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News archive (2017 - 06)

NATO Defence Ministers agreed to increase forces in Afghanistan
2017.06.30
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On June 29 NATO Ministers of Defence agreed to strengthen forces and increase troop levels in Afghanistan during the meeting in Brussels.

 

NATO has been conducting the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan since early 2015. The mission is designed to train the Afghan national security forces and encompasses non-combat tasks. The aim of the mission is to train, advise and assist the national security forces and authorities to ensure stability in the country.

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The Defence Ministers of the enhanced Forward Presence host and framework nations signed a common declaration in Brussels
2017.06.29
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On June 29 Defence Ministers of the enhanced Forward Presence host and framework nations signed a common declaration on the on the implementation of NATO enhanced Forward Presence at a meeting in Brussels.

 

The declaration states that the battlegroups deployed in the Baltic states and Poland are fully manned and capable of deterring any aggression or responding to it side by side with national forces in case it is necessary.

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Lithuania and 10 NATO allies signed a protocol of intent on a joint procurement of critical land force ammunition
2017.06.29
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On June 29 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Defence Ministers of Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Spain, Poland, France, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and NATO partner Finland signed ca protocol of intent on a joint procurement of critical land force ammunition at a meeting in Brussels.

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Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis to sign declaration on the implementation of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Brussels
2017.06.28
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On June 29 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will attend the NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Brussels. The meeting will address current matters on NATO agenda regarding seeking enhanced defence and deterrence and fulfilling the commitment of increased defence spending. The Ministers are also expected to discuss development of the EU-NATO cooperation, counter-terrorism efforts, the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

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Commander of NATO VJTF Land Component is visiting Lithuania
2017.06.28
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On June 28 Commander of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force Land Component Brigadier Michael Elviss (UK Armed Forces) arrived for a three-day visit in Lithuania. General began the visit with a meeting with Commander of the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius Colonel Jakob Søgård Larsen (Danish Armed Forces).

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Military training operation of the Republic of Lithuania in Ukraine established
2017.06.27
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On June 27 the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania approved the draft of the Resolution of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania on the Amendment to the Resolution of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania No. XII-2232 of 22 December 2015 regarding Deployment of Military Units of the Republic of Lithuania to Multinational Operations tabled by Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis and Minister of Foreign Affairs L.Linkevičius. It was decided to permit deployment of up to 60 civilian and military personnel of the National Defence System to a military training operation in Ukraine as of 1 July 2017 in order to provide training for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on June 19-25, 2017
2017.06.26
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On June 19-25 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled two times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Vice Minister of National Defence E. Kerza to discuss cyber security in international conferences
2017.06.26
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On June 25-29 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza is conducting a visit in Israel. During the visit, the Vice Minister will take part in the annual cyber security conference Cyber Week at Tel Aviv University, meet with representatives of the International Defence Cooperation Directorate of the Israel Ministry of Defence and of cyber security industry.

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Year’s largest exercise in Lithuania Iron Wolf 2017 came to a wrap
2017.06.23
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“You have proved your ability to operate in international team, carry out complex defensive operations and retain excellent relations with local population,” Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys said at the closing ceremony of multinational Exercise Iron Wolf 2017 in Rukla on June 23.

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Violation of Lithuanian airspace has been recorded
2017.06.22

On June 21 the Lithuanian Air Force recorded two breaches of state border of the Republic of Lithuania in national airspace near Dubičiai and Musteika (Varėna district). One An-2 civilian aircraft flew into Lithuanian airspace twice as recorded, at 02.03-02-17 p.m. and 02-14-02-17 p.m. Lithuanian time. The violation has been recorded on airspace surveillance equipment and observed visually.

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