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“According to the exercise scenario, dangerous incidents have been occurring in our region for the past 72 hours and still continue – unrest in neighbouring countries, information on planned terrorist and cyber-attacks. Therefore Lithuania has no time to lose to protect critical infrastructure. We take the decision to mobilise cyber capabilities and request the U.S. and the EU cybersecurity rapid response teams to help,” Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza presented the scenario of cybersecurity exercises running in Lithuania on October 11.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 8 - 14, 2018
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On October 8 – 14 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled twice to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 New batch of Unimog trucks delivered to the Lithuanian Armed Forces
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Successful collaboration with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) is continued, on October 11 the Lithuanian Armed Forces received 54 Unimog U5000 trucks (permissible load capacity 5 tons) manufactured by Daimler AG of Germany.

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 Planned Lithuanian military infrastructure development projects presented to foreign investors
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On October 11 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas presented a strategic project of the Lithuanian Armed Forces at the Pan-Baltic Infrastructure Summit INFRA 2018 investors conference in Riga. Lithuania will build three new military bases in Šiauliai, Vilnius, and Šilalė regions over the next several years through Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The method to implement the project has been approved by the PPP Commission of the Government, the Cabinet is to take the final decision in the nearest while.

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 Eastern Partnership is a priority in Lithuania’s foreign affairs policy, we are ready to continue intense work and support to Eastern Partners,” Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says
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“I invite Eastern Partnership countries to continue following European Union affairs, to be a part of those processes, actively engage in EU initiatives and projects in security and defence area. I also encourage Eastern Partnership countries that aspire for European integration to stay true to European vision and follow the chosen path, Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said welcoming participants of international security experts conference Eastern Partners in European Security and Defence: Closer Cooperation to Overcome Common Challenges on October 9.

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 Lithuania continues supporting Georgian defence reform
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On October 9 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas met with a delegation headed by First Deputy Defence Minister of Georgia Lela Chikovani. Vice Ministers discussed Georgia’s defence reform and its progress, aspects of bilateral cooperation with Lithuania and other countries, opportunities for strengthening regional defence cooperation, and other relevant topics.

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 Cybersecurity and defence exercise underway in Lithuania
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This week, October 8-12, cybersecurity and defence exercises Cyber Shield 2018 and Amber Mist 2018 running in Lithuania are providing a joint training opportunity for representative of the public and private sectors, Lithuanian Armed Forces, and NATO allies.

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