Defence

Lithuanian prosecutors want Russian spying suspect in prison for over 10 yrs

Friday, June 23, 2017 16:54
A Vilnius court has completed hearing the spying case of high-ranking Russian intelligence officer Nikolai Filipchenko whom prosecutors want found guilty and sent to prison for 10 years and six months.

Minister of Defence notes increased military activity in Baltic Sea region

Friday, June 23, 2017 09:53
Military activity in the Baltic Sea region has recently heightened, however, the situation is under control, says Lithuania's Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

Civilian plane from Belarus twice enters Lithuanian airspace - Minister of Defence

Thursday, June 22, 2017 13:07
The Lithuanian Air Force on Wednesday recorded a Lithuanian airspace violation by a civilian An-2 aircraft that twice crossed into the country's airspace from Belarus, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

PM - Warplane maneuvers over Baltic Sea may lead to serious incidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:15
Both NATO and Russian troops must stay calm and keep their composure, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday, noting that recent military aircraft maneuvers over the Baltic Sea could have lead to serious incidents.

EU must invest more in its defense - Lithuanian president

Thursday, June 22, 2017 10:07
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the European Union must invest more in its defense and do so more efficiently.

Observed by NATO chief, troops learn crossing river in Lithuania

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 17:04
Observed by NATO chief, troops learn crossing river in Lithuania
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NATO troops drilled their skills of crossing a water obstacle, bringing their military equipment across the River Neris on a pontoon bridge in the Stasenai village in the Jonava district, central Lithuania, on Tuesday.

NATO to closely follow Russia, China, Belarus drills near Lithuania

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 14:18
NATO will closely follow Russia's military exercises near the Baltic countries' borders, including its joint drills with Belarus and China, the Alliance's secretary general said in Lithuania on Tuesday.

Belarusian, Russian arms inspectors visit Lithuania

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:36
A group of arms inspectors from Belarus and Russia are starting on Tuesday an inspection of a selected district in Lithuania, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.

NATO chief, President Grybauskaite to observe Iron Wolf exercise

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 09:13
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and President Dalia Grybauskaite on Tuesday are to attend the Distinguished Visitors' Day of the multinational military exercise Iron Wolf in Rukla, in central Lithuania.

Interior Ministry to modernize radio communication of statutory services

Monday, June 19, 2017 17:16
Lithuania's Interior Ministry intends to modernize the internal radio communication used by the country's statutory services.

NATO troops train to defend Suwalki corridor between Lithuania, Kaliningrad

Monday, June 19, 2017 16:32
NATO troops taking part in an international exercise in the Baltic states conducted an operation last weekend, training to defend the so-called Suwalki corridor that Allies could use as a path for providing support to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in case of crisis.

Lithuanian troops leaving for Mediterranean Sea operation

Friday, June 16, 2017 09:27
Twelve troops of the Lithuanian Armed Forces' 2nd Ship Maintenance Group are leaving for southern and central part of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday to join the European Union's (EU) military operation Sophia.

Swedish, US military inspectors to conduct observation flight over Lithuania

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 12:07
US and Swedish weaponry inspectors will conduct an observation flight over Lithuania on Wednesday and Thursday, the Defense Ministry said.

Lithuania changing defense system acquisitions scheme

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:58
Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday adopted a draft amendment on establishment of a centralized acquisitions institution, the Agency of Defense Resources, that would be in charge of all procurement for the defense system.

International operation status proposed for Lithuanian military instructor mission in Ukraine

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 09:51
International operation status proposed for Lithuanian military instructor mission in Ukraine
Romas Sadauskas-Kvietkevičius
A status of an international operation is proposed for the mission of Lithuanian military instructors in Ukraine.

Lithuania's defense procurement reform package to be tabled to parliament

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 09:53
Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis on Tuesday will table a package of draft laws related to the national defense system's procurement reform to the parliament.

NATO jets scrambled once from Lithuania last week over Russian warplanes

Monday, June 12, 2017 13:45
NATO jets scrambled once from Lithuania last week over Russian warplanes
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Fighter-jets serving in the NATO air-policing mission were last week scrambled once from Lithuania to intercept Russian warplanes flying in the international airspace above the Baltic Sea.

Lithuania backs Brussels initiative on defense fund

Monday, June 12, 2017 10:32
Lithuania's government supports the European Commission (EC) initiative to set up a European Defense Fund, which Brussels believes would enable countries of the community to make more efficient investments in the weaponry they purchase.

Multinational exercise Iron Wolf 2017 to kick off in Lithuania

Monday, June 12, 2017 09:09
Iron Wolf 2017, this year's largest multinational military exercise in Lithuania, will be formally opened concurrently in the Lithuanian Armed Forces' two military training areas, in Rukla and Pabrade, on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.

Baltic PMs say their countries ready, feel safe ahead of Zapad war games

Friday, June 9, 2017 16:07
Zapad 2013 Russian military 'lands' on the shores of Kaliningrad
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The Baltic prime ministers say that their countries are ready for Zapad, a major military exercise to be held jointly by Russia and Belarus in September, and feel safe after NATO partners have deployed additional capabilities in the region.

President sees Zapad, Belarus N-plant as key threats to transatlantic security

Thursday, June 8, 2017 15:01
The world clearly understands that key threats to transatlantic security in our region arise from the militarization of the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, the Zapad military exercise and Belarus' Astravyets nuclear power plant, which has become a geopolitical weapon, President Dalia Grybauskaitė said on Thursday.

NATO troops to train to defend Suwalki gap - Lithuanian commander

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 09:11
NATO troops stationed in Lithuania and Poland next week will train to defend the so-called "Suwalki gap", a land corridor through which the Alliance could send reinforcements to the Baltic countries in the event of a crisis.

Minister of Interior to discuss event safety after terror in Europe

Monday, June 5, 2017 13:27
Lithuania's Interior Minister Eimutis Misiūnas is Monday holding a meeting with top executives of private security companies to discuss threats of terrorism.

Riflemen's Union should develop network among emigrants - new chief

Monday, June 5, 2017 11:48
The Lithuanian Riflemen's Union should unite more than just members living in Lithuania but also include emigrants, says Lieutenant Colonel Gintaras Koryzna appointed as the new chief of the organization.

Lithuanian border guards refuse entry to Russian military team

Friday, June 2, 2017 11:54
Lithuanian border guards late on Thursday detained a Russian military team on a transit train traveling from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad to the capital of Moscow, a spokesman for the Lithuanian State Border Guard Service said.

Detention of men with airsoft guns near Vilnius was appropriate response

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 17:21
Jevgenijus Denisovas at Nemenčinė forest
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Police officers who a week ago detained men with airsoft guns in a forest near Nemenčinė, in the district of Vilnius, responded appropriately to the situation, Vytautas Bakas, chairman of the Seimas Committee on National Security and Defense, said on Wednesday.

President discusses security situation with US Congress delegation

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 15:27
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with members of the United States Congress delegation on Wednesday, discussing the security situation.

Cyber attacks against state institutions committed by underage Lithuanians, Dane

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 15:14
Cyber attacks against information systems of Lithuania's state institutions were committed by three underage individuals, including two citizens of Lithuania and a Dane, the Lithuanian Prosecutor General's Office said.

Case of cyber attacks against Lithuania's state institutions handed to court

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 16:33
Lithuania's criminal police has closed the investigation of the cyber attacks against websites of state institutions.

Formation of NATO battalion in Lithuania completed

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 13:54
The formation of NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup in Lithuania was completed with the arrival of around 200 Norwegian serviceman and servicewoman in Kaunas Airport on Monday evening, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.