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Lithuania expresses unwavering support and solidarity with the U.S. in the wake of the statement the United States issued on April 15 on the destabilizing actions, cyber and disinformation operations carried out by Russia, including the malicious cyber activity through compromising SolarWinds supply chain that U.S. services attribute to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

 
 Lithuania is a small but powerful U.S. ally in cybersecurity
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At a virtual meeting on April 15 Vice Minister of National Defence Margiris Abukevičius and U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger agreed to continue strengthening the cooperation of Lithuania and the United States in the area of cybersecurity.

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 Virtual NATO Ministerial addressed security in Afghanistan and Russian actions by the borders of Ukraine
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On April 14 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas and Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabrielius Landsbergis took part in an extraordinary virtual meeting of NATO Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs.

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 The United States handed over M72 LAW light anti-tank weapons to the Lithuanian Armed Forces
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Today, April 14, is a historical day in terms of international cooperation: the United States of America donated to Lithuania M72 LAW light anti-tank weapons which will be used to arm the National Defence Volunteer Force of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. This is not the first time the United States boosts our defence by investing several tens of millions of dollars in our weaponry.

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 Joint Lithuanian team trains in the world’s largest cyber defence exercise
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On April 13-16 the largest and most complex international cyber defence live-fire exercise in the world, Locked Shields 2021, is held by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn (Estonia). A joint team formed by the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, National Cyber Security Centre, Lithuanian Armed Forces, Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau, representatives of energy and private sectors is training in the exercise on Lithuania’s behalf.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders on April 5 – 11, 2021
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On April 4 – 11, 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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 Electronic communications services for national security objects will be acquired only from reliable manufacturers and suppliers, says Minister of National Defence A. Anušauskas
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“Unreliable manufacturers and suppliers will not be able to take part in electronic communications activity in Lithuania, especially in deploying 5G infrastructure. Such manufacturers will be gradually removed from electronic communication networks and electronic communications services in Lithuania,” Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas underscored at a press conference at the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania, April 12. The press conference was held to address the package of law on measures to ensure that only reliable manufacturers could take part in the 5G network development in Lithuania.

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