Baltic Defense Ministers promise «immediate Allied response to any limited incursion»

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The three Baltic Defense Ministers concluded a two-day meeting in Latvia's eastern Latgale region June 2, issuing a communique that contained little that is new but effectively reiterated their joint commitment to regional security.

The text of the communique saw the three ministers "commending", "stressing" and "underlining" various pre-existing positions.

Among the more interesting declarations was one agreeing that "the deployment of EU battlegroups should be commonly funded through the Athena mechanism to increase the usability and credibility of the EU rapid reaction toolbox" and one "reiterating firm political and practical support to Ukraine," including its security and defense reforms.

In addition, the three ministers said the presence of NATO troops on Baltic soil as part of the so-called 'Enhanced Forward Presence':

"unambiguously demonstrates Allies' solidarity, determination and the ability to trigger an immediate Allied Response to any limited incursion."

Following the discussions, the three ministers baked bread together.

Meanwhile, NATO issued a short video of Polish tanks in Latvia for the current Saber Strike military exercises.


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