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  • Baltic Sea countries remain vigilant after Moscow mulls altering its sea border

    05/23/2024 11:24:02 AM PDT · by MeganC · 25 replies
    Euronews ^ | Published on 23/05/2024 - 07:17 | By Euronews with AP
    <p>Baltic leaders reacted warily on Wednesday to reports that Russia could revise the borders of its territorial waters in the region.</p><p>In a draft proposal reported by some Russian media, Russia's Defence Ministry suggests updating the coordinates used to measure the strip of territorial waters off of its mainland coast and that of its islands in the Baltic Sea.</p>
  • Russia Is Threatening to Expand Its Borders Again—This Time in the Baltic Sea

    05/22/2024 5:19:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 22, 2024 | Allison Quinn
    Russia’s Defense Ministry has unilaterally moved to revise the borders of Russian territorial waters in the Baltic Sea, drafting a government decree on the expansion without even bothering to notify NATO members Finland and Lithuania. In reaction to the surprised responses of the Baltic Sea states, the Kremlin on Wednesday issued a statement that seems bound only to make matters worse. Insisting that there’s “nothing political” about the proposed border change, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in the same breath that the “political situation” has in fact “changed significantly” since the borders were drawn. “You see how tensions are...
  • Top Ukraine Official Warns Russia Could Capture 'Baltics in 7 Days'

    05/05/2024 7:24:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 3, 2024 | Jon Jackson
    A senior Ukrainian intelligence official warned about the threat Moscow poses on other nations in Europe, saying "the Russians will take the Baltics in seven days" if allies don't stand up to Russia now. The comment was made by Major-General Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine's military intelligence directorate (GUR), during an interview with The Economist published on Thursday. The alarm has been sounded before about the potential of Russian President Vladimir Putin looking to start conflicts in the Baltic states. Earlier this year, the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) wrote that the Russian leader appeared to...
  • Russia blames 'hostile' Baltic countries for split in relations

    05/05/2024 5:14:01 PM PDT · by marcusmaximus · 32 replies
    Euronews ^ | 5/5/2024 | Joshua Askew
    Russia has blamed the "hostility" of Baltic states for them severing most of their ties with the country. "Because of the openly hostile line of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, all interstate, interdepartmental, regional and sectoral ties with Russia have been severed," said Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharov on Sunday. She warned Moscow would respond with asymmetric measures, though did not specify exactly what the Baltics had supposedly done. "We will also respond to the hostile actions of the Baltic states with asymmetrical measures, primarily in the economic and transit spheres," Zakharov detailed. Russia's 2022 full-scale invasion of Ukraine has...
  • Suicide Rates Around the World: South Koreans & Lithuanians Have The Highest Rate Of Suicide In the World

    05/01/2024 8:32:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Statista ^ | 04/30/2024 | Anna Fleck
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, participants use the month to focus efforts on “eradicating stigma, extending support, fostering public education and advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being of individuals and families affected by mental illness.”The topic of suicide is an important part of this conversation. As Statista's Anna Fleck shows in the following chart, it is a truly global issue, even though estimated rates vary around the world. For example, according to OECD data, out of every 100,000 men in the United States an average of...
  • Russia’s NATO border states are building a massive new defensive line against invasion

    04/29/2024 4:16:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    The Daily Digest ^ | March 3, 2024
    Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia are building massive new fortifications along their borders with both Russia and Belarus in order to create a common defense line against possible future invasions by Moscow or its allies in Minsk. The Baltic Defense Line as the project has come to be known was an important piece of a new agreement struck between the three nations aimed at reinforcing NATO’s borders with Russia, and the defense will only get tougher. Latvian Defense Minister Andris Sprūds noted in a statement about the new agreement that he and the defense ministers of Estonia and Lithuania approved the...
  • Prepare for Putin pivot to invade us, say Baltic states

    03/30/2024 11:30:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 79 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 30, 2024 | Will Hazell
    Nato must be ready for Russia launching an “existential” war against the Baltic states “masked by a blizzard of disinformation”, ambassadors from the three countries have warned. Writing exclusively for The Sunday Telegraph, the top diplomats to the UK from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania said that Russia could “pivot quickly” from Ukraine to invade the Baltic. And they said that Vladimir Putin’s brutalisation of Ukraine is evoking the three countries’ “darkest memories” of occupation under Stalin. The Estonian ambassador Viljar Lubi, the Latvian ambassador Ivita Burmistre, and Lithuania’s charge d’affaire Lina Zigmantaite, wrote the joint article to mark Friday’s 20...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Wednesday 2/21/2024 Epstein Records Bill Passes Florida Legislature, Spanish Farmers Bring Protest Into Madrid, UK House Of Commons Debates Gaza Ceasefire, British Woman Testifies In Gang Rape Case Involving Israeli Men

    02/21/2024 8:12:30 PM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 2/21/2024 | Nextrush/Self
    In France tonight police removing 200 protesting farmers from the headquarters of dairy conglomerate... At least 23 dead after an open pit gold mine collapsed in Venezuela... US Central Command reporting four strikes against missile sites in Yemen and... Israeli airstrikes reported late tonight in Gaza... The Baltic nation of Lithuania tightening restrictions on movement of Russian nationals... As he campaigns in California Joe Biden canceling federal student loans... The Florida legislature passing a bill to release some state grand jury information related to Jeffrey Epstein... "female spaces should be exclusively for females, not biological males" Canada's Opposition Leader Pierre...
  • If Turkey Is Allowed To Buy F-16 Fighter Jets From The US It Will Let Sweden Into NATO

    09/26/2023 4:16:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Euroweekly News ^ | 26 September 2023 | Chris King
    TURKEY will let Sweden into NATO once they are allowed to buy F-16 fighter jets from the US. Referring to the F-16 plan and Sweden’s application to join the Alliance, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is reported as stating this Tuesday, September 26: ‘If they fulfil their promises, our parliament will also fulfil its own and take its steps accordingly’ Pointing out that the Turkish parliament has the final say on Sweden’s NATO membership, Erdogan stressed: ‘When the issue comes to the agenda of parliament, we will see together what the decision will be’, according to aa.com.tr. Speaking on the Presidential...
  • US citizens urged to leave Belarus immediately

    08/21/2023 10:54:29 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/21/2023 | LAURA KELLY
    VILNIUS, Lithuania — The Biden administration is urging U.S. citizens in Belarus to depart the country immediately and warned against travel there in a statement published Monday. The updated travel warning comes after bordering countries Lithuania, Latvia and Poland have stepped up security along the border over concerns about Russian Wagner mercenary forces exiled in the country. The State Department, in its warning, encouraged Americans still in Belarus to depart the country immediately and categorized the country as a Level 4 risk, the highest security warning.
  • Archaeologists discover treasure of 14th-century coins in 'Pompeii of Warmia'

    08/11/2023 1:29:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Science in Poland ^ | August 7, 2023 | Marcin Boguszewski
    Archaeologists from the University of Gdańsk conducting excavations in Barczewko near Olsztyn discovered a deposit of about 150 14th-century bracteates, as well as a medieval sword pommel and other military items....at an early stage of its development, the city of Wartberg was completely destroyed by the invasion of the Lithuanian army of princes Kęstutis and Olgierd in 1354. It was never rebuilt or repopulated, so the ruins have been remained intact for centuries...Analysis will also reveal whether, apart from the Teutonic coins from the mints in Toruń and Elbląg, there are others that could indicate the existence of a bishop's...
  • Embarrassed Man Could’ve Sworn Invitation Said 'Costume Party'

    07/12/2023 10:43:04 AM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 07/12/2023 | Babylon Bee
    LITHUANIA — A Ukrainian attendee at this year's NATO Summit found himself feeling embarrassed upon realizing the get-together was not, in fact, a costume party as he had thought. "Zoinks! This is humiliating!" said the man, who was wearing a brand-new army-man costume complete with realistic army shoes. "I'm sticking out like a sore thumb here! Why am I the only one not wearing a fancy suit? Didn't the invite say to wear the coolest costumes we can come up with?" "UGH! So awkward!" The man then milled about uncomfortably as most of the attendees smiled politely and tried to...
  • 'We are going to be there as long as it takes': Joe Biden vows to stand by Ukraine after G7 offers new security deal for Kyiv just one day after Volodymyr Zelensky's furious outburst over 'absurd' NATO delay

    07/12/2023 8:25:00 AM PDT · by DFG · 52 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 07/12/2013 | James Franey
    President Joe Biden vowed to stand by Ukraine 'as long as it takes' as he and fellow G7 leaders announced a new security deal for Kyiv. It came just one day after Volodymyr Zelensky launched a social media tirade against his Western allies over what he called an 'absurd' delay to setting out a pathway to his country's full membership of the NATO military alliance. 'We are going to be there as long as it takes,' Biden said in a speech flanked by fellow leaders from the G7, a club of the world's richest economies that includes Britain and France....
  • Turkey’s Erdogan says Ukraine deserves NATO membership

    07/08/2023 5:07:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 25 replies
    CNN.com ^ | July 7, 2023 | Hira Humayun, Radina Gigova, Mariya Knight, Tara John and Gul Tuysuz,
    Ukraine deserves to have NATO membership, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, following talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Russia said it was closely watching. Zelensky spent this week visiting NATO countries, courting support ahead of a NATO summit in Lithuania next week where members are expected to reaffirm that Ukraine will eventually join. “Without a doubt, Ukraine deserves to be in NATO,” Erdogan said. Zelensky said he was “happy to hear” that Turkey supports Ukraine’s bid to join during a joint press conference.
  • Germany offers to station 4,000 troops in Lithuania to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank

    06/27/2023 8:30:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 45 replies
    indian express ^ | June 26, 2023 | AP
    Germany is willing to send around 4,000 troops to Lithuania on a permanent basis to strengthen NATO’s eastern flank, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said during a visit in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius ...He said infrastructure and facilities will need to be created to accommodate the soldiers and their families. In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine early last year, the German government pledged last June to have a combat brigade ready to defend Lithuania in the event of an attack.. Until now, however, there have been differences over whether the soldiers should be permanently stationed in Lithuania or...
  • In Tel Aviv, Lithuanian PM extolls Israel alliance but sidesteps Nazi collaboration

    06/11/2023 9:47:42 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 6/12/2023 | Canaan Lidor
    Holocaust expert calls Ingrida Simonyte's speech at AJC confab 'pathetic' for ignoring country's role in murdering Jews; Vilnius urges Israel to help Ukraine fend off Iranian drones Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte called Israel's defenses 'the best antidote against Iranian weapons," in a speech in Tel Aviv Sunday...
  • Ukrainian ambassador to France, Estonia FM outraged by Chinese ambassador's comment on former Soviet countries

    04/23/2023 3:17:29 PM PDT · by BlackAdderess · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/22/2023 | Staff writer
    Ukraine's ambassador to France, Vadym Omelchenko, called out the Chinese ambassador to France Lu Shaye's statement denying sovereignty to post-Soviet countries, including Ukraine. Omelchenko wrote on Twitter on April 22 that there were "obvious problems with geography" and that Shaye's statement contradicted China's official position "on efforts to restore peace in Ukraine on the basis of international law and the purposes and principles of the UN Charter."
  • View Q&A: Lithuania led the struggle for freedom from Moscow's yoke, expert recalls

    04/14/2023 12:25:47 PM PDT · by MeganC · 11 replies
    Euronews ^ | Updated: 14/04/2023 | Aleksandar Brezar
    Saul Anuzis: One of the big lessons is the fact that states like the Baltics, Ukraine, and Poland threaten the Russian system. Because people realise that there's an alternative to having a strong dictator leader and a system that basically “takes care of you” because you can't somehow take care of yourself. There's an alternative that’s the danger for the Russians. Just walk through the Soviet republics and take a look at these people experiencing free markets, free minds, education, western values coming in, westerners coming in, finding out they're not all enemies. They're not all enemies of the state....
  • Roots of the Donbass Wars

    04/13/2023 10:13:59 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 19 replies
    Nemets (Substack) ^ | March 4, 2023 | Peter Nimitz
    It was 9:00 am in the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, on 12 April 2014. A group of 52 armed men, about 80% of them Ukrainian citizens, stormed the city’s Interior Ministry building. The government policemen in the building opened fire on the armed men, but quickly surrendered to the larger force after they fired automatic weapons into the building. The armed men, led by the shadowy Russian Colonel Igor Strelkov, tore down the building’s Ukrainian blue and yellow flag. They raised the Russian white, blue, and red tricolor. Strelkov and his men formed the nucleus of a rebellion...
  • NATO Nation sends scrap arms to Kyiv, upgrades own arsenal with EU funds | Report

    03/29/2023 4:06:33 PM PDT · by Its All Over Except ... · 48 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 3/29/23 | Staff
    An explosive report has blown the lid off a NATO nation's 'sham' support for Ukraine. Estonia, a NATO member, is allegedly using European Peace Facility (EPF) funds to renew its own weapons while sending old stocks to Kyiv, according to a Politico report. The European Peace Facility (EPF) fund is intended to partially reimburse countries that have sent military aid to Ukraine but is now reportedly being exploited. According to seven EU diplomats quoted in the report, Estonia is sending its scraps to Ukraine and buying brand new material for itself, financed with EU money. The report, however, is set...