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Croatia will continue deploying troops to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania


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“Lithuania thanks Croatia for the decision to deploy its forces to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battalion Battle Group in Lithuania again - that is the real expression of solidarity between our countries in the face of common threats,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said while on a formal visit in Croatia, after the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Damir Krstičević and Chief of Defence of Croatia General Mirko Šundov.


In December 2017 – July 2018 Croatia contributed a military contingent to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group deployed in Lithuania for deterrence and defence . Accroding to Minister of Defence of Croatia, a decisions had been taken to deploy forces to the NATO eFP in Rukla again in the first semester of 2020. “It was an invaluable experience for us that we will apply in the future,” Defence Minister of Croatia said. “We are still feeling we are a apart of the Battalion, so we are happy to be able to contribute to a stronger security in the region.”


Ministers also discussed possibilities of further bilateral military cooperation. Croatia is Lithuania’s main partner in military area in Southeastern Europe: Troops of both countries train together in international exercises, both countries also maintain cooperation and share information in installing artillery systems PzH 2000, Croatia also takes part in the Lithuanian-initiated EU response teams project in PESCO framework and had signed the Protocol of Intent on their formation. Lithuania also procured military gear from Croatia.


Minister also visited factories of HS Product and Šestan-Busch defence industry enterprises (the latter is providing helmets to the Lithuanian Armed Forces) to familiarise with weaponry and equipment manufacturer there. R. Karoblis made a briefing on the experience of Lithuanian enterprises in defence industry and said it was a one more promising area of cooperation, Lithuanian and Croatian Defence Ministers agreed to look for ways of increasing synergy between Lithuanian and Croatian defence industry enterprises.


Photos: courtesy of the Ministry of Defence of Croatia

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