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Nordic countries are not only a role model but also reliable allies of Lithuania, Minister R. Karoblis says


“The Nordic countries and Lithuania are connected by a long and particularly close cooperation, they are not only a role model to Lithuania but also reliable allies in the region,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said in a meeting with a delegation of the Nordic Council Conservative group on March 5. The guests arrived at the Ministry of National Defence to discuss the Baltic-Nordic cooperation and regional security.


The Minister thanked the Nordic countries for the support in the Baltic region - Norwegian and Danish forces are serving with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence in Lithuania and Estonia, Iceland’s civilian personnel contribute to these units, Danish air detachment is carrying out the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states from Šiauliai Air Base at the moment and a Danish officer has been heading the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU), a NATO headquarters operating in Lithuania, for several years now.


Minister R. Karoblis invited the discussion on the possibilities of Finland’s and Sweden’s troops training with the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion in the Baltic states in order to ensure an effective interaction of military forces in the region.


At the meeting Minister R.Karoblis and representative of the Nordic countries discussed security situation in the region, countries’ efforts to strengthen defence capabilities and support to partners. “Ukraine defends NATO’s borderline, therefore a strong and unified Ukraine is in our interest. Lithuania will continue supporting Ukraine. We are prepared to work side by side with the Nordic countries in strengthening the Armed Forces of Ukraine,” Minister of National Defence R. Karoblis said.


The MPs of the Nordic countries were interested in the changes of cyber security in Lithuania: they were briefed on Lithuania’s achievements in cyber-security, activity of the National Cyber Security Centre, and Lithuania’s initiative to form joint cyber rapid response force in EU framework, during a meeting with Vice Minister of National Defence Edvinas Kerza.


The delegation of the Nordic Council formed by Danish, Norwegian, Finnish and Swedish parliamentary parties’ members and representatives also met with the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Prime Minister, and representatives of the Seimas and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the visit in Lithuania.


The Nordic Council (established in 1952) is a forum of interparliamentary cooperation. Its objective is to support and develop cooperation of the Nordic countries in legislature, culture, public transport, environmental protection, social policy, and economics. In the recent year the cooperation has been expanded to encompass foreign policy and security too.


Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD)

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