Defence

Lithuanian leaders to discuss army needs, participation in international operations

Thursday, August 17, 2017 15:16
The Lithuanian State Defence Council will discuss the needs of the national defense system and the country's participation in international operations at its meeting next week.

Belarus' arms inspectors visit Lithuania

Thursday, August 17, 2017 11:32
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A team of Belarus' arms control inspectors on Thursday will inspect a Lithuanian military unit, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

Lithuanians to observe Zapad drills in Belarus, Russia's Leningrad region (Updated)

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:12
Lithuania has received an invitation from Moscow to observe Zapad (West), a large-scale military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September.

Defmin hopes there won't be incidents during Putin's trip to Kaliningrad

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:38
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Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis expects that there will be no incidents as Russian Vladimir Putin will fly to Russia's Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad on Wednesday.

NATO jets in Baltics intercept over 20 Russian aircraft last week

Monday, August 14, 2017 17:30
NATO fighter jets conducting the Alliance's air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia were last week scrambled eight times to identify and escort Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, intercepting a total of 21 Russian planes, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Lithuanian troops readying for mission in Mali

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:21
A unit of Lithuanian troops is readying for a mission in Africa – they will join the United Nations (UN) mission in Mali, western Africa, in October where the international community aims to curb Islamic fighters.

Software linked with Russia has spying gaps - deputy defmin

Monday, August 14, 2017 10:09
Lithuania's cyber security specialists are currently searching for a replacement of the unsafe software used by state institutions. Linked with Russia, the software leaves gaps that allow system hacking, Defense Vice-Minister Edvinas Kerza said.

Dutch PM: regional security situation poor, NATO should continue taking responsibility

Friday, August 11, 2017 13:46
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has said in Lithuania he did not see signs of improvement of the regional security situation.

NATO battalions integral part of regional defense - Lithuanian president

Friday, August 11, 2017 11:48
International NATO battalions in the Baltic Sea region are an integral part of regional defense, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė said after meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Rukla, central Lithuania, on Friday.

Court upholds termination of border service's deal with Helisota

Thursday, August 10, 2017 13:37
The Lithuanian State Border Guard Service's move to terminate a contract with Helisota helicopter and aircraft repairs company, which is indirectly owned by businessman Gediminas Žiemelis, was legitimate, as the contract threatened Lithuania's national security, the Court of Appeals ruled.

About 50 infrastructure objects planned in military units this year

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 16:28
About 50 military objects of various functions will be built for US money in the Lithuanian army's training grounds of Pabradė and Gaižiūnai, the Mumaičiai military territory and the Aviation Base in Šiauliai this year, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Italy's chief of defense coming to Vilnius

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 13:55
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A delegation headed by Italy's Chief of Defense Staff General Claudio Graziano is vising Vilnius on Tuesday and Wednesday.

More than half in US think US troops should defend Baltic states from Russia - poll

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:51
More than half of respondents in the United States think that the US should send troops to defend the Baltic states, if they were invaded by Russia, shows a recent poll.

NATO jets scrambled from Lithuania 8 times last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, August 7, 2017 16:50
NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission from Lithuania and Estonia were last week scrambled eight times to intercept and accompany Russian warplanes flying above the Baltic Sea, identifying a total of 18 warplanes.

Lithuania's defense system rallying cyber security capacities

Monday, August 7, 2017 13:40
Lithuania's national defense system is consolidating the cyber security capacities into a single institution, Defense Vice-Minister Edvinas Kerza said on Monday.

BALTRON warship unit to hold maneuvers in Baltic Sea off Lithuania

Monday, August 7, 2017 10:07
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BALTRON Squadron Exercise 17/2 of the Baltic unit of warships, BALTRON, will take place in Lithuania's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea this week.

Lithuania's DefMin presenting performance, planned changes in cyber security

Monday, August 7, 2017 09:29
Lithuania's Defense Ministry will Monday update the media on the tasks completed in the field of cyber security and the changes planned for the future.

Lithuania's DefMin appoints directors of defense, capacities, weaponry

Thursday, August 3, 2017 15:30
Lithuania's Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis has appointed a new defense policy director and the director general for capabilities and munitions as of Tuesday.

Lithuania: Russian FSB spying convict files appeal against verdict

Thursday, August 3, 2017 10:18
Russian citizen Nikolai Filipchenko sentenced in Vilnius in early July on charges of spying has filed an appeal against the verdict.

US may deploy 7 fighter-jets in Lithuania during Zapad drills - president

Monday, July 31, 2017 17:26
The United States may station seven fighter-jets in Lithuania for the time of the large-scale Russian-Belarusian war games Zapad 2017 this fall, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in Tallinn on Monday.

NATO jets scrambled once from Lithuania last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, July 31, 2017 14:25
NATO fighter-jets serving in the Baltic air-policing mission were last week scrambled once from Lithuania to intercept a Russian warplane flying above the Baltic Sea.

2nd rotation of German troops coming to Lithuania

Monday, July 31, 2017 10:04
The second rotation of German troops is coming to Lithuania to head the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup.

Baltic leaders to discuss defense, energy with US vice-president

Monday, July 31, 2017 09:45
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė will Monday join her Baltic counterparts in for a meeting with United States Vice-President Mike Pence in Tallinn due to address defense and energy matters.

Lithuanian president: US to double number of fighter-jets during Zapad drills

Monday, July 31, 2017 09:29
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The United States (US) will double the number of air-policing fighter-jets in Lithuania during the large-scale Russian-Belarusian military exercises Zapad 2017 this fall, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said.

Lithuania gets Belarusian invitation to observe part of Zapad drill

Friday, July 28, 2017 18:35
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Lithuania on Friday received an invitation from the Belarusian Defense Ministry to all accredited foreign defense attaches to take part in the observation program of the joint Belarusian-Russian strategic exercise Zapad 2017.

Graduates of Lithuanian Military Academy obtain rank of lieutenant

Friday, July 28, 2017 18:24
The 24 th class has graduated from the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, receiving the rank of lieutenant from President Dalia Grybauskaitė at a solemn ceremony at Simono Daukanto Square in Vilnius on Friday.

Lithuanian soldier suddenly passes away of pancreatitis during training in Italy

Friday, July 28, 2017 15:49
Sergeant of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas Staff Battalion unexpectedly passed away during a training in Italy on Friday.

Lithuania hasn't received Belarusian invitation to observe Zapad training

Friday, July 28, 2017 11:50
Althrough the official Minsk says that foreign representatives will be free to watch the Belarusian-Russian Zapad 2017 military training, Lithuania has not received an invitation yet, Lietuvos Žinios daily said.

Lithuanian govt writes off 8 SUVs used by troops in Afghanistan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 15:11
Lithuania's government has decided to write off eight armored cross-country vehicles Toyota Land Cruiser used by the country's soldiers in the operation in Afghanistan, as they are not worth repairing.

Lithuania closely watching Russia-China military maneuvers in Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 09:47
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Lithuania's defense officials say they are keeping a close eye on the joint Russian-Chinese military exercise gaining momentum in the Baltic Sea.