Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas met with is Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soereide and invited Norway to deploy a back-up contingent for the Baltic air policing mission in Lithuania in 2016.
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Olekas met with Minister of Defense of Norway Ine Eriksen Soereide at the Siauliai Airbase of the Lithuanian Air Force and thanked Norway for its participation in the NATO Baltic air policing mission, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

At the meeting, Minister Olekas underlined active cooperation between Lithuanian and Norwegian special operations forces and welcomed Norway’s joining the activities of the Baltic Defense College and the successful progress of procurement of the Browning M2 QCB 12.7mm rifles and ammunition.

The Lithuanian and Norwegian defense ministers also discussed the security situation in Ukraine and agreed to cooperate on supporting the country.

The Norwegian defense minister also met with Norwegian soldiers carrying out the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission from the Siauliai Airbase with four F-16 Fighting Falcons. This is the third shift Norway has provided for guarding the Baltic skies with the previous rotations having been sent in January-March 2005 and in March 2008-December 2007.

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