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  • North Atlantic Council to visit Lithuania | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Twitter News Print RSS Share Facebook Twitter Google plus North Atlantic Council to visit Lithuania Created 2016 03 17 Updated 2016 03 17 16 37 The principal political decision making body within NATO the North Atlantic Council NAC will visit Lithuania on 23 and 24 March The NAC meeting in Vilnius on 23 March will feature a discussion on NATO s adaptation to the changed security environment Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas will attend the meeting The NAC session on 24 March will focus on the security situation in the region A meeting with the President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė will also be held On the same day members of the NAC will tour Pažaislis monastery and will visit the headquarters and training area of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf where military presentation of allied forces in the Baltic States will be held To that end the Commander of the Lithuanian Land Force Major General Almantas Leika and the Commander of the U S Army Europe Lieutenant General Ben Hodges will meet with the members of the North Atlantic Council The North Atlantic Council was established by the North Atlantic Treaty NAC meetings are held at permanent representative ambassador level It also convenes at the ministerial level and at the level of heads of state and government The NAC will pay a visit to Lithuania at the permanent representative level NAC meetings in Lithuania will be chaired by the NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first written Constitution 1791 Litwa Polska LTPLlinks about a day ago RT KTUnews KTUlive Lithuanian Research and Industry conference with LinkeviciusL about a day ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about a day ago LinkeviciusL good talks w MalmstromEU on TTiP importance for EU citizens it d create jobs boost economy about a day ago Good to speak w MalstromEU in Vilnius

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/north-atlantic-council-to-visit-lithuania- (2016-04-30)
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  • Traditional informal ‘Snow Meeting’ of experts in security policy took place in Trakai | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    to 2016 05 04 Vice Minister Neris Germanas is participating in the Lithuanian Omani bilateral political consultations 2016 05 02 Minister Linas Linkevičius is participating in a government meeting 2016 05 02 Minister Linas Linkevičius is attending an event celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Constitution of May 3 2016 05 03 Minister Linas Linkevičius is meeting with the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Oman All events Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius Minister s agenda cv Twitter News Print RSS Share Facebook Twitter Google plus Traditional informal Snow Meeting of experts in security policy took place in Trakai Created 2016 01 15 Updated 2016 01 18 08 46 On 14 15 January the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held a traditional informal Snow Meeting which brought together Lithuanian and foreign experts in security policy The meeting prepared for the next NATO Summit to be held in Warsaw in 2016 The press conference by Lithuania s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius after the Snow Meeting Click here to see more photos Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first written Constitution 1791 Litwa Polska LTPLlinks about a day ago RT KTUnews KTUlive Lithuanian Research and Industry conference with LinkeviciusL about a day ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about a day ago LinkeviciusL good talks w MalmstromEU on TTiP importance for EU citizens it d create jobs boost economy about a day ago Good to speak w MalstromEU in Vilnius TTiP is a must have to our economies about 3 days ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 3 days ago Sakura park in Vilnius honouring Chiune Sugihara for saving thousands of lives WWII about 3 days ago Enjoyed frank candid meetings in Chisinau Political life in Moldova definitely isn t boring Moldovamatters about 3 days ago Happy FreedomDay SouthAfrica Congratulations from Lithuania DIRCO ZA Madiba Fredom about 3 days ago 1 5 of all EU

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/traditional-informal-snow-meeting-of-experts-in-security-policy-took-place-in-trakai (2016-04-30)
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  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: cooperation with NATO helps to strengthen Ukraine’s security | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    the Minsk agreements and the situation in eastern Ukraine Ukraine remains one of the key partners of NATO The participants of the Alliance s upcoming summit in Warsaw will have a good opportunity to enhance the political dialogue between NATO and Ukraine said Linkevičius According to Lithuania s Foreign Minister the diplomatic representation of Lithuania in Kyiv will actively continue to carry out functions of NATO s Contact Point Embassy in Ukraine During the meeting the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin thanked Lithuania for its active contribution to the NATO Ukraine political cooperation and for the important role of the Lithuanian Embassy in Kyiv in this process The participants of the meeting of the Commission highlighted Ukraine s aim to bring the Ukrainian Armed Forces in line with NATO standards over the next years According to Linkevičius a tripartite Lithuanian Polish Ukrainian military brigade LITPOLUKRBRIG can help Ukraine to achieve its goals The brigade will take part in the exercise Triple Brave already in February 2016 This brigade can serve as a model for transforming the Ukrainian Armed Forces It will help Ukrainian military officers gain experience working in line with NATO standards and procedures added Lithuania s Foreign Minister Lithuania s Foreign Minister also stressed the need to strengthen Ukraine s strategic communication capacity Lithuania is ready to contribute to achieving this goal through NATO s Trust Fund as well as on a bilateral basis In addition Lithuania contributes to activities of the NATO Ukraine Command Control Communications and Computers C4 Trust Fund EUR 50 000 The participants of the meeting emphasized the need to continue to fully support Ukraine and reforms which would improve the resilience of Ukrainian public institutions and society and the implementation of the Minsk agreements that would help restore the country s territorial integrity The allies assured that they would continue a policy of non recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea and that eastern Ukraine would not receive less attention due to the attempt to find a solution for the Syrian civil war Photos NATO Click here for more images Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/lithuanian-foreign-minister-cooperation-with-nato-helps-to-strengthen-ukraines-security (2016-04-30)
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  • NATO must be ready to respond to threats, no matter where they arise from, says Lithuania’s Foreign Minister | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Readiness Joint Task Force VJTF and other defensive measures which can be operatively implemented in the Alliance s territories The Foreign Ministers meeting in Brussels focused on security threats to the Alliance arising from the Middle East and North Africa region as well as challenges related to the increase in Russia s military activities Linkevičius highlighted solidarity with Turkey as the ongoing civil war in neighbouring Syria and Russia s military activities in the region threatened the territorial integrity of this country The Foreign Ministers discussed the need to step up work on risk reductions to avoid or prevent incidents form happening in the future However according to Linkevičius at the moment there is no sign that Russia is interested in the discussions on risk reduction and transparency that would help avoid new incidents and reduce the risk of conflict The Foreign Ministers also discussed the possibility to take full advantage of the existing bilateral mechanisms and all OSCE instruments According to Lithuania s Foreign Minister the Alliance s main task is the full implementation of the Readiness Action Plan and further adaptation of NATO s military strategic posture in order to ensure that the Alliance is ready to respond swiftly and firmly to the new security challenges Linkevičius also underlined that Lithuania was ready to discuss the way forward for relations with Russia but not distracting attention from the main issues the situation in eastern Ukraine and the implementation of the Minsk agreements NATO Foreign Ministers adopted a strategy for dealing with hybrid warfare decided to invite Montenegro to begin accession talks to join the Alliance and stressed that the door remained open also for other countries that aspired for NATO membership The Resolute Support Ministerial meeting also took place in Brussels During the meeting the Foreign Ministers of NATO and Resolute Support operational partners Afghanistan Japan and South Korea discussed security situation in Afghanistan further activities in this country the development of the partnership between NATO and Afghanistan and support for the national Afghan forces The participants agreed to extend the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan in 2016 Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/nato-must-be-ready-to-respond-to-threats-no-matter-where-they-arise-from-says-lithuanias-foreign-minister-1 (2016-04-30)
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  • Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister chairs Executive Committee’s meeting of NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Excellence Created 2015 11 19 Updated 2015 11 20 11 35 On 19 20 November the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Andrius Krivas chairs the 7th Executive Committee s meeting of the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence ENSEC COE in Vilnius Outcomes of the centre s activities in 2015 were presented at the meeting The participants discussed possibilities for the centre s development the strengthening of cooperation with other organizations and partners a long term vision of the centre s activities and adopted an action plan in 2016 A national Energy Security Centre was established in 2011 The NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence was accredited in 2012 Its establishing countries are the following Estonia Italy Latvia Lithuania France and Turkey The United Kingdom joined the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence as a sponsoring nation in 2014 Georgia joined the centre as a contributing partner nation in the same year Representatives of the Czech Republic and Canada also contribute to the centre s activities On 19 November the Czech Republic announced its intentions to begin the joining process to the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence as its 8th sponsoring nation The centre is under the leadership of Colonel Gintaras Bagdonas The establishment of the centre has strengthened Lithuania s positions on energy security issues within NATO and internationally The NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence analyses issues relating to operational energy security efficiency and critical energy infrastructure protection The centre also makes recommendations and gives advice on operational energy efficiency the application of alternative energy sources for military needs the development of environment friendly and effective capabilities assesses risks identifies threats organizes exercise and training Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first written Constitution 1791 Litwa Polska LTPLlinks about a day ago RT KTUnews KTUlive Lithuanian Research and Industry conference with LinkeviciusL about a day ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about a day ago LinkeviciusL good talks w

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/lithuanias-foreign-vice-minister-chairs-executive-committees-meeting-of-nato-energy-security-centre-of-excellence- (2016-04-30)
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  • Lithuania’s Foreign Minister calls for joint efforts to enhance Alliance’s resilience to hybrid threats | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    All events Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius Minister s agenda cv Twitter News Print RSS Share Facebook Twitter Google plus Lithuania s Foreign Minister calls for joint efforts to enhance Alliance s resilience to hybrid threats Created 2015 10 23 Updated 2015 10 26 10 22 On 23 October the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius visited the Vilnius based NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence NATO ENSEC COE and stressed the importance of energy security for politics today as well as its important part in NATO s activities and planning in particular in the fight against the new hybrid threats In a meeting with the Director of the Centre Col Gintaras Bagdonas and other employees Lithuania s Foreign Minister wished them every success in their future endeavours Lithuania s Foreign Minister pointed out that the current geopolitical situation in the world hybrid wars and cyber threats were real and closely linked to energy security threats NATO Centres of Excellence in all the Baltic States the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence in Vilnius the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Tallinn the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence Riga opened up new opportunities for strengthening cooperation to counter these challenges Accredited on 12 October 2012 the NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence currently operates as a widely recognized international military organization with an aim of providing qualified and appropriate expert advice on issues related to operational energy security Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first written Constitution 1791 Litwa Polska LTPLlinks about a day ago RT KTUnews KTUlive Lithuanian Research and Industry conference with LinkeviciusL about a day ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about a day ago LinkeviciusL good talks w MalmstromEU on TTiP importance for EU citizens it d create jobs boost economy about a day ago Good to speak w MalstromEU in Vilnius TTiP is a must have to our economies about 3 days ago

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/lithuanias-foreign-minister-calls-for-joint-efforts-to-enhance-alliances-resilience-to-hybrid-threats (2016-04-30)
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  • Influential U.S. think tank Atlantic Council will also look into ways of improving security measures in Baltic States | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Baltic States Created 2015 10 21 Updated 2015 10 21 14 25 On 20 October in Vilnius the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Andrius Krivas officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defence met with a group of experts from the Influential U S think tank Atlantic Council led by Magnus Nordenman to discuss current challenges to Lithuania s security measures to ensure security and potential support from allies in this field The delegation of the Atlantic Council which is headquartered in Washington D C took an invitation of the Ministry of National Defence to visit Lithuania on 19 21 October and to become familiar with the Baltic Sea region s security situation At the meeting the Lithuanian diplomats and the U S security policy experts explored measures to enhance NATO s collective defence and deterrence measures as response to Russia s actions as well as their impact on strategic environment The officials dedicated a lot of attention to the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan which was approved at the NATO 2014 Summit in Wales According to Lithuania s Foreign Vice Minister Lithuania seeks to ensure full implementation of the Readiness Action Plan before the next NATO Summit in 2016 in Warsaw Krivas thanked the U S for its leadership in the implementation of decisions taken in Wales He stressed that NATO should switch from security measures to deterrence measures which would effectively prevent efforts to violate security of the Baltic States The first step is to deploy NATO s numerous troops in Lithuania Latvia and Estonia and to create conditions to rapidly send additional troops as well as to early deploy military equipment Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first written Constitution 1791 Litwa Polska LTPLlinks about a day ago RT KTUnews KTUlive Lithuanian Research and Industry conference with LinkeviciusL about a day ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about a day ago LinkeviciusL good

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/influential-us-think-tank-atlantic-council-will-also-look-into-ways-of-improving-security-measures-in-baltic-states (2016-04-30)
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  • Lithuania’s Foreign Vice-Minister thanks Chief of Italian Army for contributing to implementation of NATO’s security measures in Lithuania | News | Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Graziano who is visiting Lithuania discussed NATO s Readiness Action Plan which was approved at NATO s Wales Summit in 2014 the implementation of the collective security measures and the next NATO Summit in Warsaw Krivas thanked the Chief of the Italian Army for contributing to the urgent implementation of NATO s collective security measures in Lithuania and in the Baltic region This year the Italian Air Force took part in NATO s air policing mission over the Baltic States for the first time On 1 January 2015 the Italian Air Force deployed at Šiauliai Air Base four Eurofighter Typhoon fighters and a team consisting of a crew and support personnel for eight months Since 2012 Italy has also participated in the activity of NATO s Centre of Excellence for Energy Security in Lithuania This year the country sent an officer to the NATO Force Integration Unit in Lithuania We highly appreciate the participation of the Italian Army in NATO s activities in Lithuania This is an important contribution to security and stability in the Baltic region and to the Alliance s collective response to the conventional and new threats arising from the Russian aggression against Ukraine as well as the increased Russian military activity in our neighbourhood and beyond said Lithuania s Foreign Vice Minister During the conversation the officials also discussed NATO s further adaptation and preparations for the next NATO Summit in Warsaw in July 2016 Krivas emphasized the need for the Alliance to adapt to the changing security situation to plan long term measures for enhancing security of NATO s eastern flank and to properly respond to the expectations and efforts of NATO partners who had linked their future security with their prospective membership of the Alliance The Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas and the Italian Ambassador to Lithuania Stefano Taliani De Marchio also attended the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Weekly news from Lithuania Year 2016 Year 2015 Year 2014 Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Year 2015 Year 2014 Useful links Honorary consuls of Lithuania Lithuanian Development Cooperation Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region The Official Gateway of Lithuania Study in Lithuania Social media Subscribe to our newsletters Once a day Once a week Once a month Lithuanian Diplomatic Playbook Twitter feed about 39 minutes ago Daily news from Lithuanian ambassadors around the World is out about 21 hours ago My condolences to Norway UK Italy to the families of the victims of the helicopter crash near Bergen borgebrende about 23 hours ago RT LT MFA Stratcom S Lavrov continues to look for enemies We invite not to about 23 hours ago Ahead of imp date 225y May3Constitution of joint PL LT state best wishes 2 neighbour Shared history LT PLlinks about 23 hours ago While Russia claims fighting terrorism in Syria on legal basis its ally Assad legally bombed second medical facility in just a week about a day ago Celebrating common history with Poland and Europe s first

    Original URL path: http://uk.mfa.lt/default/en/news/lithuanias-foreign-vice-minister-thanks-chief-of-italian-army-for-contributing-to-implementation-of-natos-security-measures-in-lithuania- (2016-04-30)
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