Defence

DefMin completes helicopter repairs probe, to release findings next week

Thursday, January 19, 2017 15:52
Combat helicopter AS 365 Dauphin
wikipedia nuotr.
The Lithuanian Defence Ministry's General Inspectorate has completed its probe into two helicopter repair contracts, with the findings to be released by Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis next week.

President: defence spending shouldn't be tied to specific figures

Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:02
Conscripts
P. Čilinsko nuotr.
Lithuania should not tie itself to specific financing figures as its defence spending will depend on geopolitical challenges and available financial resources, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Wednesday.

Lithuania needs bigger defence budget for cyber security, universal conscription - MP

Thursday, January 19, 2017 09:53
Vytautas Bakas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
Lithuania needs a bigger defence budget to ensure cyber security and prepare for universal military conscription, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence, which has recently called on political parties to commit to increasing defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP in 2020.

PM backs proposal to boost defence spending to 2.5% of GDP (1)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 18:54
Lithuanian Soldiers
DELFI (M. Ažušilio nuotr.)
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis supports lawmakers' proposal to update a defense policy agreement among political parties to include a commitment to gradually increase defence spending to 2.5 percent of GDP in 2020.

First troops of intl battalion expected in Lithuania next week

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 12:00
The first troops of the international Allied battalion should arrive in Lithuania next week, army officials said in Rukla on Wednesday.

Seimas panel initiating new deal on defence financing (1)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 17:04
Vytautas Bakas
DELFI (A.Ufarto nuotr.)
The Lithuanian parliament's National Security and Defence Committee has decided to initiate update of the agreement reached among political parties on defence spending.

Lithuania's updated natl security strategy lists 14 dangers and threats

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 16:38
Gen. Žukas, Minister Karoblis and Grybauskaitė
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas
The Lithuanian parliament on Tuesday adopted an updated National Security Strategy that identifies 14 dangers, threats and risks.

Lithuania, US sign agreement on status of US troopsFREE

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 13:53
US Troops march on the Gediminas Av. in Vilnius
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania and the United States signed on Tuesday an agreement on the status of US troops on Lithuanian territory.

State Defence Council approves 2017 intelligence priorities

Monday, January 16, 2017 13:02
The meeting of the State Defence Council is just to begin
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas
The Lithuanian State Defence Council on Monday approved the country's intelligence needs and priorities for this year.

Lithuania not getting answers from Russia on extradition of citizens in prison for spying

Monday, January 16, 2017 11:09
Lithuanian authorities have not yet received answers from the Russian Justice Ministry about the possibility for two Lithuanian citizens sentenced on spying charges to serve their sentences in their home country.

Lithuania, US to sign deal on status of US troops

Monday, January 16, 2017 10:41
USA troops marching in the Cathedral Sq in Vilnius during the Army day
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Lithuania and the United States will Tuesday sign an agreement on the status of US troops in the country, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

Building near Vilnius linked with CIA centre to be up for sale

Monday, January 16, 2017 10:28
State Security Department building in Antaviliai near Vilnius
DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)
The Lithuanian State Security Department is discarding the building in Antaviliai near Vilnius that was investigated as a suspected secret detention centre of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Lithuanian leaders to approve 2017 intelligence priorities

Monday, January 16, 2017 09:50
Vytautas Jonas Žukas ir Dalia Grybauskaitė
DELFI (T. Vinicko nuotr.)
The Lithuanian State Defence Council is holding a meeting on Monday where top officials of the country and heads of intelligence institutions should discuss and approve needs and priorities of intelligence information for this year.

Suspected spies face 6, 13 yrs in prison in Lithuania

Friday, January 13, 2017 21:21
A Šiauliai court on Friday finished hearings in an espionage trial of a former Lithuanian officer and a Russian citizen whom prosecutors want sentenced to six and 13 years in prison, respectively.

World is being accustomed to thought that small nuclear war is permissible - Landsbergis

Friday, January 13, 2017 15:13
Vytautas Landsbergis
DELFI / Andrius Ufartas
Vytautas Landsbergis, Lithuania's first post-independence leader, says that the modern world is being accustomed to medieval-style international relations where a small-scale nuclear war is permissible.

First German troops expected to arrive in Lithuania in late Jan

Friday, January 13, 2017 11:07
The first troops of the German-led NATO forward presence battalion are expected to arrive in Lithuania in late January, the Defence Ministry said.

US armoured brigade a 'proportionate response' to Russia - NATO DSG

Friday, January 13, 2017 10:54
The deployment of American tanks and fighting vehicles to Central and Eastern Europe is a proportionate response to Russia's aggressive actions toward the Baltic countries and NATO as a whole, a high-raking NATO official, on a visit to Lithuania, said.

NATO needs to regain its ability to operate on larger scale - Breedlove

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 18:55
NATO needs to regain its ability to operate on a larger scale as threats have changed, Philip Mark Breedlove, a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Europe, said in Vilnius on Wednesday.

Setting date for universal conscription too early - chief of defence

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 17:52
Jonas Vytautas Žukas
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)
Speaking about the date of introducing universal conscription in Lithuania is still too early, says Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas.

PM wants universal conscription introduced during current term of office

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:29
Conscripts
P. Čilinsko nuotr.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the country should introduce universal military conscription during the government's current term of office.

Minister of Defence plans to set up military procurement agency

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:58
Raimundas Karoblis
DELFI / Domantas Pipas
Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis is planning to establish a separate agency to coordinate military purchases, saying that centralization would help ensure better controls.

Lithuania publishes 2017 military conscription lists

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 09:51
Conscripts
P. Čilinsko nuotr.
The Lithuanian Defence Ministry published on Monday this year's military conscription lists.

Lithuania updates security strategy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 09:39
At the Committee on National Security and Defence during the debate
DELFI / Šarūnas Mažeika
Lithuania's updated National Security Strategy will highlight corruption and social exclusion as threats, the chairman of the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence said on January 9.

Lithuania blocks plans for data centre over links to Russia's FSB

Monday, January 9, 2017 09:46
Lithuania's authorities have taken steps to halt plans for building what would be the country's largest data centre near Vilnius following an intelligence warning that it may be hooked up to a Russian spying centre.

Riflemen's Union to step up standards for members

Friday, January 6, 2017 14:01
In the wake of discussions about suitability of a riflemen to head one of the units after posing in front of a Russian flag, the Lithuanian Riflemen's Union has pledged to step requirements for members and leaders.

Analyst – arrival of US Special Forces is not a signal to the KremlinCORP

Thursday, January 5, 2017 14:39
US Troops on the Gediminas Av. in Vilnius
DELFI (D.Pipo nuotr.)

Peasants mull revising parliamentary agreement on defence

Thursday, January 5, 2017 09:42
The Lithuanian Peasant and Green Union (LPGU) is considering revising an agreement on the country's foreign, security and defense policy guidelines that was signed by parliamentary parties almost three years ago, the daily Lietuvos Žinios reported on Thursday.

Minister of Defence hopes all recruits to join voluntarily in 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 14:06
Raimundas Karoblis
DELFI / Domantas Pipas
Lithuania's Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis hopes that all recruits will join the country's Armed Forces voluntarily this year.

Seimas' speaker: MPs should be safe from impact of foreign states

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:03
Lithuania's Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis says that MPs need training by the State Security Department to be able to resist threats from the outside and influence of foreign countries.

Lithuania confirms deployment of US special operators

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 19:22
After the Russian actions changed the security situation in Lithuania for the worse, troops of the United States' Special Operations Forces were stationed in Lithuania, the Defence Ministry confirmed on Tuesday.