Lithuania's parliament on Tuesday adopted a package of legal amendments drafted by the Ministry of National Defence on the use of military force in peacetime, providing for a more specific regulation of the use of weapons, explosives and military equipment.
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Under the law, military tasks in peacetime can only involve individual weapons and special gear for self-defence purposes, while military force on a larger scale is only allowed in exceptional circumstances, namely, to protect the country's territory, defend the air-space, control Lithuania's territorial seas and operations to manage consequences of terrorist attacks.

The amendments are due to take effect in January.

The Ministry of National Defence says the amendments will provide legal grounds for the use of military force in response to land-based armed incidents and violations of Lithuania's air-space and territorial seas, which threaten national security, as well as the use of military equipment and explosives rather than just weapons and special gear, and legitimize the principles of the use of military force in international operations.

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