Lithuania's Spec Ops Squad "Aitvaras" in Afghanistan

Lithuania should boost input to intl operations -Minister of Defence

Lithuania should increase its contribution to international operations, new Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis says. […]

Minister of Defence Raimundas Karoblis at the DELFI TV conference

Minister of Defence on his plans for national defence infrastructure

Raimundas Karoblis’ name has so far not been well known in Lithuania. A career diplomat with over 20 years of experience, he himself was surprised by the proposal to become Minister of National Defence. He is inheriting a ministry with both an impressively rising budget and at the same time – the taint of corruption, but the former diplomat tells Delfi TV that in the end he decided to operate on the idea of “If need be, then so be it”. […]

Russian Baltic fleet on exercises in Kaliningrad

NATO Forces in Baltic States: numerous but disjointed

As the Baltic States continue to confront Russian air and naval power in the Baltic Sea, two small missile ships, the Zelenyy Dol and the Serpukhov entered this crowded body of water at the end of October. These Russian vessels will reportedly become part of a newly formed Baltic division in the near future (TVNET, October 26). The redeployment of the Zelenyy Dol and Serpukhov is just the latest regional development negatively affecting the security of the Baltic States. None of these three post-Soviet republics has the financial resources available to sufficiently strengthen its own naval capabilities in response. Therefore, in order to defend their sovereignty and ensure the sustainability of their defence sectors, the Baltic States’ naval policies will continue to stress the ability to “fill the gaps” in the full spectrum of Allied maritime operations in the region, Olevs Nikers writes in the Jamestown Foundation. […]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US State Secretary John Kerry

NATO and Russia must talk to each other now more than ever

With tensions between Moscow and NATO at its worst since the end of the Cold War, it is now more important than ever that each side understand one another and maintain channels of serious communication, argues Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. […]


‘I found a NATO combat vehicle in my garden’ – Ukmergė residents

A NATO military exercise kept farmers in Ukmergė District awake all night and left them dumbfounded when they found soldiers shooting rounds in their gardens. […]

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Crimea scenario ‘will not be repeated in Baltics’

Military aggression against the Baltic countries is not among the future moves to be expected from the Kremlin, said independent Russian political scientist Kirill Martynov during a meeting in Vilnius. Political scientist, philosopher and Novaya […]