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While on a visit at the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania on April 16 the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller, confirmed to Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas that the United States of America would post staff officers to the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) to be established in Lithuania. The NFIU is planned to be opened this summer.

 
 Elements of the most capable headquarters corps of the United Kingdom will for the first time be deployed in Lithuania and Latvia
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On April 14 Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis discussed security situation in the region, NATO agenda and bilateral military technical cooperation at a meeting with Director General of Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom, Peter Watkins, in London.

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 Lithuania and Germany to strengthen security and defence defence cooperation
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April 15, Vilnius, “My German counterpart and I have agreed that the developments in Ukraine have not only changed the settled order in essence but have also given a new drive for our bilateral relations in the area of security, so that we would unify our capabilities and give an appropriate response to the emerging threats in the Baltic Sea region,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said after the meeting with Federal Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen.

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 Federal Minister of Defence arrived in Lithuania for an official visit
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In the evening of April 14 Federal Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen arrived in Lithuania for an official visit. The guest was met by Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas at Vilnius International Airport.

 

On April 15 the Ministers will discuss the security situation in the region, Germany’s participation in military exercises held in Lithuania, establishment of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Lithuania, acquisition of weaponry, and other points of Lithuanian-German security and defence cooperation.

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 Minister J.Olekas met with the Ambassador of Canada
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On April 14 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas discussed security situation in the region, NATO assurance measures, and bilateral security and defence cooperation with Ambassador of Canada to Lithuania Alain Hausser.

 

At the meeting Minister J.Olekas thanked the Ambassador for Canada’s contribution to the security in our region. “The augmentation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission and in particular the combined training of Lithuanian and allied troops are especially important factors in ensuring the security in our region and strengthening Alliance unity and solidarity,” said Minister J.Olekas at the meeting.

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 Lithuania invited France to adhere to the reassurance measures in the Baltic region
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On April 13 Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Dr Vaidotas Urbelis discussed situation in the region and expressed his delight about the fact that Lithuania’s and France’s perception of threats is increasingly alike at a meeting with Defence Policy Director of the French Ministry of Defence Philippe Errera in Paris.

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 Minister J.Olekas to meet with Federal Minister of Defence
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On April 15 Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will meet with Federal Minister of Defence Dr Ursula von der Leyen arriving for a formal visit in Lithuania. The Ministers will discuss the security situation in the region, Germany’s participation in military exercises held in Lithuania, establishment of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Lithuania, acquisition of weaponry, and other points of Lithuanian-German security and defence cooperation.

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A moment from Exercise  Flaming Thunder 2015. Photo credit: Capt Paulius Babilas
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