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Baltic states push US on Patriot missile defense deployment

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on July 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

HELSINKI — The NATO-aligned Baltic states are to pursue greater collaboration on the joint purchase of offensive weapons systems.

Baltic governments, motivated by unease over a more unpredictable Kremlin, also want the U.S. to house the Patriot air-and-missile defense system in the region to defend against potential future threats by Russia.

Baltic leaders have so far failed to persuade NATO to scale up capabilities in the region beyond defensive weapons systems. Baltic lead...

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US Vice President to meet with Baltic leaders in Tallinn

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on July 26, 2017 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

TALLINN - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is to arrive in Estonia on July 30, and during his visit, he is to meet with Estonian prime minister and the presidents of Baltic countries, the White House said on Thursday.


Pence is to meet with Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas and other Estonian officials with whom they will discuss bilateral relations. Pence is to also meet with Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis and Lithuanian President Dali...

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Reps. Cohen and Shimkus Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Reaffirming U.S. Support for NATO and Eastern European Countries

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on July 26, 2017 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

April 6, 2017 Press Release

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), and Congressman John Shimkus (R-IL), Co-Chair of the House Baltic Caucus and member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, introduced a bipartisan resolution today expressing strong support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the countries of Eastern Europe. The resolution recognizes that NATO remain...

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Codel Ryan Concludes with Stops in Poland and Estonia, Two Allies Stepping Up to Meet NATO Obligations

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on July 26, 2017 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On April 23rd, House Speaker Paul Ryan ended his visit in Poland and Estonia.

TALLINN, ESTONIA—As Speaker Ryan has said, NATO is as important today as it's ever been. That's why a bipartisan delegation led by the speaker concluded a trip to Europe with stops in two nations doing their part to strengthen this alliance: Poland and Estonia.

NATO relies on an important principle of burden sharing, with member countries expected to dedicate two percent of GDP to military spending...

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State Secretary Andrejs Pildegovics and House Baltic caucus member rep. Rohrabacher (R-CA) discussed regional security policy

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on August 10, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (4)

On 7 August, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrejs Pildegovičs met with a delegation of the United States Congressional delegation, led by Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

The Latvian Foreign Ministry’s State Secretary thanked the U.S. for ensuring military presence and regular military exercises in the region, and highlighted successfu...

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House Baltic Caucus co-chair rep. Shimkus (R-IL): "I obviously have a special place in my heart for Lithuania"

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on April 11, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

John Shimkus, the only US Republican congressman of close Lithuanian descent, says he is proud of Lithuania being such a staunch ally of the United States, with the ties deeply rooted in the two countries’ long-standing political, economic and cultural collaboration.

 

But cornered up to say whether Lithuania stands out “in any way” among the other Baltic States as the one “just-a-bit-closer” to the United States, especially in the f...

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House Baltic Caucus co-chair rep. Shimkus (R-IL) in Vilnius: Friendship even more important in dangerous times

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on March 11, 2015 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Friendship in dangerous times tends to become even more important, US Congressman John Shimkus, the leader of the Baltic Caucus, said in Lithuania on Tuesday.


"I continue to be thankful for the relationship we have, and the strings of our commitment to each other, especially in more dangerous times, which I think many of us hoped we never have to see your experience again, but it's only when you are in difficult times friendship means more," Shimkus said at a news conference...

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US Library of Congress hosted Lithuania's 25th anniversary of independence celebration

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on February 25, 2015 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The prestigious Library of Congress in Washington DC turned out to be the perfect backdrop to start the 25th anniversary celebrations of the reinstatement of Lithuania’s independence on 11 March 1990. Close to 200 dignitaries turned up, including Professor Vytautas Landsbergis, Linas Linkevičius, the Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rokas Masiulis, the Minister of Energy, and the House Baltics Caucus member rep. Michael Turner of Ohio. Among the dignitaries were also the Dep...

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The Lithuanian parliament awarded House Baltic Caucus co-chair rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) for his contribution to Lithuania's independence and statehood

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on February 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The Lithuanian parliament has awarded the country's allies in the United States, local representatives and officials for their contribution to Lithuania's independence and statehood.

 

 

Among those awarded for their input to the restoration of Lithuania's independence will be US Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman John Shimkus.

 

The parliamentary award for fostering the Lithuanian spirit and outstanding personal contribution to Lithuania's diplo...

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House Baltic Caucus co-chair rep. Schiff (D-CA): Russians will be made to feel consequences of their leader's recklessness

Posted by Central and East European Coalition on November 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Western countries must be prepared for even more of Russia's provocations in Ukraine, for unconventional warfare methods, espionage and propaganda, according to US Congressman Adam Schiff.

 

In an interview with DELFI, Schiff, who is an influential voice for the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives on foreign policy and national security issues, insists that the West must make President Vladimir Putin pay for his reckless policies and Russian people feel the conse...

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