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At a meeting with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Colonel General Stepan Poltorak on 24 November Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed the security situation in Ukraine, possibilities for Lithuania to support the efforts of strengthening the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and cooperation in LITPOLUKRBIG format.

 

At the meeting Minister J.Olekas informed the Defence Minister of Ukraine of Lithuania’s resolve to increase assistance to his country the following year with a focus on the implementation of the joint LITPOLUKRBRIG project (Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade). “A joint brigade formed by Lithuania, Ukraine and Poland will provide an opportunity for Ukraine to learn from Lithuania’s and Poland’s experience of NATO integration and to develop efficient armed forces,” J. Olekas said.

 
 USAREUR Commander Lieutenant General Ben Hodges met with his soldiers in Rukla
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On November 24 Commander of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Ben Hodges paid a call on U.S. troops deployed for combined training with Lithuanian and Hungarian military in Rukla, Lithuania. The General met with the U.S. soldiers and observed them training at the Gaižiūnų Training Area.

 

Lieutenant General Ben Hodges also discussed cooperation and joint military training with Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika.

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 Specialists of logistical support trained for deployment to KFOR at a multinational exercise in Lithuania
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The General Adolfas Ramanauskas Warfare Training Centre in Nemenčinė hosted the second and the final certification exercise held by the Lithuanian Armed Forces for logistic personnel preparing for service with the NATO Kosovo Force. The exercise trained representatives from 7 countries: the United Kingdom, Croatia, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft and vessels on the borderline of the Baltic States of November 17-23, 2014
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NATO aircraft on duty in the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled four times from November 17 through 23 to identify aircraft flying in international airspace space over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea in the vicinity of the Baltic States. No incursions into the national airspace of the Republic of Lithuania have been identified.

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 Celebration of Lithuanian Armed Forces Day was crowned by a military parade
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A celebratory formation was conducted in the Cathedral Square of Vilnius and a parade marched down Gediminas Avenue to Independence Square on November 23 to commemorate Lithuanian Armed Forces Day. The formal event crowned a series of commemorative events that had taken place across Lithuania in commemoration of Lithuanian Armed Forces Day.

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 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine
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On November 24 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will conduct a visit in Ukraine in the President of the Republic of Lithuania’s delegation. The Defence Minister will take part in the Council of Presidents of the Republic of Lithuania and Ukraine, and meet with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Colonel General Stepan Poltorak.

 

The Ministers will discuss the security situation in Ukraine, possibilities for Lithuania to support the efforts of strengthening the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and cooperation in the format of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBIG.

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 USAREUR Commander will make a visit to Lithuania
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On November 23-24 Commander of U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Ben Hodges will make a visit to Lithuania and attend Lithuanian Armed Forces Day’s events at the invitation of the Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force.

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Portugal's F-16 and Canada's CF-188 fighter-jets conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from Šiauliai. Photo credit: Vainius Eiva
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