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Swiss and Belarussian arms control experts will conduct an evaluation visit in Lithuania


On September 28-October 1 an international team of arms control inspectors, including an arms control inspector from the Republic of Belarus, headed by representatives of the Swiss Confederation will carry out inspection of a specified area in line with regulations of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).


The inspectors will have the right to visit training areas of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, National Defence Volunteer Forces and the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf, and meet with unit commanders, in the specified area covering the territory of nearly 20 thousand square kilometres. According to the regulations of the Vienna Document 2011 the international team of arms control inspectors will be given the opportunity to fly over the specified area in an aircraft provided by the Lithuanian Air Force to verify that no military activities requiring prior notification are conducted.


According to regulations of the Vienna Document 2011, countries conducting the inspection report to OSCE countries on the compliance with provisions of international treaties concerning arms control witnessed in the inspected country.


The Vienna Document 2011 allows every OSCE member country to verify if another member of the organisation does not carry out any notifiable military activities without prior notification to OSCE countries and does not have military capabilities that require declaration.


The Vienna Document 2011 commits the signatory countries to conduct annual information exchange on their manpower, planned capability development and defence budgets on an annual basis, and to notify other OSCE countries in advance of scheduled military activities. The states also commit to accept a designated number of inspections and evaluation visits by other member states’ military inspectors in military units in their territories.


This is the second evaluation visit carried out by other countries in Lithuania under the Vienna Document 2011. In July such a visit was conducted by arms control inspectors of the Russian Federation.


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