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News archive (2018 - 07)

National Cyber Security Centre advises against using Yandex. Taxi Application
2018.07.30
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The National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence notifies that Yandex. Taxi application for smartphones has been actively offered to Lithuanian users since 26 July 2018. The app by default asks for access to a large amount of sensitive data and permissions to device functions: to activate camera and microphone (record user’s environment), access contact list (information of the phone book and social media accounts), control phone call services, identify device status and identity, control short message service (intercept), modify, delete contents on the device storage, determine precise GPS location of the device, manage network access (receive data, monitor and control network connections, manage Wi-Fi access). It should be noted that later versions of the app may require permissions to even more smartphone functions to update.

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Lithuanian and Portugal Defence ministers: the importance of countries' defence cooperation will only grow in the future
2018.07.30
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"We greatly appreciate the contribution and support Portugal delivers to strengthen the eastern borders of NATO, security of the Baltic region and Lithuania in the face of increasing tensions after Russia's aggression against Ukraine," the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said on July 30 in the Air Base of the Lithuanian Air Face in Šiauliai, where he met with the Portuguese Defence Minister José Azeredo Lopes.

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Minister of Defence R.Karoblis to meet with Minister of National Defence of Portugal
2018.07.29
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Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will meet with Minister of National Defence of Portugal José Azeredo Lopes and his delegation, including Chief of General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces Admiral Antonio Silva Ribeiro. On July 29 the guests will visit the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion in Klaipėda and the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai – on July 30.

 

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Change of Command of NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group
2018.07.29
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On August 2 the change of command ceremony of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Lithuania will be held in Rukla. Lieutenant Colonel Wolf Rüdiger Otto, who has been in command of NATO enhanced Forward Presence  Battle Group for six months, will be replaced by the new rotation Commander Lieutenant Colonel Rene Braun. The ceremony will be attended by Vice Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Vytautas Umbrasas, Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys, other military officials, representatives from local authorities.

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New Defence Attaché of the Czech Republic accredited to Lithuania
2018.07.27
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In July 27 new Defence Attaché of the Czech Republic Colonel Romana Pešatová  was accredited to Lithuania and outgoing Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Tomáš Říman farewelled at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence.

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The Lithuanian Armed Forces continue assisting Sweden and Latvia to fight fires
2018.07.25
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On July 26 new crews of the Mi-8 of the Lithuanian Air Force will proceed the efforts to assist in firefighting in the northern part of Sweden and the western part of Latvia. They will be taken to there by the C-27J Spartan transport aircraft pf the Lithuanian Air Force.

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New Lithuanian Armed Forces infrastructure development projects agreed for Pabradė and Šiauliai
2018.07.23
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Earlier this July the Ministry of National Defence and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) signed a contract on infrastructure development projects of the Lithuanian Armed Forces which will significantly improve training conditions in Lithuania for both, Lithuanian and allied troops, when implemented.  

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 16 - 22, 2018
2018.07.23
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On July 16 – 22 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Ukraine’s arms control inspectors visiting Lithuania
2018.07.23
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On July 23-27 arms control inspectors of Ukraine are conducting an inspection of a selected area in Lithuania and a verification in the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin in Klaipėda under the regulations of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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Two helicopters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces help putting out fires in Latvia and Sweden
2018.07.21
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Two Mi-8 helicopters of the Lithuanian Air Force with firefighting equipment are providing assistance in putting out forest fire in Sweden and Latvia.

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