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News archive (2020 - 12)

Large amount of infected e-mail letters sent to damage public institutions, second time these months
2020.12.30
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On December 29 the National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence detected a large amount of e-mail letters containing a virus that were addressed to several public authorities. According to the recent data, the letters containing the Trojan.Emotet virus were received by several municipality offices and the National Public Health Centre.

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Air forces of Italy and Germany continue the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic airspace into 2021
2020.12.29
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Italy and Germany will continue contributing to the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states in 2021. Italian and German air force detachments with Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft deployed on the mission in September 2020 and will take the next round of duty of completing air policing tasks in and protecting the airspace of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, as well as demonstrating Alliance solidarity in the region, as of January 1. Italy will continue leading the 55th rotation of the mission from the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai and Germany will continue providing augmentation from the Estonian Air Force Base in Amari.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on December 21 – 27, 2020
2020.12.28
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On December 21 – 27 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Margiris Abukevičius takes up duties of Vice Minister of National Defence
2020.12.23
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On December 23 Margiris Abukevičius assumed the responsibilities of the Vice Minister of National Defence for which he substituted his former duties at the Ministry of National Defence. Margiris Abukevičius has 17 years long experience of working with security and defence, cybersecurity and European Union policy issues. He will be responsible for international cooperation and cybersecurity as a Vice Minister.

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Lithuanian Armed Forces to get additional stocks of Javelin anti-tank missile systems
2020.12.23
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The Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence signed an addition to the contract with the Government of the United States on acquisition of the Javelin mid-range anti-tank weaponry earlier this week. The complementary contract covers additional missiles, launchers, and other part s of the system, planned to be delivered in 2024. The value of the contract amounts to USD 10 million.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders December 14 – 20, 2020
2020.12.21
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On December 14 – 20 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 3 alert scrambles to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Last week Lithuania faced one of the biggest cyber-information incidents this year, says Minister of National Defence A. Anušauskas
2020.12.16
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The National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence has carried out an analysis of the cyber-information attack of December 9 and found that a security loophole in the website administration system was used to gain unauthorised access to a large number of public sector websites and send out three different pieces of fake news.

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New U.S. rotation deployed in Lithuania with heavy equipment
2020.12.15
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Rotational deployments of U.S. forces in Lithuania and the Baltics continue: a new rotation sent by the U.S. Army, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, has already deployed to the Lithuanian Armed Forces Gen S. Žukauskas Training Area in Pabradė and prepared for exercises. They replace the 2nd Brigade, 69th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, U.S. Army, which were training in Lithuania from September. The most recent U.S. heavy battalion is planned to carry out training in Lithuania for around 8 months, until the end of summer.

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Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders December 7 – 13, 2020
2020.12.14
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On December 7 – 13 fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out 1 alert scramble to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in the international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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Outgoing Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis presents the Ministry of National Defence flag to A. Anušauskas
2020.12.11
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On December 11 a transfer of responsibilities between the outgoing and incoming Ministers of National Defence took place at a ceremony at the Ministry of National Defence. Raimundas Karoblis relinquished his duties of the Minister of National Defence after four years in charge and turned over the Ministry of National Defence flag and the scepter, regalis of power, to Arvydas Anušauskas.

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