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Assistance for managing the migration situation in the country is stepped up, says Chief of Defence

Assistance for managing the migration situation in the country is stepped up, says Chief of Defence

The Lithuanian Armed Forces increases personnel assistance to the Ministry of the Interior. The list of tasks Lithuanian Armed Forces personnel are completing is assistance to the Ministry of the Interior for tackling the migrant situation will in the nearest while include installation of the fencing on the borderline, as well as support to the Public Security Service by strengthening the guard of locations where migrants are housed.

“The Lithuanian Armed Forces continues increasing the scope of aid and once relevant political decisions are made, we will step up the support to the Ministry of the Interior divisions. We have a really complex situation in the country, so as citizens and defenders we are and will be doing everything in our power to contribute to its control. However, we need to keep in mind that no other threats have diminished, nor our commitments to our allies on the ground or the whole of Alliance. We assess and plan out completion of new tasks in such a manner that our readiness and ability to ensure armed defence of the state in case of a military threats remains at the highest level,” Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys.

To date, the Lithuanian Armed Forces assigned nearly 1000 troops to support Ministry of the Interior authorities.  The largest portion of it strengthens  State Border Guard Service patrols on the borderline, ensures functioning of field camp at Pabradė Detention Centre and tent shelters for self-isolation in Druskininkai and Kabeliai, helps setting up a tent village at Rūdninkai, and there is a number of troops to be used if there is an incident.     

The Lithuanian Armed Forces has also dedicated officers to consult the Ministry of the Interior on logistical matters,  and to the Government Office – on decision-making control, as well as liaison officers to the State Border Guard Service  who ensure continuous cooperation with it.

Photo and information credits: Lithuanian Armed Forces