Defence

Lithuanian troops join Germans in EU's military operation in Mediterranean Sea

Friday, March 24, 2017 12:41
Lithuanian soldiers will take part in the EU-led operation Sophia, aimed at curbing human and arms smuggling activity in the Mediterranean Sea, jointly with the German Navy's troops, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

Dutch troops arrive in NATO battalion in Lithuania

Friday, March 24, 2017 09:16
A Dutch contingent arrived in the NATO battalion under establishment in Lithuania on Thursday – over 100 troops landed in the Lithuanian Air Force Aviation Base in Šiauliai, the Defence Ministry said.

State security agency expects to fully move into new building by 2020

Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:31
The Lithuanian State Security Department expects to fully move into its new building complex in Vilnius by 2020, the agency's director said on March 23.

Backing separatists in Eastern Ukraine means acting against Lithuania

Thursday, March 23, 2017 12:21
Sergey Shmakov
Asmeninis archyvas
The Lithuanian State Security Department's director says that those who support separatists in Eastern Ukraine are acting against Lithuania and Western values.

Lithuania may double its contribution to fight against ISIS

Thursday, March 23, 2017 09:37
Lithuania may double its contribution to international efforts against the Islamic State (ISIS), Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said.

Lithuanian army forming 3rd brigade from reserve troops

Thursday, March 23, 2017 09:30
Lithuania's Armed Forces are forming the third brigade consisting of mainly reserve troops.

Germany's chief of defence to visit Lithuania

Thursday, March 23, 2017 09:30
German Chief of Defence General Volker Wieker is coming on a two-day visit to Lithuania on Thursday.

NATO, Nordic, Baltic air force commanders meeting in Lithuania to discuss security

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:45
NATO flag
Augustas Didžgalvis
NATO's Allied Air Command (AIRCOM) commander is meeting with commanders of the Air Forces of the Nordic and Baltic states and Poland in Lithuania on Wednesday to discuss the regional security situation, military cooperation and share the latest information about the national air forces.

Lithuania replacing military officer in charge of military procurement

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 09:55
Officer in charge of military procurement, Colonel Darius Užkuraitis, is being rotated to NATO's Joint Force Headquarters in Brunssum, the Netherlands.

Dutch troops to join NATO's battalion in Lithuania

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 09:36
Dutch troops are coming to Lithuania this week for their deployment in the country as part of NATO's multinational battalion, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

NATO should move military commands closer to Eastern borders - President

Thursday, March 16, 2017 17:05
NATO should move its military comomands closer to the Alliance's Eastern borders, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said Thursday after meeting with General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

Regional presence of US troops virtually permanent - NATO generalFREE

Thursday, March 16, 2017 16:20
The presence of US troops in the region is already virtually permanent, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe said in Vilnius on Thursday, as Lithuania has asked for deployment of troops in its territory on permanent, not rotational basis.

1st riflemen should get permits for semi-automatic guns by summer

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 13:49
Lithuania's parliament adopted amendments allowing members of the Riflemen's Union to keep semi -automatic guns in their homes last summer, however, not a single rifleman has been granted a permit yet.

Defence Resource Council backs centralized defense system acquisitions

Monday, March 13, 2017 12:13
Exercise in Rukla
J.Butkutės nuotr.
The Defence Ministry's Defence Resource Council on Friday gave a green light to the reform of the defence system, with a centralized procurement agency being the main focus.

President glad national minorities join army, riflemen

Friday, March 10, 2017 13:48
Lithuanian Soldiers in Rukla
DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė has applauded the response of the country's citizens of Russian and Polish nationality to growing external threats in the shape of voluntary service in the national defence system.

Troops of German-led NATO battalion open training in Lithuania

Friday, March 10, 2017 12:56
After arrival of the troops and equipment of the main contingent of the German-led NATO battalion, the first exercise took place, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

Three troops in hospital with hand, facial burns

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 13:12
Lithuanian soldier
Asmeninis archyvas
Three soldiers of Lithuania's professional army suffered burns of their hands and faces on Wednesday during preparation of simulation gear for exercises, the Defence Ministry said.

Lithuania to increase its contribution to EU operations

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 10:16
Lithuania will increase its contribution to the EU's military operations and missions, Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis said during a meeting of the bloc's defense and foreign ministers on Monday.

Lithuania plans to further raise number of troops, form 2 new batallions

Monday, March 6, 2017 12:23
Lithuania's Military Academy cadets
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
Lithuania's Defence Ministry intends continue raising the number of professional troops next year and form two new battalions in western part of the country.

Rukla hosting NATO batalion expects to heal social wounds

Monday, March 6, 2017 11:58
During military training in Rukla
DELFI / Rafael Achmedov
Before switching on the dictophone, Gintas Jasiulionis, elder of Rukla, a town in central Lithuania that is hosting the NATO enhanced Forward Presence battalion, asks BNS journalists to produce their press cards – he explains he wants to make sure he is not targeted by the Russian propaganda.

Tillerson's conversation with Linkevičius: US sees Lithuanian security efforts

Friday, March 3, 2017 09:26
Washington sees Lithuania's efforts of boosting its own and regional security, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a telephone conversation with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius on Thursday evening.

Govenrment plans to step up border protection

Thursday, March 2, 2017 13:48
State border
VSAT
Lithuania plans to purchase new equipment to improve the protection of the state border, according to the plan of measures for the implementation of the governmental programme published on Thursday.

Czech troops in NATO battalion would be key contribution to deterrence

Thursday, March 2, 2017 09:42
Czech soldiers in Lithuania
Augustas Didžgalvis
Czech troops in the NATO battalion being stationed in Lithuania would be a significant contribution to the consolidation of deterrence and defence, Lithuania's Defence Raimundas Karoblis said after meeting with his Czech counterpart, Martin Stropnicki.

Way of spending more important than larger defense budget - Gen. Hodges

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 12:03
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of the United States Army Europe, has applauded Lithuania's plans of earmarking 2 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) to defence next year, emphasizing that the way of spending the money was even more important.

US general calls on Russia for transparency during Zapad 2017 exercise

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:16
Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, commander of the United States Army Europe, has urged Russia to ensure transparency during the Zapad 2017 military exercise to be held near Lithuania's border in September.

Prosecutors ask court to annul deals of AmberCore DC, Arcus Novus

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:07
Lithuanian prosecutors have asked a court to annul capital increase deals of AmberCore DC and Arcus Novus, which are building the country's largest privately-owned data center close to Vilnius. Intelligence services say the project could have links with the Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB).

Seimas speaker sees increase of defense funding as decision of principle

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 10:52
The proposal made by the Lithuanian State Defence Council to earmark 2 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) to defence next year is a political decision of principle, says Parliamentary Speaker Viktoras Pranckietis.

Lithuania could get cyber recruits in next few years

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 08:26
Cyber attack
Shutterstock
Lithuania could get cyber recruits and generate a reserve of people troops within the next few years, says Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

State Defence Council suggests 2.07% of GDP for defense in 2018

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 14:32
The Lithuanian State Defence Council on Tuesday suggested earmarking 2.07 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) for defence next year.