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Polish Minister of National Defence visiting Lithuania

On Monday, 31 May Minister of National Defence of Poland Jerzy Szmajdzinski will be visiting Lithuania with a one-day visit.


Minister Szmajdzinski will meet with Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Linas Linkevičius. The meeting will focus on bilateral military co-operation and participation in an international operation in Iraq.


J. Szmajdzinski is also scheduled to meet with Acting President Artūras Paulauskas of the Republic of Lithuania, Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas, Acting Deputy Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament Artūras Skardžius, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antanas Valionis and Chairman of Committee on National Security and Defence Alvydas Sadeckas.

NATO School Commandant commended security studies at Military Academy of Lithuania
On 19 May the NATO (SHAPE) School Commandant, US Air Force Colonel Mark P. Sullivan, and him accompanying Lithuanian representative at the School, Lieutenant Colonel Viktoras Krasavinas, visited the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania
Foreign defence attaches to attend spring tour

A spring tour of foreign defence attaches (DA) accredited to Lithuania is scheduled to take place on 26-28 May. The tour will be attended by DAs representing 19 states.

The agenda of the DA spring tour will include a visit to the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Motorised Infantry Battalion located in Lithuania's southern town of Alytus. While at the Battalion, the DAs are scheduled to meet with the unit's leadership, to familiarise with living conditions of troops serving with the Battalion and to test accuracy at a shooting range.

Minister Linas Linkevicius met with Finnish parliamentary delegation
On Friday, 21 May Lithuanian National Defence Minster Linas Linkevičius met with the Finnish parliamentary foreign affairs committee delegation, headed by Chairperson of the Committee, Liisa Jaakonsaari.

Participants of the meeting exchanged their opinions on European Union security policy and NATO future prospects. The Minister underlined that the EU and NATO should avoid redundancy in activities in the areas of security and defence.

Conference of Commanders of Land Forces of Nordic and Baltic States to be held in Vilnius for first time

On Wednesday, 19 May, a two-day conference of Commanders of Land Forces of the Nordic and Baltic States will start off in Vilnius.

The conference, held for the first time in Vilnius, will be attended by Commanders of Land Forces of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland.

"Deep co-operation traditions in the field of defence have long linked the Nordic and Baltic States, " said Brigadier General Valdas Tutkus, Commander, Lithuanian Land Forces.

Lithuanian soldier injured in Iraq returned to his place of deployment

A Lithuanian soldier, who suffered a leg injury a week ago, has already joined his platoon in Iraq. According to the Operations Control Centre of the Lithuanian Land Forces, the soldier feels good and is planned to return to his ordinary service in five to ten days.

The soldier suffered injury during an operation in Basra on 8 May. Medical assistance to the Lithuanian troop was rendered at a British field hospital near Basra.

The Lithuanian peacekeeper serves in the strength of LITCON –3 (Lithuanian Contingent) within the composition of the Danish Battalion in the UK-controlled area of responsibility in the province of Basra.


Meeting of Defence Ministers of EU in Brussels

On Monday, 17 May Ministers of Defence of the European Union met in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting was attended by Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Linas Linkevičius.


The meeting focused on key aspects of the European Security and Defence policy, setting out new crisis management capability targets for 201, developments regarding the EU Defence Agency.


The Ministers of Defence approved of the EU seek to develop an EU Rapid Response Capability for wide spectrum crisis management in Europe and beyond. The Ministers underlined the importance of ensuring an effective use of available national resources in developing the capability. The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, Linas Linkevičius emphasised the importance of co-operation with NATO while developing the EU Rapid Response Capability.

National Defence Minister attending meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Brussels

On Sunday, 16 May Lithuanian National Defence Minisiter Linas Linkevičius left for Brussels to attend a meeting of Ministers of Defence of the European Union there. This will be the first time that the Lithuanian senior official will attend the meeting as a representative of a full member state of the EU.

Journalists "will undergo preparation" for mission in Iraq

During a military training exercise Journalists to NATO–2004, which will take place on 14-15 May, some 50 Lithuanian journalists will "undergo preparation" for deployment to an international mission in Iraq. The simulated training exercise will be conducted at the Lithuanian Grand Duke Algirdas Mechanised Infantry Battalion in Rukla.

The training exercise is designed to familiarise journalists with key principals of international peacekeeping missions and allow media representatives to experience every day life of servicemen in Iraq.

Estonian Defence Minister to visit NATO pilots deployed at Zokniai airport

On Wednesday, 12 May Estonian Defence Minister Margus Hanson will be visiting NATO forces deployed at Zokniai airport near the northern Lithuanian city of Šiauliai.

During his visit, the Estonian Minister of Defence is scheduled to meet with the Command of the Belgian Quick Response Alert Detachment to Lithuania and to familiarise with military technical equipment and aircraft available by the detachment.

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