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Chief of Defence thanks Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum for active support to Lithuania's defence

Chief of Defence thanks Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum for active support to...

On June 23 through 25 Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum General Jörg Vollmer conducted a formal visit in Lithuania. He met with Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis, Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys, and other representatives of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

 

Welcome ceremony (video by Sgt Spc 1st Class Lukas Kalvaitis)


Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis and Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum General Jörg Vollmer discussed implementation of key aspects of NATO defence agenda in order to strengthen deterrence and defence in the region. Minister congratulated General on the recent appointment and expressed delight about the fact that during his career with the German Armed Forces Gen Vollmer had amassed substantial expertise and experience concerning topical matters in the context of the region, which would be of great value in the implementation of key NATO decisions.

In his turn, Chief of Defence discussed with General Vollmer regional security, defence planning, and activities of the NATO units deployed in Lithuania - enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, Force Integration Unit, Baltic Air Policing Mission.


At the joint press point Chief of Defence Lt Gen V. Rupšys underscored that the situation in Europe remained tensed, therefore we had to keep doing homework in defence area. He also said if such a necessity arose, we would act side by side in order to fulfil collective defence commitments with honour.


"We have a feeling of profound gratitude for the leadership of the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum for the active and professional performance in strengthening the defence of the Alliance. Lithuania belongs to its area of responsibility, so we get very strong support and maintain very strong relations via planning defence of Lithuania and all the NATO," Lt Gen V. Rupšys said.


Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum General Jörg Vollmer complimented Lithuania's excellent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which protected not only the civilian population but also the military. He stressed that it the commitment of NATO allies to do best to deter and defend NATO allies.


"That is why the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group has been and will be a very strong signal in the years to come that all NATO allies take the commitments seriously. We will strengthen exercise coordination next year. Everything we do is always to enhance our capability as NATO," he said.


When talking about deterrence, General Vollmer explained that the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, Force Integration Unit, and the Baltic Air Policing Mission all were very important measures of deterrence and defence. "We have the understanding that the defence of Europe starts in this area, that is why the measures are so important. That is why I was so much interested first to come to this region, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia - as a signal that we take these countries very seriously, just like other allies," Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum General Jörg Vollmer said.


The aim of the visit is to facilitate interaction of Lithuanian Armed Forces and NATO command structures, further enhance military cooperation and regional security.


The Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum is responsible for command and control of the NATO mission in Afghanistan, Resolute Support, and for coordination of NATO deterrence and readiness for defence.


Photo credits: Giedrė Maskimovicz/MoD