aA
As enhancement of defence cooperation between Lithuania and Germany continues, Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany concerning Temporary Stays of Members of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Lithuania and the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Territory of the Other State will be signed on June 30 at the Ministry of National Defence, the Lithuanian Ministry informs.
Vokietijos kariai
Vokietijos kariai
© AFP / Scanpix

The document will be signed by Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas on behalf of the Lithuanian Government and Ambassador of Germany to Lithuania HE Matthias P. Sonn on behalf of the Federal Government. Lithuania had a status of forces agreement of such level only with the United States of America so far.

“Germany is the key ally and support of the stability and security of Europe. This Lithuanian-German defence cooperation relationship has been in the works for the past 30 years, though in recent years this cooperation has blossomed into a full-fledged relationship in a number of areas, including procurement and acquisition, training and education, international missions and operations as well as readiness and deterrence initiatives. This ceremony is just another essential piece to the steadily growing defence cooperation between our countries,” Vice Minister V. Umbrasas said.

According to Vice Minister, presence of German troops in Lithuania and participation of Lithuanian troops in military activities in Germany not only increase the interoperability of German and Lithuanian forces but also significantly contribute to a stronger security of the Baltic region.

The agreement lays out terms for temporary stay of troops of armed forces of Germany and Lithuania deployed in each other’s territories for training and exercises. Additionally, the document will serve as a basis to set supplementary or new rules concerning some aspects of military cooperation: for example, in setting the limits on the number of deployed troops and the period of time of their stay in the host nation, additional requirements for state of health certification for members or armed forces deploying to a host nation. The agreement will also set regulations on the areas not covered by the NATO Status of Forces Agreement (NATO SOFA) signed in 1951, such as, environmental protection (respecting environmental sustainability, prioritising travel by railway), telecommunications (limitations on radio frequencies use for advertising, jamming), and others. The agreement also defines terms for humanitarian assistance and search and rescue operations.

Germany was the initiator of the signature of the agreement.

The document will come into force when it is ratified by the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania.

DELFI EN
It is forbidden to copy the text of this publication without a written permission from DELFI.
|Populiariausi straipsniai ir video

Lithuania extends lockdown until December 17 (1)

Lithuania's outgoing government on Wednesday extended the nationwide lockdown , in place since...

Veryga: lockdown isn’t working as much as we would like to

The existing lockdown is not working as much as it is desirable, acting Lithuanian Health Minister...

Lithuanian president appoints Simonyte prime minister

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has on Wednesday signed a decree appointing MP Ingrida Simonyte...

2289 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 2 289 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. In total, the country has already detected 51 655...

Karbauskis vows to stay in politics after renouncing MP mandate (2)

Ramunas Karbauskis , leader of the opposition Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union , plans to stay...

Top news

Lithuania extends lockdown until December 17 (1)

Lithuania's outgoing government on Wednesday extended the nationwide lockdown , in place since...

Vildana Hajric, Elena Popina | D+ nariams

Bitcoin advances above $18,000 as it retraces record 2017 surge

Bitcoin advanced for a third session on Wednesday, edging closer to its record highs of 2017 that...

Veryga: lockdown isn’t working as much as we would like to

The existing lockdown is not working as much as it is desirable, acting Lithuanian Health Minister...

2289 new coronavirus cases

On Tuesday, 2 289 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. In total, the country has already detected 51 655...

Lithuanian president appoints Simonyte prime minister

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has on Wednesday signed a decree appointing MP Ingrida Simonyte...

|Maža didelių žinių kaina