Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

05/22/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/22/2018 05:34

Baltic Defence Ministers to meet in Klaipėda

On May 24 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Minister of Defence of Latvia Jüri Luiku and Minister of Defence of Estonia Raimonds Bergmanis will meet at the Lithuanian Navy Headquarters in Klaipėda.

Ministers are planned to discuss regional defence and security policy topicalities, Baltic cooperation in defence and security, preparations for the NATO Defence Ministers meeting in June, and the NATO Summit in July, and cooperation with strategic partners.

Ministers will sign a joint cooperation communique.

Baltic Ministers will be welcomed by Commander of the Lithuanian Navy Captain (Navy) Arūnas Mockus at the Lithuanian Navy Headquarters. Ministers will also visit the maritime surveillance centre of the Lithuanian Navy and after the meeting - the LGT.

Cooperation with the Baltic states is among Lithuania's top international cooperation priorities. Baltic Defence Ministers and Chiefs of Defence meet twice a year annually to discuss political aspects of regional security, and develop joint practical cooperation projects, such as the Baltic Defence College, joint Baltic unit assigned to NATO forces, Baltic Airspace Surveillance and Control System, the Baltic Naval Squadron. At such meetings proposals regarding further priorities in the Baltic defence cooperation are made. Baltic Defence Policy Directors, Chiefs of Defence Staffs, commanders of land, air and naval forces, and experts of various levels also meet regularly.

Media opportunities

Thursday, May 24

0815-0830hrs - Arrival of Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian delegations at the Lithuanian Navy HQ (Naujoji uosto str. 24, Klaipėda)

0935-0950hrs Signing of the Joint Baltic Defence Ministers' Communique, press conference

Media representatives should register with the MoD Strategic Communication and Public Relations Department at [email protected] or +370 687 90 765 by indicating your full name, position, media outlet, e-mail address, and cell phone number, not later than Wednesday, May 24, 1500hrs.

Foreign media representatives as well as freelance media should apply for accreditation with the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence at [email protected] by filling in the questionnaire form and sending it together with copies of an ID document and document from the media outlet the information will be used.

POC in Klaipėda - Head of CIMIC Section Lt Cdr Ramūnas Kažerskas; +370 46 391 207, +370 698 18196.

Photo: MoD archive (last Baltic Defence Ministers' meeting in December)