King Willem-Alexander and the President Grybauskaitė at the Presidential Palace. Photo @ Presidential Palace
European Union

King of the Netherlands to meet with Dutch soldiers deployed in Lithuania in Rukla

On June 15 His Majesty King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander while conducting a state visit in Lithuania will meet with Dutch soldiers serving in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla. His Majesty will be escorted by President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Jonas Vytautas Žukas during the visit to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonušas Radvila Training Regiment in Rukla, the Ministry of Defence of Lithuania announced. […]

The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte
European Union

Netherlands recruits Baltic States to compensate for effects of Brexit

The Netherlands is building new coalitions within the EU to compensate for the loss of the UK as the union’s main free trade champion, and has found partners in the Baltic States. At the same time, a domestic policy issue involving gas supplies and the Dutch stance on Russia have the potential to put what has been dubbed the New Hanseatic League to the test Dario Cavegn writes in the ERR News. […]

US Troops on the Gediminas Av. in Vilnius
Defence

Baltics ask for NATO battalions to be reinforced with air, naval forces – ForMin Linkevičius

The Baltic countries are asking for NATO‘s multinational battalions deployed to the region to be reinforced with air and naval forces, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said. […]

Lithuanian and NATO flags
Defence

Around 250 Czech troops to join NATO battalion in Lithuania next year

The Czech parliament has approved the deployment of around 250 troops to Lithuania in 2018 as part of NATO‘s multinational battalion stationed in the country. […]

During the Zapad 2013 training
Defence

President sees Zapad, Belarus N-plant as key threats to transatlantic security

The world clearly understands that key threats to transatlantic security in our region arise from the militarization of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, the Zapad military exercise and BelarusAstravyets nuclear power plant, which has become a geopolitical weapon, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday. […]

During military training in Rukla
Defence

Rukla hosting NATO batalion expects to heal social wounds

Before switching on the dictophone, Gintas Jasiulionis, elder of Rukla, a town in central Lithuania that is hosting the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battalion, asks BNS journalists to produce their press cards – he explains he wants to make sure he is not targeted by the Russian propaganda. […]