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Minister of Defence of Belgium to conduct a visit in Lithuania, meet with Belgian soldiers serving in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group
2017.10.20
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The visit was cancelled by the Belgian side due to internal political reasons

On October 25 Minister of Defence of Belgium Steven Vandeput and a delegation of Belgium’s Members of Parliament are conducting a visit in Lithuania. The guests will meet with Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis; Lithuania’s and Belgium’s Defence Ministers will hold a bilateral meeting.  Then the Ministers will visit Belgian soldiers training in Exercise Iron Wolf II at a temporary logistical point in Glitiškės (Vilnius distr.) where they will be conducting exercise tasks. 

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Ukraine needs further NATO support, Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas says
2017.10.20
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“It is evident that Ukraine needs further support from Lithuania and other NATO allies in its fight for sovereignty and territorial integrity. It is not easy for Ukraine to face the challenges and counter the hybrid threats coming from a significantly stronger adversary on its own.   Lithuania and other European countries, as well as the U.S. and Canada, are supporting Ukraine by political and diplomatic means, providing  financial and economic assistance, expert support of different forms regarding the country’s reform. Significant support to Ukraine is also given in military and defence areas. Ukraine receives consultations on strategic defence reform, Ukrainian troops receive education and training. It is particularly important  that weapons and other military equipment is provided to Ukraine, and it should be delivered as soon as possible,” Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas  said during his visit in Eastern Ukraine on October 19.

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Decorations presented to the U.S. logistical support unit at Vytenis Battalion after service in Lithuania
2017.10.20
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Decoration ceremony was held for the soldiers of the logistical support element of the U.S. rotational force in Lithuanian at Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion based in Marijampolė. The outgoing U.S. rotation was completing different logistical support assignments and took part in joint training and exercises with Vytenis Battalion personnel. The outgoing U.S. troops will be replaced by a new rotation.

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Lithuanian unit began service in the UN mission in Mali
2017.10.19
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As Lithuania steps contribution to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Missionup  in Mali (MINUSMA), a Lithuanian Land Force unit of 34 soldiers began service in the operation on October 19. They will serve as part of the German Contingent for four months providing force protection in the military base in the Gao Region, eastern Mali.

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Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas to conduct a visit in Ukraine
2017.10.17
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On October 17-20 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will be conducting a visit in Ukraine. He will meet with Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Defence Ivan Rusnak, meet with the Lithuanian instructors group deployed to the Ukrainian forces’ training mission at the Desna Training Centre.

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Over 2 thousand soldiers to train in multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II
2017.10.17
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On October 18 through 31 two-week multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II will run at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Gaižiūnai (Jonava distr.) and General Silvestras Žukauskas (Švenčionys distr.) Training Areas. The event will rehearse and assess planning and conduct of defensive and offensive operations abilities in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group attached to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Mechanised Infantry Battalion, and also refine interoperability with NATO allies.  

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 9-15, 2017
2017.10.16
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On October 9-15 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the 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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The closer we cooperate with the U.S., the stronger we are, Vice Minister of National Defence G. Jeglinskas says
2017.10.13
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On October 10 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas took part in a round-table discussion with ALBC (American-Lithuanian Business Council) defence industry entities and enterprises of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Defence Programme.

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Vice Minister of National Defence underscored V. Umbrasas general understanding of the importance of national defence
2017.10.12
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Vice Minister's address at the Conference  (in English)

On October 12 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas is attending the international Georgian Defence and Security Conference in Batumi.

 

Speaking on increasing resilience Vice Minister emphasised the importance of the resolve of the entire nation to defend the country, civic education and their ability to assess information critically. “Resilience and deterrence most rely on the general understanding of the importance of national defence in the country, properly trained military and civilian capabilities, and strong will of citizens to resist,” he said.

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Lithuanian Armed Forces arms control inspectors to carry out a visit to a Belarusian military unit
2017.10.11
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On October 11 a team of arms control inspectors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct a verification visit at a Belorussian military unit in line with the Vienna Document 2011  on the basis of a bilateral agreement of Lithuania and Belarus.  Lithuania’s military inspectors will visit the 19th Guards Mechanized Brigade is a formation of the Armed Forces of Belarus based in Zaslonovo.  

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