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“The mission of the NATO enhanced forward presence battalion to be deployed in the end of January is defensive and is aimed at deterring Russia. Soldiers of the multinational German-led battalion will train in Lithuania alongside our troops, or defend Lithuania alongside units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and units additionally deployed by NATO allies in case of aggression against Lithuania,” Chief of the Joint Staff of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Major General Vitalijus Vaikšnoras says.

 
 Bundeswehr soldiers formally farewelled at Oberviechtach before deployment to Lithuania
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On January 19 soldiers with the 122nd Mechanised Infantry Battalion of the Bundeswehr were farewelled at a formal ceremony at homebase in Oberviechtach (Bavaria) ahead of deployment to Lithuania as of the end of January as the basis of a NATO forward presence battalion. FOR the following six months the soldiers will serve in Rukla, Lithuania. Later they will be joined by colleagues from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway.

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 Minister met with newly accredited Ambassador of South Korea in Lithuania
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On January 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed potential cooperation in security and defence and security situation in East Asia and Europe at a meeting with Ambassador of South Korea HE Sung-joo Choi.

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 Lithuania and the United States of America, strategic partners in defence, signed agreement of the status of U.S. forces on the territory of Lithuania
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Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Ambassador of the United States of America in Lithuania HE Anne Hall signed the agreement at the Ministry of National Defence on January 17.

 

“Let me congratulate everyone with what I see as a milestone in the strategic Lithuanian-U.S. security and defence partnership that we confirm with this agreement. We are interested to have permanent presence of U.S. forces and equipment in Lithuania, it is one of the key elements of our security,” Minister R.Karoblis said. According to Minister, the agreement lays out the fundamental conditions for such presence and reaffirms U.S. defence commitments to Lithuania. In its turn, Lithuania shall provide all conditions for the United States to keep the commitments.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on January 9-15, 2017
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On January 9-15 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Lithuania and the United States of America to sign agreement on the status of US forces on Lithuanian territory
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Lithuania and the United States of America will further strengthen partnership and cooperation in security and defence area by signing a cooperation agreement. The document binding the signatory countries to uphold bilateral defence commitments will be endorsed by Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Ambassador of the United States of America in Lithuania HE Anne Hall at a meeting at the Ministry of National Defence on January 17.

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis met with NATO Deputy Secretary General R. Gottemoeller
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On January 12 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller appointed late last year met in Vilnius. The first meeting the high-ranking NATO official and Minister R.Karoblis held focused on the security situation in the eastern flank of the Alliance and implementation of the decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Warsaw.

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