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News archive (2017 - 01)

NATO enhanced Forward Presence personnel and equipment arrive in Lithuania from Germany
2017.01.31
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From February 1 through 10 mechanised infantry battalion soldiers with equipment will be arriving in Lithuania from Grafenwöhr (Germany) by air and railway. Over 450 German soldiers with their weaponry and over 100 military vehicles will form one o the maneuver units of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion, deployed in Lithuania alongside Dutch and Norwegian military personnel.

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Lithuania remains committed to supporting Ukraine’s defence reform, Minister R.Karoblis says
2017.01.31
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“Lithuania will remain an active participant of Ukraine’s defence reform process prioritising assistance to the development of special operations forces and NCO corps reform,” Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis said at a meeting with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Army General in Kiev Stepan Poltorak on January 31.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on January 23-29, 2017
2017.01.30
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On January 23-29 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were scrambled four times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Minister of National Defence met with Lithuanian military personnel in Ukraine
2017.01.30
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On January 30 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with Lithuanian soldiers during a visit to Yavoriv military training area in Ukraine where 16-strong group of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion are training Ukrainian colleagues side by side with NATO allies.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis is going on a visit to Ukraine
2017.01.29
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On January 30 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis leaves for a two-day visit in Ukraine. He is planned to meet with Minister of Defence Army General Stepan Poltorak, Vice Premier for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Secretary of National Security and Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov, and Chief of the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Army General Viktor Muzhenko. At the meetings security situation in Ukraine and bilateral and multilateral cooperation are expected to be discussed.

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10th Europe-Ukraine Forum will address Ukraine’s reform
2017.01.27
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On January 27-28 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will attend the 10th Europe-Ukraine Forum in Rzeszów, Poland. The Vice Minister is planned to meet with his Polish counterpart Tomasz Szatkowski in the margins on January 27.

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Citizens of Lithuania are highly favourable to NATO membership and deployment of allied forces in the country
2017.01.27
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Absolute majority of Lithuanian population highly approve of Lithuania’s NATO membership and strongly support enhanced NATO presence in the country, as shown by a poll commissioned by the Ministry of National Defence and conducted by public opinion polling company RAIT in December 2016.

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Joint training of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion and units of the Lithuanian Land Force discussed
2017.01.25
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“Commander of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Huber and I have discussed the training calendar of Lithuanian and NATO soldiers for the first semester of this year, reviewed internal procedures, and agreed on some of the main activity coordination principles. It is wonderful to see units deployed to Lithuania so soon after the decisions being taken in Warsaw, they will strengthen the defence of our country and the Alliance together with our forces at the same time acting as a deterrent for a potential enemy,” Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys said following a coordination meeting on January 25 between himself, Commander of the Mechanised Infantry Brigade , and the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Commander in Rukla.

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First troops of the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion come to Lithuania from Belgium
2017.01.24
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Video (author Lukas Kalvaitis, LTU MOD)

On January 24-26 soldiers of the Belgian Armed Forces arrive in Lithuania by ferry via Klaipėda Seaport. Over 100 troops with their weaponry and roughly 50 vehicles are the forward logistical group for the arrival of the rest of the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion deployed in Lithuania as of this year.

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Arms control inspectors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct a verification visit to a Russian military unit
2017.01.24

On January 24-26 arms control specialist with the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will carry out a verification visit of the 25th Motorised Rifle Brigade in Pskov in composition of a Latvian inspectors team. The international arms control inspectors team will carry out the verification visit in the Russian military unit in accordance to the Vienna Document 2011.

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