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Chiefs of Defence of the three Baltic states discussed defence priorities

Chiefs of Defence of the three Baltic states discussed defence priorities

On February 17 Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys met with his Latvian and Estonian  counterparts via a tele videoconference. The Baltic Chiefs of Defence development of collective Baltic capabilities and other topical military matters.   

“The Lithuanian Armed Forces has its defence priorities defined as national capability development, which corresponds to the national security tasks, emerging threats, our geography, and defence spending. It is development of land maneuver, air defence, reconnaissance capabilities, and fire support.  The three Baltic states have very similar priorities but they are not necessary shared a hundred percent and each of us have our arguments. That is why we constantly coordinate defence-related matters and respect our respective positions,” Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys.

Major ongoing trilateral Lithuanian-Latvian-Estonian defence cooperation projects are: the Baltic Defence College (BALTDEFCOL) - at the Ministries of Defence and the Armed Forces level, the Baltic Air Surveillance Network (BALTNET) - at the Air Forces level, and the Baltic Naval Squadron (BALTRON) - at the Navies level.

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