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The United States augment its participation in NATO's air policing mission in the Baltics
2014.03.06
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On March 6 the U.S. Air Force deployed six F-15 C Eagle fighter jets to the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai. These aircraft will augment the present mission comprising four U.S. F-15 C Eagle aircraft. The U.S. has heightened it NATO presence to increase the strength of the Baltic Air Policing mission. Another two U.S. KC-135 aerial refuelling aircraft have brought aircraft service personnel.

 

The U.S. has sent the additional fighter jets to the Baltics as a response to the developments in the region and as a further demonstration of a long-term U.S. commitment to NATO and European security.

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Lithuania teams up with the OSCE military observer mission in Ukraine, appoints two officers
2014.03.05
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On March 5 two military inspectors of the Arms Control Section of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces left for Crimea to join the military observer mission formed by the Organisation for Security and Coordination in Europe (OSCE) at Ukraine’s request.

 

Till March 12 they will be a part of the OSCE military observation mission and will be contributing to the efforts aimed at reducing tensions in Ukraine caused by the military interference by the Russian Federation in the area covered by confidence and security-building measures (CSBMs).

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Commander-in-Chief of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, President Dalia Grybauskaitė conducted a visit to the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai
2014.03.05
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President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė paid a visit to the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Forces in Šiauliai on March 5. 

The President accompanied by the Chief of Defence of Lithuania, Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, met with air personnel serving with units of the Lithuanian Air Force, viewed the equipment and weaponry. The delegation also visited the U.S. air continent deployed to carry out NATO’s Air Policing mission in the Baltic States.

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Baltic defence ministres consulted on current situation in Ukraine
2014.03.04
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Defence ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania consulted on current situation in Ukraine and in the neighborhood of Baltic States. Ministers condemned Russian invasion and de facto occupation of Ukrainian territory in Crimea.

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NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius monumentalized the name of one of the chief supporters of the Baltic States’ NATO membership - H. Hækkerup
2014.03.04
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Conference Hall of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius (NATO ENSEC COE) was officially named after Hans Hækkerup, one of the principal supporters of the Baltic nations’ membership in NATO. The former Minister of Defence of Denmark had made a substantial contribution to Lithuania’s, Latvia’s and Estonia’s membership in NATO and actively supported Baltic security and defence cooperation.

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Chiefs of Defence of the Baltic States and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed Ukraine and prospects of military cooperation in the Baltics
2014.03.04
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On March 4 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius discussed security situation in the Baltic region and Ukraine during a telephone conversation with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army General Martin E. Dempsey.

 

In the same conversation Chiefs of Defence of Estonia and Latvia shared information on the plans of their countries’ further military cooperation with Ukraine. The Chief of Defence of Lithuania upheld that military personnel of Ukraine will continue being trained at the Military Academy of Lithuania in Vilnius and the Baltic Defence College in Tartu.

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