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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on April 9-15, 2018
2018.04.16
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On April 9-15 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Ari Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled four times to intercept military aircraft pf the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Arms control inspectors of Switzerland and Austria visited Lithuania
2018.04.13
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On April 11-12 Swiss and Austrian arms control inspectors conducted a verification visit of a chosen area in Lithuania under the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

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Lithuania invites allies to see Ukraine in a strategic light, Minister R. Karoblis said at the Kyiv Security Forum
2018.04.13
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On April 12-13 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis took part in the Kyiv Security Forum, an event for addressing regional security and measures for discontinuing the Russian aggression in Ukraine.“Lithuania and the international community understand the importance of Ukraine for the security of the entire Europe and support Ukraine’s democratic reforms and force transformation to comply with NATO standards. By that Lithuania also invites allies to give more strategic focus to Ukraine, including practical assistance and provision of weapons,” Minister R. Karoblis said in one of the sessions.

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Vice Minister V. Umbrasas discussed security situation in the Baltic region with NATO and EU officials
2018.04.12
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Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas discussed the security situation in the Baltic region and further security enhancement initiatives in the framework of NATO and the EU at a meeting with Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Pedro Serrano and Deputy NATO Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller in Brussels on April 9-11.

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Minister R. Karoblis on a visit in Ukraine
2018.04.11
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On April 11-13 Minister of National Defence R.Karoblis is conducting a visit in Ukraine in the delegation of the Prime Minister and will attend meetings with the President, Prime Minister, and members of the Parliament  of Ukraine.During the visit Minister. R.Karoblis is planned to meet with Iryna Fryz, Chair of the Subcommittee on National Information Systems Security, Committee on National Security and Defence of the the Verkhovna Rada, and to visit the NATO Liaison Office in Kiev.

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Minister R. Karoblis met with Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Gen R. Marchio
2018.04.10
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On April 10 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with the new Commander of the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum, General Riccardo Marchio, in Vilnius, and discussed regional security, topicalities on NATO agenda, including the NATO presence in Lithuania, and the anticipated results of the upcoming NATO Summit, including adaptation of the NATO Command Structure. Gen R. Marchio was appointed as the JFC Brunssum Commander on February 21 succeeding General Salvatore Farina.

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Vice Minister V. Umbrasas to take part in a sitting of the Government’s Commission for the European Union in Brussels
2018.04.09
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On April 8-11 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will take part in the annual off-site meeting of the Council for the European Union of the Government in Brussels.

The Commission, Lithuanian Ambassadors in the EU and representatives of European institutions will discuss topical issues on the EU agenda including the financial prospect for the EU in the long-term, Brexit process, and the agenda of the upcoming top-level meetings.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on April 2-8, 2018
2018.04.09
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On April 2-8 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis concludes the visit in the US
2018.04.06
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During the visit in the US on April 3-7 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis visited Oshkosh Defence enterprise to view its products and meet with the leadership. “We are interested in one of the company’s products, L-ATV, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, to further strengthen the Lithuanian Armed Forces capabilities,” Minister said. The Defence Materiel Council of the Ministry of National Defence assessed the L-ATVs as the best quality/price ration last fall and agreed to open negotiations on procuring the equipment.

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Supreme Allied Commander Europe visited the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania
2018.04.05
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On April 4 Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) General Curtis M. Scaparrotti paid a visit to Lithuania. General came to meet with soldiers deployed with the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group (eFP BG), view their service conditions and familiarise with specifics of combat training here.

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