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News archive (2020 - 03)

Colours of the flag of Italy shone on the building of the Ministry of National Defence
2020.03.31
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The Ministry of National Defence joined in the initiative of the President of the Republic of Lithuania: in the evening of March 31 the MoD building was lit with colours of the flag of Italy to express solidarity with the country experiencing the highest loss of life to the coronavirus in Europe, numbering over 11,000.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders March 23–29, 2020
2020.03.30
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On March 23–29, 2020, NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled five times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Military medics of the NATO Battalion reinforced with equipment and personnel
2020.03.30
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On March 29 an additional team of Croatian and German military medics with specialised equipment arrived from Croatia to Lithuania by a special flight to take care of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group personnel who had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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Sixteen years a member of the world’s strongest defensive union – NATO
2020.03.29
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On 29 March 2004 Lithuania joined the ranks of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO. Security environment changed significantly over the years, and the Alliance along with it, while Lithuania acquired a position of a full-fledged and reliable ally. Last year we and other allies celebrated the 70th anniversary of NATO.

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North Macedonia is a new NATO ally
2020.03.27
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North Macedonia has become a new member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. On March 27 the country was officially called a full-fledged ally of the newly 30-member Alliance after depositing its entering documents at the U.S. Department of State in Washington.

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Military medics will treat COVID-19 positive, isolated soldiers of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group
2020.03.24
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On March 24 several more COVID-19 cases have been identified in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group (NATO eFP BG) in Rukla. The infected allied soldiers are taken care of by military medical personnel in ad hoc separated quarters in the military territory. They were placed in the premises immediately, for testing for the coronavirus.

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Lithuanian troops deployed home from the international operation in Iraq
2020.03.22
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On March 22 six Lithuanian soldiers were deployed home from the U.S.-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR). They returned on a direct flight of a Danish Armed Forces aircraft from Denmark to Vilnius, underwent termovisor temperature examination and were taken to the locations where they would carry out self-isolation by a bus that had been prepared for them. Following the procedure applied to every Lithuanian soldier returning from abroad, the troops will stay on self-isolation for 14 days.

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All contacts isolated of COVID-19 positive case in the military unit in Rukla
2020.03.22
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First cases of COVID-19 infection identified in the Lithuanian Armed Forces. Tests came positive for one civilian employee and one soldier from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Spartan transport aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force brought materials for coronavirus tests from Belgium
2020.03.22
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Abiding by all safety requirements and recommendations, crew of the C-27J Spartan aircraft of the Lithuanian Air Force carried out a flight on the route Šiauliai– Liège –Vilnius–Šiauliai on Sunday, yesterday. The crew took off from Šiauliai Lithuanian Air Force Base, touched down at Liège Airport in Belgium, loaded aboard tests for the coronavirus diagnostics, and handed them over immediately after landing in Vilnius to experts of the National Public Healthcare Laboratory.

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National Cyber Security Centre issued recommendations for safe remote work
2020.03.19
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Quarantine was introduced in Lithuania and many business and organisations are organising remote work, therefore the National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence offers basic recommendations for strengthening cybersecurity for executives, IT administrators and employees of businesses that switch to remote work.

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