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On April 22 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with Minister of Defence of Ukraine Lieutenant General Mikhail Koval in Kyiv. The high-ranking officials discussed the security situation in Ukraine, the support that Lithuania could render to strengthen the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and points related to the formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG. Both Ministers expressed a shared interest to continue and intensify their countries’ defence cooperation.

 
 United States schedule expanded land force training activities in our region
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On April 22 Commanding General of United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Lieutenant General Donald Campbell met with Vice Minister of National Defence Marijus Velička, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius and Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika at the Ministry of National Defence.

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 Minister of National Defence J. Olekas will make visits to Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus
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On April 22 Minister of National Defence will attend a meeting with the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Mikhail Koval in Kyiv. Ministers will discuss the security situation in Ukraine, potential Lithuania’s support to the enhancement of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and formation of the joint Lithuanian, Polish and Ukrainian Brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG. Ministers will also endorse Bilateral Cooperation Plan 2014 between their countries.

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 Lithuania’s historical flag will be flown on the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and cannons will thunder, Lithuania will commemorate the liberation of Vilnius from the Russian Empire
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On April 23 residents and guests of Vilnius will be able to observe a short enactment of the liberation of Vilnius by Lithuanian troops in historical 14th – 18th century service dress, Lithuania’s historical flag will be hoisted on the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and rounds will be fired from historical cannons. The event will be held in commemoration of the 220th anniversary of the retrieval of Vilnius from the Russian Federation.

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 Aircrew of the Lithuanian Air Force’s transport aircraft have smoothly joined in with the operation in the Central African Republic
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A crew of 10 military of the Lithuanian Air Force’s C- 27J Spartan are deployed as part of Operation Sangaris to stabilize security situation, prevent violence and civilian casualties and to ensure proper conditions for delivering humanitarian assistance in the Central African Republic as of April 2.

 

While on the mission Lithuanian troops have already carried out approximately 20 logistic flights transporting military personnel and logistic materiel and ammunition for the needs of the mission.

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 Arms control specialists of Lithuania and Belarus held a meeting
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Lithuanian and Belarussian arms control specialists addressed application of mutual understanding building measures in the area of arms control and agreed on the directions of developing cooperation in the area at a meeting on April 15-17 in Vilnius.

 

The meeting was held on the basis of the bilateral cooperation plan for 2014 of the Lithuanian and the Belarussian Defence Ministries.

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 A delegation of U.S. senators carried out a visit at the Ministry of National Defence
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On April 16 Senators of the United States Congress John McCain, John Barrasso, John Hoeven and Ron Johnson paid a visit to the Ministry of National Defence and met with Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas, Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Arvydas Pocius, and other officials of the National Defence System.

 

At the meeting the guests and the Lithuanian authorities addressed the developments of the recent months in Ukraine and Russia’s actions that threaten not only the security of Ukraine but also of the wider region. The meeting officials underscored that a unified U.S.-EU response was required not only to demonstrate the solidarity of the Western world but also to convince Russia to stop its illegal and illegitimate actions in the neighbouring countries.

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100 reserve troops underwent skills refresher training at the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Battalion.  Photo credit: SFC Romas Albaitis.
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