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  • Migrants Resettled in Low-Benefits Lithuania Feel ‘Cheated’, Flee to Richer EU Countries

    10/05/2016 6:19:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 5, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Migrant families from camps in Greece and Turkey say they feel “cheated” to have been resettled in Lithuania, where benefits are lower than in Germany. One family is now looking into filing a complaint with the United Nations (UN). Despite families’ initially expressing gratitude to the Baltic state which offered them asylum, many have fled to richer countries, blasting asylum agencies for “deceiving” them by giving the impression that Lithuania is a “Class A” nation similar to Sweden and Germany.
  • Lithuania signs major German arms deal over Russia fears

    08/22/2016 7:59:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies ^ | 22 Aug 2016 11:31 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Lithuania on Monday signed its biggest ever arms deal for German-made armored vehicles, as it seeks to allay concerns of a military resurgence of Russia on its doorstep. In its biggest-ever arms purchase, the Baltic NATO member will buy 88 Boxer armored fighting vehicles for €386 million. Produced by the German-Dutch ARTEC consortium, the vehicles are fitted with Israeli-made turrets. […] The largest of the three Baltic states that broke free from the crumbling Soviet Union in 1991, Lithuania has increased its defense budget by about a third each year since 2014, when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine....
  • Landmark NATO Summit to begin in Warsaw

    07/07/2016 6:04:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 5 replies
    Nato ^ | 7 July 2016 | Nato
    On Friday and Saturday (8-9 July 2016), the leaders of the 28 NATO Allies and many partner nations will meet for a landmark Warsaw Summit. Together, they will take decisions to enhance the Alliance’s security by strengthening its deterrence and defence, and projecting stability beyond its borders. Allies will agree to deploy four robust and multinational battalions to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, on a rotational basis. A multinational framework brigade in Romania will provide a tailored presence in south-eastern Europe. NATO will also take further steps to improve cyber defences, civil preparedness and to defend against ballistic missile attack...
  • April 16, 2012 Vilnius, Lithuania : $7 Gasoline. Thanks Ben.

    07/05/2016 4:36:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies ^ | April 16, 2012 | simon black
    The consistent theme from my travels so far in Europe– the UK, Scandinavia, Lithuania– has been noticeably higher prices. Shockingly so, in some instances. London, where I spent a rather pleasant and rare sunny weekend with friends and colleagues, has gone from being ‘stupid’ pricey, to just plain absurd. Tube prices, taxi fares, food prices, restaurant bills, train fares… it all keeps going up. And to cap it all off, the British government’s VAT increases have ensured that absolutely everyone is paying a little bit more. Here in Lithuania, the buzz around town is the spiraling gasoline prices, which have...
  • Putin’s Russia is a poor, drunk soccer hooligan

    06/22/2016 9:54:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 123 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06-22-2016 | Scott Gilmore
    Russia is not the country you think it is. Its economy is smaller than South Korea’s. Its people are poorer than Kazakhstan’s. It trails Finland in technology. And it has a smaller military budget than Saudi Arabia... ...Russia hosted the Olympics, punched Georgia in the nose, took back the Crimea, invaded Ukraine, flew bombers through NATO airspace, built military bases in the Arctic, and generally flexed and posed like an oiled, aged, but still buff, body builder. And we’ve been paying increasingly rapt attention, not noticing the geriatric walker hidden just off stage. A closer look is almost shocking. According...
  • Breedlove tells Congress US must rebuild forces in Europe to confront newly aggressive Russia

    02/25/2016 4:17:55 PM PST · by a_Turk · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 25, 2016 | John Vandiver
    The U.S. military must rebuild in Europe to face a more aggressive Russia, whose advanced submarines, weapons systems and geographic advantage have the U.S. “playing zone defense,” the top U.S. commander in Europe said Thursday. “We have about 20 years of a different paradigm to correct,” Gen. Philip Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command, said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee. Breedlove, who has led EUCOM during the command’s biggest transformation in a generation, said he did not foresee a need to return to a Cold War-style military posture. But the era of trying to make a partner...
  • How Feminism Destroyed Europe | Iben Thranholm and Stefan Molyneux

    05/31/2016 3:29:13 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 18 replies
    YouTube/ ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | Stefan Molyneux
    The massive feminization of culture has had a major impact on European politics and the decisions which have lead to the European Migrant Crisis. Iben Thranholm joins Stefan Molyneux to discuss the deficiency of masculinity in European culture, how feminism has programmed women to see men as the enemy and the future of western civilization. "As the refugee crisis erupted and overwhelmed Europe, its political leaders - spearheaded by German Chancellor Angela Merkel - acted like timid mother hens, not as strong men responsible for guarding their country from an invasion." - Iben Thranholm Iben Thranholm is one of Denmark’s...
  • 15 Year Old Boy Stabbed To Death By Arab Migrant: Was Protecting Girl from Sex Assault [Isaiah 24]

    01/15/2016 7:07:32 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 27 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 1/15/2016 | Oliver Lane
    The parents of 15 year old Lithuanian boy Arminas Pileckas have blasted Sweden and the Swedish media for cowardice in the face of the migrant threat, and for covering up the murder of their son. Arminas Pileckas, a native of northern European state Lithuania was living in Sweden with his parents when he was brutally murdered on Monday by an “Arab” — reportedly Syrian — migrant classmate. It is reported that Arminas intervened to protect a female school-mate from being sexually assaulted in December, only to have the Syrian he defended her from stab him in the back and through...
  • With flowers and solemn speeches, Lithuanians mark the 25th anniversary of Soviet crackdown

    01/13/2016 11:44:45 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 3 replies
    US News and World Report, AP ^ | Jan. 13, 2016 | LIUDAS DAPKUS, Associated Press
    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — With flowers and solemn speeches, Lithuanians on Wednesday marked the 25th anniversary of a deadly Soviet crackdown that failed to quash the Baltic country's quest for independence. Hundreds of people gathered in Vilnius in freezing temperatures to honor the 14 people killed when Soviet troops and tanks moved into a crowd of protesters outside a TV tower on Jan. 13, 1991. The attacks only emboldened Lithuanians to demand freedom, which they gained later that year. President Dalia Grybauskaite drew parallels between those events and Ukraine's conflict with Moscow, saying "we feel a bond of unity with...
  • ECHR - KGB killings of Lithuanian partisans not a genocide

    11/04/2015 4:37:10 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-10-21 | BNS/TBT Staff
    The European Court of Human Rights has ruled the KGB murders of Lithuanian partisans was not an act of genocide. The ruling may become an important legal precedent in the evaluation of Soviet atrocities The ECHR ruled that former KGB officer, Vytautas Vasiliauskas, had been sentenced in Lithuania in June 2011 "on legal provisions that had not been in force in 1953.”
  • Baltic ministers to sign joint declaration on calculation and losses of Soviet occupation

    11/04/2015 4:30:12 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-11-04 | BNS/TBT Staff
    November 5, 2015 will see justice ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia sign a joint declaration on the calculation and recovery of the losses caused by their Soviet occupation.
  • Poland signs deal to build gas link with Lithuania

    10/17/2015 3:17:39 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    Warsaw Voice ^ | October 16, 2015 | Warsaw Voice
    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Latvian PM Laimdota Straujuma, Polish PM Ewa Kopacz, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite Polish PM Ewa Kopacz, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia Thursday in Brussels signed a financing deal that will allow the construction of the Gas Interconnector Poland-Lithuania (GIPL) – the first gas pipeline linking the Baltic region with the EU energy market. The pipeline to be built by December 2019 will reduce Baltic States' dependence on Russian gas. Once it is built, it will connect the Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian gas network with the EU.
  • Belarusian protesters decry planned Russian air base

    10/04/2015 3:49:48 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 5 replies
    SF Gate ^ | October 4, 2015 | Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press
    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 1,000 opposition activists on Sunday protested Russia's plans to establish a military air base in Belarus, saying it would turn the former Soviet republic into a Kremlin "vassal." They claim the base would add to regional tensions already heightened by the conflict in Ukraine, and make it impossible for Belarus to maintain neutrality between Russia and the West. Belarus borders Russia, Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has refrained from commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin's initiative to establish the base. Analysts say...
  • Putin moves to establish Russian military base in Belarus

    09/19/2015 2:44:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 19, 2015 12:26 PM EDT | Yuras Karmanau
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signaled his intention to establish a Russian military air base in neighboring Belarus—a move sure to unnerve Poland and the Baltic nations. Belarus has made clear it would not welcome a Russian base, but the former Soviet republic remains dependent on Moscow for credit and energy. […] Belarus is a desirable location for Russia because it borders Ukraine and three members of the European Union and NATO: Lithuania, Latvia and Poland. …
  • 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,...
  • How World War III became possible

    07/01/2015 3:07:23 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 68 replies
    Vox ( ^ | June 29, 2015 | Max Fisher
    It was in August 2014 that the real danger began, and that we heard the first warnings of war. That month, unmarked Russian troops covertly invaded eastern Ukraine, where the separatist conflict had grown out of its control. The Russian air force began harassing the neighboring Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, which are members of NATO. The US pledged that it would uphold its commitment to defend those countries as if they were American soil, and later staged military exercises a few hundred yards from Russia's border.Both sides came to believe that the other had more drastic intentions....
  • ‘End Austerity Now,’ demand Britons

    06/20/2015 4:35:16 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 6/21/2015 | Parvathi Menon
    End austerity: it’s cheating us all; Jobs not Trident; No cuts; Defy Tory rule; Cut war not welfare; Stop fracking; a Living Wage for mothers; and, The Pope gets it, why can’t you? With the slogans emblazoned on banners, posters and flags, anti-austerity marchers shouted slogans, sang, and beat drums, as they walked through London in what is being called the biggest protest march that the city has seen. The ‘End Austerity Now’ demonstration saw participation by an estimated crowd of between 70,000 and 250,000, all coming together to protest against cuts imposed due to austerity, the threats to the...
  • Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt ‘Bail-In’ Legislation By The End Of The Summer?

    06/14/2015 4:05:38 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | June 5th, 2015 | by Michael Snyder
    Why Is The EU Forcing European Nations To Adopt 'Bail-In' Legislation by the End of the Summer? Are they expecting something to happen? As you will read about below, the European Union says that any nation within the EU that does not enact "bail-in" legislation within the next two months will face legal action. The countries that are being threatened in this manner include Italy and France. If you fast forward two months from this moment, that puts us in early August. So clearly the European Union wants everything to be squared away by the end of the summer. Is...
  • Turkey warns of terror wave if EU membership is rejected

    12/14/2004 10:10:42 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies · 1,301+ views
    EU Observer ^ | Dec 13 2004 | Lisbeth Kirk
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned European Union leaders that violence from Islamic extremists could escalate if the EU rejects Turkey as a member... Turkey signed the association agreement for EU membership in 1963 and it is expected that a two-day EU summit this week will finally decide to begin formal membership talks, probably in the second half of next year... Taking Turkey’s 69 million, mainly Muslim, population into the Union is widely disputed... In Germany, leader of the Christian Social Union Edmund Stoiber told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that his party in government would do what it...
  • And it's gone...Greek Banks in Macedonia can't withdraw cash - Central Bank's Bogov

    06/12/2015 7:42:44 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 39 replies The bank runs (and capital controls) begin. Macedonia Central Bank Governor Bogov states: *GREEK BANKS IN MACEDONIA CAN’T WITHDRAW CASH: BOGOV*MACEDONIAN BANKS PROTECTED IN CASE OF GREXIT: BOGOV How long before the rest of Europe follows suit and a bank holiday is declared Monday to "Cyprus" depositors? He further added: *MACEDONIAN CENTRAL BANK SEES MAJOR RISKS FROM POLITICAL CRISIS Macedonia Central Bank blocks Greek bank withdrawals FXStreet (Córdoba) - Macedonian Central Bank's Governor Dimitar Bogov has stated that Greek banks are not able to withdraw cash. According to Bogov, this withdrawal halt is protection against...
  • Poles honor Reagan, John Paul with statue

    06/02/2015 10:08:54 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 14 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne Australia) ^ | Aug 2, 2012 | Vanessa Gera
    (Aug 2, 2012) POLISH officials have unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II, honouring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago. The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organising or taking part in strikes against the communist regime. The bronze statue, erected in the lush seaside President Ronald Reagan Park, is a slightly larger-than-life rendering of the...
  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism

    06/02/2015 10:18:59 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Heritage ^ | Jan 27, 2010 | Lee Edwards
    Soviet Communism, the dark tyranny that controlled nearly 40 nations and was responsible for the deaths of an estimated 100 million victims during the 20th century, suddenly collapsed 20 years ago without a shot being fired. In just two years--from 1989 to 1991--the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union disintegrated, and Marxism- Leninism was dumped unceremoniously on the ash heap of history. There was dancing in the street and champagne toasts on top of the Brandenburg Gate. For 40 years, the United States and the West had been following a policy of containment, détente, accommodation. Ronald Reagan decided it was...
  • We do. Russia does not.

    05/31/2015 9:31:34 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 29 replies ^ | 05/31/2015 | Massza
    Sweden rules the Baltic Sea supreme. Russia does not. We and Finland protect Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. We dispose of the means. We could **** you up very bad Mr. Putin and Stalin won't be there to aid you.
  • Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

    05/16/2015 3:09:43 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Birnbaum
    TAPA, Estonia — A year ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula because he said he feared NATO’s expansion. This week, U.S. tanks were cutting up the Estonian countryside just 65 miles from the Russian border in response to local fears about Russia’s expansionism. From destroyers in the Baltic Sea to paratroopers over Georgia’s skies to camouflaged reservists in Estonia’s birch forests, drills across the former Eastern Bloc this past week were a stark new sign of worries about Kremlin aggression. Estonia in recent days held its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War, and...
  • Baltic countries to ask NATO for thousands of permanent troops

    05/16/2015 6:41:25 PM PDT · by robowombat · 39 replies
    The three Baltic states have written a letter to NATO asking for hundreds of soliders to be stationed in each country. They have expressed fears of possible aggression from Moscow. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia announced on Thursday that they would petition NATO to permanently station troops throughout the Baltic region as Russia has done little to allay concerns that it may pose a threat to its three small neighbors. "Russia sees NATO as its main nemesis and this has put the Baltic countries on the front line, so to say," said Roland Murof, speaking for the Estonian defense ministry. "Hence,...
  • Harwood: Carson and Rand Too Sensitive To Questioning, Cruz Isn’t

    05/12/2015 8:30:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent and New York Times Political Writer John Harwood argued that GOP presidential candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are too sensitive to tough questions, while Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is better at handling tough questions in an interview set to broadcast on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.”Harwood discussed an interview he did with Carson during which Carson argued that Hewitt “was so gleeful about thinking that he had caught me on something,” during a questioning on the Baltic states and NATO on Hewitt’s show back in March. After hearing the exchange between Hewitt and...
  • 70th anniversary of end of World War II marked throughout Baltics

    05/10/2015 4:02:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-08 | The Baltic Times
    The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated throughout the Baltic countries today. In Estonia, the largest events will take place in the capital, Tallinn, where wreaths will be placed on behalf of the government at the Defence Forces Cemetery and at the memorial to the victims of Nazism at Rahumäe Jewish cemetery. Traditionally, wreaths are placed in the name of the government at the Maarjamäe Memorial Square at the monument for participants of the 1944 Estonian defence battles, graves of German soldiers and the Red Army memorial. [....] As previously reported, this year Lithuania will...
  • Lithuania's 'Iron Lady' Sends Message to Kremlin 'We Will Not Allow Ourselves to be Taken Easily'

    05/07/2015 10:26:12 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 12 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 May 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    President Dalia Grybauskaite holds war games: 'We try to learn from  the Ukrainian and Crimean situation ... we're not fearing anybody' While others like the Czechs, Slovaks, and Hungary act like they're afraid of/corrupted by the Russians, Baltic Lithuania -with a population of just over 3M people- seem to be cut of a bit different cloth, something more akin to Polish defiance to today's nothing-but-bad-news Kremlin... The diminutive NATO country is currently holding 'Little Green Men' war games meant to signify to the Kremlin that Lithuanians will fight -and effectively- in response to any Russian provocation.  Lithuania has a sizable Russian...
  • Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews

    05/06/2015 4:47:49 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) ^ | May 05, 2015 | Elisabeth Braw
    Workers laying a cable beneath the Baltic Sea are on the front line in Lithuania's struggle for energy independence from Moscow. Their adversary: the Russian Navy. No shots have been fired, but construction crews laying the NordBalt cable linking Lithuania and Sweden have received unwelcome visits in the last month from Russian warships probing into the construction area in the Baltic state's exclusive economic zone. Frustrated that its diplomatic protests have had no effect, NATO member Lithuania says it will consider legal action if the Russian moves don't stop. "We've already informed our transatlantic partners of the issue and will...
  • Three oligarchs sell half of Latvian transport company to Russian Railways

    05/03/2015 11:17:19 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-04-13 | The Baltic Times
    According to information from the Lursoft database, Russian Railways, through an Amsterdam registered affiliate RZDL Multimodal, has purchased 50% of the shares of logistics company Liepājas Oil Transit (LNT). The remaining shares of the company, through a number of firms, are owned by former Prime Minister Andris Skeles’ family, former politician Ainārs Šlesers and Ventpils Mayor Aivars Lembergs’ representative, considered to be Ansis Sormulis’ brother, Ivars Sormulis, as well as Russia citizen, Elena Volkova.
  • Lithuania’s decision to boycott Russian Victory Day parade “in line with foreign policy”

    05/03/2015 8:22:53 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-05-02 | George East
    Lithuanian political scientist Raimundas Lopata believes Lithuania’s decision to completely boycott the Russian Victory Day military parade on May 9, is “in line with Lithuania’s declared foreign policy attitudes” towards the Vladimir Putin-led Russian government. The Victory Day parade is the Russian Federation’s equivalent of V.E. day and takes place in Moscow’s Red Square. The 2015 edition will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Soviet Union’s war with Nazi Germany. As a result of Western sanctions on Russia following the MH17 disaster in July 2014, most EU and Western leaders will not attend this year’s Victory Day....
  • Lies must be revealed: Lithuanian President on Russian propaganda

    04/07/2015 3:55:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 7 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-03-20 | from wire reports and TBT staff
    At their meeting in Brussels, the heads of European countries will be looking for ways to combat disinformation spread by Russia. The European Council will address for the first time the influence of disinformation disseminated by Russia on EU citizens. The heads of the European Union Member States will also obligate the high representative of the union for foreign affairs and security policy to prepare a general EU strategic communication action plan to oppose the information war carried out by Russia and to ensure the security of the European public sphere. "Information security will be addressed on the initiative of...
  • Eastern European civilians undergo military training amid Russia threat

    04/07/2015 1:59:02 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies ^ | April 06, 2015 | Associated Press (AP)
    WARSAW, Poland – NATO aircraft scream across eastern European skies and American armored vehicles rumble near the border with Russia on a mission to reassure citizens that they're safe from Russian aggression. But these days, ordinary people aren't taking any chances. In Poland, doctors, shopkeepers, lawmakers and others are heeding a call to receive military training in case of an invasion. Neighboring Lithuania is restoring the draft and teaching citizens what to do in case of war. Nearby Latvia has plans to give university students military training next year. The drive to teach ordinary people how to use weapons and...
  • Greece draws up drachma plans, prepares to miss IMF payment

    04/03/2015 4:41:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | April 2, 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, & Mehreen Khan
    Greece is drawing up drastic plans to nationalise the country's banking system and introduce a parallel currency to pay bills unless the eurozone takes steps to defuse the simmering crisis and soften its demands. Sources close to the ruling Syriza party said the government is determined to keep public services running and pay pensions as funds run critically low. It may be forced to take the unprecedented step of missing a payment to the International Monetary Fund next week.
  • 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,
  • Obama's diplomatic disaster

    03/23/2015 2:29:38 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | MARCH 22, 2015 | ERIKA SIMPSON
    Around 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, about two dozen high-level U.S. diplomats, politicians and four-star generals held a discussion in a briefing room on the sixth floor of the luxury Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich. Their frank comments behind a sound-proof door were leaked, perhaps to German intelligence but certainly to the German newspapers Bild and Der Spiegel, which published reports of the discussions. They reveal a ham-handed U.S. diplomacy in Europe that has raised consternation and revulsion against the administration of President Barack Obama and by extension against NATO. Although not directly involved, Canadians can learn from the...
  • NATO commanders give green light to creation of rapid-response force bases in Baltics

    02/24/2015 7:54:33 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-05 | TBT staff and newswires
    RIGA - NATO commanders have given the green-light for the creation of rapid-response force command and control centres in the Baltics and three other countries, National Armed Forces Commander Raimonds Graube confirmed to Latvian Radio. According to the portal, this means that a new unit will be set up in Latvia, and this unit will man and operate the new command and control centre. The unit will be responsible for logistics and organisational exercises, as well as receiving rapid-response forces in crisis situations. NATO already has a rapid-response force model in place, however, after Russia’s aggression in Ukraine —...
  • Russia conducting military drills near Estonian border

    02/25/2015 8:04:14 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies Estonian Public Broadcasting ^ | 2015-02-25 | Estonian Public Broadcasting
    2,000 Russian special troops and 500 armed units are taking part of the military drills in Pskov region, near Estonia-Russia border. According to Russian Defense Ministry, the exercises are part of Russian Airborne Forces tactical drill. More than 1,500 servicemen will be airdropped during the training which is expected to last until February 27. Martin Hurt, an Estonian defense expert at the International Centre for Defense and Security, said to Newsweek magazine that the increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its neighbours could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a...
  • 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.
  • Latvia minister cites threat from 'information war' over Russian minority

    03/12/2015 10:35:15 AM PDT · by McGruff · 5 replies
    REUTERS ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | AIJA KRUTAINE
    Latvia's security is at risk from Russian-funded advocacy groups waging "information war" that suggests the Baltic state is persecuting its Russian minority, its interior minister said in an interview. Latvia and neighboring Estonia and Lithuania, all part of the Soviet Union until 1991, are wary about their newly assertive giant neighbor Russia, which has long complained the rights of ethnic Russians are being undermined in the Baltics
  • 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>
  • We need a European army, says Jean-Claude Juncker

    03/10/2015 2:22:16 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 23 replies ^ | 9 March 2015 | bbc
    European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the creation of a European army to face up to Russia and other threats. Mr Juncker said such an army would restore the European Union's foreign policy standing and show it is serious about defending its values. It would not be in competition with Nato, he insisted.
  • Lithuania signs US deal to replace Russian gas

    03/01/2015 6:28:08 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 28 February 2015 | AFP
    Lithuania said Saturday it had signed a trade agreement to buy liquified natural gas from the United States in a move aimed at reducing the EU Baltic state’s heavy dependence on Russian gas deliveries. Under the deal with Houston-based Chenier Energy company, the first LNG fuel is expected to arrive in Lithuania as early as next year, state-owned company Litgas said in a statement.
  • Defence experts: snap military drills could be prelude to Russian assault on Baltics

    02/25/2015 8:14:59 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-25 | The Baltic Times
    Increasingly frequent snap military drills being carried out by Russia near its eastern European neighbors could be part of a strategy that will open the door for a Russian offensive on the Baltic States, according to defence expert Martin Hurt, deputy director at Estonia’s International Center for Defence and Security. The Lithuanian and Estonian defense ministries have expressed alarm at the increased military activity, and drawn comparisons to moves prior to the Russian invasion of Crimea. Commenting on Russia’s announcement last week that its armed forces will not cease holding snap military exercises, Hurt, who has previously worked for Estonia’s...
  • Lithuania to reinstate conscription amid Russia fears

    02/24/2015 8:07:34 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | AFP
    Vilnius (AFP) - Lithuania announced on Tuesday it would return to limited conscription later this year as concern mounts over Russian military exercises near NATO Baltic states.
  • Vilnius analysts: Russia could try conventional attack against Lithuania

    02/24/2015 7:46:47 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    The Baltic Times ^ | 2015-02-19 | Paul Goble
    Staunton, February 17 – Most analysts have become so focused on Vladimir Putin’s use of “hybrid war” that they do not take into consideration that he could choose to wage a conventional war in some places, and most of these same analysts are also guilty of evaluating the Baltic countries as if Moscow would use the same and common strategy against them. But Marius Laurinavičius, an analyst at the Vilnius Center for Research on Eastern Europe, points out that Moscow could very well employ a “hybrid” war strategy against Estonia and Latvia but use a “conventional” against Lithuania in order...
  • Lithuanian president urges West to help Ukraine

    02/08/2015 11:28:08 PM PST · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 16 replies
    UAToday ^ | 2/08/2015
    Lithuanian president urges West to help Ukraine Lithuanian leader appeals for Western allies to use 'all means necessary' to help Ukraine Amid a heated discussion on whether to provide Ukraine with lethal aid during the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, US Vice President Joe Biden delivered a balanced message while Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite urged the West to use ‘all means necessary' to help Ukraine. In a panel discussion with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko the Lithuanian leader delivered a powerful message saying that 'if we betray Ukraine we betray ourselves, after Ukraine, we will be next'.
  • Worried about Russia? Lithuania says 'Keep calm and read the war manual'

    01/15/2015 3:11:02 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 Jan 15 | Andrius Sytas
    VILNIUS (Reuters) - Lithuania is publishing a manual to advise its citizens on how to survive a war on its soil as concerns grow that Russia's intervention in Ukraine heralds increased assertiveness in its tiny Baltic neighbors. "Keep a sound mind, don't panic and don't lose clear thinking," the manual explains. "Gunshots just outside your window are not the end of the world." The manual, which the Defence Ministry will send to libraries next week and also distribute at army events, says Lithuanians should resist foreign occupation with demonstrations and strikes, "or at least doing your job worse than usual".
  • No, Bibi-Bashers, Israel Is not ‘Isolated’ Under Netanyahu

    01/05/2015 7:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2015 | P. David Hornik
    [1]On Tuesday the Palestinians tried to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution to shrink Israel down to indefensible borders.They failed to get the nine votes from the 15-member council that they needed. Even if they had, the U.S. had promised to veto the resolution. But the Palestinians would have succeeded in painting Israel as a country almost friendless, hanging by the thread of U.S. support.The draft resolution demanded that Israel and the Palestinians wrap up all their disputes and reach an agreement within one year; that a Palestinian state be set up along Israel’s 1967...
  • Lithuania joins euro as tensions with neighboring Russia rise

    01/01/2015 1:29:48 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies ^ | Dec 31, 2014 | Andrius Sytas
    Lithuania joined the euro zone at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, hoping to anchor itself in Europe as its former master Russia flexes its military muscle in the region. The first Soviet republic to declare independence, in 1990, Lithuania is the last of the three Baltic states to join the currency union and will be the last country to do so for the foreseeable future, with remaining European Union members at least two years, and probably much more, away. "Myself, and I think, many of you feel sad that (Lithuania's currency) the litas, which has served us well for...