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Minister R. Karoblis on a visit to Poland in the delegation of the President of the Republic of Lithuania

2019.02.19
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On February 21-22 Minister of National Defence Raimundas Karoblis is conducting a formal visit to Poland in the delegation of President of the Republic of Lithuania HE Dalia Grybauskaitė. The visit schedule includes meetings with the President, Marshals the Sejm and Senate and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland. The delegations are also planned to visit Lublin and visit the LITPOLUKRBRIG headquarters.

 

The main attention during the visit to Poland will be given to security and defence. Perspectives of strengthening cooperation in defence area will be addressed with an emphasis on the importance of bilateral military cooperation.

 

R. Karoblis and Poland’s Minister of National Defence Mariusz Błaszczak are expected to sign a technical agreement on establishing a secure communication channel for exchanging radar surveillance data. The Ministers are also expected to sign a Letter of Intent on the affiliation of the Lithuanian Armed Forces Mechanised Infantry Brigade Iron Wolf and the 15th Mechanised Brigade of the Polish Armed Forces to the headquarters of the Multinational Divisional North-East (MND NE ) in Elblag (Poland).

 

Defence cooperation of Lithuania and Poland

 

Defence cooperation between Lithuania and Poland is vital for both, Lithuanian and regional security. One of the most recent instances of defence cooperation between Lithuania and Poland is Poland’s official joining of the Lithuanian-initiated European Union cyber response teams formation project last November.

 

Poland is one of the most active participants of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states. The Polish Air Force is also in charge of the mission at the moment , and it marks the 8th time Poland’s soldiers and equipment are protecting the Baltic skies.

 

Lithuania and Poland work together on NATO defence planning in developing Article 5 capabilities and on planning NATO exercises in the region.

 

Bilateral cooperation is also developed in procurement. The Lithuanian Armed Forces continue procurement of the GROM short-range anti-aircraft system from Poland.

 

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine have been developing a joint project, trilateral military unit, LITPOLUKRBRIG, since 2014. It is formed according to the model of the multinational European Union Battle Groups for managing crises.

 

Lithuania has been taking part in the activities of the NATO Multinational Corps Northeast based in Poland since 2003. Based in Szczecin, it is the closest NATO military corps to Lithuania in terms of distance. 8 Lithuanian soldiers have been deployed to serve with it since 2015. In 2017 formation of the multinational Division North-East HQ was launched by Polish initiative - at peacetime it coordinates training, exercises and interoperability of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Groups in the Baltic states and Poland through national brigades. Two Lithuanian officers have been serving with it since 2017.

 

Photo credit: G.  Makimovicz (MoD): Poland officially joined the Lithuanian-initiated project for formation of European Union cyber response teams on 24 November 2018. The Declaration of Intent was signed by Minister of National Defence of Poland Mariusz Błaszczak on a visit in Vilnius.

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