aA
Lithuania is easing military training restrictions as the coronavirus situation in the country is improving, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.
Lietuvos kariuomenės pratybos „Ulono kardas“,  kpt. D. Ulozo nuotr.
Lietuvos kariuomenės pratybos „Ulono kardas“, kpt. D. Ulozo nuotr.
© KAM

The number of troops allowed to train together was increased to 100 (a company-sized unit) on Wednesday, from 30 (a platoon-sized unit) previously, and will be raised up to 150 on June 16.

Lithuanian soldiers will be able to travel to other countries for international exercises, but they will need permission from the chief of defense to do so.

Military bodies working with conscripts – the Military Conscription and Recruitment Service and the Military Medical Service – are resuming their activities.

Chief of Defense Valdemaras Rupsys says the Armed Forces have maintained their combat readiness throughout the lockdown period and the spread of the coronavirus has been limited to several individual cases.

"As the epidemiological situation in Lithuania is improving, I am allowing military units to resume exercises outside military areas, too," Rupsys said in a press release.

"Thus, we are gradually returning to the usual pace of military training," he added.

A total of 15 military and civilian personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and 14 of them have already recovered.

Military training did not stop completely after a nationwide anti-coronavirus lockdown was introduced in Lithuania in mid-March, but certain restrictions were put in place.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.

Heavy snowfall leaves 25,000 households in Lithuania without power

Up to 25,000 households in Lithuania, mostly in its southern part, were without electricity on Tuesday...

Lithuania may face EU sanctions over cap on forest land acquisitions

The European Commission may launch an infringement procedure against Lithuania if the parliament does...

686 new COVID-19 cases

On Monday, 686 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Lithuania. In total, the country has already...

Nausėda calls Russia's crackdown on opposing 'throwback to Stalin's era'

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has condemned Russia's "brutal" actions against the opposition...

Government panel proposes extending lockdown until March

The Lithuanian government's commission on extreme situations is suggesting extending the existing...

Top news

Heavy snowfall leaves 25,000 households in Lithuania without power

Up to 25,000 households in Lithuania, mostly in its southern part, were without electricity on Tuesday...

Lithuania may face EU sanctions over cap on forest land acquisitions

The European Commission may launch an infringement procedure against Lithuania if the parliament does...

686 new COVID-19 cases

On Monday, 686 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Lithuania. In total, the country has already...

Joe Mayes and Lizzy Burden | D+

Stuck in Kent: how Brexit red tape choked cross-border trade

Branimir Vuckovic shuttles goods back and forth between Britain and the European Union, his Beep Beep...

Arrivals from almost all foreign countries will need to self-isolate

Arrivals from practically all foreign countries will need to have a negative COVID-19 test and be...