June 15th, 2016

Visegrád Group to contribute company of soldiers to NATO Baltic mission

Countries in the Visegrád Group(V4) will add a company of soldiers to NATO’s mission in the Baltic aera, the Hungarian defence ministry said. The security of NATO members in the Baltics has considerably worsened in wake of the Ukraine crisis. In such a situation “federal solidarity is extremely important”, and Visegrád countries want to make a tangible contribution to efforts aimed at ensuring the security of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, it said. Czech, Polish, Hungarian, and Slovak units will take three-month turns and will hold joint exercises with local forces, the statement said.

On the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defence ministers under way in Brussels, István Simicskó, Hungary’s defence minister, agreed with his V4 counterparts to jointly improve military capabilities in future. Relevant plans include multinational exercises to improve cooperative skills, the statement said.

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