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News archive (2014 - 02)

The Baltic Defence College was developed by hard work and a wish to aim for the best results, Vice Minister of National Defence A.Valys says
2014.02.28
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“Today we are celebrating the already 15th anniversary of the Baltic Defence College. It is absolutely delightful to see how a small cooperative initiative of the three Baltic nations has grown into one of the leading international institutions of martial sciences regionwide. We have been able to achieve all this through joint efforts, by seeking the best results and via continued progress only. I dare say that we have overcome the initial challenges beyond reproach,” Vice Minister of National Defence Antanas Valys said at the celebration of the anniversary at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu, Estonia.

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In Brussels NATO Defence Ministers expressed support to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity
2014.02.27
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On February 26 through 27 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička attended a NATO Defence Ministerial in Brussels where NATO capabilities, the mission in Afghanistan and cooperation with Ukraine were the top of agenda.

 

The Ministerial included a session of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) where the Ukrainian delegation was led by First Deputy Minister of Defence Oleksandr Oliynyk. Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička underscored that the NUC session was the first meeting of the new Ukraine’s government with the international community. In his turn, O.Oliynik accentuated that his attendance at the session was a proof of the new Ukraine’s government to continue the cooperation with NATO. At the working session political developments in Ukraine and further cooperation with this long-standing partner of the Alliance was discussed. “Lithuania supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity, Euro-Atlantic integration aspirations, and encourages Ukraine to further develop the cooperation with NATO”, M.Velička said at the meeting.

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Vice Minister of National Defence M. Velička will attend NATO Defence Ministers meeting
2014.02.26
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On February 26-27 Vice Minister National Defence Marijus Velička will take part in NATO’s Defence Ministers meeting which will centre on NATO capabilities, NATO operations in Afghanistan and cooperation with Ukraine.

 

The Defence Ministers will discuss the key NATO shortfalls ahead of the NATO Summit to take place in the United Kingdom in September. The Ministers are also expected to prepare draft conclusions of the forthcoming NATO Summit regarding the Connected Forces Initiative and NATO’s Cyber Defence Policy.

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I trust that this visit to Japan is the first step towards regular security and defence consultations among different institutions of our countries, Minister of National Juozas Olekas says
2014.02.25
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On February 25 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed the most relevant defence issues in international and regional arenas and possibilities to expand cooperation at a meeting with Defence Minister of Japan Itsunori Onodera.

 

Minister Juozas Olekas underlined that successful collaborative efforts in the Provincial Reconstruction Team of Ghor province, Afghanistan, had given a push for further cooperation while addressing Lithuanian-Japanese relations in security and defence area. “I wish to believe that my visit to Japan is the first step towards regular consultations among different institutions of our countries in security and defence area,” Minister J. Olekas said.

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Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas first stopped at Lithuania’s pavilion at the Tokyo Marathon while conducting a formal visit to Japan
2014.02.23
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On February 23 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas arrived in the capital of Japan Tokyo and began his formal call by visiting a representative Lithuania’s paviliion at the Tokyo Marathon. The Minister presented to the crowd of the Marathon entrants national Lithuanian cuisine and tried Lithuanian dishes prepared by Japanese cooks.

 

The Minister of National Defence is also expected to pay a visit to the Lithuania Japan Exchange Centre (http://japan-lithuania.org) that has set up the pavilion.

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Defence Ministers paid particular regard to the situation in Ukraine
2014.02.21
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On February 20 Ministers of Defence of the European Union member states focussed particularly on the developments in Ukraine on the first day of the informal meeting in Athens, Greece.

 

The Ministers expressed their shared concern about the outbreak of aggression in Ukraine, the rapidly growing numbers of casualties and injured people and the acute necessity of addressing the situation by peaceful measures. Lithuanian Minister of Defence J.Olekas proposed to his counterparts expressing a joint stance and inviting the Minister of Defence and the Government of Ukraine to restrain from invoking the armed forces; J.Olekas also encouraged the Ministers to communicate with Ukrainian colleagues and to urge them to look for peaceful measures for stopping the violence and to turn back to political dialogue.

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Lithuania send third rotation of military instructors to EUTM Mali
2014.02.21
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On February 20 two military instructors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces were formally deployed to the EU mission in Mali (European Union Training Mission Mali – EUTM Mali) at a ceremony at the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. This is the third shift of Lithuanian military instructors to participate in EUTM Mali and train the Malian Armed Forces.

 

“We are sending two representatives to the mission, however, that should not be understood as attachment of smaller importance to this mission. I wish you success in taking up the advance achieved by your colleagues as there is only favourable feedback on Lithuanians’ performance in Mali,” Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Brigadier General Vilmantas Tamošaitis said for the deployed troops.

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European Defence Ministers addressed EU military operations in Athens
2014.02.21
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On February 21 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas with European colleagues discussed military operations and missions of the European Union, shared information about the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) and discussed the EU’s readiness for the military operation in the country at an informal EU Defence Ministers meeting in Athens, Greece.

 

January 28, 2014, the United Nations Security Council mandated an EU military operation in the Central African Republic which was launched subsequently on February 10 by a decision of the European Union with Major General Philippe Pontiès as Operation Commander and a headquarters based in Greece. One officer of the Lithuanian Armed Forces has been serving at the HQ since mid-February.

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Minister of National Defence will attend informal EU Defence Ministers meeting in Athens
2014.02.19
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On February 20-21 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will take part in an informal European Union Defence Ministers meeting in Athens, Greece, where the Ministers will discuss EU-led operations and missions, share information on the situation on the ground in the Central African Republic (CAR) and address the readiness of the European Union for involvement in the CAR.

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New rotation of logistic support contingent to be deployed to Afghanistan
2014.02.17
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On February 18 the 11th shift of the National Support Element (NSE-11) will be formally deployed to the NATO operation in Afghanistan at a ceremony in Vilnius. The 12-strong military team will be taking care of the logistic provision of Lithuanian troops serving in Afghanistan.

 

Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, relatives of the troops and other guests will be in attendance at the deployment ceremony.  

 

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