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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian Army Launches Response Forces

Algirdas Acus2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuania sets up Response Forces with special duty to protect the country in case of any “Green Men” appearance.

Lithuania sets up Response Forces with special duty to protect the country in case of any “Green Men” appearance.

These rapid reaction forces could immediately, and with sufficient combat power, stop the enemy on Lithuanian territory without a formal declaration of war.

Chief of the Lithuanian Army Major General Jonas Vytautas Zukas, while speaking at a press conference said the response forces will consist of 2,500 trained soldiers.

One immediate standby unit, expected to respond within 2 hours, will be formed through reorganization of the existing capabilities, other would have a 24-hour response deadline.

Battalion combat groups will be battalion-size military units formed for combat tasks and consisting of intelligence, fire support, combat support, air defence, engineering and other capabilities.

According to Zukas, Lithuania cannot rely on NATO Allies help only, but should ensure the Army being ready to act on its own, in the first place.

Legal amendments providing for the operation of such units, during peacetime, have previously been submitted to the Ministry of Defence.

According to the project, if risk occurs, President will issue the decree on certain zone of danger, thus opening doors for Army to step in, with Parliament having an opportunity to revoke the President’s decree.

The new amendments will also enable Lithuanian Army to act on its own, when the goal is to protect the country. Reforms resulted with consideration of the experience of Hybrid war in other countries, including Ukraine.

Response Forces are to be in operation from November.

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Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Major General JONAS VYTAUTAS ZUKAS, Chief of Lithuanian Army:
These forces, with 24-hour reaction time, are planned to enable other armed forces to enact mobilization or commission reserve conscripts, in order to form adequately complete forces.

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

Major General JONAS VYTAUTAS ZUKAS, Chief of Lithuanian Army:
We should make every effort that Lithuanian army would be ready, on its own, react immediately to all challenges targeted at national security. We must be able to react to hybrid threats right now, because hybrid war does not have a clear line separating peace and war.

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

JUOZAS OLEKAS, Lithuanian Minister of Defence:
We suggest using army to stop civil airplanes or commercial ships, which could imitate simple violation of the territorial waters, but in reality conceal danger. As well in support of other state institutions, provided a state of emergency is declared or in case of a terrorist attack.