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Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence and UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office focus on regional security at a meeting
2014.03.25
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At a meeting on March 25 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Minister of State at the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) David Lidington discussed security situation in the region and actions that NATO allies could take in response to the situation in Ukraine, and bilateral cooperation plans.

 

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Lithuania propose to increase NATO military presence in the region immediately
2014.03.21
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On March 21 Defence Policy Director of Lithuania Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis with counterparts from other NATO member states addressed the crisis in Ukraine and its possible implications for international security at a meeting in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

Participants of the meeting discussed the measures that the Alliance was to take in short and long-terms in response to the changed transatlantic security environment.

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France reassured the Baltic States on its commitment to collective defence
2014.03.21
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On March 21 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Defence Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed security situation in the region along with possible actions of the countries in NATO and European frameworks, Eastern Partnership, and other relevant issues at a meeting in Vilnius.

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Interoperability of U.S. army and armed forces of the countries in the region will be enhanced through joint events
2014.03.20
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On March 18-20 the annual defence cooperation planning conference of the United States, Baltic States and Poland took place. Representatives from the Lithuanian, Estonian, Latvian and Polish armed forces, U.S. European Command (EUCOM), and the U.S. Embassy in Lithuania gathered to the event.

 

Plans of collective military training events of the U.S.A., Baltic States and Poland as well as of other measures of military cooperation for 2015 were agreed at expert level at the conference 2015.

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Ministers of Defence of Poland and Lithuania focused on the situation in Ukraine and agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation
2014.03.20
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At the meeting in Białystok (Poland) on March 20 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Minister of Defence of Poland Tomasz Siemoniak focused on the situation in Ukraine and the implications it had for the security in the region, and also underscored the importance of U.S. presence in the region.  Ministers also discussed the measures that Lithuania and Poland could take in both - bilateral and different multilateral formats to enhance the countries' security.

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Minister of Defence of France J. Y. Le Drian will make a trip to Vilnius
2014.03.20
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On March 21 Minister of National Defence Juozas will meet with Defence Minister of France Jean-Yves Le Drian of France who will be conducting a short visit in Vilnius

 

Ministers are going to discuss the situation in Ukraine, points of NATO and the European Union security, contribution to multinational operations, Eastern Partnership, and other relevant issues.

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Lithuanian inspectors came back from OSCE mission in Ukraine, presented results of their activity to Defence Minister
2014.03.19
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On March 19 inspectors of the Arms Control Section of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces presented the results of the activity as part of the unarmed OSCE military observer mission in Ukraine to Minister of National Juozas Olekas.

 

“Our key aim was to dispel the concerns about an illicit  military activity in the territory in Ukraine, however, we were prohibited from achieving it as all our group’s attempts to enter the territory of Crimea were in vain,” head of the Arms Control Section of the Joint Staff Lieutenant Colonel Raimondas Ivanauskas said.

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Minister J.Olekas will meet with Minister of Defence of Poland in Białystok
2014.03.19
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On March 20 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet with Minister of Defence of Poland Tomasz Siemoniak in Białystok, Poland. Ministers will address the developments in Ukraine and their implications for the security in the region.

 

At the meeting Ministers will also discuss regional cooperation regarding security and defence issues relevant to the region in NATO and EU formats as well as preparations for the NATO Summit due this autumn.

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Collective defence must become a priority on NATO capability planners’ agendas, Lithuania’s Defence Policy Director V. Urbelis says
2014.03.19
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On March 18 the Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence, Dr.Vaidotas Urbelis attended NATO consultations in Brussels where Lithuania’s readiness to contribute to NATO’s collective tasks was taken stock of.

 

Head of the Lithuanian delegation Defence Policy Director Dr. V.Urbelis said during the consultations that Lithuania would carry on with the transformation of the armed forces and that fulfilment of Lithuania’s NATO commitments remained a priority for further development of defence capabilities.

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Lithuania deploy Spartan transport aircraft to Sangaris French Army operation in Central African Republic
2014.03.18
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The Lithuanian Air Force will deploy the Spartan C-27J transport aircraft with a crew of ten to render logistic support in Operation Sangaris, a French-led effort in the Central African Republic (CAR) to stabilise security situation in the country, as decided by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on March 18.

 

“Involvement in this operation will bring unique experience to our troops because no exercise or training can replace the skills developed in actual conflict regions. Hence contribution to multinational operations is also a way of enhancing our defence capabilities,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said.

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