(PanArmenian.net)–Armenian servicemen are among the over 2,000 servicemen from 12 NATO countries who have gathered in Lithuania to participate in the NATO Gintarine Viltis 2005 exercises.
The goal of the exercises is to develop cooperation between NATO countries and servicemen taking part in the Partnership for Peace program. The program seeks to also enhance the overall command of multinational forces during NATO peacekeeping operations.
Servicemen from Azerbaijan–Canada–Denmark–Estonia–Finland–Georgia–Germany–Latvia–Lithuania–Poland–and UK are represented at the exercises that will last until June 18.
Armenia and Russia are participating as observers.
From June 19-30–an Armenian peacekeeping battalion and four officers will be participating in the Cooperative Best Effort 2005 NATO exercise in Lviv–Ukraine.