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Inspector General of the German Armed Forces General Volker Wieker visits Lithuania


On March 7 Chief of Defence of Germany General Volker Wieker is conducting a one-day visit in Lithuania. Regional security situation is planned to be discussed, the guest will also meet with President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė, Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas,and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas. General V.Wieker will be awarded the Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania at the Presidential Palace. Later the guest will meet with soldiers and leadership of the German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania during a trip to Rukla.


The meetings will address defence cooperation of Germany and Lithuania, and considerably – relevant matters of the NATO eFP Battle Group. Other topics of discussion will implementation of the modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces carried out through joint procurement with Germany of wheeled infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled artillery systems and other equipment currently underway, affiliation of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade to the Bundeswehr land division, and joint participation in multinational operations.


A NATO eFP battle Group has been deployed in Lithuania since February 2017 to strengthen deterrence and collective defence in the region. The NATO unit is integrated into the Lithuanian Armed Forces MIB Iron Wolf and led by Germany. The NATO eFP Battle Group is currently manned by the third rotation including roughly 1,400 troops from Belgium, Croatia, Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Germany. Germany provides roughly half of the unit’s strength and its leadership.


Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major Mindaugas Neimontas

+370 5 278 5091, +370 682 25359, [email protected]

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