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“Now that it is in a very dangerous threat environment, Lithuania should continue what it is doing which is increase defence spending from 2 to 2.5 in overtime. That is appropriate for a frontline state which unfortunate Lithuania and other Baltic states are,” the former US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Walt Slocombe says. He is visiting Lithuania this week in a delegation of defence and security experts and shapers led by the Atlantic Council, an influential analytical centre of the U.S., in order to get first hand impressions about the Baltic security situation.

 
 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders May 13–19, 2019
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On May 13–19 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled six times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Public trust in the Lithuanian Armed Forces is one of the cornerstones of its strength, Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says
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“There can be no planning of an effective defence without a strong bond between the military and the society and support from the latter. Public trust is one of the cornerstones of a strong military, therefore a dialogue between an active, civic society and a modern and open Armed Forces is a vital guarantee of the security of our state,” Minister of National Defence   Raimundas Karoblis said in Tauragė greeting the audience and participants of Public and Military Day.

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 Lithuanian Armed Forces prepares for Exercise Defender 2020
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On May 16 the Lithuanian Armed Forces Defence Staff, Lithuanian Land Force Staff, and the 1st Territorial Unit of the National Defence Volunteer Force held a meeting with representatives of Marijampolė municipality to present Exercise Defender 2020 organised by the United States of America in Lithuania next year.

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 “We are You!” – Public and Military Unity Day to be celebrated in Tauragė on Saturday
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“A dialogue between of an active and civic society and a modern and open Armed Forces is a vital guarantee of security of our state because public confidence in the Armed Forces is one of the cornerstones of its strength. Events like this one help the Armed Forces to strengthen the bond with the society and ensure its further support which has already been record-breaking recently,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said ahead of attend the Partisan Honouring, Public and Military Unity Day events in Tauragė City and region of Jurbarkas on May 18-19.

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 Lithuania to head EU programme for simplified military mobility procedures
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Today, May 14,  an agreement of fourteen members of the European Union on simplification of military mobility procedures was signed at a meeting in Brussels.  The programme aimed at concerting and simplifying the procedures applied to cross-border movement of forces between EU members states will be headed by Lithuania.

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 Former Minister of Defence of Belgium S. Vandeput awarded the National Defence System Medal of Merit
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On May 13 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis presented the National Defence System Medal of Merit to former Minister of Defence of Belgium Steven Vandeput at a ceremony at the Embassy of Lithuania in Brussels. The medal has been bestowed for personal contribution to the development of the Lithuanian-Belgian defence cooperation.

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