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News archive (2016 - 10)

Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 24 – October 30, 2016
2016.11.02
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On October 24-30 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were scrambled once to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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At the NATO Defence Ministers meeting Minister J.Olekas presented Lithuania’s preparedness to host a multinational battalion
2016.10.27
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On October 26 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas presented Lithuania’s preparedness to host a multinational German-led NATO battalion at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels (Belgium).

 

NATO Secretary General NATO Jens Stoltenberg confirmed at the meeting that other NATO allies to contribute to the German-led battalion in Lithuania are Belgium, Croatia, Luxembourg, France, the Netherlands and Norway.

 

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Ministry of National Defence issued third publication on civil resistance
2016.10.27
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On October 28 Ministry of National Defence presented the third publication on civil resistance since the beginning of Russian aggression in Ukraine in 2014. The first two manuals on the topic explored nonviolent defence and practical guidance on behaviours during emergencies/war. The most recent guide called “Guide to active resistance” delves into an important topic not touched upon in the previous manuals, which is active resistance of citizens on the territory seized by an aggressor.

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Minister of National Defence J. Olekas will attend NATO Defence Ministers meeting
2016.10.25
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On October 26-27 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will attend NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels (Belgium) where the implementation of the decisions taken by the Heads of State and Governments at the NATO Summit in Warsaw, including on the deployment of four multinational battalions in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

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Topicalities of defence policy discussed with delegates from Moldova
2016.10.25
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On October 25 State Secretary of the Ministry of Defence of Moldova Aurel Fondos discussed defence policy topicalities of Lithuania and Moldova at a meeting with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Chancellor of the Ministry of National Defence Daiva Beliackienė.

 

A. Fondos also met with staff members of the Personnel, Finance and Budget, and Defence Policy and Planning Departments of the Ministry of National Defence to familiarise with personnel management, project management methods and examples at the Lithuanian national defence system, and shared experience.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 17 – October 23, 2016
2016.10.24
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On October 17-23 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled once to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Major General J. Andriškevičius advises on Ukraine’s defence reform
2016.10.21
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On October 19-22 Major General Jonas Andriškevičius, the first Chief of Defence of Lithuania after the re-establishment of independence, currently member of the academic staff of the Institute of Military Science at General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, will conduct a visit in Kyiv. Maj. Gen. J. Andriškevičius will meet with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Army General Stepan Poltorak, Chief of the General Staff Army General Viktor Muzhenko, other high-ranking defence officials and parliamentarians.

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Lithuania signed a technical agreement with Norway on procurement of components and missiles of mid-range Norwegian advanced surface to air missile system
2016.10.21
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On October 20 Lithuania signed a technical agreement with Norway on procurement of launchers and missiles of mid-range Norwegian advanced surface to air missile system (NASAMS). The agreement endorsed by the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania and the Ministry of Defence of the Kingdom of Norway defines conditions and responsibilities of the parties concerning buying and selling NASAMS components as well as support Norway would render to Lithuania in developing mid-range air defence capabilities.

 

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US is firmly committed to Article 5
2016.10.20
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On October 20 a delegation of US Congress advisors on a visit in Lithuania assured Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis of strong US commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and collective defence.

 

On October 20 a delegation of US Congress advisors on a visit in Lithuania assured Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis of strong US commitment to Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and collective defence.

 

“The US Congress is basically unanimous about the necessity of the European Reassurance Initiative,” Mr. Doug Seay, Senior Professional Staff Member, House Foreign Affairs Committee, and head of the delegation said.

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Ready for new chalenges
2016.10.20
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Video material from press conference

 

On 18 – 20 October, Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann, the Commander Multinational Corps Northeast, chaired 3rd Conference with NATO Force Integration Units’ Commanders. The seminar was held in Vilnius and attended by a number of military dignitaries including General Salvatore Farina, the Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS).

 

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