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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on June 4-10, 2018
2018.06.11
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On June 4-10 NATO fighter jets conducting the Air Policing Mission over the Baltic states were scrambled eight times to identify and intercept Russian Federation aircraft flying in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Our allies continue paying attention to our region, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says
2018.06.11
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MoD Facebook photo gallery

“Our allies continue paying attention to our region and hearing the Baltic states’ concern regarding the changed security situation – it is demonstrated by the interoperability and ability to cooperate strengthened at exercises Thunder Storm and Saber Strike ,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis stressed on June 11 when visiting General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area to observe a dynamic display of the exercises at the Urban Warfare Facility.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis departing for the US, to meet with security and defence officials
2018.06.11
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On June 12-15 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will be on visit in the United States to take part in a conference in Washington co-organised by the Atlantic Council US analytical centre and the Ministry of National Defence. The event will address the upcoming NATO Summit agenda and enhancement of security in Northern Europe. Other topics to be discussed are enhancement of capabilities in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea region, stepping up NATO readiness and adaptation. Minister will share insights at the event on the upcoming NATO Summit and talk about the priority aspects of the agenda to the region.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to observe exercises Thunder Storm and Saber Strike
2018.06.10
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On June 11 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will attend DV and Media Day of exercises Thunder Storm 2018 and Saber Strike 2018 at the Lithuanian Armed Forces General Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area (Švenčionių district). The event will also be attended by Chief of Defence Lt Jonas Vytautas Žukas, high-ranking officials and officers of the US and other NATO allies , presence of Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis, members of the Committee on National Security and Defence, and other guests is also expected.

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Cooperation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard stands out as an excellent example of our lasting partnership with the US, Minister R. Karoblis says
2018.06.10
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"The 25 years of cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard stands out as an excellent example of our lasting partnership with the US: we are grateful for both, sharing with us experience and expertise, and contributing to the development of our military infrastructure,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said an the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of cooperation between the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the US Pennsylvania Army National Guard on June 10 in Lukiškės Square.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis invites NATO to speed up the decision regarding the headquarters near eastern borders of the Alliance
2018.06.08
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“The Alliance has achieved quite a lot on stronger deterrence and defence since the Warsaw Summit but we have to make sure the launched security initiatives are continued and their implementation is accelerated,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels on June 7. He stressed that the speed of decision-making is one of the key conditions of efficient collective defence and therefore urged Ministers to apply every solutions that would enable NATO forces to respond immediately in case of a crisis or conflict.

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New Defence Attaché of Denmark accredited to Lithuania
2018.06.08
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On June 8 Defence Attachés of the Kingdom of Denmark changed over at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. After six years of service Colonel Søren Frausig of the Danish Army was succeeded by Colonel Niels Henrik Johansen.

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R. Karoblis invited NATO and the EU to cooperate in cybersecurity as well
2018.06.08
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“As the security situation is deterring, military mobility has become one of the most important defence priorities to absolutely all European countries. It takes infrastructural and procedural changes both in NATO and the EU, and national level, and only close NATO-EU cooperation can yield quick tangible results in the area,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at the NATO Defence Ministers session on NATO-EU cooperation in Brussels on June 8.

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Exercise Flaming Sword 2018, largest Lithuanian special forces exercise in the Baltic region concluded
2018.06.08
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Video report (OR-6 Lukas Kalvaitis)

On May 21 – June 7 international special operations forces Exercise Flaming Sword 2018 was held in Lithuania in order to practise implementation of defence plans and to strengthen interoperability among Lithuanian and partners’ special forces in ensuring security of the Baltic region. This year the exercise involved roughly 1 thousand NATO and partner countries’ Special Operations Forces personnel from 13 countries, soldiers with the Lithuanian Land Force, Navy, and the Lithuanian Air Force, officials with agencies of the Ministry of the Interior, specialists and representatives of the Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union and other organisations. Flaming Sword 2018 was running in a number of realms – territorial land, waters and air, and cyber space.

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Northern Group Defence Ministers agreed to form a simplified military mobility space
2018.06.07
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“Simplified movement of military forces among the Nordic and the Baltic region countries may become reality as soon as this year,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says after the Northern Group Defence Ministers meeting on Wednesday in the Hague (the Netherlands) where facilitation of solutions to better military mobility in the Northern Group countries’ territory was addressed.

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