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New Vice Minister of National Defence appointed
2019.10.21
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As of October 21 Eimutis  Misiūnas assumes the position of the Vice Minister of National Defence overseeing procurement and acquisition at the National Defence System. He is replacing Giedrimas Jeglinskas who has been appointed as the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Executive Management and starts his work in Brussels.  

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders October 14 – 20, 2019
2019.10.21
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On October 14–20 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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The Lithuanian Armed Forces has taken a decision to procure new UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters
2019.10.18
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Leadership of the National Defence System has taken a decision to dispose of the soviet-made Mi-8 helicopters and start negotiations on procurement of new helicopters. The new utility helicopters are planned to be used for search and rescue operations and for the tasks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis met with Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania, discussed bilateral relations in regional security and defence
2019.10.18
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On October 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed bilateral relations in the areas of regional security and defence at a meeting with the new Ambassador of Latvia to Lithuania Indulis Bērziņš.

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Vice Minister of National Defence and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic discussed security and defence
2019.10.17
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On October 17 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic Vít Korseltto discuss security aspects, EU and NATO security and defence initiatives and the defence programme of Lithuania and the Czech Republic in the region.

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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in security investment at NATO’s Cyber Security Conference
2019.10.16
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On October 15 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza presented Lithuania’s experience in cyber security investments at the NATO Information Assurance Symposium 2019 (NIAS2019).

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders October 7 – 13, 2019
2019.10.14
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On October 7 – 13 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out four alert scrambles to identify and escort aircraft in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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BALTDEFCOL officers on a visit in Lithuania
2019.10.14
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On October 14 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza met with students of the Join Command and General Staff Course of the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) on a visit in Lithuania and discussed topical aspects of defence policy.

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Prospects of military cooperation of Lithuania and Moldova discussed
2019.10.11
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On October 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas discussed plans and prospects of bilateral military cooperation between Lithuania and Moldova at a meeting with State Secretary for Defence Policy and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Defence of Moldova Aurel Fondos. The Moldovan delegation the importance of the support from Lithuania for strengthening the capacity of Moldova’s defence sector and the need to continue such initiatives.

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Further formation and development of the Cyber Rapid Response Teams discussed in Vilnius
2019.10.10
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On October 10–11 representatives of the countries taking part in the Lithuanian-initiated EU Cyber Rapid Response Teams and Mutual Assistance in Cyber Security project are meeting in Vilnius. Lithuania initiated the project to develop a six-month rotational Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs) that would be formed by cyber incident investigation and other security institutions experts from the participating countries. The meeting in Vilnius has been convened to mutually agree to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and to discuss technical and operational aspects of the project, potential compositions of the teams, capability development plan.

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