Ministry of National Defence of the Republic of Lithuania

11/22/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/22/2019 05:22

Defence Ministers of Lithuania and Poland met

On November 22 Ministers of National Defence of Lithuania and Poland met in Vilnius as the Lithuanian-Polish cooperation is strengthened. Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and his Polish counterpart Mariusz Błaszczak dicussed priority directions of bilateral cooperation, exchanged views on the regional and European security situation, and reiterated the need for closer cooperation on protection of the Suwalki Gap.

R. Karoblis underscored that Lithuania and Poland were bound together by common security challenges and interests, therefore it was important to continue enhancing regional cooperation both in bilateral, and NATO and EU formats.

'Poland is clearly one of the most important Lithuania's partners in security and defence. We are parts of the same region and the most successful defensive Alliance, NATO, in history. Our countries have been consistently strengthening military cooperation since the threats from the East increased. My counterpart of Poland Minister Mariusz Błaszczak and I enjoy great personal relations that help us solve every problem and take bilateral military cooperation to a new level,' Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis says.

Ministers agreed to arrange the first meeting of the Lithuanian-Polish Defence Ministers Council early next year on the basis of the Joint Declaration of the President of Lithuania and the President of Poland on partnership in security of February 2019. Ministers also discussed the upcoming NATO Leaders meeting in London and agreed that we had to send a clear message of a strong transatlantic bond, Alliance's unity and allies' solidarity.

Ministers also addressed regional air defence. R. Karoblis stressed that the Baltic region remained to be the most vulnerable region in terms of air defence, therefore the Baltic states were seeking NATO support in developing an integrated regional air defence architecture and hope that Poland would contribute significantly to the development of the common system.

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