Baltics

The largest Spring Storm military exercise is on the way in Estonia

The largest Spring Storm military exercise in the history where, in addition to the Estonian troops, also 2,500 allied military personnel from 17 countries participate in, is on the way; the allies are practicing cooperation under the Estonian lead. The countries participating in the Spring Storm (Kevadtorm in Estonian) military …

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UK to deploy nearly 2,000 military personnel to the Baltic Sea in May

The United Kingdom will deploy nearly 2,000 armed forces personnel to the Baltic Sea for a series of multinational exercises in support of European security. Sailors and marines from all nations of the UK-led high-readiness Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) will take part in the deployment due to take place in …

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Estonia leads the Baltics in the number of startups per capita

Estonia leads the Baltic states in the number of startups per capita – the country has 5.2 startups per 100,00 inhabitants while Latvia has 1.8 and Lithuania 1.4. According to the Baltic Startup Scene report 2017-2018, compiled by Startup Wise Guys, an Estonia-based startup accelerator, and EIT Digital, Estonia has …

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Satellite images show potential Russian military buildup near Baltics

New satellite images show Russia is possibly upgrading its military installations in Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave right near the Baltic states, some 400 kilometres (250 miles) from the Estonian border. The satellite images were exclusively obtained by the CNN and they show Russia appears to upgrade four of its military …

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Russia threatened to use nukes against the Baltics – book

According to the newly-released book, “Fear” by the legendary journalist Bob Woodward, Russia warned the United States that it could use nuclear weapons against the Baltics. “Russia had privately warned [the US defence secretary Jim] Mattis that if there was a war in the Baltics, Russia would not hesitate to …

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The missing piece in the German foreign policy discourse: the Baltic Sea region

With the recent German coalition agreement in place, attention turns to Germany’s role in Europe. This article was originally published in the International Centre for Defence and Security’s blog. Although the German election campaign revolved around issues of domestic politics, the approved coalition agreement included a chapter on Germany’s role in the EU, Europe …

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Typhoon aircraft arrival at the Amari Air Base in Estonia as the prepare to start a period of Baltic Air Policing. Photo: UK Ministry of Defence

Air defence the most critical gap in the Baltics’ military capabilities – report

Air defence is the biggest and most critical gap in military capabilities in the Baltic region – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are able to defend only a handful of locations for a short period of time, and there are no standing NATO air defence assets in the region to supplement …

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The unpredictable future of the Nordic-Baltic region

The triple menace of Russian revanchist, American opportunist and eurozone disintegrative tendencies does not bode well for future prospects of the Nordic-Baltic region, the Icelandic diplomat and former foreign minister, Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, writes. The prospects for the Nordic-Baltic (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden – editor) …

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