Arms control inspectors of Belarus and Russia visiting Lithuania

On June 11-14 a team of Belorussian and Russian arms control inspectors are conducting a verification visit in a chosen area in Lithuania under the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

On Tuesday and Wednesday arms control inspectors of Belarus and Russia will have the right to visit military training areas of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in a chosen area of the size of up to 20 thousand square kilometers and to be briefed by the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Force and Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf leaders.

As it is done during such inspections under the Vienna Document 2011 regulations, the foreign inspectors will have the opportunity to fly over a chosen area in a Lithuanian Air Force aircraft to verify there are no undeclared military capabilities or large-scale military activities requiring prior notification.

According to the regulations of the Vienna Document 2011, Belarus, the nation leading the inspection, will report to the members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the compliance with endorsed international treaties on arms control witnessed during the inspection in Serbia.

It will be the second verification visit under the Vienna Document 2011 by foreign military inspectors in Lithuania in 2018. In its turn, Lithuania has already verified military units in Belarus and Serbia this year.

The Vienna Document 2011 commits the signatory countries to conduct annual information exchange on their manpower, planned capability development and defence budgets on an annual basis, and to notify other Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) countries in advance of scheduled military activities. The states also commit to accept a designated number of inspections and evaluation visits by other member states’ military inspectors in military units in their territories.

Each OSCE member has a right to verify if any other member does not conduct military activities requiring advance notification or does not have undeclared military capabilities, on the basis of regulations of the Vienna Document 2011.

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