Baltic presidents to meet Barack Obama in Tallinn in September
Saturday, August 16, 2014
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian presidents are scheduled to meet with the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in Estonia's capital Tallinn on 3 September, the Office of the President of Lithuania said on Friday.
On Thursday, Deputy Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička discussed security situation in the Baltic region and Ukraine, and US-Lithuanian defence cooperation with Republican US Congressman Devin Nunes, US House of Representatives, on visit to Lithuania, the Ministry of National Defence informs.
A Finnish political analyst said that Finland would have the obligation to come to Estonia's aid if its smaller neighbour were attacked, even though Finland is not a NATO member and is not obligated by the organization's Article Five collective defence clause.
The Lithuania Tribune spoke to Keith C. Smith, the former American Ambassador to Lithuania in 1997-2000. We asked what stuck in your memory and what surprised him most when he served as ambassador to Lithuania between 1997 and 2000.
Estonia and Lithuania have so far failed to agree on how the Baltic power grids are to be synchronized with the Western European system and a memorandum of understanding will not be signed during the EU summit on Thursday, as planned, Lithuanian Energy Minister Žygimantas Vaičiūnas said, adding that this might be done later this year.
The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.
Two terminals could operate on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea controlled by the three Baltic states – in Lithuania's Klaipėda and in Estonia, which could build a small terminal, Lithuania's Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis stated on Friday. In his words, the two terminals would supplement each other along with the Inčukalns gas storage facility in Latvia.