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Slovak forces deployed to Latvia as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group could be sent to Lithuania in case a crisis arose, Ambassador of Slovakia to Lithuania says

2019.06.17
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On June 17 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas received Ambassador of Slovakia to Latvia and Lithuania Ladislav Babčan. Vice Minister underscored the importance of cooperation with Slovakia and thanked for the country’s contribution to the security of the Baltic region.

 

“Slovakia is contributing to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Groups, specifically, in Latvia, to the NATO Force Integration Units and multinational operations. It demonstrates strong Slovakia’s resolve to be a part of the response to current threats to the security of the region and the entire NATO,” Vice Minister V. Umbrasas said at the meeting thanking Slovakia for the contribution to the security of the region. “Of course, we have to continue seeking that the decisions of the Warsaw Summit are fully implemented, including enabling the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force,” Vice Minister said.

 

Vice Minister and Ambassador discussed the complicated security situation in the region and the threat from Russia, as well as unconventional measures, such as information or cyber-attacks, economic pressure to reach one's goals, and NATO response to them. They also addressed the transatlantic cooperation and matters of the EU’s strategic autonomy.

 

Ambassador of Slovakia expressed delight that Lithuania and Slovakia agreed on fundamental issues and therefore could successfully cooperate and support each other in NATO and EU formats. Ambassador also stressed that the Slovak soldiers deployed as part of the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group in Latvia had a clear mandate to support the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Groups in Lithuania and Estonia in case there was a need.

 

Vice Minister V. Umbrasas stressed that bilateral cooperation should continue being developed and experience continue being shared, and knowledge should be expanded in such areas as strategic communication and response to the Russian propaganda, cyber security and crises management. Vice Minister also thanked Slovakia for making available their Air Force L-39 aircraft simulator for training Lithuanian pilots.

 

Defence cooperation of Lithuania and Slovakia

 

A Slovakian officer is serving in the NATO Force Integration Unit in Vilnius, Lithuanian and Slovakian soldiers are training in joint exercises, e.g. Tobruq Legacy. Also, Slovakia and other Visegrád Group countries contribute to the Baltic security by deploying rotational forces and soldiers and equipment to the NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battalion Battle Group. Slovakia also provides Lithuania the opportunity to use its L-39 flight simulation system for training pilots.

 

Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD)

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