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Lithuanian-Polish defence cooperation addressed in Vilnius
2013.04.11
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On April 11 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with Minister of Defence of Poland Tomasz Siemoniak. The Ministers discussed formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG, military training events scheduled to take place in 2013, NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States and the upcoming Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

 

“We are very happy to have the trilateral talks regarding the LITPOLUKRBRIG formation moving forward. It is a priority project to Lithuania important from two perspectives - in the context of the bilateral cooperation with Ukraine and for the ambition of drawing Ukraine into the space covered by the European Security and Defence Policy”, J. Olekas said.

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Defence Minister of Poland pay a visit to Lithuania
2013.04.10
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On April 11 Minister of Defence of Poland Tomasz Siemoniak will be paying a visit to Lithuania, the guest will meet with Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas.

 

At the meeting the Ministers are planned to discuss formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG, military exercises scheduled for 2013, NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States, and Lithuania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The meeting is expected to be concluded by signing a Memorandum of Agreement regarding cooperation between the Lithuanian and the Polish Special Operations Forces (SOF).

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Chief of Staff of the Allied Command Transformation will pay a visit to Vilnius
2013.04.10
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On April 11 Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, Chief of Staff of the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) (Norfolk, U.S.A.), will be paying a visit to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) in Vilnius.

 

During the visit the guest will familiarise with the activity of the NATO ENSEC COE and discuss opportunities for further cooperation between the NATO ENSEC COE and ACT.

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One of the Lithuanian troops injured in Chaghcharan transported to the hospital of the allied forces, the other of the two to rejoin the lines soon
2013.04.08
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The Lithuanian servicemember who suffered a head injury in an anti-tank missile attack against a Lithuanian armoured vehicle on April 7 in Ghor province, Afghanistan, has been airlifted to the hospital of the allied forces in Mazar-i-Sharif for further examination and treatment.

 

The other soldier who has suffered a leg injury is undergoing treatment at the medical facilities of the compound of Chaghcharan Provincial Reconstruction Team. According to the estimation of his health condition, the peacekeeper will soon be able to come back to his duties.

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Two Lithuanian soldiers injured in Afghanistan
2013.04.07
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On April 7 two peacekeepers of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team of the province of Ghor were injured at about 16.00 hrs (local time) in Chaghcharan, capital of the province. The incident occurred when the troops were returning from a patrol in the area around Chaghcharan to the PRT compound; hostile forces fired an anti-tank missile at their HMMWV armoured vehicle.

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Lithuanian instructors deployed to EUTM began training Malian military
2013.04.05
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On April 5 two Lithuanian military instructors started training the Malian Armed Forces after having been deployed to the European Union Training Mission in Mali (EUTM) together with their colleagues from Finland and Sweden. Training is provided at the Koulikoro Warfare Training Centre where a battalion-sized unit of the Malian Army was deployed several days ago.

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Lithuania and Poland carry on enhancing strategic partnership
2013.04.04
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On April 2 through 3 Political Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis discussed bilateral defence cooperation of Lithuania and Poland, NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States, and other points of bilateral and multilateral cooperation at a meeting with Political Director of the Ministry of Defence of Poland Marcin Kaźmierski in Warsaw.

 

At the meeting the Political Directors underlined that the strategic partnership between Lithuania and Poland should be developed through generation of joint military capabilities with the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG as a priority project.

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Lithuanian and Danish Defence Ministers discussed opportunities to make joint contributions to multinational operations in the future and to integrate military exercises
2013.04.04
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On April 4 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Defence Minister of Denmark Nick Hækkerup discussed bilateral defence cooperation and the possibilities to strengthen it in the future at a meeting at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Šiauliai.

 

In the meeting the Ministers focused on the possibilities for their countries to take part in multinational operations together. According to the Lithuanian Minister, possibilities to join national contributions to multinational operations with Denmark once the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) operation in Afghanistan is over are currently being analysed.

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Joint patrol by Lithuanian peacekeepers and Afghan policemen in the surrounding area of Chaghcharan
2013.04.03
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During a patrol to the Sare Kansi village on March 30 officers of the Afghan National Police (ANP) and peacekeepers of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT-16) based in Chaghcharan met with representatives of local authorities and discussed the points and issues of concern to local villagers.

 

The village of Sare Kansi, lying at a distance of approximately 15 km away from Chaghcharan, the centre of Ghor, comprises communities of five smaller settlements which numbers up to about 350 households. Afghan police officers delivered to the locals a donation of warm clothes, blankets, books and school means, pots, food, and firewood.

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PRT military personnel have prepared Afghan instructors for training teachers of Ghor independently
2013.04.02
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From March 30 to April 1 instructors of the Lithuanian-led Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT-16) conducted a course “How to Deliver an Effective Lecture” for teachers from various villages of Ghor province, and trained several local instructors who will be able to deliver such courses independently thus ensuring the continuity of such training.

 

Commander PRT-16 Colonel Linas Kubilius presented the graduation certificates to the Afghan teachers and wished them to apply their skills and knowledge successfully not only in the demanding teacher’s work but also in sharing that with their colleagues.

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