Contents tagged with Lithuania

  • Lithuania to buy Javelin anti-tank missiles from the US

    The Ministry of Defense of Lithuania announced that the Lithuanian army will acquire Javelin portable anti-tank missiles and supporting equipments from US. The deal is worth 8 million dollars and is based on a previously signed agreement with the two countries

    “The acquisition of Javelin portable anti-tank missiles will be made to further strengthen the capabilities of the Lithuanian army,” a press release stated.

    The Lithuanian Ministry of defense further elaborated that the purchase will be …

  • Second stage of NATO exercises begin in Lithuania

    The second part of NATO’s Gelezinis Vilkas 2016 military exercise have begun at the Gaižiūnai site in Lithuania. Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the US and France will participate in these large-scale exercises. RBC-Ukraine states that this was reported by the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.

    “An international unit of the battalion level, which was established based on the Danish Armed Forces, will be tested during these exercises, which will then take on an …

  • Lithuanian Ambassador in Kiev: Cooperation between Ukraine and NATO continues to increase

    Marius Janukonis, Lithuania's Ambassador to Ukraine, stated in an interview with Apostrof that recently, the level of cooperation between NATO and Ukraine has increased significantly. The country appears certain of counting on the Alliance’s support in modernizing its defense system.

    "There are more events, more Ukrainian servicemen engaged in military exercises at NATO standards, more servicemen involved in joint exercises,” a diplomat described.

    “A serious reform of the Ukrainian Defense …

  • Lithuania and Romania demand that NATO’s presence be strengthened for protection against Russia

    Lithuania and Romania are seeking opportunities to strengthen security and increase deterrents against aggression. The President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, and the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, demand an increased presence of NATO in their countries. The heads of both countries stated this during a joint press conference in Vilnius during President Iohannis’s visit to Lithuania, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “We understand the ongoing situation in Romania in the Black Sea that arose …

  • Lithuania to increase defense budget

    According to an estimate of the Ministry of Finance, Lithuania intends to increase defense spending by 150 million euros next year, up to 725 million euros, Kauno Diena reported.

    The current Lithuanian military budget is 575 million euros, approximately 1.48% of the country’s GDP. It is expected that next year's defense spending will rise to 725 million euros, or 1.77% of GDP.

    According to Lithuanian Minister of Defense Juozas Olekas, the country plans to spend 2% of GDP on defense in 2018. …

  • Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Lithuanian delegations will not attend Victory Day parade in Moscow

    Polish Minister of National Defense Antoni Macierewicz said that the Polish delegation will not take part in the celebration of Victory Day, which will be held on May 9 in Moscow. According to the newspaper Gazeta Polska Codziennie, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Lithuania have also decided not to attend.

    "All the celebrations associated with Victory Day will take place in Poland," the Polish Ministry of Defense announced.

    A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia, in a …

  • New US military contingent begins its work in Lithuania

    New U.S. troops stationed in Rukla, Lithuania have begun their work, as reported by delfi.lt.

    According to the news portal, the contingent consists of about 260 servicemen. The American troops will continue exercises through the end of June in Lithuania. U.S. ground troops in Lithuania and other Baltic States have been revolving since the spring of 2014.

    Other allies have sent troops to Lithuania on an irregular basis; however the decision on whether to deploy a regular battalion consisting …

  • Linkevičius tells Lavrov not to create enemies

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius urged his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, not to create enemies, Delfi.it reported. His comment was made in response to Lavrov’s statement that Lithuania "is the most Russophobic country in the Baltic."

    "I would recommend that my colleague Lavrov not create enemies, as is already the tradition," he noted.

    "We respect Russian culture, we have a number of activities for which there come intellectuals, journalists, writers, and political …

  • Ukraine and Lithuania to sign memorandum on military cooperation

    According to a report by the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, Ukraine and Lithuania will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the implementation of a joint military training exercise for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    As it was noted in the statement, the agreement will be signed on the 18th of April during a meeting between the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, and the Lithuanian Minister of National Defense, Juozas Olekas.

    “Following the talks, the parties are planning to sign a …

  • Lithuania announces implementation of Savchenko sanctions list

    Lithuania is the first country in the European Union that barred individuals related to the conviction of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko from entering its territory. This information was confirmed by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius.

    “Specifically, it concerns Russian judges and prosecutors who directly participated in the trials. At the moment, 46 people are prohibited from entering Lithuania,” Linkevičius told BNS, adding that the list is expanding. Besides the “Savchenko list” …