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Substantial Hungary’s contribution to the security assurance measures in our region is a sign of solidarity and unity, Minister of National Defence J. Olekas says


On August 31 Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas and Minister of Defence of Hungary Dr. Csaba Hende discussed regional security, assistance to Ukraine, upcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw, bilateral cooperation and other points of security and defence at a meeting at the Lithuanian Air Force Air Base in Šiauliai.


“Hungary was the first European NATO ally to deploy its rotating forces to Lithuania to strengthen the agreed NATO reassurance measures in the Baltic Region. Today we welcome air contingent of the Hungarian Force which marks Hungary’s first deployment to the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission to ensure security of our airspace. We appreciate it as a sign of solidarity and unity,” Minister J.Olekas said at the meeting.


Minister of Defence of Hungary stated that Hungary had plans to provide one more rotation of the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission in 2019.


Minister J.Olekas invited his Hungarian counterpart to consider deploying troops to Lithuania and taking part in multinational NATO exercises here next year. “We highly appreciate the expertise and experience of Hungarian troops of which our soldiers were able to ascertain at the combined exercise last year. We invite Hungary to consider sending again the rotational forces to Lithuania next year. In our turn, we will make every effort to provide them with the best training conditions,” Minister J.Olekas said. Roughly 140 Hungarian soldiers were deployed to combined training and exercises in Lithuania for a couple of months late last year.


While addressing NATO assurance measures and the Warsaw Summit coming up next year Minister J.Olekas highlighted the need to agree to a NATO action plan for the long-term which would strengthen the security assurance measures in our region.


Minister J.Olekas thanked Minister C.Hende for the Hungarian officer posted to the NATO Force Integration Unit which would be inaugurated in Lithuania on September 3.


Lithuania and Hungary cooperate in defence area on the basis of an arrangement on bilateral contacts and defence cooperation signed in 1997.


Lithuanian troops studied languages, attended military observers’ and other courses in Hungary. Till Lithuania’s NATO accession in 2004 Hungary was sharing its experience with Lithuania on NATO negotiations, drawing up necessary documents and armed forces reform according to NATO standards. In 2005 Water Purification Unit of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytenis Main Support Logistics Battalion conducted standby for the 4th shift of the NATO Response Force together with a Hungarian logistic unit.



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