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On April 24 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed the necessity to conduct a transparent and explicit information exchange on military activities and to continue bilateral expert-level cooperation  at an informal meeting with Minister of Defence of Belarus Lieutenant General Yuri Zhadobin in Minsk.

 

J. Olekas stressed that Lithuania had always been and would always remain interested in good neighbourly relations with Belarus. “The most important thing is to carry on with a frank dialogue between Belarus and Lithuania so that any misapprehensions regarding military activities in our states are prevented,” J.Olekas said at the meeting.

 
 Lithuania is prepared to accept additional U.S. troops
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On April 22-23 Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr. Vaidotas Urbelis took part in a bilateral meeting with the Defence Policy Director of the United States of America and four-party consultations of the U.S.-Baltic States Strategic Dialogue.

 

At the bilateral Lithuanian-U.S. meeting the Lithuanian side reported our country’s full readiness to accept additional U.S. troops. MOD Defence Policy Director Dr. V.Urbelis underscored that Lithuania will give appropriate infrastructure and training conditions for the deployed U.S. military. “We hope that the deployment of one company is only the beginning of our long-term cooperation,” MOD Defence Policy Director highlighted. The head of the U.S. delegation, Jim Townsend underlined the significance of the obligations to Lithuania’s security and encouraged Lithuania to continue investing into military training infrastructure and host nation support.

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 Defence Minister of Armenia and Lithuania agreed to continue bilateral cooperation
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On April 23 Minister of Defence of Lithuania Juozas Olekas paid a visit to Armenia at the invitation of the Minister of Defence of Armenia, Seyran Ohanyan, Lithuanian Minister also met with the President of Armenia, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and representatives of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Defence, National Security and Internal Affairs.

 

At a bilateral meeting Ministers J. Olekas and S. Ohanyan discussed the security situation in Europe and exchanged views and the perspectives of bilateral cooperation and contribution to multinational operations.

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 Lithuanian and Ukrainian Defence Ministers agreed on active defence cooperation
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On April 22 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Lieutenant General Mikhail Koval in Kyiv. The high-ranking officials discussed the security situation in Ukraine, the support that Lithuania could render to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and points related to the formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG. Both Ministers expressed a shared interest to continue and intensify their countries’ defence cooperation.

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 United States schedule expanded land force training activities in our region
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On April 22 Commanding General of United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Donald Campbell met with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika at the Ministry of National Defence.

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 Minister of National Defence J. Olekas will make visits to Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus
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On April 22 Minister of National Defence will attend a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Mikhail Koval in Kyiv. Ministers will discuss the security situation in Ukraine, potential Lithuania’s support to the enhancement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG. Ministers will also endorse Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2014 between their countries.

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 Lithuania’s historical flag will be flown on the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and cannons will thunder, Lithuania will commemorate the liberation of Vilnius from the Russian Empire
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On April 23 residents and guests of Vilnius will be able to observe a short enactment of the liberation of Vilnius by Lithuanian troops in historical 14th – 18th century service dress, Lithuania’s historical flag will be hoisted on the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and rounds will be fired from historical cannons. The event will be held in commemoration of the 220th anniversary of the retrieval of Vilnius from the Russian Federation.

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Winners of schoolchildren photo contest "Write NATO's name live", young riflemen of the 4th territorial unit of the Suvalkija Riflemen.
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