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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...
  • Four teens charged over alleged rape on Baltic cruise ( Sweden )

    05/14/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 24 replies
    Sweden - the local ^ | 12 May 2016
    Four men are facing trial this month accused of raping a woman on a student ferry trip between Stockholm and Finland, one in a series of alleged incidents on the so-called Baltic booze cruises. ... On Thursday four 19-year-old men were charged. According to the prosecutor no one else is believed to have been involved in the alleged aggravated rape. ... All Sweden-Finland ferry crossings give adult passengers the opportunity to purchase duty free alcohol, offering a huge discount for Nordic travellers used to some of the highest food and drink taxes in Europe. The incident is among several rapes...
  • 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...
  • Finland and Sweden Inch Closer to NATO

    10/21/2015 6:34:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 20, 2015 | Kevin Knodell
    For months, Scandinavian countries have accused Russian military planes and ships of slipping into their waters without permission. It’s made many Nordic governments wary of the Kremlin’s intentions in the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. Russia’s assertive behavior is driving Sweden and Finland — two countries that have never been part of NATO — closer to the alliance. At present, Norway, Denmark and Iceland make up NATO’s Nordic members. According to Anna Wieslander at the Atlantic Council: Denmark has played a key role, with some support from the United Kingdom, putting Baltic Sea security and the perspective of relevant...
  • Russia jets make 'simulated attack' passes near U.S. destroyer: U.S.

    04/13/2016 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 13, 2016 | By Phil Stewart
    Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday, a U.S. official said, describing it as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. The repeated flights by the Sukhoi SU-24 warplanes, which also flew near the ship a day earlier, were so close they created wake in the water, with 11 passes, the official said. A Russian KA-27 Helix helicopter also made seven passes around the USS Donald Cook, taking pictures. The nearest Russian territory was about 70 nautical miles away in its enclave...
  • March 5 is the anniversary of Winston Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

    03/04/2016 6:59:11 AM PST · by harpygoddess · 7 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 03/04/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent. Behind that line lie all the capitals of the ancient states of Central and Eastern Europe. Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest and Sofia, all these famous cities and the populations around them lie in what I must call the Soviet sphere, and all are subject in one form or another, not only to Soviet influence but to a very high and, in many cases, increasing measure of control from Moscow. ~ Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965) (speech, Fulton Missouri, 5 March...
  • The wreck files: Have scientists found a crashed flying saucer on the seabed?

    08/02/2011 3:18:51 PM PDT · by dila813 · 78 replies ^ | Last updated at 7:38 AM on 2nd August 2011 | Daniel Bates
    A mysterious circle on a grainy scan, this is what scientists are claiming is finally evidence that Earth has been visited by aliens. Researchers have claimed the fuzzy outline is a flying saucer that ended up 300ft down on the ocean floor between Sweden and Finland. They were stunned when sonar scans taken while searching for a century-old wreck showed up the shape against the dirt.
  • Dig reveals human skulls mounted on stakes (Sweden)

    09/20/2011 7:55:48 AM PDT · by decimon · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Local ^ | September 19, 2011 | David Landes
    Several human skulls found mounted on wooden stakes have been uncovered from a Stone Age lake bed in central Sweden in what is believed to be the first discovery of its kind anywhere in the world. “We found two skulls that still had wooden stakes sticking out of them through a whole at the base of the skull,” archeologist Fredrik Hallgren, head of excavation with the Stiftelsen Kulturmiljövĺrd Mälardalen (‘Cultural Preservation Society of Mälardalen’) told The Local. The skulls and other artifacts, including bones of wild animals, were recovered at the Kanaljorden excavation site in the town of Motala in...
  • 'Sea Monster' Figurehead Emerges From Baltic Sea

    08/15/2015 12:55:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Discovery News ^ | August 12, 2015 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Representing a ferocious looking creature with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth, the 660-pound figurehead stood at the prow of a ship. It was carved from the top of an 11-foot-long beam. According to experts at Blekinge museum, which was involved in the salvage effort, the “monster” was part of the Gribshunden, a 15th-century warship belonging to the Danish King Hans. The ship was anchored in Ronneby when it sunk in 1495 after a fire. A contemporary of Christopher Columbus’ flagship Santa Maria, the wreck is considered to be the best-preserved example of a 15th-century ship. Very few wrecks from that...
  • Baltic yields 'perfect' shipwreck

    11/15/2007 5:23:01 PM PST · by BGHater · 30 replies · 161+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 Nov 2007 | BBC
    The shipwreck was filmed by a remote-controlled submarine A near-intact shipwreck apparently dating from the 17th century has been found in the Baltic Sea, Swedish television has said.The discovery was made during filming for an under-water documentary series. Public service SVT television said the wreck could be from the same era as the famous Vasa warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in August 1628. The broadcaster said the Baltic's low oxygen content and low temperature had helped preserve the wreck. SVT said the origins of the ship were unclear but its features resembled the work of Dutch ship-builders...
  • 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.
  • Russia reportedly issues new threat to NATO over forces in Baltics

    04/02/2015 1:34:27 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies ^ | April 02, 2015 |
    Russia reportedly has made a new threat to begin "destabilizing actions" in the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania if NATO moved more forces into those countries. If the Russian threat is carried out, it could represent the greatest challenge to the 28-member military alliance's doctrine of mutual self-defense since its founding in 1949. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania joined NATO simultaneously in 2004. Moscow's position was communicated to U.S. officials by Russian generals at a meeting in Germany last month, according to The Times of London, which claimed to have seen notes on the meeting made by an American...
  • 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 —...
  • To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgia War

    10/27/2014 5:58:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    It was more than six years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only hours into a war which would last five days, they had to keep moving before Russian reinforcements could arrive to bolster the pro-Russian, breakway Georgian province.
  • 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...
  • Vessel Believed to be Russian Tsarist Submarine Discovered in the Baltic

    06/26/2014 10:41:11 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Jun. 26 2014 21:00 | The Moscow Times
    Estonian divers have discovered a watercraft in the Baltic Sea that they believe to be one of Russia's first battle submarines, Estonian media reported. The Shark, which was first launched in 1911, disappeared in 1915 at the height of World War I. It was carrying a crew of 35 at the time, whose fate has since remained unknown.
  • RAF jets see off Russian warplanes near the Baltic states

    06/18/2014 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Daily Express ^ | 6/18/14 | John Ingham
    RAF Typhoons have been scrambled to intercept a force of seven Russian warplanes near the Baltic states. A Russian bomber, four fighters, a command and control plane and a transport plane were taking part in exercises in international air space over the Baltic Sea. The two Typhoons, sent from Siauliai air base in Lithuania, escorted them away on Tuesday. Britain sent four Typhoon fighters to Lithuania, a Nato ally, in April as tensions rose over Russia’s annexation of the Crimea from the Ukraine. Nato carries out Baltic air policing because Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania do not have their own fighters.
  • Russia holds military exercises in Baltic in response to NATO

    06/12/2014 7:37:33 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    Reuters ^ | Thu Jun 12, 2014 10:33am EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Russia has begun military exercises in its Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad in what the Defence Ministry said was a response to drills by NATO allies in parts of eastern Europe that were launched after Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.
  • 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.
  • Baltic states lead push to cut Russia gas reliance

    04/25/2014 11:14:20 PM PDT · by texas booster · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | April 25, 2014 | DAVID McHUGH and LIUDAS DAPKUS
    VILNIUS (AP) — Later this year, a ship the size of an aircraft carrier will arrive at Lithuania's port of Klaipeda on the Baltic Sea. The 300-meter (984-foot) vessel is not a warship, but a floating natural gas import terminal — aptly named "Independence" — that will be key to the Baltic region's plan to reduce its reliance on Russia's energy supplies. The choice of a floating gas terminal is a sign of the urgency felt in the region. It was two years faster to build than on land, and at $330 million, was some 50 percent cheaper. It will...
  • The real flood: Submerged prehistory

    04/12/2014 12:25:19 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, April 10, 2014 | unattributed
    As a specialist in prehistoric underwater archaeology, Dr Jonathan Benjamin looks at rising sea levels differently from most people and his fascination with this global phenomenon began when as a PhD candidate at Edinburgh University he came across the work of the Danish archaeologists Anders Fischer and Sřren H Anderson. In the 1970s and 1980s, Fischer and Anderson recovered some of the most well preserved material ever seen from sites such as the 6,500-year-old settlement at Tybrind Vig. This was the first submerged settlement excavated in Denmark and from 1977 was the scene of intensive archaeological activity. Lying 300m from...
  • Fishermen find century-old postcard in a bottle in Baltic

    03/09/2014 9:55:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies
    upi ^ | March. 8, 2014
    BERLIN, A postcard dated May 17, 1913, and found in a bottle by German fishermen appears to be the oldest such message ever found. Konrad Fischer, captain of a fishing boat from Schleswig-Holstein, told Kieler Nachrichten, a local newspaper, that he was about to throw the bottle back in the sea when someone told him it was not empty, the reported. "When I saw the date I got really excited," he said. The postcard, from Denmark, had German stamps on it. It was signed by Richard Platz and addressed to his own home in Berlin with a message asking...
  • US to bolster military support to Poland, Baltic

    03/05/2014 11:42:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies ^ | 3/5/14 | afp
    Washington (AFP) - The United States plans to expand military cooperation with Poland and Baltic states to show "support" for its allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel said Wednesday.
  • ARCHAEOLOGY: Stone Age World Beneath the Baltic Sea

    12/09/2006 2:50:42 PM PST · by Lessismore · 51 replies · 2,178+ views
    Science Magazine ^ | 2006-12-08 | Andrew Curry
    As they map Germany's changing coastline, members of a research team called SINCOS are learning about settlements that were covered by water 6000 to 8000 years ago On a warm afternoon in September, archaeologist Harald Lübke looked out from the pilot house of the Goor, a bright red dive boat moored 200 meters off Germany's Baltic seacoast. Three meters below the water's glassy surface, divers in bulky drysuits were excavating a prehistoric hunting camp. A deafening motor mounted on the Goor's deck powered a pressure pump, which they were using to suck sediment from the sea bottom into mesh bags....
  • Russian Oppression And Chechnya: Violence Is A Choice

    05/01/2013 12:39:25 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 11 replies
    Forbe's blog ^ | April 20, 2013 | Mark Adomanis
    Due to the background of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the half-Chechen half-Avar brothers who bombed the Boston marathon, many Americans are suddenly very interested in the tortured history of the North Caucasus. I can’t credibly claim to be an expert on the multitudinous ethnic and linguistic groups that populate the area, so if you’re looking for in-depth analysis of Chechen politics, a data-driven account of the economics of Dagestan, or a blow-by-blow account of the past 20 years of the region’s history you should look somewhere else. If you’re still wondering “where in God’s name is Chechnya?” or “why are...
  • 'UFO' at the bottom of the Baltic Sea 'cuts off electrical equipment when divers get within 200m'

    06/27/2012 6:17:57 AM PDT · by rawhide · 59 replies ^ | 6-27-12 | Eddie Wrenn
    Object is raised about 10 to 13ft above seabed and curved at the sides like a mushroom. Hole is surrounded by an strange rock formation that expedition team can not explain. Stones are covered in something 'resembling soot' which has baffled experts. Divers say phones and some cameras switch off when close to the object. The divers exploring a 'UFO-shaped' object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea say their equipment stops working when they approach within 200m. Professional diver Stefan Hogerborn, part of the Ocean X team which is exploring the anomaly, said some of the team's cameras and...
  • UFO Lying On The Bottom Of The Baltic Sea?

    06/20/2012 4:30:40 PM PDT · by dila813 · 42 replies
    Lee Rannals for ^ | June 19, 2012 | Lee Rannals for
    A Swedish expedition team has found an unidentified object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea, leaving some to believe it’s the remnants of an extra-terrestrial ship. Scientists went off on a deep-water dive to debunk some theories about the underwater object, but were left with more questions than they had answers. The divers found that the object was raised about 10 to 13 feet above the seabed, and curved in at the sides. “First we thought this was only stone, but this is something else,” Ocean X team diver Peter Lindberg said in a press release. The object had...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Venus Transit Over the Baltic Sea

    06/13/2012 2:40:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    NASA ^ | June 13, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Waiting years and traveling kilometers -- all to get a shot like this. And even with all of this planning, a good bit of luck was helpful. As the Sun rose over the Baltic Sea last Wednesday as seen from Fehmarn Island in northern Germany, photographer Jens Hackmann was ready for the very unusual black dot of Venus to appear superimposed. Less expected were the textures of clouds and haze that would tint different levels of the Sun various shades of red. And possibly the luckiest gift of all was a flicker of a rare green flash at the...
  • Baltic Dry plumbs 25-year depths (Lower Than 2008 Catastrophe Levels!)

    02/02/2012 10:07:47 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 12 replies
    Globe+Mail ^ | 2-2-12 | david parkinson
    People often talk about the Baltic Dry Index as being a "canary in the coal mine". But right now, maybe "elephant in the room" might be more fitting. The index of shipping rates for dry bulk commodities - such as iron ore, coal and grains - has long been considered by market afficionados as an advance warning system for changes in economic fortunes. When the index surges, it means shipping demand is spiking, a strong sign for a pick-up in economic activity. When the index plunges, it means ships are sitting empty - a sign of evaporating demand for goods....
  • Veteran Divers Find Giant UFO-Like Object At Bottom Of Baltic Sea – With Video

    01/29/2012 12:35:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 45 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 1/29/12 | cnn
    The Sideshow: A team of salvage divers has discovered an unexplained object resting at the bottom of the Baltic Sea near Sweden. “This thing turned up. My first reaction was to tell the guys that we have a UFO here on the bottom,” said Peter Lindberg, the leader of the treasure hunters. Sonar readings show that the mysterious object is about 60 meters across, or, about the size of a jumbo jet. And it’s not alone. Nearby on the sea floor is another, smaller object with a similar shape. Even more fascinating, both objects have “drag marks” behind them on...
  • Estonia: The muted revival of a Baltic tiger

    12/30/2011 11:06:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 30 Dec 2011 | Jon Bithray
    Estonia is the euro's newest member and also has the eurozone's fastest growing economyMost European leaders would be delighted if their economy was growing as fast as Estonia's.The small Baltic state's economy is forecast to have grown by 8% during 2011, according to the EU's official statistics body. That's more than five times faster growth than the European Union as a whole. But Estonia is still regaining the ground it lost during a financial crisis that struck it and its Baltic neighbours in 2008-9, when a property bubble burst spectacularly, causing the economy to shrink and unemployment to rocket to...
  • Was the Millennium Falcon found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea?

    07/05/2011 8:31:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies ^ | Sunday, July 3, 2011 | Cyriaque Lamar
    On June 19, maritime treasure hunters -- who were looking for priceless submerged hooch in shipwrecks -- discovered a 60-meter-diameter circle 87 meters under the Baltic Sea. Are these the remains of an alien vessel or Cthulhu's personal pan pizza? Next to the circle is a 300 meter long slide track -- as if the circle has traveled across the seabed before it has settled [...] They rule out theories that there is a depth bomb or mine from the First World War -- or a symmetrical [algal] bloom [...] The most likely scenario is still that there is a...
  • As Euro Struggles, Estonia Readies for Entry in Currency

    12/30/2010 11:03:47 PM PST · by Cronos · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30/Dec/2010 | Ajck Ewing
    On Saturday, Estonia completes its trip from Soviet republic to full-fledged member of the euro zone. In the first minutes of the new year, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip will slide a bank card into an automated teller machine installed for the occasion in front of the opera house here in the capital. He will withdraw some euro bills, and Estonia will officially become the 17th member of the zone.
  • A Treasure Trove in the Baltic Sea

    07/16/2010 7:14:19 PM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 07/16/2010 | Frank Thadeusz
    While environmentalists are sharply opposed to the construction of the new Baltic Sea pipeline, archaeologists are delighted. The massive Nord Stream project to bring natural gas from Russia to Germany has uncovered dozens of shipwrecks and other historic artifacts. In the early 1940s, engineers of the Third Reich conducted a series of tests that involving firing Henschel HS 293 glider bombs into the Baltic Sea. They were disheartened when the tests failed, because the steering systems of the massive projectile didn't work properly. Now, almost 70 years later, one of the bombs -- weighing in at about 1,000 kilograms (2,200...
  • More than 50 ships stuck in Baltic Sea ice: maritime authorities

    03/04/2010 2:31:33 PM PST · by bayliving · 53 replies · 2,435+ views
    Breitbart ^ | Mar 4, 2010 | N/A
    More than 50 ships, including large ferries reportedly carrying thousands of passengers, were stuck in ice in the Baltic Sea Thursday evening, and many were not likely to be freed for hours, Swedish maritime authorities said.
  • Russia's newest frigate starts final sea trials in Baltic Sea

    05/13/2009 11:37:05 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 17 replies · 1,128+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 13/ 05/ 2009
    KALININGRAD, May 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's newest frigate, the Yaroslav Mudry, has started state-commissioned sea trials in the Baltic Sea, a spokesman for the Yantar shipyard said on Wednesday. The frigate is the second vessel in the 11540 Yastreb series after the Neustrashimy, which recently took part in an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden. "After the trials, the ship will undergo a final inventory check, and will be handed over to the Russian Defense Ministry in mid-June," the official said. Earlier reports said the frigate was due to enter service in April. The construction of the Yaroslav...
  • Baltic economic picture gets even grimmer

    04/03/2009 1:01:12 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 2 replies · 396+ views
    DPA ^ | Tue, 31 Mar 2009
    Riga - The economic gloom afflicting the Baltic states got several shades darker Tuesday with a fresh forecasts revising expectations downwards. Until mid-2007 the so-called 'Baltic Tigers' of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia recorded Europe's fastest growth rates, but their economies have stalled spectacularly in the wake of the global downturn. According to a spring forecast from the Estonian Ministry of Finance, the economy in the smallest of the Baltic states will contract by 8.5 percent in 2009. "Estonia is undoubtedly at a difficult time. At the same time this gives us a real opportunity to use the downturn to create...
  • A Baltic Response to the Bear

    09/14/2008 6:01:50 AM PDT · by Hawthorn · 11 replies · 353+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/14/2008 | Jim Hoagland
    This is the time for Bush and other NATO leaders to give high priority and visibility to discussions with Finland, which is considering joining NATO. If Finland joins, Sweden might follow, Swedish officials say. Alliance members also should move now to bolster the defenses of the three Baltic NATO members -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- as Kurt Volker, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, has recently suggested. The holding of no-notice joint maneuvers with the Baltic states would be one way to catch Russia's attention.
  • "Troop Surge" Strategist Fred Kagan Calls For Beefed-Up Baltic Defences Against Russia

    08/24/2008 8:27:07 AM PDT · by Strategy · 8 replies · 157+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 23, 2008 | By Colin Freeman, Chief Foreign Correspondent
    Fred Kagan, the intellectual author of the successful US "troop surge" plan in Iraq, believes Nato's presence in the Baltics must be massively strengthened to pre-empt the risk of them being invaded in the same way as Georgia. Such measures would infuriate Moscow, which last week warned that the installation of a US missile defence shield in Poland would ignite a new "arms race" between East and West. But Mr Kagan, an expert on the Russian military who has the ear of hawks within the US administration, said that the West needed to match words with deeds if it was...
  • Report: Russia may arm Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads

    08/17/2008 1:30:17 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 129+ views
    New Russian threat comes in response to war in Caucasus, US-Poland deal for missile defense shield in Europe. According to Sunday Times, nuclear warheads could be supplied to submarines, cruisers and fighter bombers of Russia's Baltic fleet based between Poland and Lithuania Cold War warming up? Russia is considering arming its Baltic fleet with nuclear warheads for the first time since the cold war, the London-based Sunday Times has reported, quoting senior military sources.
  • Fear of Russian 'protection' spreads to Ukraine and the Baltic

    08/17/2008 12:53:36 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 9 replies · 145+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 17, 2008 | Rafael Behr
    <p>Part of Russia's justification for wresting control of South Ossetia from Georgia is that many of the region's residents hold Russian passports. The Kremlin was therefore - so it claims - protecting its citizens from Georgian aggression.</p> <p>That line sends ripples of alarm throughout the former Soviet Union, where many states that became independent in 1991 took sizable Russian populations with them. Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova and Kazakhstan, for example, have much to fear if the Kremlin sees their hosting of a Russian diaspora as a licence to ignore their borders.</p>
  • Leaders of ex-Soviet republics support Georgia at rally

    08/13/2008 1:58:43 AM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 15 replies · 318+ views
    CNN ^ | 12 August 2008
    TBILISI, Georgia (CNN) -- The leaders of a former Eastern Bloc nation and four former Soviet republics showed support for Georgia in its conflict with Russia at a massive rally in Georgia's capital Tuesday night. The presidents' appearances came shortly before France's leader announced that Georgia had accepted a Russian-French plan to end the conflict. Thousands cheered as the presidents of Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia stood with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia, late Tuesday.
  • Russia invades Georgia- Baltic response

    08/09/2008 4:50:28 PM PDT · by Tramonto · 58 replies · 343+ views
    The Baltic Times ^ | Aug 10, 2008 | Monika Hanley
    SOUTH OSSETIA- Following an invasion of Russian troops in Southern Ossetia in Georgia, a state of war has been declared by the Georgian Foreign Ministry. The Baltics, having worked closely with Georgiain international matters have much to say on the situation. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekunas is currently in Georgia assessing the situation. “Having arrived in Georgia and observing the situation on the spot, I agree with the assessments of the situation by the international community, that Russian military forces have crossed all red lines by crossing an internationally-recognized border into the sovereign territory of Georgia,” said...
  • Lithuanian and Latvian languages are not Slavic and not Balto-Slavic.

    07/26/2007 12:19:22 PM PDT · by Dievas · 19 replies · 434+ views
    Lithuanian and Latvian languages are not Slavic and not Balto-Slavic. I made a deep esearch and I can say that both Baltic languages are definitely not Slavic, not even close, and neither Balto-Slavic. They should be separated into a very early separation branch similar to Armenian. There are very few Slavic-sounding words in both Baltic languages and those words were borrowed in near modern times. All other words (99,999999%) in both Baltic languages don't even remind of any Slavic language. There are words that sound Arabic, Franco, Latin, Greek, even English and Italiamn and even Pacific, but very few Slavic...
  • Baltic states reject Russian suspension of arms treaty

    07/16/2007 2:59:57 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 667+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 16 2007
    Baltic States - The three Baltic States Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have criticised Russia's decision to suspend a key conventional weapons treaty. Moscow announced its decision at the weekend in response to US plans to build a new missile defence shield in the Czech Republic and Poland. The three Baltic States, which are members of NATO and the European Union, all border on Russia. They say that President Putin's decision will lead to a new arms race in Europe. In Brussels, NATO issued an official statement in which it regretted the Russian decision to suspend the treaty. Following a meeting...
  • NATO holds largest naval exercise in Baltic Sea (see pictures)

    05/13/2007 11:45:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 21 replies · 1,223+ views ^ | Sunday 13th May, 2007
    NATO holds largest naval exercise in Baltic Sea Sunday 13th May, 2007 Stockholm, May 13 (Xinhua) NATO's has begun its largest naval exercise in the Baltic Sea in the waters off Sweden's southern port city of Gothenburg. The exercise, which kicked off Saturday, involves around 10,000 troops and 80 warships from 17 countries including the US, Britain and France. It will last until May 24. The manoeuvre is aimed at improving NATO troops' ability to handle crises in inshore waters and to reach the scene quickly when terrorist attacks occur. NATO holds similar military exercises annually. As a member of...
  • Young Swedes lack knowledge about communism

    05/09/2007 1:25:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 54 replies · 1,564+ views ^ | 05/09/2007 | Paul O'Mahony
    Less than fifteen years after the last Soviet troops pulled out of the Baltic States, a new survey has shown that young Swedes are still in the dark about the fate of its neighbours behind the Iron Curtain. A poll carried out by Demoskop on behalf of the Organization for Information on Communism (Föreningen för upplysning om kommunismen - UOK) found that 90 percent of Swedes between the ages of 15 and 20 had never heard of the Gulag. This can be contrasted with the 95 percent who knew of Auschwitz. "Unfortunately we were not at all surprised by the...
  • Russia in defence warning to US

    04/26/2007 8:25:06 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 21 replies · 642+ views ^ | 04/26/2007 |
    Russia may stop implementing a key defence treaty because of concerns over US plans for a missile shield in Europe, President Vladimir Putin said. Mr Putin made the threat during his annual address to parliament - which he said would be his last as president. He also hit out at an influx of foreign money which he said was being used to meddle in Russia's internal affairs. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dismissed Russian concerns over the missile shield as "ludicrous". BBC diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says Mr Putin's speech marks a significant raising of diplomatic stakes. The Russian...
  • Lithuania, Poland To Bolster Baltic Security Via Energy Link

    12/07/2006 1:59:17 PM PST · by lizol · 3 replies · 266+ views
    Playfuls ^ | December 7th 2006
    Lithuania, Poland To Bolster Baltic Security Via Energy Link 06:58 PM, December 7th 2006 by News Staff Representatives of the national power companies of Lithuania and Poland are due to meet in Vilnius on Friday to conclude an agreement paving the way for an energy link between them. "The link will mean an increased security of energy supply not just for Lithuania, but all the Baltic states," Aurelija Trakseliene, spokeswoman for Lithuanian state-owned firm Lietuvos Energija (LE), told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "On Friday, the Lithuanian and Polish energy firms should sign an agreement allowing them to establish a common company...
  • Latvia: Still Haunted By Soviet Past

    08/17/2006 10:32:02 AM PDT · by sergey1973 · 15 replies · 607+ views
    RFERL ^ | August 16, 2006 | Claire Bigg
    RIGA, August 16, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- August 21 marks the 15th anniversary of Latvia declaring full independence from the Soviet Union, after the failed coup attempt in Moscow a few days earlier. Since then Latvia has gone from strength to strength, joining the European Union and NATO in 2004. "June 17, 1940, the Soviets came in, and in 1941, the Germans came in and pushed back the Soviets," says Oskars Gruzins, a young guide at the Museum of Occupation in the heart of old Riga, as he shows tourists a large map of Latvia. "After the Germans were defeated, the...