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On January 14 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Lithuania  Vít Korselt. At the meeting prospects of bilateral military cooperation and NATO and the EU defence initiatives were discussed and views on the security situation in the region and the whole of Europe were exchanged.   

 
 Ministry of National Defence holds public consultations to discuss procurement documents
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On January 21 the Ministry of National Defence is holding the second round of public discussion concerning procurements documents related to the Public-Private Partnership projects planned by the Ministry of National Defence. Three new military facilities are planned to be built over the several coming years in Šiauliai town, and regions of Šilalė and Vilnius.

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 Lithuanian arms control inspector is visiting Russia’s artillery brigade
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On January 15 a Lithuanian arms control inspector is visiting the 9th Artillery Brigade of the Russian Federation based in Luga in composition of an Estonian-led arms control inspectors group. The group is conducting a verification visit in accordance with the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), it includes members from Estonia, Lithuania and France.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on January 7–13, 2019
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On  January 7–13 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not alerted to scramble to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Development of the Lithuanian military training areas and territories is continued
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On January 9 the Government of Lithuania approved general plan for a part of Švenčionys district municipality and development of Lithuania’s military training areas and territories is continued. Area of Gen Silvestras Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė is planned to be expanded from 2220.1 ha to 4985.15 ha and the training territory will be expanded from 6265.89 ha to 12528.70 ha.

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 Support to NATO by Lithuanian people – at its highest of five years
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86% of the population are in favor of Lithuania’s NATO membership which is the highest percentage in the past five years. A similar number of respondents (83%) approve of NATO allies’ presence on the territory of Lithuania. The data was gathered through a public opinion poll carried out by request of the Ministry of National Defence in December 2018.  

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 Communications and Information Systems Battalion established in the Lithuanian Armed Forces
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Video report (by OR-6 Lukas Kalvaitis, MoD)

On January 8 a new unit of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Communications and Information Systems Battalion was inaugurated in Vilnius. The new Battalion has been formed on the basis of the Communications and Information Systems Company of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion, it will be responsible for the security of internal communication in the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The Battalion will be under the command of Major Vaidas Černikas.

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