soviet bloc still struggling to open communist-era files to the public By William J. Kole ASSOCIATED PRESS 9:26 a.m. August 19, 2006 VIENNA, Austria – Politicians' phones were tapped. Dissidents were shadowed around town, and ordinary citizens worried they were being watched every time a neighbor's curtains cracked open. Today the democratic governments that replaced Europe's Soviet-era dictatorships are still struggling to deal with the vast archives of secrets, gossip and dirt accumulated by the secret police forces. From the Baltic States to Romania, initiatives are under way to open the files to the public, but have run into...
  • Kazakhstan Eyes Latvia as Gateway to European Oil Markets

    07/28/2006 1:17:42 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 19 replies · 418+ views
    Eurasia Daily Monitor (Jamestown Foundation) ^ | July 28, 2006 | Marat Yermukanov
    When Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited Riga on July 18, the overriding topic of discussion was how best to send Kazakh oil to energy-hungry markets in Europe and Scandinavian via Latvia. Nazarbayev did his best to give the impression of a pragmatic leader unburdened by the political strains caused by the long-standing disputes between his closest ally -- Moscow -- and West European powers over energy issues. His time in Riga provided an impressive display of his multi-vector approach to interstate relations. Answering questions from Latvian journalists, Nazarbayev stressed that Kazakhstan has no intention of constructing a transportation route to...
  • Vodka war splits EU

    06/28/2006 10:30:57 AM PDT · by Lukasz · 19 replies · 721+ views ^ | 28/06/2006 | Chris Mercer
    Squabbling over what ingredients can be used to make true vodka threatens to hold up European Commission proposals to tighten the definition of spirit drinks. Calls to restrict the raw materials that can be used to make vodka would damage Europe's vodka trade, said the European Vodka Alliance this week. It is an issue threatening to cause full-scale rows between several EU member states, as new proposals for defining spirit drinks work their way through the EU machine. Poland has led a delegation including Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states and Germany, demanding that true vodka could only be made from...
  • Gas Diplomacy

    06/16/2006 10:48:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 179+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 7 June 2006 | Michal Jeziorski
    Gas Diplomacy By Michal Jeziorski 7 June 2006 The plan to build a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea has caused controversy in Poland and across the European Union. Polish politicians say national energy policy will only be effective if it is built on the principle of solidarity. Poland's priority is to diversify sources of gas. Russia is increasingly seen as cynically taking advantage of the former East Bloc countries' dependence on its raw materials. After pro-Western forces won the elections in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, Gazprom dramatically increased its gas prices for these countries. The...
  • Does EU have an eastern policy?

    06/13/2006 11:39:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 218+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 13.06.2006 | Michal Zajac
    Does EU have an eastern policy? NETWORK EUROPE LOOKING EAST - Why have the Baltics, Poland and Ukraine slammed the German-Russian Baltic gas pipeline? - Can the EU do more to promote democracy and civil society in Belarus? - And what are Ukraine’s prospects of joining the EU? The German-Russian deal struck last autumn to build a pipeline under the Baltic Sea to pump natural gas from Russia continues to raise concerns in the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine. These countries’ leaders have said they felt uneasy about, what they felt was, deals being made behind their back on an...
  • Estonia frowns on Baltic pipeline

    05/25/2006 11:04:17 AM PDT · by lizol · 22 replies · 518+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 25.05.2006 | Michal Zajac
    Estonia frowns on Baltic pipeline The German-Russian deal struck last autumn to build a pipeline under the Baltic Sea to pump natural gas from Russia continues to raise concerns in the Baltic States, Poland and Ukraine. These countries’ leaders have said they felt uneasy about, what they felt was, deals being made behind their back on an issue as vital as energy security. This report by Michal Zajac in Tallinn. Even though most of the information concerning the manner in which the gas pipeline will be constructed remains secret, environmentalists in the Baltic states still say that threats to the...
  • EuroSummit 2006: "Old Europe" Prefers Russia to Poland

    03/24/2006 11:39:26 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 506+ views
    AIA ^ | 24.03.2006 | Simon Araloff
    EuroSummit 2006: "Old Europe" Prefers Russia to Poland Simon Araloff, AIA European section One of the main themes of the EU summit which opened yesterday is the question of a common European strategy in the sphere of energy. In this connection Warsaw has put forward its own initiative on maintaining energy security of the European Union. However, its key members, particularly Germany and France, categorically reject the Polish offer. On the other hand, Norway and the Baltic countries actively support Warsaw. Defining their own position on this question, opponents of the Polish initiative are guided first of all by economic...
  • Baltic Countries to Boost NATO Unit

    03/23/2006 9:37:36 AM PST · by lizol · 4 replies · 273+ views
    UPI ^ | March 22, 2006
    Baltic Countries to Boost NATO Unit BRUSSELS, March 22 (UPI) -- Defense ministers from six Baltic Sea countries Tuesday agreed to strengthen military cooperation and create a combat group to work in coordination with NATO. At a meeting in Latvia, ministers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark agreed to boost their cooperation and involvement with the North East Multinational Corps, a multinational NATO unit based in Stettin, Poland. "We agreed to work towards maximizing the role of the Stettin Headquarters in NATO's 2007 Afghanistan operation," Danish Defense Minister Soren Gade said in a statement after the meeting. In...