Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

07/26/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/26/2018 07:20

Minister of Defence R.Karoblis to meet with Minister of National Defence of Portugal

Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis will meet with Minister of National Defence of Portugal Jose Azeredo Lopes and his delegation, including Chief of General Staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces Admiral Antonio Silva Ribero. On July 29 the guests will visit the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion in Klaipėda and the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai - on July 30.

On July 30 Lithuanian and Portuguese National Defence Ministers will meet bilaterally at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai to discuss Portugal's contribution to NATO Assurance Measures in the Baltic region, the Baltic Air Policing Mission, and the decisions taken at the recent NATO Summit. Ministers will also address the EU Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) projects and prospects of further bilateral military cooperation.

Prior to meeting with Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis and Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas in Šiauliai, Portugal's Minister of National Defence J. A. Lopes will meet with the rotational Portuguese military personnel in Dragoon Battalion in Klaipėda serving as part of NATO's Assurance Measures that strengthen the security of NATO allies in Central and Eastern European countries. The guests will meet with Commander of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Butigeidis Dragoon Battalion Colonel Artūras Radvilas, view equipment and weaponry brought by Portuguese soldiers for exercises and training in Lithuania alongside Lithuanian and allied troops, communicate and have lunch with soldiers of their country.

Currently the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states is conducted and led by Portuguese Air Force soldiers. They deployed to Šiauliai Air Base in May with four F-16 fighter aircraft. This is the fourth time Portugal is providing capabilities for the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltics. Also, Portugal's P-3C aircraft is currently deployed in Šiauliai Air Base as part of the NATO Assurance Measures. The P-3C carries out maritime patrolling tasks, identifies and monitors above-surface movement, provides additional information to fighter pilots, thus enhancing the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic region.

Portugal also contributes to the work of the NAO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius by delegating staff officers.

Media advisory

Monday, July 30, Lithuanian Air Force Base in Šiauliai:

1000 - 1050hrsBilateral meeting the Lithuanian Air Force Base. Opportunity to take footage of the protocol part.

1100 - 1115hrs Possible press point.

Media representatives willing to cover the meeting of the Lithuanian and the Portuguese Defence Ministers are invited to register with the Lithuanian Air Force Base by e-mail at [email protected], or by phone no. +370 686 00 655 until Friday, July 27, 1200hrs. Information to be provided for registration: full name, represented media outlet, contacts (mobile phone no., e-mail address). On site media representatives may be asked to present a personal ID document and their press card proving representation of a media outlet. Registered media representatives should arrive at the Air Base in Šiauliai on Monday, July 30, until 0920hrs address: Lakūnų str. 3, Šiauliai).

Freelance journalists and foreign media representatives will need to get accreditation with the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Department of the Ministry of National Defence at [email protected] . Information for accreditation: filled out questionnaire form, copies of and ID document and a letter from the media outlet the information will be used by.

Related photo, soldiers of Portugal (credit: Laura Skiezgilienė).