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On February 10, a milestone decision to enhance Alliance presence in the eastern part of NATO was taken at the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in Brussels.

 

“Forward presence is the key element for implementing the adaptation and credible deterrence of the Alliance. Therefore I welcome the decision to enhance Alliance’s forward presence in the eastern part of NATO. In our turn, we seek to have an allied battalion unit in Lithuania,” Juozas Olekas said at the NATO Defence Ministerial.

 
 Minister J.Olekas will take part in the Munich Security Conference
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On February 12-14, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will take part in the Munich Security Conference (Munich, Germany).

 

Among the key topics on the agenda of the 52th Munich Conference are the threat of terrorism and refugee issue, the upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, the future of NATO, and security situation in Africa and the Near East.

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 Minister J. Olekas met with foreign defence attachés based in Lithuania
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On February 9, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed major security challenges and development of Lithuania’s defence plans at a meeting with Defence Attachés of foreign countries based in Lithuania.

 

“We are genuinely grateful to all allies who deploy rotating forces to Lithuania and pool other types of reinforcement to ensure security in our region. We appreciate your active role in promoting and facilitating defence relations among our countries,” Minister J.Olekas said thanking the Defence Attachés.

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 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will attend NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting
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On February 10-11, minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will take part in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the level of Defence Ministers in Brussels, Belgium.

 

The meeting is one of the key steps in the run-up for the NATO Summit in Warsaw where specific actions are expected to be agreed on the long-term adaptation of the Alliance. In the context of the deteriorating security situation in the Baltic region and the increasing threat of terrorism to the south of the Alliance, NATO revises its deterrence and defence posture to ensure it is capable of responding effectively to the different security challenges.

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 Data on interceptions of vessels and aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders from February 1 to 7, 2016
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In the period from February 1 to 7 fighter jets conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic States were not scrambled to identify and intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation or other countries.

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 Lithuanian Armed Forces deploy and communications and information systems officer to the NATO mission in Afghanistan

On February 6 an officer serving with the Deployable Communications and Information Systems Module (DCISM) of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Headquarters Battalion is deployed to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. The Lithuanian officer will be responsible for stationary and mobile IT services provided for NATO and coalition forces during the Resolute Support Mission.

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 Lithuania increases contribution to military operations in Africa and the Mediterranean
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On February 4-5, Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas took part in a meeting of the Ministers of Defence of the European Union in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). The Ministers discussed the EU actions in the Mediterranean and Africa aimed at meeting migration and terrorism challenges stemming from there.

 

At the meeting Minister J.Olekas pointed out the importance of solidarity and informed of Lithuania’s plans to increase its contribution to the operations in the Mediterranean and Africa. “We have taken a decision to increase the number of personnel in Mali in response to France's request to contribute to the operations in Africa after the activation of the mutual assistance clause of the Treaty on the European Union. We will continue contributing to the EU counter-piracy operation ATALANTA off the Somali coast and will increase our input in to the operation for countering illegal migration in the Mediterranean,” Minister J.Olekas said.

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Soldiers of the Continuous Mandatory Basic Military Service in the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion surmounted the Path of Dragoons proving themselves true dragoons. By Private Recruit Edvinas Urbonas
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