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National defence leadership met with Germany’s Chief of Staff General V. Wieker

2017.03.24
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“Lithuania highly appreciates efforts of Germany and other Allies to step up deterrence and collective defence in the Baltic region. Germany as the framework nation for the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroup makes history to us. We are in good hands,” Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis said at a meeting with the Chief of Staff of Germany General Volker Wieker.

 

German Chief of Defence General V. Wieker who is on a visit in Lithuania on March 23-24 met with Chief of Defence of Lithuania Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas. According to the Lithuanian CHOD, the opportunity to train in joint exercises with German soldiers deployed in the country will be particularly useful for Lithuanian troops since they are using German weaponry and equipment. At the meeting information environment in the region, structure of the Lithuanian Armed Forces and perspectives of its development were presented to the guest.

 

Lithuania’s national defence leadership discussed plans and prospects of bilateral military cooperation at the meetings with the Chief of Staff of Germany.

 

Minister R.Karoblis underlined that Germany was one of Lithuania’s key military cooperation partners. “I am also very happy that Lithuanian society has a particularly positive view of Germany which is in the lead of the NATO battalion deployed in Lithuania,” Minister of National Defence said. According to a public opinion poll carried out by request of the Ministry of National Defence by RAIT UAB, Lithuanian society highly favours allied military presence in Lithuania and indicates Germany as one of the friendliest European countries.

 

During the visit in Lithuania General V. Wieker also met with soldiers of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion deployed in Rukla and watched a joint operation carried out by them and Lithuanian colleagues.

 

The Alliance took the decision to deploy NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battlegroups in the three Baltic states and Poland as of 2017 at the Warsaw Summit in July 2016. The NATO battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany, in 2017-2018 it will be manned by Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and France, 1,200 in total.

 

Germany is also an active contributor to the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states. It has already provided military personnel and assets five times since the mission based at Šiauliai Air Base began in 2004.

 

Lithuania and Germany also cooperate closely in defence procurement and have been buying plenty of military equipment in the recent years: armoured vehicles, artillery systems, assault rifles, naval guns.

 

Credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD), Giedrė Maksimovicz (MoD)

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