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News archive (2017 - 05)

Lithuania will continue being an active participant of Ukraine’s defence reform, R. Karoblis says
2017.05.18
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Video  (OR-5 Lukas Tamošiūnas)

On May 19 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed topics of bilateral interest with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak conducting a two-day visit in Lithuania.

 

The Minister of Defence of Ukraine presented an overview of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, enhancement of his country’s defence, the progress on Ukraine’s defence reform, and joint exercises. Minister S.Poltorak stressed that joint exercises help significantly strengthen Ukraine’s defence and minimize casualties.

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Enhancement of European counter cyber threat capabilities has to be among top priorities, R. Karoblis said at the EU Defence Ministers meeting
2017.05.18
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“It is impossible to counter hybrid threats without having identified their source,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis stated at the European Union Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels (Belgium) today. The Ministers addressed the progress achieved on the implementation of the EU Global Strategy, EU initiatives in security and defence, and enhancement of the cooperation with NATO.

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President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia paid a visit to the Ministry of National Defence
2017.05.17
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On May 16 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia Dr Milan Brglez. The guest said he hoped the visit by Slovenian MPs will further strengthen the bilateral cooperation and mutual understanding with Lithuania.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis will take part in European Union Defence Ministers meeting
2017.05.17
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On May 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will attend European Union Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels. The EU Defence Ministers are expected to discuss the EU Global Strategy, also focus on new security and defence initiatives.

 

Separate session will be held on the progress made on the implementation of the Joint Declaration on EU-NATO cooperation signed in Warsaw on 8 July 2016. The session is expected to be attended by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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Defence Attaché of Slovakia accredited to Lithuania
2017.05.16
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On May 16 new Defence Attaché of Slovakia Colonel Jaroslav Balaž was accredited to Lithuania at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. He was congratulated upon the new posting by Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas.

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Lithuania is prepared for NATO’s major communications units exercise, Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza says
2017.05.16
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“Lithuania greatly appreciates the decision to hold one of NATO’s major communications units exercise Steadfast Cobalt in Lithuania after several years again.” Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza said at the press conference for Exercise Steadfast Cobalt in Kaunas on May 16.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on May 8-14, 2017
2017.05.15
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From May 8 to 14 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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One the most important NATO communications units’ exercises to take place in Lithuania
2017.05.14
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On May 21-June 2 NATO exercise Steadfast Cobalt annually organised by the NATO Signal Battalion will take place in Lithuania.

 

The exercise will involve roughly 1000 NATO soldiers from over 40 different units of 25 NATO allies. The training event will put to test the ability of NATO communications units to ensure information exchange and communication among combat units of the NATO Response Force, joint and component headquarters worldwide.

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We Are You! – counting down to Armed Forces and Public Unity Day
2017.05.11
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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POPOHaSqkBc

Video: https://youtu.be/m29457a6FnM

 

This year the main annual celebration of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Partisan Honouring, Military and Public Unity Day, will be held on May 20 in Panevėžys.

 

“A strong armed forces is the security guarantee for the state, however, it can not be imagined without the support of society. The same way a soldier is proud of the motherland, the community should be proud of every soldier in service,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis says.

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U.S. Secretary of Defense visits Lithuania
2017.05.10
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Video report: welcome ceremony, Presidential Palace  (credit: OR-5 Lukas Tamošiūnas)

 

Video report: training area visit (credit: OR-6 L. Kalvaitis)

 

On May 10 Secretary of Defense of the United States James Mattis was welcomed in his first official visit in Lithuania. by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.  The guest is planned to hold bilateral discussions with President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė and Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis. The officials are expected to address bilateral military cooperation and measures to further strengthening Lithuanian and regional security. The U.S. Defense Secretary will proceed to have a working lunch with the Ministers of Defence of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

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