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News archive (2009 - 03)

Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Georgian, and Armenian military medics attend courses in Kaunas
2009.04.01
imgMarch 31, BATLS (Battlefield Advanced Trauma Life Support) courses began in Dr. Jonas Basanavicius Military Medical Service. The courses are arranged for the fifth time in a row; this year Estonian, Georgian, Latvian, and Lithuanian military medics are joined by three Armenian representatives.
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Minister of National Defence met with Defence Minister of Georgia on her way from Afghanistan back to Lithuania
2009.03.31
March 30, Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Rasa Jukneviciene while traveling back to Lithuania from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met the Minister of Defence of Georgia Davit Sikharulidze in the International Airport of Tbilisi.
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Vytautas Magnus University signed contract with the Ministry of National Defence
2009.03.30
imgOn March 27 Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) and Ministry of National Defence signed a contract of cooperation. The treaty was signed by Rector of VMU Prof. Zigmas Lydeka and Minister Rasa Jukneviciene.
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Commandant of Defence Academy of Croatia visited Military Academy of Lithuania
2009.03.30
imgMarch 27, Commandant of Defence Academy of Croatia Maj. Gen. Mirko Sundov visited General Jonas Zemaitis Lithuanian Military Academy in Vilnius. The guests could familiarise with activities, structure, programs and student selection procedures of the Lithuanian Military Academy. They were also interested in the character of organisation of international courses in the Academy, procedures of planning and implementing officers' career.
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”The U.S. is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Lithuania as we build on NATO's achievements in enhancing security and prosperity for our nations”, President Obama writes in the lett
2009.03.30
Monday, March 30, Vilnius - President of the Republic of Lithuania Valdas Adamkus received a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States Mr. Barack Obama, in which the U.S. leader congratulates the people of Lithuania on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of Lithuania's accession to NATO. "The United States is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Lithuania as Allies and friends as we build on NATO's achievements in enhancing security and prosperity for our nations," the U.S. President writes in the letter.
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Armaments experts of Lithuanian Armed Forces visit military units of Moldova
2009.03.30
Lithuanian, Latvian, and Hungarian experts of armament control will pay evaluation visit to Moldova on March 31 - April 1. The visit is arranged in accordance with ESBO Vienna Document 1999 binding parties to the agreement to provide information about national armed forces, plans on development of defence capabilities and military budget, and provide prior information on planned military activity on an annual basis. Parties to the Document also commit to accept a set number of evaluation commissions from other participating states in their territory.
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Minister of National Defence paid visit to Afghanistan
2009.03.28
imgMinister of National Defence Rasa Jukneviciene, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt. Gen. Valdas Tutkus, and their delegation of representatives of the Government and Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania started their visit in Afghanistan on March 27. This is the first time Rasa Jukneviciene as Minister of National Defence visits area of international mission Lithuanian troops have been deployed to.
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5th anniversary of the Baltic States' NATO membership
2009.03.27
imgPresidents of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland will meet in Lithuania to mark the 5th anniversary of the Baltic States' accession into NATO on March 27.
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Sharing with NATO allies common responsibility for international operations Lithuania increases military contingent in Afghanistan
2009.03.27
imgGoing to visit Lithuanian military deployed to Afghanistan on the eve of Lithuania's 5th anniversary of NATO membership Minister of National Defence Rasa Jukneviciene said that being in the Alliance made us realize we had become responsible for defence of Lithuania as well for strength and common tasks of NATO.
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After 5 years in the Alliance: periphery or front of NATO?
2009.03.25
imgOn the eve of obtaining membership in NATO five years ago there was an opinion prevailing among Lithuania's people that membership in the Alliance would be a chance to live in a secure country free of the need to take care of our own security. That is, Lithuania's was supposed to become a peaceful ”periphery of NATO”. The given arguments would be used by leaders of political parties and public organisations when arguing in political debates, and the society sympathised with them. It was no surprise: NATO membership came across as a shelter from all troubles –Lithuania's persistent companion in the latter centuries. Therefore NATO as well as the EU membership was seen as a strategic Lithuania's goal since the restoration of independence.
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