Chief of Defence visited Latvia

Chief of Defence visited Latvia

On March 2-3 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys conducted a formal visit to Latvia. He met with Minister of Defence of Latvia Artis Pabriks, Chief of Defence of Latvia Lt Gen Leonīds Kalniņš, and visited the Adazi base.

"Progress in the Latvian Armed Forces is fast. Our brothers have taken a significant step ahead in defence area: modern infrastructure, realistic threat assessment and military thinking and planning based on it. I am certain that we have to continue consistently strengthening military cooperation between our countries," Lt Gen V. Rupšys said.

At Adazi, housing Latvia's Mechanised Infantry Brigade and the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, Chiefs of Defence toured the expertly developed military infrastructure, familiarised with combat training and service conditions of the units, discussed military threats. Other topics addressed during the visit were joint projects, strengthening of the military cooperation, armed forces modernisation plans, military exercises, and regional security.
Chiefs of Defence visited Brāļu kapi cemetery memorial to honour fallen Latvian soldiers, Lithuanian Chief of Defence laid a flower tribute at the monument.

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.

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

Photo credits: Latvian Armed Forces