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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from July 27 to 2 August
2015.08.03
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From July 27 till August 2 NATO air policing fighter jets guarding the Baltic airspace conducted 5 scrambles out of the Šiauliai Airbase to intercept aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. No violations of the Lithuanian airspace where identified.

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Ambassador-Designate of Mauritania visited the Ministry of National Defence
2015.07.08
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On June 8 the Ambassador-Designate of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Brahim Khlil paid a visit to the Ministry of National Defence. The gest met with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Director of the Transatlantic Relations and Operations Department Robertas Šapronas.

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Lithuanian State Day was commemorated
2015.07.07
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On July 6 troops of the Hounour Guard Company representing the Lithuanian Land Force, Air Force and Navy flew the Lithuanian state flag and the Lithuanian historical flag in Simonas Daukantas Square, Vilnius, in commemoration of State Day of Lithuania.

 

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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 29 June to 6 July 2015
2015.07.07
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On June 29-July 6 NATO air policing fighter jets protecting the Baltic skies were scrambled once to intercept aircraft flying in international airspace above the Baltic Sea.

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Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet with Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan
2015.06.30
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On July 1 Minister of Defence of Azerbaijan Colonel General Zakir Hasanov will visit the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania.

 

The guest will meet Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and the MoD. The agenda of the Lithuania’s and Azerbaijan’s Defence Ministers meeting includes discussions on security situation in the Baltic region and the South Caucasus, perspectives of bilateral cooperation and participation in international operations, and other points of cooperation.

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Mission Command Element of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division deploys in Lithuania for combined training
2015.06.30
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On July 1-8 roughly 80 soldiers of the Mission Command Element (MCE) of the 4th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, deployed in Germany under command of Brigadier General Michael Tarsa will arrive in Lithuania to join combined training.

 

MCE members will be training at Adolfas Ramanauskas Warfare Training Centre Nemenčinė for a week and will also join training exercises across several regions of Lithuania. The U.S. military and soldiers assigned to the Lithuanian Land Force Headquarters will carry out joint training to exchange experience and hone interoperability, while the guests will also familiarise with specifics and geography of Lithuania and its regions.

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Minister J.Olekas met with Ambassador of France
2015.06.30
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On June 29 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with the newly appointed Ambassador of France in Lithuania, Phillipe Jeantaud.

 

At the meeting Minister J.Olekas expressed condolences over the terrorist act which took place in a factory on Friday near Grenoble, and asserted that Lithuania was well aware of the threat of terrorism and contributed to the coalition efforts to support the Government of Iraq in its fight against the Islamic State. This year Lithuania has handed over and plans delivering more shipments of first medical aid supplies to the Iraqi Forces.

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Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 22 to 28 June 2015
2015.06.29
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On June 22-27 fighter jets conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from the Šiauliai Airbase were scrambled twice to intercept and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation flying in international airspace above the Baltic Sea. No violations of the Baltic airspace were reported.

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Minister of National Defence thanked Chief of General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces for deploying soldiers to Lithuania
2015.06.29
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Formal welcome ceremony

 

Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas thanked Chief of General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces General Artur Neves Pina Monteiro for contributing to the NATO deterrence in the Baltic region. The Portuguese Chief of General Staff is in Lithuania for a two-day formal visit since June 29.

 

“We are grateful to Portugal for the military personnel deployed to Lithuania, the augmentation to the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and the plans to post an officer to the NATO Force Integration Unit being established in Lithuania as soon as this year. The rotating allied forces in our region is a key deterrence in our region, therefore we are looking forward to see Portuguese soldiers in Lithuania in the future too,” Minister J.Olekas said at the meeting that took place at the Ministry of National Defence.

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Lithuania and the United States are ready to develop new defence cooperation projects
2015.06.29
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On June 29 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas thanked Thomas W. Ross, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation (U.S. Department of Defence) on a visit in Lithuania for the lasting U.S. cooperation and support for boosting Lithuanian defence capacity. The meeting officials agreed to work intensely on strengthening cooperation in the areas logistics and cyber security, and to make use of the experience accumulated through the long-standing cooperation for developing joint projects in support of Ukraine.

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