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“We have managed to achieve what we have been aiming at: the NATO Military Committee agreed to establish multinational headquarters in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. This is the piece of military advice the Military Committee will convey to the North Atlantic Council as soon as next month,” Chief of Defence of Lithuania Major General Jonas Vytautas Žukas said after returning from Brussels after the NATO Military Committee meeting of January 21-22.

 
 Data on aircraft and vessels identified near the borders of the Baltic States on 19 January 2015 – 25 January 2015
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On January 19-25 NATO fighter jets conducting the Baltic Air Policing Mission were scrambled three times: all the three interceptions involved the IL-20 military reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Federation that was flying over the international waters of the Baltic Sea near the borders of the Baltic States without using its onboard transponder but maintaining radio communication with air traffic control centre. In two cases out of the whole of three the Russian aircraft was travelling according to a pre-filed flight plan.

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 Lithuanian military personnel suffered no injuries in the suicide bomber attack in Kabul
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On January 25 at around 6.00 a.m. (local time) a truck blew up at the gates of Kabul International Airport, an incident which is thought to be a suicide bomber attack.

 

Lithuanian military personnel were not injured in the incident.

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 Minister J.Olekas met with Ukrainian military brought to Druskininkai for medical care
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On January 23 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, participants of the anti-terrorism operation (ATO) in Eastern Ukraine, at the Military Rehabilitation Centre of MD Jonas Basanavičius Military Medical Service in Druskininkai.

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 Lithuania’ officially handed over command of NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
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Lithuania officially ended over six-month long period of command of NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1). On January 22 Commander Giedrius Premeneckas (Lithuanian Navy) handed over command of SNMCMG1 to Commander Peter A.J. Bergen Henegouwen (Royal Netherlands Navy) at Den Helder naval base of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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 Canada to commit financial support for the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius
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On January 20 the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence (NATO ENSEC COE) in Vilnius and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada signed a contract on allocating roughly CAD 1 million support to the NATO ENSEC COE.

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 The European Union and NATO have to agree on a common strategy for countering threats of hybrid warfare, Defence Policy Director says
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January 21, Riga, Informal Meeting of European Union Defence Policy Directors agreed that the European Union and NATO had to cooperate in providing response to threats of hybrid warfare.

 

“Hybrid warfare encompasses more than just military dimension, so the European Union has to find ways of helping its member states to respond to the threats of hybrid warfare, particularly in the area of strategic communication,” Defence Policy Director of the Ministry of National Defence Vaidotas Urbelis highlighted at the meeting.

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By tradition, the Lithuanian tricolor that was flying in Gediminas Tower in 2014 was presented to a school: Žemaitės High School of Telšiai this time.
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