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On October 17-20 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will be conducting a visit in Ukraine. He will meet with Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Defence Ivan Rusnak, meet with the Lithuanian instructors group deployed to the Ukrainian forces’ training mission at the Desna Training Centre.

 
 Over 2 thousand soldiers to train in multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II
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On October 18 through 31 two-week multinational Exercise Iron Wolf II will run at the Lithuanian Armed Forces Gaižiūnai (Jonava distr.) and General Silvestras Žukauskas (Švenčionys distr.) Training Areas. The event will rehearse and assess planning and conduct of defensive and offensive operations abilities in the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group attached to the Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the Lithuanian Grand Duchess Birutė Uhlan Mechanised Infantry Battalion, and also refine interoperability with NATO allies.  

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States’ borders on October 9-15, 2017
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On October 9-15 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the Air Policing  Mission in the Baltic states were not scrambled to intercept military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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 The closer we cooperate with the U.S., the stronger we are, Vice Minister of National Defence G. Jeglinskas says
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On October 10 Vice Minister of National Defence Giedrimas Jeglinskas took part in a round-table discussion with ALBC (American-Lithuanian Business Council) defence industry entities and enterprises of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) Defence Programme.

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 Vice Minister of National Defence underscored V. Umbrasas general understanding of the importance of national defence
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Vice Minister's address at the Conference  (in English)

On October 12 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas is attending the international Georgian Defence and Security Conference in Batumi.

 

Speaking on increasing resilience Vice Minister emphasised the importance of the resolve of the entire nation to defend the country, civic education and their ability to assess information critically. “Resilience and deterrence most rely on the general understanding of the importance of national defence in the country, properly trained military and civilian capabilities, and strong will of citizens to resist,” he said.

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 Minister of National Defence met with the new Ambassador of Germany
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On October Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis met with the newly appointed Ambassador of Germany to Lithuania HE Angelika Viets and Defence Attaché Lieutenant Colonel Thorsten Fries.

 

At the meeting Minister R. Karoblis and HE Ambassador A. Viets discussed the successful bilateral security and defence cooperation of the two, Lithuania’s contribution to the national and international security was presented. Lithuanian’s Defence Minister stressed the importance of Germany’s leadership to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania for a stronger protection of the easternmost NATO allies.

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 Lithuanian Armed Forces arms control inspectors to carry out a visit to a Belarusian military unit
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On October 11 a team of arms control inspectors of the Lithuanian Armed Forces will conduct a verification visit at a Belorussian military unit in line with the Vienna Document 2011  on the basis of a bilateral agreement of Lithuania and Belarus.  Lithuania’s military inspectors will visit the 19th Guards Mechanized Brigade is a formation of the Armed Forces of Belarus based in Zaslonovo.  

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