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Vilnius Conference 2014 will mark the 10th anniversary of Lithuania’s NATO membership
2014.03.31
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The President’s Office and Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence have arranged an international Vilnius Conference 2014 in collaboration with the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, Vytautas Magnus University and the Centre for Geopolitical Studies. The event will take place at the Presidential Palace on April 3-4.

 

The main theme of the conference is NATO’s open door policy. At the event discussions will be held on the importance of NATO enlargement and future vision for the Alliance and partner countries’ role in it.

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Officers of the Lithuanian Navy continue preparation for standby for NATO unit
2014.03.31
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Officers of the Lithuanian Navy continue preparing for standby for the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1).

 

SNMCMG1 will be headed by Commander Giedrius Premeneckas of the Lithuanian Navy. Lithuania will also commit the Jotvingis, command and supply ship of the Lithuanian Navy, and naval staff officers to form the core of SNMCMG1 international staff alongside Estonian, Latvian and Turkish troops. SNMCMG1 is expected to include mine countermeasures vessels from Belgian, Estonian, Latvian, Polish, Norwegian, Dutch and German navies. An officer from the Baltic States will be in command of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One for the first time.

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Hand in hand with NATO we are stronger than ever in our history, Minister of National Defence J. Olekas says
2014.03.29
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Video report (by Eugenijus Žygaitis)

 

On March 29 Lithuania celebrated its first decade in NATO. On Saturday at noon prompt a celebratory ceremony of hoisting Lithuanian and NATO flags took place in Simonas Daukantas Square, the Honour Guard Company presented a demonstration programme, gun salute was fired, and the U.S. Air Contingent currently deployed on NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States saluted Lithuania by a flyover.

 

At the event President of the Republic of Lithuania and Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius delivered congratulatory addresses to the nation.

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Ensuring national security is a commitment to the people of Lithuania
2014.03.29
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On March 29 President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė attended a signing ceremony of the Agreement on the Strategic Guidelines of Lithuania's Security Policy for 2014-2020 at the Presidential Palace. Seven parliamentary parties signed the agreement initiated by the President on foreign, security and defence policy on the say when Lithuania celebrated its 10th anniversary as a member of NATO. The agreement is developed to ensure economic, energy, military and information security of Lithuania.

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NATO air capabilities train in Baltic airspace
2014.03.29
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C-27J Spartan transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force is flying over the Baltic Sea. Suddenly it loses radio communication which makes it impossible to travel further. The Airspace Control Centre of the Kingdom of Sweden raises Swedish Air Force’s JAS-39 Gripen fighter jets on standby. Simultaneously, the Swedish Airspace Control Centre is warned to allow the aircraft with lost radio communication enter Sweden’s airspace. To that end the U.S. Contingent conducting the NATO Air Policing mission in the Baltic States with F-15C is activated. The U.S. fighter jets meet the aircraft with lost radio communication at the border of international airspace to where it has already been escorted by Swedes. The aircraft gets intercepted and is further escorted to the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Force in Šiauliai.

 

Although events of such or similar kind may happen in any part of the world to any aircraft, this specific scenario is a part of NATO’s air capability exercise that will take place over the Baltics on April 1-2.

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Flag-raising ceremony and a fighter jet flight will mark the 10th anniversary of Lithuania’s NATO membership
2014.03.28
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On March 29 Lithuania celebrates its first decade in NATO. On Saturday at noon prompt a celebratory ceremony of hoisting Lithuanian and NATO flags will take place in Simonas Daukantas Square, the Honour Guard Company will present a demonstration programme, gun salute will be fired, and U.S. Air Contingent currently deployed on NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States will salute Lithuania by a flyover.

 

President of the Republic of Lithuania and Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Dalia Grybauskaitė, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius will deliver congratulatory addresses to the nation.

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European Union considers wider possibilities of security and defence cooperation with Ukraine
2014.03.28
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At a meeting in Brussels, March 28, Defence Policy Directors of the European Union addressed cooperation between the European Union and Eastern partners in security and defence area, and the implications of the Russian intervention in Crimea for European security.

 

The European Defence Policy Directors unanimously condemned Russia’s actions in Ukraine and promised to avail of any EU capacity available to assist in solving the crisis. “Our common view is that all the EU countries should make it clear that the aggression will not be tolerated. We believe that suspension of selling weaponry to the Russian Federation requires serious consideration,” Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis said.

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NATO border is a red line that no aggressor is allowed to trespass, NATO representative says
2014.03.27
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On March 27–28 the Commander NATO Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum (The Netherlands), General Hans Lothar Domröse, is conducting a visit to Lithuania.

 

The senior NATO official met with Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, and other Lithuanian defence representatives at the Ministry of National Defence.

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Fighter jets will announce the exclusive run in the Air Base open
2014.03.26
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On March 28 an exceptional public-military event, Runway Run 2014, will take place on the auxiliary runway of the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to mark the 10th anniversary of Lithuania’s NATO membership. The run on the runway used by fighter-jets will for the first time include both military and civilian participants.

 

1000 military and civilian participants from across Lithuania are expected to join the tribute run.

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Lithuanian Parliament will commemorate the decade in NATO: our achievements will be discussed at a high-level international conference and illustrated by a unique weaponry exposition
2014.03.26
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On March 29, 2004, Lithuania and other Central and Eastern European countries joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO – the strongest defence alliance worldwide. It was the most powerful wave of NATO enlargement in its history that has laid down new security borders in the post-Cold War Europe. We have been full-fledged members of the Alliance for a decade now, while the developments of the recent months in Ukraine and their global repercussions have revealed the importance of NATO as clearly as never before.

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