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News archive (2004 - 03)

NATO aircraft landing in Siauliai
2004.03.27
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As of Saturday, 27 March, NATO transport aircraft C-130 Hercules started landing in Siauliai based Zokniai airfield. The aircraft are airlifting fighter support equipment and operating personnel.

The F-16 fighters are scheduled to land in Siauliai on Monday, 29 March. Since that moment they will start controlling the Baltic air space. The air space of the new NATO member states will be observed and controlled according to the unified standards and will receive the same level of security as that of the other members. 

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Minister of National Defence to attend an official ceremony to mark depositing of the North Atlantic Treaty
2004.03.26
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On Saturday, 27 March Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Linas Linkevicius left for the United States of America.

On Monday, 29 March an official ceremony to mark accession to the North Atlantic Treaty of Lithuania and other six new NATO member states Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia will take place in Washington D.C

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Lithuanian military medics leaving for a mission in Afghanistan
2004.03.25
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On Friday, 26 March two Lithuanian military medical personnel Captain Gražvydas Kaminskas and Corporal Daiva Rakauskaitė will depart for the United Kingdom, where they will meet with their British counterparts and proceed to a mission in Afghanistan.

 

The Lithuanian military personnel will serve as part of the UK-established Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT. The mission is intended to last six months.

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Military pilots to be honoured in Kaunas
2004.03.24
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On Thursday, 25 March a ceremony devoted to unveiling of commemorative plaques in memory of two pilots of the Lithuanian Air Force who were killed during an accident will be held at memorial at S. Darius and S. Girėnas Airport in Kaunas.

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Military pilots to be honoured in Kaunas
2004.03.24
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On Thursday, 25 March a ceremony devoted to unveiling of commemorative plaques in memory of two pilots of the Lithuanian Air Force who were killed during an accident will be held at memorial at S. Darius and S. Girėnas Airport in Kaunas.

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Lithuania will celebrate the country's accession to NATO
2004.03.24
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On Monday, 29 March Lithuania will become a full-fledged member of NATO after the ratification documents of the North Atlantic Treaty conforming the acceptance of Lithuania and other six invited countries have been deposited at the US Department of State in Washington, D.C. On Friday, 2 April flags of the new NATO member states -- Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania -- will be raised at the NATO headquarters in Brussels. To mark Lithuania's accession to NATO, a variety of events and celebrations will be held throughout Lithuania, while in the capital city of Vilnius the festivities will start already on 29 March after Lithuania becomes de jure part of the Alliance.

In the evening of Monday, 29 March, at 1930 hrs, a festive event, entitled "Lithuania Sings to Peace" will start on the square at the building of the Ministry on National Defence (Totorių 25/3). Famous Lithuanian artists, rock and jazz musicians, brass orchestras will be there to give a performance.

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Head of the Marshall Centre visited the Ministry of National Defence
2004.03.23

On Tuesday, 23 March National Defence Minister Linas Linkevičius met with the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies Director John Rose, who is currently visiting Lithuania. The meeting was also attended by the US Ambassador to Lithuania Stephen Mull and the German Ambassador to Lithuania Alexander von Rom.

 

During the meeting, the Minister underlined a role the Marshall Centre had played in training specialists of the Lithuania's National defence System. "I take it as an important assistance on the country"s road to NATO, " said Minister L. Linkevičius and expressed a hope that the co-operation will be further continued. The Minister noted that lecturers of the Centre for Security Studies are welcome guests at the Military Academy of Lithuania in Vilnius.

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NATO aircraft will protect the Baltic air space
2004.03.18
 NATO will ensure protection of the Baltic air space after the three nations join the Alliance, stationing allies' capacities in Lithuania to perform air policing tasks, the North Atlantic Council decided in Brussels on 17 March .

The decision obligates the Supreme Allied Commander Europe to start the procedure of forces generation - ask allies to propose their aircraft and technical equipment to be stationed in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry reported that the North Atlantic Council had confirmed that all NATO countries must have equal collective security guarantees.

The North Atlantic Council decided that the air space of all 26 NATO allies would be protected according to the same standards.

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Lithuanian political parties renewed an agreement on defence spending
2004.03.17
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Eleven Lithuanian political parties have agreed to make available at least 2 % of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for spending on defence for the period of 2005-2008.

In accordance with the Agreement of Parliamentary Parties signed for the period of 2001-2004, 2% of GDP was made available to "defence expenditure", which included funds not only for the national defence but also other institutions involved in defence based programmes.

In accordance with the Law on Budget passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, 2,01% of GDP will be allocated for defence needs this year.

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Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force visiting Sweden
2004.03.15

On 15-18 March Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force, Brigadier General Valdas Tutkus, will be visiting Sweden.

 

At the invitation of the Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, Brig Gen Valdas Tutkus will visit one of mechanised units of the Swedish Armed Forces, familiarise with the Swedish air space control and air police possibilities and undergoing international peacekeeping operations.

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