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Russia Hits Nordic Defense Pact as ‘Confrontational’

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Russia has criticized five Nordic nations for signing a joint defense pact, accusing the governments of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden of “confrontational approaches” to regional defense and security issues. READ MORE

Estonia PM: our country’s biggest challenge is increasing birthrate

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Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas said in a speech to the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament) about his government’s principles on Thursday that the most important challenges facing the country at the moment included security and stability, economic growth and better management of the country, the government communications unit reports. READ MORE

Dozens of warships join British war games off Scotland

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By Ben Farmer & Justin Huggler

Fourteen countries begin exercises off Scotland designed to reassure Putin’s Nato neighbours, as Nordic countries announce new defence alliance against Russia.  READ MORE

NATO and its partners become smarter on energy

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Reducing fuel consumption in the military has become an operational imperative: not only can it save money, it will also save soldiers’ lives, as well as improve the mobility and endurance of military forces. Enhancing the energy efficiency of the armed forces is one of NATO’s priorities in the field of energy security. READ MORE

Foreign policy experts to flock to Tallinn for Lennart Meri Conference

Vilnius was the focus for foreign policy experts in February with its hosting of the increasingly well regarded Snow Meeting and Vilnius Forum of Intellectuals. But in April, international experts are increasingly turning their eyes to Tallinn, which will be hosting the 8th Eight Lennart Meri conference on April 24-26. READ MORE

Lithuania-Turkey relations growing stronger

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President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to discuss bilateral relations, economic contacts, cooperation within NATO, and security in the region. READ MORE

Transatlantic cooperation for strengthening security in the region

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the U.S. House Armed Services Committee chairman and its members to discuss military, economic and energy cooperation between Lithuania and the United States, the current security situation in Europe as well as the situation in Ukraine. READ MORE

Secretary General: NATO and the EU can achieve more if we work more closely together

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The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday (30 March 2015) that he is “a strong supporter of closer cooperation between the European Union and NATO” and that more can be achieved “if we work more closely together.” He was addressing the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Sub-Committee on Security and Defence in Brussels. READ MORE

Russia Targets NATO With Military Exercises

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Russian military exercises, the latest in a series across the country, have taken on a threatening posture. While the most recent installment is not the largest exercise Russia has conducted, the areas involved and the forces included seem to have been deliberately chosen to send a warning to NATO; the exercise itself seems to simulate a full-scale confrontation with NATO through the forward deployment of nuclear armed submarines, theater ballistic missiles and strategic bomber aircraft. Strategic weapon systems, including assets that are part of Russia’s nuclear capabilities, have also been deployed to locations near NATO’s borders. READ MORE

Entering NATO would pose security risks for Finland – finance minister

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In an interview for Finnish television, Finland’s Finance Minister voiced his view that now is not the right time for Finland to join the Western military alliance, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE reports. READ MORE

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