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News archive (2018 - 02)

Lithuanian arms control inspector will take part in a specified area inspection in Belarus
2018.02.28
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On February 28 – March 1 a Lithuanian arms control inspector will verify Belarus’ compliance with the Vienna Document 2011 on Confidence- and Security-Building Measures of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during an inspection in a specified area in composition of a Dutch-led inspection team.

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National Defence System public procurement reform to be presented at the US-Lithuania Defense Forum
2018.02.28
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On March 1 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas will take part in the jointly organised US-Lithuania Defence Forum in Vilnius. At the event, the newly formed Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence and public procurement reform underway will be presented, and short-term procurement of the Ministry of National Defence discussed. Situation and potential of Lithuania’s defence sector will also be presented.

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Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas discussed cooperation with leadership of the U.S. Special Operations Forces
2018.02.27
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On February 19-27 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas attended 2018 Global SOF Symposium – US in Florida, United States, and met with the U.S. Special Operations Forces leadership. Vice Minister V. Umbrasas took part in the panel on “Modern Warfare” in the annual international event held in the United States that was attended by roughly 500 high-ranking ministerial, military, governmental, and academic representatives of 25 states this year. Vice Minister offered perspective of the Baltic region, took part in a discussion on the different views on the changing situation on the battlefield, addressed points of cooperation and touch of different countries’ SOFs.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on February 19 - 25, 2018
2018.02.26
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On February 19-25 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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Troops of Denmark, Lithuania, and other NATO allies took part in 25 km DANCON march
2018.02.26
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Video report (by OR-6 Lukas Kalvaitis)

Soldiers of the Royal Danish Air Force currently conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states arranged the second DANCON (Danish Contingent) march on February 25. The length of 25 km of the march was chosen to begin at the Air Defence Battalion in Radviliškis to the Air Base in Šiauliai. DANCON marches are organised in the countries Denmark’s soldiers are deployed to, it is one of the oldest NATO’s military marches first organised 46 years ago.

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Centenary of Estonia’s independence marked in Vilnius
2018.02.25
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On February 24 Estonia celebrated the centenary of independence. Lithuania marked the occasion too with a ceremony in Lukiškės Square: members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Honour Guard Company hoisted flags of Lithuania and Estonia and national anthems of both countries were played.

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Lithuania will mark the centenary of Estonia’s independence
2018.02.23
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On February 24 Estonia celebrates its independence centenary. Lithuania will mark the occasion too during a ceremony in Lukiškės Square: at noon of February 24 members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Honour Guard Company  will hoist flags of Lithuania and Estonia and national anthems of both countries will be played.  

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Vice Minister of National Defence G. Jeglinskas discussed cooperation with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency
2018.02.23
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On February 23 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas met with General Manager of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) Peter Dohmen to discuss opportunities of cooperation between the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

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Lithuania increases military contribution in Afghanistan
2018.02.22
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The Ministry of National Defence made a decision to step up the military contribution to the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan on the basis of requests from NATO and allies.

 

Soldiers of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces are planned to leave for Kandahar, their deployment destination, in April. Alongside soldiers of the United States of America they will be carrying out tasks of training and assisting local security forces. The overall number of Lithuanian soldiers deployed to Afghanistan will not exceed the limit set by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, i.e. 50 troops.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on February 12 - 18, 2018
2018.02.19
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On February 12-18 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea twice.

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