Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys to conduct a formal visit to Latvia

Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys to conduct a formal visit to Latvia

On March 2-3 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys will be conducting a formal visit to Latvia. He is planned to meet with Minister of Defence of Latvia Artis Pabriks, Chief of Defence of Latvia Lt Gen Leonids Kalniņš, and to visit the Adazi base housing Latvia's Mechanised Infantry Brigade and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group.

The aim of the visit is to further develop joint projects, strengthen military cooperation, and discuss modernisation of the respective armed forces, military exercises, and regional security.

Military cooperation between Lithuania and Latvia is particularly important for ensuring regional security. Lithuania is intensely developing defence cooperation with Latvia in NATO, EU, and Baltic frameworks. Baltic militaries actively cooperate on the NATO Baltic air policing efforts, air surveillance, naval forces, military qualification improvement and military training.

Trilateral and bilateral projects - Baltic Air Surveillance Network and Control System BALTNET, Baltic Naval Squadron BALTRON (Latvia and Lithuania), Baltic Defence College, joint Baltic military unit BALTFOR - have been developed for years. Other areas of cooperation are ongoing synchronisation of armed defence plans, organisation of joint military exercises, training and workshops at armed forces or armed services level.

Photo credit: Sgt SPc 1st Class I. Budzeikaitė

Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence of Lithuania Maj Tomas Balkus
+370 5 278 5091, +370 682 25359, tomas.balkus@mil.lt