Institutions of the Lithuanian interior system, namely, the State Border Guard Service, the Public Security Service and the VIP Protection Department, will be more actively involved in the training organized by the Armed Forces.
State Border Guard Service
© DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

"We have a proposal to hold joint exercises and use the same weaponry and the same bases," Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told journalists after the plans were discussed at the government's meeting on Monday.

According to a report prepared by the Defence Ministry, the three services should be included into national, regional and US-led exercises in effort to “ensure collective readiness of institutions of the interior system to work together with the Lithuanian army”.

The participation costs would be covered from the Defence Ministry's budget and would require about 1.2 million litas (EUR 347,000) next year.

The Defence Ministry also suggested the interior system institutions to include some military elements into their exercise scenarios, for instance, convoy of war prisoners or defence of strategic objects.

In case of war, the VIP Protection Department, the Public Security Service and the State Border Guard Service would be assigned to the Armed Forces.

BNS
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

NATO jets in Baltic scrambled once to intercept Russian plane

NATO fighter jets, stationed in the Baltic states as part of the NATO air policing mission, were...

US Army deploys tanks, IFVs to Lithuania for training

The US Army's Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles were on Friday transported to...

Defense Ministry moves to lower upper age limit for conscripts to 23 years (Updated)

The Lithuanian Defense Ministry proposes to lower the upper age limit for draftees for mandatory...

Croatia to rejoin NATO battalion in Lithuania in 2 years

Croatia plans to rejoin NATO 's multinational battalion in Lithuania in two years' time, the...

Government asks MPs to allow it to borrow funds to meet 2 pct defense spending target

The Lithuanian government has asked the parliament to allow it to borrow funds to increase defense...