RussiaChronology of news items mentioning the Baltics, NATO, or EU

  • Estonia expels Russian diplomatsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 26 | India.com

    Estonia's foreign ministry said today it had expelled two Russian diplomats, in the latest incident to strain relations between the small NATO state and Moscow. The incident follows a string of spy cases.

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  • Baltic states agreed to link their power grids to EU via PolandRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday May 8 | The Star Online

    The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia. Power grids in the Baltic countries, formerly part of Soviet Union, are still integrated with those in Belarus and Russia.

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  • Baltic states agreed to link their power grids to EU via PolandRead the original story

    Monday May 8 | Channelnewsasia.com

    The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia. VILNIUS: The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said on Monday they had agreed to link their power systems to other European Union members through Poland as they look to reduce their dependence on Russia.

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  • Russia may put troops in Belarus permanently to send a message to NATORead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2017 | Silicon Alley Insider

    Estonia's defense minister said on Thursday that Russia may use large-scale military exercises to move thousands of troops permanently into Belarus later this year in a warning to NATO. Russia and Belarus aim to hold joint war games in September that some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies believe could number more than 100,000 troops and involve nuclear weapons training, the biggest such exercise since 2013.

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  • The Suwalki Gap - the potential European flashpoint Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye onRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2017 | The New Zealand Herald

    ... strategic affairs analyst has even raised the prospect that an emboldened Russia, intent on pushing the Washington-led NATO military alliance away from its territory, could drop a nuclear bomb on the isolated sliver of land. It is the only land ...

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  • Putin's Greatest Temptation: Where Russia could strikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2017 | NEWS.com.au

    Troops from a multinational battalion arrived in the Polish town of Orzysz on March 30-31 to support NATO troops in the region. The troops, approximately 900 soldiers in 15 convoys, consisted of US soldiers as well as British and Romanian forces, Radio Maryja reported.

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  • Lithuania warns Russia could attack - with 24 hours notice'Read the original story

    Apr 3, 2017 | SFGate

    Lithuanian intelligence warned on Monday that Russia could attack the Baltic states with as little as 24 hours' notice, seriously limiting NATO's ability to respond. Sounding the alarm in an annual threat assessment, the Lithuanian intelligence service pointed to Moscow upgrading its military in the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea last year.

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  • Lithuania says Russia has ability to launch Baltic attack in 24 hoursRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2017 | Reuters

    FILE PHOTO: NATO and U.S. flags flutter as U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter flies over the military air base in Siauliai, Lithuania, April 27, 2016. FILE PHOTO: Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade of the U.S. Army in Europe take part in military exercise 'Black Arrow' in Rukla May 14, 2014.

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  • Britain Join confrontation in Russian aggressionRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2017 | The Oak Ridge Observer

    ... District, including the elite 76 airborne division, based just across the border in Pskov. They have touched down in Estonia. For Nato's eastern-most allies, the sight of British troops marching across the tarmac at Estonia's Amari airbase was a ...

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  • Germany to keep soldiers in Baltics 'as long as needed'Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2017 | PanArmenian Network

    PanARMENIAN.Net - German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Thursday, March 2 criticized Russia's military build-up on its borders with the Baltic states as irrational and said Germany would keep troops in the region for as long as needed, . Gabriel visited about 400 German soldiers stationed in Rukla, Lithuania, as part of a German-led battle group of 1,000 troops that will be joined this year by a U.S.-led forces in Poland, British-led soldiers in Estonia and Canadian-led troops in Latvia.

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  • Political Winds Scatter Europe's BorderlandsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2017 | Real Clear Politics

    ... and Poland are directly exposed to Russia. Sitting at the northeasternmost stretches of the North European Plain, Estonia and Latvia border the Russian mainland close to St. Petersburg, while Lithuania and Poland border Kaliningrad, a militarized ...

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  • The Baltic states: No easy targetRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2017 | Al Jazeera

    On February 16, Lithuania celebrated the 99th anniversary of its restoration of independence in 1918, which was cut short by subsequent Soviet annexation after World War II. However, since Russia's occupation of Crimea in 2014 and its shadow war in eastern Ukraine, policy-makers and pundits have been asking whether the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are again at risk in face of Moscow's rising ambitions.

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  • Croats, too, wish to 'contain Russia'; join NATO effortRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2017 | B92

    Croatia will this year send a battery of multiple rocket launchers to Poland, and 120 soldiers and eight armored vehicles to Lithuania next year. They will be taking part in the military deployments dubbed "Operation Enhanced Forward Presence," led by Americans and headquartered in Orzysz, Poland, and in Rukla, Lithuania, Sputnik is reporting.

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  • Trump, vocal NATO critic, commits to bloc's upcoming summitRead the original story

    Feb 6, 2017 | Christian Science Monitor

    President Trump's agreement to attend the May gathering of NATO leaders - after describing the organization as 'obsolete' - comes at a time when some blame uncertainty over his attitude toward Russia for a recent spike in Ukraine's conflict. Kosovo president Hashim Thaci and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg walk in the main square of Kosovo's capital Pristina on Friday, Jan. 3, 2017.

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  • Lesser-known walls: How Trump's presidency is intensifying fear in the BalticsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 29, 2017 | CBC News

    Lithuanian troops, along with the other troops from 11 NATO nations, take part in a mock exercise in urban warfare near Pabrade, Lithuania. A well-travelled former CBC reporter and documentary maker, Don Murray is a freelance writer and translator based in London and Paris.

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  • These 7 Countries Are Dreading Donald Trump's Presidency the MostRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 18, 2017 | Time

    ... who will welcome Donald Trump's arrival as the 45th President of the United States. Russia will cheer his skepticism of NATO's value, and his suggestion of a thaw in relations. The Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and ...

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  • Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fearsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2017 | The Japan Times

    A machine gun rattles as pale and exhausted teams of Estonian weekend warriors struggle to climb a final obstacle: the wall of Narva Castle facing their country's powerful neighbor Russia. The bullets fired on the snowy banks of the Narva river separating Estonia from Russia are blanks, but the steely determination of volunteers participating in Utria Assault, the NATO member's biggest annual military competition, is palpable.

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  • Fearing a Russian resurgence, Lithuania pledges to build a nearly 130-kilometre-long border fenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2017 | Canada.com

    In this Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 file photo, soldiers take part in the NATO military exercise 'Iron Sword 2016' at a training range in Pabrade, north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, as part of an exercise in response to Russian aggression. Now, the Baltic state is looking to build a fence along its border with Russia.

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  • Lithuania fears a Russian invasion. Now, it wants to build a border fence.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 17, 2017 | The Washington Post

    A Norwegian Air Force F-16 fighter plane patrols over the Baltics during a NATO air policing mission from Zokniai air base near Siauliai, Lithuania, May 20, 2015. After the Soviet Union sacrificed millions of lives to help defeat Nazi Germany, it received a token of gratitude from its allies: a chunk of territory surrounding the Prussian city of Konigsberg on the Baltic Sea.

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  • Global Strategy and the New President Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington TimesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2017 | Washington Times

    ... constant White House priority. In Europe, Russia occupies Ukraine, stations powerful missiles in Kaliningrad, threatens NATO allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and asserts the right to protect ethnic kin in neighboring countries. Vladimir Putin ...

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