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Lithuania plans deploying its first team of six military instructors to U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve as of the beginning of next year to contribute to U.S. efforts of fighting the Islamic State (ISIL) in Iraq. Lithuanians will be part of the operation in composition of a Danish contingent and assist in training Iraqi forces to fight ISIL.

 
 NATO and the European Union need a stronger cooperation
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“In the context of the present security situation and challenges, the European Union and NATO need a deeper cooperation to be able to provide security in Europe and beyond. Both NATO and the EU possess versatile instruments which would undoubtedly complement efforts of both organisations to respond to emerging threats,” Rima Malakauskienė, Deputy Head of the Department for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation of the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence, said at the EU Defence Policy Directors meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, on July 22.

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 LNS Skalvis (M53) began standby for the NATO Response Force, will take part in exercises in the Baltic and the North Seas
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In the second semester of 2016 LNS Skalvis (M53), a mine countermeasures ship of the Lithuanian Navy, is assigned to the NATO Response Force (NRF). This weekend the vessel arrived in Kiel (Germany) and joined the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One (SNMCMG1). The Lithuanian ship will take part in SNMCMG1 activities and exercises in the Baltic and the North Seas until December.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on July 11-17, 2016
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From July 11 through 17 NATO Air Policing fighter aircraft were scrambled once to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will attend meeting of ministers from counter-ISIL coalition’s countries in Washington
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On July 19 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas departs for Washington (USA) to attend a meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter-ISIL in Foreign and Defence Ministers format on July 20-21.

 

The Ministers of the US-led coalition will address progress made in the military campaign of countering ISIL, further operations, and political efforts to tackle the conflict.

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 Minister of National Defence discussed fight against terrorism with the Senator of France
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On July 15 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas conveyed condolences to Secretary General of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces of the Senate Hélène Conway-Mouret over the tragic events in Nice.

 

“Our heartfelt sympathies are with the families of the victims and those injured in the act of terrorism in Nice. We must stand united even more closely and step up the fight against terrorism,” Minister J.Olekas said at the meeting.

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 Lithuanian Land Force is in command of Brigadier General V. Rupšys
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On July 15, during commemoration of the 606th anniversary of the Lithuanian Land Force, command of the service was transferred to Brigadier General Valdemaras Rupšys. Prior to the changeover ceremony he was promoted to brigadier general from the rank of colonel at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius. The new commander replaced Major General Almantas Leika after four years in the position. 

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