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Further defence cooperation discussed with Georgia’s Members of Parliament


On March 26-28 a delegations of Members of Parliament of Georgia headed by Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Defence and Security Committee Koba Kobaladze conducted a visit in Lithuania. The guests discussed further cooperation on defence, cyber security and strategic communication at a meeting with Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas.


Vice Minister V. Umbasas praised Georgia’s reforms on its way to NATO and the European Union and the intense and productive cooperation both, on a bilateral basis and in international formats.


“We are ready to actively continue our cooperation and to render both political and practical support to Georgia , and we believe that one day this country will be a member of NATO as well,” Vice Minister V. Umbrasas said at the meeting, while Lithuania is celebrating its 15th anniversary as a member of NATO this week.


The delegation also met with members of the Committee on National Security and Defence of the Seimas, representatives of the Strategic Communication Department of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, and paid a visit to the National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of National Defence.


Defence cooperation of Lithuania and Georgia


Lithuania and Georgia actively cooperate in military area. Georgian representatives are studying at the General Jonas Žematis Military Academy of Lithuania, Lithuanian Armed Forces School, Military Medical Service, Baltic Defence College in Estonia. High-level visits and academic exchange of English language students and teachers of Lithuanian and Georgian military academies are arranged. Lithuania provides consultations for Georgian colleagues on cyber security and strategic communication, Georgian troops train in Lithuania and Lithuanian – in Georgia. Lithuania also supports implementation of projects of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package: since 2015 Lithuania and other Nordic and Baltic countries have been helping with the creation of the NATO-Georgia joint Training and Assessment Centre.


On 8 March 2019 Lithuania and Georgia signed a Declaration of Intent on a closer cooperation in cyber defence. The countries agreed to exchange information and data on cyber incidents and attacks, to arrange bilateral meetings of cyber security institutions experts.


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