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“Strong transatlantic bonds are the essence and foundation of NATO. I am certain that the upcoming NATO Leaders Meeting in London will reiterate that there is and can be no alternative to the Alliance. NATO has faced numerous challenges over the 70 years of existence, therefore the latest one – to adapt to the changed global security situation successfully – the Allies will manage to meet by respecting our commitments, seeing the threats the same way, and spending adequately on the fight against the threats,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said on November 14 at the Road to the 2019 NATO Leaders Meeting Conference in Washington.

 
 Vice Minister discussed cybersecurity in France
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On November 12–13 Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza conducted a formal visit to France and met with representatives of institutions overseeing cybersecurity, took part in the Paris Peace Forum.

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 Lithuanian arms control inspectors to conduct a verification visit to a brigade of the Armed Forces of Belarus
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A team of arms control inspectors of Lithuania are conducting an evaluation visit to a specified military unit in Belarus on November 13 on the basis of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Lithuanian inspectors are visiting the 19th Guards Mechanised Brigade of the Armed Forces of Belarus also on the basis of the bilateral Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Belarus.

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 Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis to conduct a visit to the United States
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On November 13–16 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is conducting a formal visit to the United States where he will attend „The Road to the 2019 NATO Leaders’ Meeting” conference held by the U.S. think-tank Atlantic Council in the run-up for the NATO Summit in London. Minister will speak at the NATO-Industry Forum in Washington, he is also planned to meet with U.S. Congressmen, and attend a Lithuanian Armed Forces Day commemorative event at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington.

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 Vice Minister V. Umbrasas met with a representative of the U.S. Department of Defence
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On November 12 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas received Deputy Under Secretary for Intelligence Kari A. Bingen, U.S. Department of State, on a visit in Lithuania. The official has arrive to become more familiar with the regional security situation and to discuss present and potential areas for cooperation.

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 We will ensure quality of the European Union defence projects by allowing NATO allies to join in, R. Karoblis says
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“A significant progress has been made on the joint EU initiatives in defence area over the past year: it is evident from the amount of newly proposed projects, larger countries’ investments in defence, more efficient cooperation on implementing joint projects. However, the EU has to set for itself a clear level of ambition and priorities, or otherwise we are at risk of losing pace and concrete results,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said earlier today at the European Union Defence Ministers’ session in Brussels.

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 Data on interceptions of aircraft completed near the Baltic States' borders November 4–10, 2019
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On November 4–10 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states carried out one alert scramble to identify and escort military aircraft of the Russian Federation in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

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