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“Belgium’s joining the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in Lithuania is probably the most pronounced defence cooperation event of Lithuania and Belgium from historical perspective. It demonstrates Belgium’s understanding of the threats and security challenges in our region,” Minister Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Belgium Steven Vandeput in Vilnius on November 24.

 
 New Defence Attachés of Bulgaria, Austria, Albania and Korea accredited to Lithuania this week
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Four new Defence Attachés have been accredited to Lithuania at ceremonies at the Ministry of National Defence to Lithuania – of Bulgaria, Austria, Albania and Korea.

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 Bilateral Lithuanian-UK consultations on cyber security took place
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On November 20-21 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza and a delegation attended bilateral consultations at the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom. Representatives of the Ministry of National Defence met with Deputy Leader of the House of Lords Earl Howe and Nick Dean, Head of Cyber, Cyber and National Security Capabilities Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK.

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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
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On November 24 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, leadership of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces; Lithuania’s and Belgium’s Defence Ministers will hold a bilateral meeting. Then the Ministers will visit Belgian soldiers deployed in Lithuania as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla.

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 New Defence Attachés of Austria and Albania accredited to Lithuania
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On November 21 outgoing Defence Attaché of Austria Major General Anton Oschep was farewelled at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence and new Defence Attaché Colonel Ronald Andreas Gordon Rainer accredited. At the same event new Defence Attaché of Albania Colonel Fadil Ciroku was accredited to Lithuania.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on November 13-19, 2017
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On November 13-19 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled three times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Minister R. Karoblis discussed strengthening of NATO initiatives in the Baltic region at a meeting with Minister of National Defence of Canada H. Sajjan
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On November 17-19 Minister of National Defence of Lithuania Raimundas Karoblis took part in the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada. In the margins of the Forum Minister met with his counterpart, Minister of National Defence of Canada Harjit Singh Sajjan. On November 19 Minister delivered an address on the theme “Live and Die in Russia’s Neighbourhood” which focuses on the challenges while faced living by the side of an aggressive neighbour.

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