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Cyber security drill held by Estonia in NATO Parliamentary Assembly

In Brussels, during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Estonian experts have held a strategic cyber drill, where member state legislators have been asked to look for solutions in a simulated cyber incident, ERR reports.

Lithuania: NATO fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft near Baltic borders

The NATO fighter aircraft policing the Baltic airspace have been scrambled twice last week to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, says the Lithuanian National Defence Ministry.

Lithuanian troops to have careful medical tests over Iran missile attacks

Lithuanian troops, who were among allied forces in Iraq during Iran’s retaliatory attack on US forces in January would undergo careful health tests after their return to the Baltic country, LRT broadcaster reports.

NATO Baltic States air space patrol mission reduced to eight fighter jets

The NATO Baltic States air space patrol mission has been reduced from 12 to eight fighter jets as of 2020.

Newspaper: Russia plans to deploy a motorized division in Kaliningrad next year

Russia has plans to deploy a motorized division in Kaliningrad Oblast, which shares borders with Poland and Lithuania, as reported by Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

NATO leaders meet in spite of tension to discuss security challenges

In spite of ongoing rows, leaders of NATO member states met near London on Wednesday, 4 December, to discuss important topics like cyber security and strategic challenges created by China, BBC reports.

Turkey upholds veto against NATO Baltic defence plans; Lithuania hopes for compromise

Ankara has reiterated its stance of blocking the adoption of updated Baltic defence plans in NATO as a bargaining chip in its attempts to label Kurdish groups in Syria as terrorists, according to the Turkish policy.

Estonia’s contribution to NATO budget to grow by EUR 200,000

As smaller NATO member states are agreeing to contribute more to the NATO joint budget as the U.S. seeks to pay less, Estonia has announced raising its annual contribution by 200,000 euros.

Turkey blames NATO ally France for siding with «terrorists»

French President Emmanuel Macron «sponsors terrorism», Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said a week before a key NATO summit next week.

Lithuania pushes for NATO ally involvement in EU defence projects

Lithuanian National Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis has emphasised that European Union’s defence projects should be open to NATO allies from outside the EU to join in.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 to arrive in Liepaja

Between 1st and 3rd November SNMCMG1 ships of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasure Group 1 will be visiting Liepaja port. SNMCMG1 group also includes Latvia’s Navy ships M-06 Tālivaldis, as reported by Naval Forces Coast Guard.

Russian politologist: Baltic States should be wary of any changes in Russia

Baltic States should be wary of any changes in Russia, says London-based international relations think tank Chatham House Russian expert Lilia Shevtsova when asked about the possible influence of the change of Russia’s policy on Baltic States.

Estonia agrees to deepen cooperation with U.S. focusing on security

Estonian and American top diplomats have agreed to enhance cooperation between the two allied countries in a joint statement signed in Washington. the NATO member countries reaffirmed their commitment to NATO's collective defence

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