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One more country, Georgia, formally joined the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius (NATO ENSEC COE).

 

“It is very positive to have not only NATO members but also partner nations joining the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence, and to see Georgia pioneering. Georgia has a lot to offer to the Centre in applying technological innovations for military efficiency and exchanging experience on protecting energy infrastructure. Therefore we believe that Georgia will propose concrete projects that both, the Centre and Georgia will benefit from,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said.

 
 German combat materiel brought for multinational exercise to Lithuania
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On October 24 combat materiel of the German Armed Forces will arrive at Šeštokų Railway Station in advance of the multinational Exercise Iron Sword 2014 which will be running in Lithuania on November 2-14.

 

The German participants of Exercise Iron Sword 2014 will bring 70 military vehicles and 14 containers: two BPZ heavy tracked armoured recovery vehicles, FUCHS armoured personnel carriers, FENNEK and EAGLE IV light armoured reconnaissance vehicles, other ATVs, trucks, combat equipment and materiel.

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 Minister of National Defence J.Olekas expressed condolences over the death of a Canadian soldier

On October 23 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas offered condolences to the Minister of Defence of Canada Robert Nicholson over the loss of a Canadian soldier killed by a terrorist in Ottawa.

 

“Please accept our sincere compassion upon this incident, and we share in the grief of the family of the killed one. However, such kind of crimes cannot affect our position towards terrorist organizations and their actions. We are fearless when it comes to the fight against terrorism, and we will never surrender our efforts in this difficult task,” the Lithuanian Defence Minister’s letter of condolence to the Minister of Defence of Canada says.

 

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 NATO fighter jets detected a Russian intelligence aircraft in the vicinity of NATO airspace
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A Russian IL- 20 intelligence collection aircraft was detected on October 21 in the vicinity of the NATO airspace over the Baltic Sea heading from Kaliningrad heading for Denmark, NATO sources reported.

 

Denmark’s fighters were scrambled to identify the aircraft and ensure the security of the NATO airspace, then Sweden, a non-NATO ally, also used its fighter jets to intercept the Russian aircraft.

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 Denmark remains among Lithuania’s key defence partners
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At a meeting of October 21 in Copenhagen, Denmark, Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis and Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of Defence of Denmark Kristian Fisher underscored that both countries saw essential partners for defence cooperation in one another.

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 Minister of National Defence J. Olekas met with Ambassador of the Czech Republic
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On October 22 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and the newly appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Lithuania, HE Bohumil Mazánek discussed NATO reassurance measures in the region, cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, and other relevant points of defence.

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 Belarussian arms control inspectors will conduct a visit to Lithuania
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On October 22-24 arms control experts of the Belarussian Armed Forces will carry out an inspection at the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf deployed in Rukla (Jonavos Distr.). The Belarussian inspectors will carry out an evaluation visit in a Lithuanian military unit on the basis of a bilateral Lithuanian-Belarusian agreement based on the Vienna Document 2011. Lithuanians were conducting an equivalent in Belarus on September 23-25.

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