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  • Lithuanian DefMin - 20 percent of conscripts to stay on
    my experience and the meetings when we talk to troops we can expect 20 percent of them to remain serving professionally he told journalists on November 9 He added the conversations with conscripts on professional service would take place as the end of their service approached Introducing next year s conscription Olekas said he had not received any major complaints from now serving conscripts Currently 1 600 troops are serving in Lithuania s army after volunteering and another 460 conscripts will start service on November 24 The last of the 2015 conscripts will arrive at their designated battalions in December Lithuania restored conscription in Spring 2015 in response to Russia s actions in Ukraine and its increased military activity in the Baltic Sea region Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly

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  • U.S. Army commander warns of Russian blocking of Baltic defence
    to our allies and friends Hodges also told U S troops about the territory in northwestern Poland which borders Kaliningrad in the West and Belarus in the South That area we call the Suwalki gap he continued In a very short amount of time they Belarusian and Russian troops can connect and block the borders of Poland and Lithuania and that s how they can isolate three NATO Allies from the rest of the alliance According to Hodges this is why the United States and the rest of NATO should deter Russia from attacking the Baltic states Coming and freeing our Allies is much more expensive than deterrence he emphasised Since 2014 the United States have been stationing a rotational company of troops in each of the Baltic states and Poland The shift that arrived in Lithuania in October 2015 brought around 70 units of military equipment all of which will remain indefinitely in the country after the shift is over Other Allies also contributed to deterrence measures by implementing the Readiness Action Plan approved during the 2014 NATO summit in Wales Since 2014 NATO troops train in Lithuania and the Baltic air policing mission has been increased Nevertheless Central and Eastern European countries want even larger NATO capabilities in their region Lithuania and eight more countries approved a declaration in Bucharest last week warning NATO about Russian threats and calling for increased presence to deter Moscow In spring 2015 defence chiefs of the Baltic States called for a brigade in the territories of their countries NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that enhancement of the Alliance s presence in the region would be discussed during the 2016 Warsaw summit Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU

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  • Lithuania to increase troops in Afghanistan
    the decisions of the United States and other NATO Allies in order to keep larger forces in Afghanistan where the NATO is conducting its Resolute Support mission There has been a request for Lithuanian troops to remain Olekas said After special operators returned to Lithuania after wrapping up their mission in Summer 2014 21 Lithuanian troops remained in Afghanistan They mainly include staff officers logistics and communications specialists The new shift of troops to be sent to Afghanistan probably won t be from the Special Operations Forces said Olekas He added that the specific decision would be made after the parliament approved the increase Should the plan go ahead the troops will serve in Afghanistan s capital Kabul The United States said in mid October 2015 that nearly 10 000 troops would remain in Afghanistan in 2016 with plans to gradually decrease the contingent to 5 500 Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The

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  • Over 50 percent of Lithuanians happy with euro
    percent of respondents in Lithuania saw the euro as a postive 29 percent saw the euro it as a negative 14 percent had no opinion on the issue while 2 percent did not answer Across the Eurozone 61 percent of respondents confirmed that they see the single currency as good for their own country In Latvia and Estonia the levels of support were 54 percent and 67 percent respectively Nearly two thirds or 59 percent of Lithuanians said they had no difficulties in telling euro coins apart when paying in cash while 89 percent said they distinguished between euro banknotes easily At the same time 56 percent of Lithuanians which is the largest proportion in the euro area admitted that they still tended to convert euros into Litas when making exceptional purchases Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information

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  • Ukraine eyes Latvian assistance in culture, forestry and agriculture
    the companies operating in the given sectors and to fight corruption Straujuma prime minister said very good bilateral relations had been discussed during the meeting with Yatsenyuk and the pair also talked about further cooperation in agriculture forestry and education The premiers of the two countries also discussed possibilities to expand operations in Zubr transport corridor by increasing cargo shipping between Northern Europe and the Balc Sea region via Latvia I see vast opportunities for economic cooperation between Latvia and Ukraine in the future Straujuma said adding that Ukraine ranked seventh among Latvia s key trade partners by volume of trade Yatsenyuk confirmed his earlier statements about Ukrainian airlines increasing its number of flights to Latvia In late October this year the Latvian and Ukrainian agriculture ministers in Kiev signed a memorandum of understanding regarding increased cooperation in joint agricultural research exchange of information about EU agricultural matters and bilateral trade in agricultural produce and food The document was signed during Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis visit to Ukraine Comments Related Articles U S heavy weaponry to be deployed in Latvia from autumn 2015 Latvia Lumbers Towards Higher Spending on Defence Russia Today requests permission to establish Latvian subsidiary Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Latvian government reaches for guns over health care Crude oil leaks from Latvia s VNT terminal Latvia and China discuss bilateral cooperation Drunk AirBaltic crew sentenced to jail in Norwegian court Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural

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  • Lithuania warns Russia over extended sanctions
    and the Ukrainian governments If the Minsk agreement is not implemented in due manner by the end of this year the sanctions should be renewed automatically The meeting was held to draw attention to the continuing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and to discuss the implementation of the Minsk accords During the meeting the Lithuanian MP restated that the local governmental elections in Ukraine were democratic an important step in consolidating democracy He also restated Lithuania s support to Kiev reforms in key areas Other issues addressed at the meeting included Ukraine s progress in seeking visa free travel with the EU and the implementation of the trade part of the EU Ukrainian association agreement Executing the visa liberalisation action plan by the end of this year is very important continued Butkevicius We expect a positive decision from the European Commission on the Ukrainian visa free travels with the EU in December Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The

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  • Latvian Ambassador to U.S. - Russia reinforcing al-Assad's regime in Syria
    s regime The ambassador also indicated that the U S is interested in a regime change in Syria because Assad is regarded as a serious cause of Syria s problems Razans added that various military activities in Syria can only benefit IS terrorists Comments Related Articles Linkevicius to replace Grybauskaite at London conference Ukrainian NSDC Secretary Russia waging hybrid warfare on EU Lithuanian Health Minister to resign over corruption scandal Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles NATO to bolster presence in Eastern Europe Lithuanian Foreign Minister slams Ukraine over insufficient anti corruption measures Refugee family relocated to Latvia left one child behind in Eritrea Report NATO would lose against Russia in invasion of Baltic states Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996

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  • Four women murdered in alcohol fuelled rampage
    abuse that affected the man s mind The prime minister said he had been informed that the suspect had been regularly consumed alcohol since the start of this year The man is a resident of a nearby village and has a previous conviction of murder Officers believe he murdered the women while trying to rob them Comments Related Articles Kaunas municipality begins refurbishment work on Jewish cemetary Lithuania supports Georgia s NATO aspirations NATO to halve Baltic air policing mission four jets to remain in Siaulai Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Mixed hopes in Vilnius for Belarus reset Lithuanian MEP migrant crisis will be a lingering issue Refugees to be questioned on religion and previous military activities by Lithuanian authorities Former KGB spy given Lithuanian residence permit Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born

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