Defence

US Army Europe commander coming to Lithuania

Monday, February 27, 2017 12:42
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of the United States Army Europe, is coming to Lithuania this week to meet with Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis and Chief of Defence Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas on Wednesday.

Lithuania seeks permanent presence of US troops - ForMin

Monday, February 27, 2017 10:26
Lithuania seeks permanent presence of United States troops in its territory, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said during a visit in the US on Friday.

Equipment of German battalion arriving in Lithuania

Friday, February 24, 2017 14:56
German tanks in Lithuania
Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
Military equipment of the German-led NATO battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, will arrive in Lithuania on Friday.

Rekindled train wagon debate calls into question planned size for Zapad 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:44
Zapad 2013 Russian military 'lands' on the shores of Kaliningrad
RIA / Scanpix
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė told journalists in Riga earlier this month (February 2017), “We are worried about the Zapad 2017 exercise, during which concentrations of extremely large and aggressive forces will demonstrate [Russian] preparations for war with the West”.

Psychological support must be available to Lithuanian military personnel - MP

Thursday, February 23, 2017 08:52
Soldiers beds
DELFI / Virginija Spurytė
Timely psychological support has to be available to members of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence, said on Wednesday, commenting on the news that a military intelligence captain had committed suicide while on duty.

Military intelligence officer commits suicide in Vilnius

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 13:47
Candles
Fotolia
Captain of the Second Investigations Department under the Lithuanian Defence Ministry died in his office on Wednesday of what is believed to be suicide, the Defence Ministry said.

Seimas board updated on threats of cyber attack - Seimas speaker

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 13:35
The Lithuanian parliament's board met with military intelligence officers in Vilnius on Wednesday, focusing on threats of cyber attacks, Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis has said.

Remaining military equipment of NATO battalion leaves Germany for Lithuania

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:55
The remaining military equipment to be deployed in the German-led NATO battalion in Rukla, Lithuania, has left Germany for Lithuania on Tuesday.

Durbin in Vilnius: Russia is a threat, but there's no need to slam doors on it

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 15:40
The United States should not completely abandon cooperation with Russia, but it must be remembered that Moscow poses a threat, Democratic Senator Richard Durbin said in Vilnius on Tuesday.

US Admin dispelled European doubts in Munich - president's aide

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 13:12
An advisor to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that assurances given by top US administration officials during last weekend's Munich Security Conference have assuaged worries in Europe about US commitments to NATO.

US Senator Durbin wants to see permanent presence of US troops in Baltics

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 13:00
Democratic US Senator Richard Durbin said in Vilnius on Tuesday that US troops should to be permanently stationed in the Baltic countries.

Two new deputy defmins appointed in LithuaniaFREE

Monday, February 20, 2017 09:46
Two new defence vice-ministers have been appointed in Lithuania: Giedrimas Jeglinskas, former Citigroup corporate banking vice-president will be in charge of procurement, while Edvinas Kerza, former IT head at the Foreign Ministry, will be in charge of cyber security, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

President Grybauskaitė tells US vice-president Baltic air defence expectations (1)FREE

Sunday, February 19, 2017 00:45
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says she updated US Vice-President Mike Pence on the expectations in connection to addition US military instruments to ensure air defence of the Baltic states.

Hoax about offence by German troops came from outside EUFREE

Sunday, February 19, 2017 00:20
The false report to parliamentary speaker and the police about an alleged rape of a small girl by German troops in Lithuania came from outside the European Union, says chief Kaunas prosecutor Darius Valkavčius.

Lithuania deserves our defence - German Minister of Defence in Munich

Friday, February 17, 2017 17:44
Lithuania deserves NATO solidarity and defense, Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said in her opening speech at the Munich Security Conference on Friday afternoon.

Lithuania plans to send platoon of soldiers to Mali this year

Friday, February 17, 2017 11:47
Lithuania is planning to send this year a platoon of soldiers to a UN peacekeeping mission in the West African country Mali, where France is leading international efforts to combat Islamic militants.

NATO wants detailed info in advance about Zapad 2017 exercise near Lithuania

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:56
President Putin lands at the site of Zapad 2013
RIA / Scanpix
NATO would want to receive detailed information in advance from Russia and Belarus about Zapad 2017 exercise scheduled for this year, as the scope and assault scenario of the training fuels concerns in the Baltic states.

NATO chief sees Lithuania as example of defense spending

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:42
By raising its defence spending, Lithuania is an example to NATO Allies, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

MPs unanimously ratify pact on status of US troops in Lithuania

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 18:19
Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday unanimously ratified the Lithuania-US agreement on the status of US troops in the Baltic states.

Seimas to ratify deal on status of US troops on fast-track basis

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 12:10
The Seimas on Tuesday launched the procedure of ratification of Lithuania's agreement with the United States on the status of American troops in Lithuania.

Armed Forces to offer diets for vegetarians

Monday, February 13, 2017 13:53
Vegatebles
Organizatorių archyvas
Following criticism over diet for vegetarians serving in Lithuania's Armed Forces, alternative menus have been worked out.

Air Force chief sees DefMin info as humiliating

Monday, February 13, 2017 11:59
Former Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas
Augustas Didžgalvis
Lithuania's Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas, who is about to be transferred to reserve, says that the information published by the Defence Ministry about his responsibility over helicopter repairs in Russia was misleading.

Air force commander dismissed after helicopter repairs probe

Monday, February 13, 2017 09:20
Former Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas
Augustas Didžgalvis
Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis has decided that Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas, who was suspended several months ago due to an investigation, cannot return to his duties after the probe has been completed.

Zapad 2017 exercise clear preparation for war with West - Grybauskaitė

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:25
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the Zapad 2017 exercise planned by Russia and Belarus for this year is a demonstration of their preparations for warfare with the West.

US tanks brought to Lithuania

Friday, February 10, 2017 10:17
Ten tanks of the United States Armed Forces arrived in Lithuania on Friday in an effort to deter Russia and demonstrate the US commitment to NATO's collective defence.

Zapad 2017 will be biggest-ever exercise at our borders - Bakas

Thursday, February 9, 2017 15:58
The Zapad 2017 exercise to take place in Russia and Belarus later this year will be the biggest-ever military war games next to Lithuanian borders, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Lithuanian parliamentary National Security and Defense Committee.
RIA / Scanpix
The Zapad 2017 exercise to take place in Russia and Belarus later this year will be the biggest-ever military war games next to Lithuanian borders, says Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Lithuanian parliamentary National Security and Defence Committee.

Grybauskaitė thanks German president for sending troops to Lithuania

Thursday, February 9, 2017 15:05
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has thanked her German counterpart, Joachim Gauck, for his support in the shape of sending troops to the international NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania.

Security chief sees Zapad exercise as main 2017 challenge for Lithuania

Thursday, February 9, 2017 14:45
Russian soldiers train in Kaliningrad region
RIA / Scanpix
Zapad 2017 military training to be held in Belarus and Russia this year will be the main challenge to Lithuania's national security, says Darius Jauniškis, director of the Lithuanian State Security Department.

Germany Minister of Defence: Never again will freedom of Lithuania be sacrificed

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 10:58
In her congratulatory message to the German-led NATO battalion in Lithuania, Germany's Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday pledged to defend Lithuania's freedom and independence.

President expects parlt to debate defense deal with US next week

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 14:03
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė expects the Seimas to debate an agreement on the status of US troops in Lithuania during its extraordinary session next week.