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The Lithuanian State Defense Council will discuss the needs of the national defense system and the country's participation in international operations in 2018 and 2019 at its meeting on Monday.
Vytautas Jonas Žukas, Raimundas Karoblis, Saulius Skvernelis, Viktoras Pranckietis Raimundas Karoblis, Saulius Skvernelis, Viktoras Pranckietis  ir Dalia Grybauskaitė
Vytautas Jonas Žukas, Raimundas Karoblis, Saulius Skvernelis, Viktoras Pranckietis Raimundas Karoblis, Saulius Skvernelis, Viktoras Pranckietis ir Dalia Grybauskaitė
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The country's top political and defense officials will also discuss threats in the Baltic Sea region as Russia and Belarus prepare to hold their joint military exercise Zapad (West) in September.

The Defense Ministry said on the eve of the meeting that the Armed Forces' modernization and development plans for 2019 to 2020 would be presented to the council.

Under the Constitution, the State Defense Council discusses and coordinates key state defense issues. The council is chaired by the president and also includes the prime minister, the speaker of the Seimas, the defense minister and the chief of defense.

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