2021.10.14 09:47

NATO delegation visits Lithuania, minister calls for unity ‘in face of Russia threat’

BNS2021.10.14 09:47

NATO military representatives from 21 member states, on a visit to Lithuania, are being briefed on the situation on the alliance's eastern flank, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.

As part of their visit on Tuesday through Thursday, the delegation is visiting Lithuanian and NATO military units "to learn about their activity and organisation", the ministry said in a press release.

During a meeting at the Defense Ministry, the delegation was briefed on the development of Lithuania's defence infrastructure and host nation support, modernisation of equipment and gear, and new acquisitions.

"NATO needs to remain united and strengthen deterrence and defence in the face of the threat from Russia," Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas said in the press release.

"In light of it, cooperation and allied military presence – NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group, NATO Force Integration Unit and the NATO Air Policing Mission – in Lithuania constitutes our chief security guarantee," he said.

The representatives also met with Lithuania's Chief of Defense Lieutenant General Valdemaras Rupšys.

"I have thanked the military representatives for the military deployments here and the assistance to strengthen Lithuania's defence and deterrence. Development and growth can happen only in a safe country," he said.

The delegation is also scheduled to visit NATO's enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Rukla, the US 3-66 Battalion's troops in the Pabradė training area, and the Danish and Portuguese contingents currently carrying out the allied Baltic air policing mission at Šiauliai Air Base.

The military representatives are also to visit Exercise Iron Wolf 2021-II, which started on Tuesday and involves over 3,000 military personnel from 12 NATO allies and Ukraine.

Read more: Military drills involving tanks and over 3,000 troops kick off in Lithuania

"NATO Military Representatives are officers that serve on behalf of their respective Chiefs of Defense at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels," according to the press release.

Brigadier General Remigijus Baltrėnas is currently serving as Lithuania's military representative to NATO and the EU.

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