Arms control inspectors of Belarus conducting a visit in Lithuania

A team of arms control inspectors of Belarus are conducting an evaluation visit to a specified military unit in Lithuania on August 1 on the basis of the bilateral Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures between the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Belarus.

The Belarusian inspectors will visit the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin of the Lithuanian Armed Forces (headquartered in Klaipėda). They will be able to get information about the unit’s organisational structure, number of serving personnel, types and numbers of major weaponry and equipment systems, as well as to see representative examples of those. The inspectors will be given the opportunity to get first-hand view of daily activities of the Motorised Infantry Brigade Griffin units while visiting them and meeting soldiers serving there.

The visit is conducted in the framework of the Vienna Document 2011 of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The document 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 OSCE countries in advance of scheduled military activities of significant scope. 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.

According to the bilateral Agreement on Additional Confidence and Security-Building Measures between Lithuania and Belarus, the countries exchange additional military information in a set format and have a right to carry out an evaluation visit to a chosen military area of the other country.

Belarusian arms control inspectors have already conducted one visit in Lithuania this year — they carried out an inspection of a specified area on the basis of the Vienna Document 2011 during international Exercise Iron Wolf 2019 on June 18-19.

Lithuania plans using its right to send arms control inspectors to a Belarusian military unit on the basis of the bilateral agreement later this year.

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