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Minister J.Olekas emphasised the mutual interest to enhance collective defence and security in the region at a meeting with Minister of National Defence of Poland


“I am certain that strong relations between our countries is the foundation of the security in our region and I am happy that security and defence cooperation between our countries has always been developed in the spirit of openness and confidence, and mutual support,” Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas said at the meeting with Minister of National Defence of Poland Antoni Macierewicz in Lublin on January 25.


While putting an emphasis on the security challenges common to Lithuania and Poland, Minister J.Olekas and his Polish counterpart agreed to cooperate in preparation for the NATO Summit in Warsaw more closely.


The Lithuanian Minister of National Defence expressed support to Poland’s position declared beforehand that forces of the Alliance should be permanently stationed in Eastern Europe. “In my view, NATO must enhance its capacity to deter and defend in response to the Russian aggression,” J.Olekas said. According to the Lithuanian Minister of National Defence, prepositioning of NATO troops and equipment is an essential element of a reliable deterrence.


The Ministers also discussed the capacity of their countries to host allied forces, the prospects of strengthening air defence and other capabilities, and to carry out procurements together.


Credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoND)

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