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Two new Vice Ministers of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas and Edvinas Kerza come into office as of February 20. They will be in charge of procurement and acquisition, and cyber security, hybrid resilience, and budget shaping and implementation at the national defence system.

 
 Lithuanian soldier awarded the Star of Afghanistan Medal by decree of the President of Poland
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On February 21 Lithuanian Armed Forces Major Mangirdas Vaznys was  awarded the Star of Afghanistan Medal by decree of the President of Poland HE Andrzej Duda. The officer who is currently serving with the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces received the medal for merits in the Resolute Support Mission, Afghanistan, 2016d

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

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to attend the Munich Security Conference
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On February 17-18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will take part in the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Germany. The event will address relevant security policy issues and major external and internal challenges to international order.

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 NATO Allies have to be ready to counter information attacks, R.Karoblis says
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“There may be more of information attacks as NATO improves security of its eastern borders,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said on February 16 at a session of the NATO Defence Ministers meeting dedicated to the implementation of the NATO Summit in Warsaw decisions on enhanced deterrence and defence. The Lithuanian Minister and his German counterpart were solid in stressing together that hostile forces would try to compromise the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion, so all Allies had to be ready to immediately counter information attacks.

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 Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis met with F. Mogherini in Brussels
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“The current security situation calls for the European Union to be proactive,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini in Brussels on February 15.

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 Collective defence and timely response remain NATO’s top priorities, R. Karoblis says
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Baltic Defence Ministers agreed on an easier movement of NATO forces

 

“NATO Allies understand the challenges brought by the changed security environment, therefore key NATO’s priority is its readiness to timely respond to threats of any type and to ensure collective defence in the entire Alliance territory,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis stated today at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels. “Deployment of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battalion near the Alliance’s eastern borders is not only a signal of allied solidarity and unity but also a real deterrent from a military point of view that enhances security of the region.”

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