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Lithuania is preparing for the NATO summit. Border control is back

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A NATO summit will be held in Vilnius on July 11. In connection with this event, the Lithuanian authorities reintroduced controls at the internal borders of the Schengen area for six days from Friday. The control from 8 am is in force at the border with Poland and Latvia, as well as at airports and seaports.

Ministry of the Interior Lithuania informed that, depending on the situation and potential threats, checks will be carried out at random, based on a risk analysis, at any time of the day.

On the inner borders the Schengen area Lithuanian officers are supported by Polish and Latvian border guards. Lithuania’s external borders are additionally guarded by Lithuanian soldiers, Estonian and Moldovan border guards and forces of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex.

Polish-Lithuanian border crossing in Ogrodniki Adam J-ta/Shutterstock

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48 foreign delegations

Total security during the rush FOR THIS will be guarded by about 12,000 people. Lithuanian forces will be supported by officers and soldiers from 16 countries of the North Atlantic Alliance, including a contingent of special forces from Poland.

The Patriot air defense system has already been deployed in Lithuania. The weapon belongs to the German army and was imported from Slovakia. The NASAMS medium-range air defense system and the combined Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Security Forces are also deployed.

48 foreign delegations – 2,400 people, including 40 heads of state and about 150 other high-ranking politicians who must be protected, will come to Vilnius for the summit. About 800 vehicles will be used to handle delegations.

Main photo source: Adam J-ta/Shutterstock

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