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Soldiers deployed by NATO allies in Lithuania will introduce themselves alongside Lithuanian troops to the public of Lithuania at the Partisan Honouring, Military and Public Unity Day which will be held in Alytus, the town in southern part of Lithuania, on 19 May.  Residents and guests of Alytus will be able to view combat equipment of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, try on gear of different NATO allies’ militaries, become familiar with activities of NATO units deployed in Lithuania and win prizes.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on May 14 - 20, 2018
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On May 14-20 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Moldova is an important Eastern Partnership country to Lithuania, Minister R. Karoblis says
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On May 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with Minister of Defence of Moldova Eugeniu Sturza conducting a formal visit in Lithuania. Ministers discussed bilateral defence cooperation and its prospects, progress of Moldova’s defence reform and cooperation with the European Union and NATO, exchanged views on the regional security situation.

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 First Government-level Host Nation Support exercise was held
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“I greatly welcome the initiative to hold an exercise where members of the Government practised situational management in the context of a large number of allies deploying in the country.  We were able to discuss with the Ministers events and situations that could happen.   The exercise showed the areas that need a more detailed analysis and improvement,” Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after the first host national support table-top exercise Baltic Host of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania  held on May 18.   At the exercise held at the State Security Department the Ministers honed their skills of taking strategic decisions and providing solutions quickly to issues presented by hosting and deploying arriving allied forces.   

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 Minister of Defence of Moldova E. Sturza to visit Lithuania
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On May 18 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will meet with Minister of Defence of Moldova Eugeniu Sturza visiting Lithuania. At the meeting at the Ministry of National Defence bilateral defence cooperation and its prospects, progress of Moldovan defence reform and cooperation with NATO and the EU will be discussed, Ministers will exchange views on regional security.

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 NATO communications Exercise Steadfast Cobalt 2018 begins in Kaunas next week
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On May 21 the annual NATO’s communications units exercise Steadfast Cobalt will begin, taking place in Kaunas (Lithuania) for the second year in a row. The exercise will involve roughly 1,000 NATO soldiers from over 44 different units from 25 NATO allies.

 

“I am happy to see such a trust from the Alliance that Lithuania has earned, and the progress the Lithuanian Armed Forces have made hosting this NATO exercise in Kaunas for the second consecutive year , Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza said at Exercise Steadfast Cobalt 2018 presentation in Kaunas on May 15.

 

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro
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On May 15 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis discussed security situation, aspects of cooperation with NATO, and Montenegro’s progress on European Union membership at a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro Srđjan Darmanović, on a visit in Lithuania.

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