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Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Maj. V. Vaiksnoras visited Riga
2008.06.02
imgMaj. Gen. V.Vaiksnoras, Chief of Defence Staff, visited Riga on May 29-30 at invitation of Head of Latvian Joint Staff. Commander of Latvian Armed Forces Gen. Maj. Juris Maklakovs awarded Gen. Maj. V. Vaiksnoras with Latvian Armed Forces Commander 2nd grade Medal of Merit for significant contribution to enhancement of Latvian-Lithuanian bilateral cooperation. The ceremony was also attended by advisor to Lithuanian Ambassador in Latvia Natalija Burbiene.
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Baltic military cooperation boosted
2008.05.30
Meeting in Jaunmoku castle Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Defence Ministers expressed firm determination to continue developing trilateral military cooperation, May 30. Ministers Juozas Olekas, Vinets Veldre and Jaak Aaviksoo signed updated version of defence and military cooperation agreement replacing the old version validated in 1995.
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NATO ISAF leadership increase attention for Lithuanian soldiers in Afghanistan
2008.05.28
imgOn May 25 – 26 camp of Lithuanian-led PRT in Ghowr (PRT-7) was visited by Deputy Commander of ISAF Lt. Gen. Jonathan Riley. The visit addressed recent unrest in Chaghcharan.
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Joint exercise of Lithuanian and Latvian naval forces in the Baltic Sea
2008.05.28
imgSeven ships of Lithuanian and Latvian naval forces take part in the Baltic Fortress exercise organised for Baltic naval forces in the Latvian territorial waters and an exclusive economic zone on May 26–29.
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Baltic Defence Ministers discuss future of air-policing mission
2008.05.28
National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas will participate in Baltic Defence Ministers' meeting, May 29-30. The ministers will discuss participation of the Baltic States in international operations, and prospects of joint procurement and air-policing mission from 2018.
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Representatives of EU countries discuss augmentation of military capabilities
2008.05.27
Representatives of National Defence Ministry took part in the meeting of EU General Affairs and External Relations Council in Brussels on May 26. Defence, foreign affairs and development cooperation ministers from member countries discussed running issues of EU policy and security.
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Missile fired at Lithuanian-led PRT camp in Afghanistan
2008.05.26
Missile was fired at the camp of Lithuanian-led PRT in Chaghcharan, capital of Ghowr, on May 26 12 p.m. local time (10.30 p.m. Lithuanian time). The missile landed in a small distance from camp fence resulting in no injures.
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Sergeant A.Jarmalavicius awarded posthumously
2008.05.26
On Monday, May 26, President of the Republic of Lithuania awarded posthumous state decoration to Lithuanian sergeant Arūnas Jarmalavičius killed in Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan: peace as precondition of continuous support
2008.05.26
PRT-7 soldiers and head of Special Mission Aleksandras Matonis and advisor Mantvydas Bekesius visited villages in remote places of Afghanistan, May 25. The visit was organised seeking communication with locals and making clear that further support will be possible only in peaceful and secure environment. Conversion with locals touched upon recent events of May 22 when enraged and aggressive crowd attacked camp of Lithuanian-led PRT in Chaghcharan.
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Fallen soldier buried in his home town
2008.05.26
On 27 May, the funeral and burial of fallen Lithuanian Sergeant Arūnas Jarmalavičius, who was killed in Afghanistan last week, took place in his hometown of Alytus. During a solemn ceremony, A. Jarmalavičius's mother, wife and two children, hundreds of Arūnas's fellows in arms were on hand.
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