Lithuanian, Polish, Ukrainian defence ministers to sign pact on joint brigade

Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey (R), Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak (C) and Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas shake hands after signing an agreement on the creation of a joint military brigade on Sept. 19 in Warsaw.

The technical agreement supplements and elaborates on the agreement of establishing the LITPOLUKRBRIG that the defence ministers of the three establishing countries endorsed in Warsaw last September, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence said.

The technical agreement stipulates that within six months after the signature of the document the LITPOLUKRBRIG command will have reached its initial operational capability, while within 12 months it will be fully capable of commanding the unit. The capacity of the LITPOLUKRBRIG command will then need to be approved by international certification, reads the press release.

The brigade commander, his deputy and the chief of staff will be assigned by Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine for a period of three years on a rotating basis.

During the stay in Lviv, Lithuania’s Defence Juozas Olekas will also observe an exercise Rapid Trident in Yavoriv district, which is organized in Ukraine annually by the US Army Europe (USAREUR).

This year, a contingent formed by the Grand Duchess Birutė Battalion is taking part in the exercise, which also involves 17 other NATO Allies and partner nations, on Lithuania’s behalf. Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika will also pay a visit to Rapid Trident.

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