On October 18 Minister of National Defence Arvydas Anušauskas welcomed the new Minister of Defence of Latvia, Andris Sprūds. The officials discussed the most topical issues of defence cooperation, including both countries’ preparations for hosting Allied forces.
Lithuania is currently preparing for the permanent stationing of a German brigade on the ground, the roadmap for it is planned to be signed by the end of the year. Similar agreements are also planned by Latvia and Canada.
“We exchange experience with Latvia, coordinate actions and look for the best solutions to flexibly and effectively accommodate the deployed Allies, and to ensure proper service conditions for our national forces,” said Minister A. Anušauskas.
Ministers also addressed the potential joint Baltic states’ capability development, including acquisition of High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), exchanged views on NATO defence plans executability, implementation of the Rotational NATO Air Defence Model in the region, assistance to Ukraine, activities of the Baltic Defence College.
A. Sprūds was appointed as Minister of Defence of Latvia in mid-September. This is his first visit to Lithuania in the position.
Lithuania shares the longest border with another NATO member state, Latvia, a significant Ally in defence. The two neighbors coordinate defence plans, cooperate in capability development, joint procurement and other military areas.
Photo credits: MoD / SSgt A. Čemerka