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Minister of National Defence to attend a meeting of Defence Ministers in Riga


On Tuesday, 21 March Lithuanian Minister of National Defence Gediminas Kirkilas and him accompanying delegation are due to leave for Riga, Latvia, where they are to attend a meeting of Ministers of Defence of three Baltic States and Denmark, Germany and Poland.

The meeting is expected to focus on issues of relevant importance to NATO and the European Union (EU), discuss EU Battle groups and a pending NATO summit in Riga, Latvia.


During the meeting, the Lithuanian delegation has been charged to preside over discussions covering relations with Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and the countries of South Caucasus.


A trilateral defence co-operation of Denmark, Germany and Poland started in 1994 with the view to support Poland's efforts to join NATO. Since 1999, the Baltic States have been involved in the co-operation on the status of observers. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania became equal partners of the co-operation in 2004 upon their accession to NATO. The countries have signed an agreement concerning co-operation of six states in the field of defence. Meetings of six ministers of defence were scheduled to take place in 2004 and 2005; however, they did not happen.




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