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At a meeting with Minister of Defence of Turkey Ismet Yilmaz on January 29 Minister invited Turkey to join in the NATO reassurance measures in the Baltic region. “We invite you to deploy Turkey’s military personnel to Lithuania and take part in combined training and exercises, as well as to reinforce the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission,” Minister of National Defence J.Olekas said.

 
 Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2015 of Lithuania and Ukraine endorsed in Kyiv
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On January 28 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička and Lieutenant General Leonid Holopatiuk, Deputy Defence Minister of Ukraine, signed the Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2015 of Lithuania and Ukraine during Lithuanian Defence Vice Minister’s visit in Kyiv.

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 Minister of National Defence J.Olekas will make a visit to Turkey
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On January 29 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will conduct a formal visit to Turkey and meet with Ismet Yilmaz, Defence Minister of the country. The Ministers will discuss security situation in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, implementation of the NATO decisions taken at the Wales Summit, contributions to multinational operations and other points of cooperation.

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 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička will take part in the inauguration of the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine
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On January 28 Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička will deliver an announcement in a session on the distinctive NATO-Ukraine partnership at an international conference NATO and Ukraine: Perspectives and Possibilities during his visit in Kyiv.

 

Later Defence Vice Minister and Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius will take part in the ceremony of transferring the functions of the NATO Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine to the Lithuanian Embassy for 2015-2016.

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 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas expressed condolences over the tragic deaths in Mariupol on behalf of the Lithuanian Government
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On January 27 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas paid a visit to the Embassy of Ukraine in Vilnius expressing condolences over the killings in Mariupol on behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of Lithuania.

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 Leadership of national defence express deepest condolences over the fighter jet crash in Spain

Leadership and personnel of the Ministry of National Defence and the Lithuanian Armed Forces extend their heartfelt sympathies to the families of NATO soldiers perished in the Greek fighter jet crash at a military base in Spain. We express our deep empathy for those injured in the accident.

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 Data on aircraft and vessels identified near the borders of the Baltic States on 19 January 2015 – 25 January 2015
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On January 19-25 NATO fighter jets conducting the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled three times: all the three interceptions involved the IL-20 military reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Federation that was flying over the international waters of the Baltic Sea near the borders of the Baltic States without using its onboard transponder but maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centre. In two cases out of the whole of three the Russian aircraft was travelling according to a pre-filed flight plan.

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By tradition, the Lithuanian tricolor that was flying in Gediminas Tower in 2014 was presented to a school: Žemaitės High School of Telšiai this time.
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