Estonia ready to build facilities for US troops, says defence minister
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Estonia's Defence Minister Sven Mikser said at the Festival of Opinion Culture, the Arvamusfestival, in Paide over the weekend that Estonia was ready to invest in military infrastructure if NATO decided to station more troops in the country.
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roiv and Minister of Defence Sven Mikser
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 Wednesday, a combined exercise concluded in the territorial waters and exclusive economic zone of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. The training event was attended by vessels from the Lithuanian Navy and Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1), said the Ministry of National Defence.
Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Economics Minister Arvils Aseradens is to meet with the Lithuanian energy and economy ministers to discuss the countries' key energy projects and efforts to restrict imports from the Astravyets nuclear power plant under construction in Belarus, and to visit the Klaipėda liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal.
There is a consensus among member countries of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP) that the Baltic power grids have to be synchronized with the Western European system via Poland, but details, such as the need for a second LitPol Link, remain to be worked out.
Border guards of Kalvarija, southwestern Lithuania, have detained a Latvian citizen transporting to Western Europe a Syrian father and son who had applied for asylum in Latvia. The driver faces criminal charges, while the Syrian citizens will be sent back to Latvia.
Lithuania's State Security Department (VSD) has warned that Russia's protectionist policies and aims to restrict cargo flows harm Lithuania's transport business and energy and, furthermore, can divide the three Baltic states.
NATO's Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) commander is meeting with commanders of the Air Forces of the Nordic and Baltic states and Poland in Lithuania on Wednesday to discuss the regional security situation, military cooperation and share the latest information about the national air forces.