Russian inspectors checking Lithuania’s Iron Wolf brigade munitions

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Lithuanian Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf welcomes Russian arms inspectors | Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania

Lithuanian Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf welcomes Russian arms inspectors | Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defence of Lithuania

Russian arms inspectors will visit the Lithuanian Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf this week to assess the information and munitions and equipment systems deployment plans provided by the brigade’s units, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said.

According to the press release, the inspection will last from Monday to Wednesday.

The visit is organised by the 2011 Vienna document of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and bilateral agreements signed between Lithuania and Belarus in 2001, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

Under the Vienna Document, every OSCE country has a right to check any other country of the organization for unlawful military activities that should be reported in advance or presence of undeclared military capacities.

The Vienna Document binds OSCE states to annually provide information about their armed forces, plans of developing defence capabilities and defence budget, and notify in advance about planned military activities. Parties to the agreement also commit to accept a set number of inspections from other countries in their territory per year.

This will be the third visit by foreign inspectors in Lithuania this year. Belarusian arms inspectors worked at the mechanised infantry brigade last week, furthermore, Russian and Belarusian inspectors carried out an inspection flight above the Lithuanian territory under the OSCE Open Skies Treaty.

Lithuanian inspectors, in their turn, this year headed a joint inspection with the US and France in Tajikistan and performed a joint inspection with Denmark in Ukraine, visiting Armenia with French counterparts and Russia with German colleagues.

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