NATO visit demands top security

  • 2005-04-20
  • By TBT staff
Approximately 1,000 officers from the Lithuanian police force will be employed for security purposes during NATO foreign ministers' visit to Vilnius April 20-21.

Militants will guard all bridges travelled on by the delegations, officers will patrol streets, some disguised in civil clothes, and the Lithuanian Air Forces and Dutch aviators will increase security over the no-flying zone above downtown Vilnius.

Foreign ministers of 26 NATO countries will gather in the Lithuanian capital, and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Ukrainian counterpart Boris Tarasyuk will attend meetings between the NATO-Russian council and the NATO-Ukrainian commission.

On April 19-22, Vilnius authorities will restrict motor traffic in the Old Town, abiding to security requirements.