President Gitanas Nausėda met with Polish and Lithuanian Ministers and Chiefs of Defense. The meeting was attended by Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces Lt Gen Rajmund Andrzejczak, Polish Ambassador to Lithuania Urszula Doroszewska, Lithuanian Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis and Lithuania’s Chief of Defense Lt GenValdemaras Rupšys.
The state of bilateral cooperation on national security and objectives of the Declaration on Strengthening Bilateral Partnership were reviewed at the meeting. This is the first meeting of the Lithuanian-Polish Council of Defense Ministers after 2019 the signing of the joint declaration by the Presidents of Poland and Lithuania on strengthening the security of the two countries.
“Lithuania and Poland cooperate very closely in the field of security and defense. Our countries have identified Russia as a threat of discord that demonstrates aggression, and mutual support as well as joint readiness for deterrence, are highly important in the face of this threat,” the President said.
The attention of NATO allies for the region, including the scale and armaments of US forces in Poland and Lithuania, as well as NATO reform issues were discussed at the meeting. “The presence of the US forces is of strategic importance, both as a deterrent and as a guarantor of defense for the entire region,” the President added.
Readiness of the region in the field of air defense, the security situation in the Suwalki corridor, and plans for joint military exercises were also addressed.