2020.03.04 10:15

Six EU countries to join Lithuanian-led cyber force

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.03.04 10:15

Six European countries are signing an agreement on Wednesday to create the Lithuanian-led European Union Cyber Rapid Response Teams (CRRTs).

Lithuania, Estonia, Croatia, Poland, the Netherlands and Romania will sign the agreement memorandum in Zagreb during an informal meeting of EU defence ministers, Vita Ramanauskaitė, an adviser to Lithuanian Defence Minister Raimundas Karoblis, told BNS.

Under the agreement, international teams will be on standby in different countries, ready to respond to cyber attacks.

The memorandum will give legal basis for the force's operation in different countries, define the teams' operation mechanism, legal status, role and procedures.

During the meeting in Croatia, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, the ministers will also discuss priorities of international operations and missions.

Lithuania is currently taking part in the EU military operation in the southern-central part of the Mediterranean Sea, aimed at blocking illegal human trafficking from North Africa and implementing an arms embargo on Libya.

Lithuanian troops are also taking part in the ATALANTA mission, aimed at deterring, preventing and repressing acts of piracy and armed robbery off the Somali coast, as well the EUTM RCA and EUTM Mali missions.

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