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Lithuanian defmin hopes to sign JLTV purchase contract in November

VILNIUS – Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis said on Wednesday he hopes to sign the contract on the purchase of almost 200 American JLTVs in November.

He told that during a meeting of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, which considered next year's national defense budget.

"The signing of the contract will take place (…) next month," Karoblis said.

In his words, the contract's value stands at 149 million euros. It's the second-biggest acquisition in the history of Lithuania's army after the purchase of Boxers.

The JLTVs will be allocated to various units of the Lithuanian army.

The Lithuanian army now uses HMMWV and Toyota Land Cruiser 200 vehicles.

Lithuanian president to hold meeting on emergency situation, crisis management

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda is set to hold a meeting on the management of emergency situations and crises next week.

In a statement on Friday, the presidential office said the latest large-scale fire in the southern city of Alytus showed that the state was still not properly prepared for large-scale incidents.

The meeting will be also attended by Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, Alytus Mayor Nerijus Cesiulis and Saulius Greicius, head of the Fire and Rescue Department, the statement said.

Nauseda said there was a lack of systemic preparation to respond to an emergency situation and smooth inter-institutional cooperation once the fire broke out in Alytus was danger to people's health emerged.

"The head of state sees the need to amend the legal base, reduce bureaucratic obstacles to provide timely assistance to resident and also resolve technical supply issues," the statement reads.

According to the president, the key goal is to ensure smooth work of various institutions when eliminating the consequences of emergency situations and ensuring public safety.

The fire at Ekologistika's tire storage facility in Alytus, covering an area of 2,000 square meters, broke out on Oct 16 and took several days to be extinguished.

Lithuania's Nauseda will seek to develop relations with Belarus

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says he will seek to develop relations with Belarus. In his words, that will be done without Lithuania changing its position on the Astravyets nuclear power plant issue. "I believe relations with Belarus can be maintained and we will take steps to develop those relations even taking into account the fact that, nevertheless, everything remains the same on the Astravyets nuclear power plant," Nauseda told the DELFI Demesio Centre program on Tuesday. "It’s really possible to do and today I find it a bit strange to observe how we plan to further maintain such a position with American and EU delegations flying over our heads to Minsk where very specific cooperation matters are decided," he said. John Bolton, the national security adviser to US President Donald Trump met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk last week. Nauseda also discussed possible change in Lithuania's relations with Belarus during his recent undisclosed meeting with political scientists. Ex-Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during her first presidential term. But later on her position changed and she stopped the top-level dialogue with Belarus, stating that it’s impossible due to Minsk's close ties with Russia and the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant. Under her decision, not only the state leaders but also the foreign minister did not meet. In recent years, Lithuania has been blocking the Belarus-EU framework agreement on bilateral relations.