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Ministers of National Defence of Lithuania and Poland met in Warsaw on February 21 to step up Lithuanian-Polish defence cooperation. Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Minister of National Defence of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak discussed security and defence while emphasising the importance of bilateral military cooperation.

Ministers also signed two bilateral agreements on affiliation of Lithuanian and Polish Armed Forces’ brigades to the Multinational Division North-East HQ, and on the creation of a secure communication channel for radar surveillance data exchange.

 
 Lithuania to carry out the NATO Contact Point Embassy functions in Moldova, Defence Attaché position created
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On February 20 the Government approved the proposal of the Ministry of National Defence to establish the post of Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Moldova which will function as a NATO Contact Point Embassy in 2019-2020. At the moment there is no Lithuanian Defence Attaché based in Moldova, our country’s military interest is represented by a Defence Attaché based in Kyiv.

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 Minister R. Karoblis on a visit to Poland in the delegation of the President of the Republic of Lithuania
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On February 21-22 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is conducting a formal visit to Poland in the delegation of President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė. The visit schedule includes meetings with the President, Marshals the Sejm and Senate and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. The delegations are also planned to visit Lublin and visit the LITPOLUKRBRIG headquarters.

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 Cyber Security Council discussed EU and Lithuanian cyber security initiatives
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On February 19 the Cyber Security Council met at the Ministry of National Defence with high representatives of the European Commission in attendance.  The first meeting this year addressed European Union and Lithuanian cyber security initiatives and issues and cyber challenges Lithuanian websites faced.     

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 U.S.-manufactured Javelin anti-tank missile system stocks of the Lithuanian Armed Forces supplemented
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Additional missiles for the Javelin anti-tank defence systems procured by the Defence Materiel Agency under the Ministry of National Defence have been delivered to Lithuania. The worth of the procurement is over USD 20 million, USD 5 million of which is financial support of the United States of America. The additional systems will be provided to units of the Lithuanian Land Force in order to strengthen defence capabilities of Lithuania.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders February 11 – 17, 2019
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On February 11 – 17 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled four times to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 State awards presented to Lithuanian and American soldiers
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President of the Republic of Lithuania bestowed the Knight's Cross of the Order for Merits to Lithuania on U.S. Army Europe, Deputy Commanding General for the Army National Guard Maj Gen John Gronski at a solemn ceremony. The State Award was presented to the U.S. officer in recognition of his merits  in strengthening Lithuania’s security and military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States.  

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