Defence

Lithuania to stage this year's largest national military exercise

Thursday, April 27, 2017 15:54
Exercise in Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
The Lithuanian Armed Forces and units subordinate to the Interior Ministry will train to operate jointly during Lightning Strike 2017, this year's largest national military exercise kicking off in Marijampolė and Vilkaviškis, in the southwestern part of the country, on Friday.

Diena Media News sites hit by cyber attack

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 16:27
The Kauno.diena.lt, Klaipeda.diena.lt and Diena.lt news sites were the target of a cyber attack on Tuesday.

Drill scenario didn't involve proclamation of Šalčininkai republic

Thursday, April 20, 2017 09:21
The scenario of a recent exercise organized by the Lithuanian Interior Ministry did not envisage the use of training weapons and the proclamation of "the People's Republic of Šalčininkai", Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas said on Wednesday.

General to take helm of Lithuanian Military Academy

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 23:01
Algis Vaičeliūnas
DELFI / Augustas Didžgalvis
Brigadier General Algis Vaičeliūnas will become the chief of the Lithuanian Military Academy, the Defence Ministry has said.

A third of Lithuanians favour universal military service

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 16:26
Conscript in Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
One-third of the Lithuanian population are in favor of introducing universal military service in the country, according to a survey carried out by the pollster RAIT for BNS.

Municipality says InterMin exercise fuels hostility against Poland

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 09:15
Municipality of Šalčininkai, southeastern Lithuania, on Friday dismissed as provocation the recent exercise of deterring a saboteur attack.

National Cyber Security Centre's director resigns (1)

Friday, April 14, 2017 11:58
Rimtautas Černiauskas has resigned as director of the Lithuanian National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the Defence Ministry confirmed to BNS.

Rosatom sought foothold in Lithuania - declassified intelligence info

Thursday, April 13, 2017 08:51
Rosatom
RIA / Scanpix
Russia's nuclear energy giant Rosatom, which is building the Astravyets nuclear power plant in Belarus, had plans to gain a foothold in Lithuania, according to declassified material provided by the State Security Department to the parliament's Committee on National Security and Defence.

Fake news about US troops posted on BNS website, cyber attack suspected (1)FREE

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 19:43
Fake news
BNS
A fake news article about alleged mustard-gas poisoning among US troops in Latvia was posted on the Baltic News Service's website in a suspected cyber attack on Wednesday.

Pentagon chief expected in Lithuania

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 10:24
United States Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis, one of the highest-ranking officers of the US administration, may come to Lithuania, Lietuvos Žinios daily said.

Lithuania to participate in the establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 08:50
Ambassador at Large, H.E. Eitvidas Bajarūnas signs the document in Helsinki
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On 11 April in Helsinki, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats was signed by representatives of the U.S., the UK, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Finland, France, Sweden and Germany, Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a press release.

About 700 Lithuanian statutory officers attend training to deter "little green men"

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 16:08
Nearly 700 Lithuanian border guards, police officers and public security officers on Tuesday attended a training to deter attacks of the so-called "little green men" near the country's borders.

Lithuanian officials train to repel raids by foreign saboteurs

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 13:16
Lithuanian border guards, police and public security officers are training to repel cross-border raids by foreign saboteurs in an exercise on Tuesday, the Interior Ministry said.

Lithuania's ex-air force commander dismissed from military service

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 08:57
Former Air Force Commander Colonel Audronis Navickas
Augustas Didžgalvis
Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis has dismissed Colonel Audronis Navickas, a former Air Force commander, from professional military service, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

Lithuania willing to contribute to counter-terrorism efforts - PM

Monday, April 10, 2017 10:23
After the terrorist act in Stockholm
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Lithuania is willing to help Allies with sources of terrorism, Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said after the Friday's attack in the Swedish capital Stockholm where a truck ran into a crowd of people.

Dutch chief of defence and DefMin coming to Lithuania

Monday, April 10, 2017 09:45
Dutch Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and Chief of Defence General Tom Middendorp are coming to Lithuania on Monday.

Lithuanian security advised suspending investment of 6 firms due to Russia links in 2016

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 13:06
Lithuania's State Security Department last year recommended suspending investment of six companies in connection to economic and energy security due to their possible links with Russia.

Intelligence bars relocation of 9 refugees amid security threat (1)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 11:03
Islamist radical
Sipa / Scanpix
Lithuania's intelligence agencies have barred relocation of nine refugees under the European Union (EU) program after establishing that their presence in the country would jeopardize national security, the State Security Department said.

Ex-officer, Russian citizen appeal against verdict in spying case

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 10:25
Former Lithuanian military officer and a Russian citizen have filed an appeal against the verdict of guilty on charges of spying.

President Grybauskaitė: Lithuania is ready to defend itself

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 10:53
President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Monday that Lithuania was ready to defend itself in the event of Russian aggression as she commented on the latest annual threat assessment report by the country's intelligence services.

Russia seeks infiltration of young men with dual citizenship as Lithuanian recruits

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 09:55
Conscripts
P.Čilinsko nuotr.
Russia is searching for ways of infiltrating young men holding dual citizenship of Lithuania and Russia in Lithuania's Armed Forces through compulsory initial military service, suggests the annual assessment of national security threats published on Monday.

Warning of 'exclusive rights' for Poles was on separatism risk - security chief

Monday, April 3, 2017 16:13
By the warning of "exclusive rights" to local Poles in the annual assessment of national security threats, the Lithuanian State Security Department meant the possible risks of separatism, not the name-spelling with non-Lithuanian characters or bilingual street signs, says the department's director Darius Jauniškis.

Russia's readiness for combat in 24 hours sends signal to Lithuania, NATOFREE

Monday, April 3, 2017 11:33
Russia's readiness to open combat action against the Baltic states within 24-48 hours sends a signal to both Lithuania and NATO, says Lithuania's Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

Lithuanian security publishes Russian spy's identity, asks border residents for info

Monday, April 3, 2017 11:18
Lithuania's intelligence on Monday published the identity of a Russian spy operating in the country's territories bordering the Russian Kaliningrad region, urging the population who have met him report incidents to the State Security Department.

Lithuanian intelligence warns over provocations during Russia-Betarus war games

Monday, April 3, 2017 10:53
Lithuania's intelligence on Monday warned about possible provocations held in conjunction with the Russia-Belarus war games to take place close to Lithuania's borders in September, adding that the training scenario includes an armed conflict with NATO.

Intelligence: Lithuania's Tatars targetted by Russia, Muslims abroad

Monday, April 3, 2017 10:25
Russia aims to boost it influence upon the Tatar community in Lithuania and take advantage of the disputes on the rights of the Polish residents of Lithuania, intelligence institutions said in an annual report of national security threats published on Monday.

Lithuanian intelligence report in short – 6 key threats

Monday, April 3, 2017 09:59
Lithuania's intelligence institutions on Monday published the traditional report of national security threats. BNS Lithuania presents the six key threats listed in the document:

Defence budget crucial amid Russian threats - Lithuanian ForMin at NATO meeting

Monday, April 3, 2017 09:26
NATO flag
Organizatorių archyvas
Speaking at a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius emphasized the importance of stepping up defense in the face of the challenges posed by Russia.

Lithuania to hold exercise for politicians as tensions with Russia stay high

Friday, March 31, 2017 12:44
Target
Sputnik / Scanpix
As tensions with Russia remain high, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry, together with American experts, will hold what a so-called simulated tabletop exercise for the country's politicians and heads of security agencies.

NATO troops in Lithuania targeted with fake news again

Friday, March 31, 2017 11:19
The German-led NATO battalion stationed in Lithuania has again become the target of a fake news attack, the news website Delfi.lt reported on Friday.