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May 28, at the Baltic Defence Ministers meeting in Panevėžys Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Minister of Defence of Estonia Sven Mikser and Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis highlighted the need of decisive action regarding the development of critical defence capabilities necessary for the Baltic States’ defence in light of increased threats. The Ministers agreed to consult with such strategic allies as the United States of America or Poland and have draft plans for the possible development of mid-range air defence system produced by this autumn.

 
 Lithuanian officer began service in the new naval EU operation in its HQ in Rome

Lithuania is joining the European Union-led Operation Naval Force in the Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR MED) by posting an officer to the headquarters of the operation in Rome, Italy. The Lithuanian officer began serving in the position of officer on duty at the Combined Operations Centre yesterday, May 28.

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 Distinguished Visitor Day of Special Forces Exercise Flaming Sword 2015 will be held
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On May 29 Distinguished Visitors Day of international Exercise Flaming Sword 2015 organised by the Special operations Forces of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will be held in Pajuostis (Panevėžio distr.). Distinguished visitors will be invited to hear a presentation on the exercise, observe a dynamic display, and a static display of the weaponry, equipment and vehicles used in the exercise by the participating nations and institutions.

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 International Exercise Saber Strike 2015 will train roughly 6 thousand soldiers
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On June 1 through 19 exercise Saber Strike 2015 held concurrently in the three Baltic States and Poland will train roughly 6 thousand troops from 13 NATO allies and partner nations. It will concentrate the most numerous allied capabilities on the soil of Lithuania since accessing NATO.

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 Defence Ministers of the Baltic States and Ukraine will meet in Panevėžys
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On May 28 Lithuanianian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Minister of Defence of Estonia Sven Mikser and Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis will address regional security, development of joint Baltic capabilities, NATO measures of deterrence and other security and defence issues at a meeting in Panevėžys.

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 Soldiers were injured at a training event of the Lithuanian Armed Forces

Early in the morning of May 25 five soldiers from NATO allied nations suffered heavy metal gas poisoning at a Lithuanian Armed Forces training event. Currently their condition is stable, the troops are undergoing symptomatic treatment and are observed. The troops’ nationality is not publicised on the basis of international agreements. An investigation has been launched to identify the causes of the incident.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from 18 May 2015 to 24 May 2015
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On May 18 through 24 fighter jets conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled twice to intercept Russian military aircraft flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea between mainland Russia and Kaliningrad Oblast.

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