Latvia and Lithuania to sign joint defense purchase plan

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Latvia and Lithuania will sign an agreement Thursday on synchronizing their efforts in defense procurement.

The announcement came from the Defense Ministry Wednesday, saying: "On September 15, Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis working visit to Lithuania, where he will meet with the Lithuanian Minister of Defence Juozas Olekas to discuss enhanced cooperation in the areas of defense and solutions for common purchases."

During the meeting, the ministers will sign a communique on defense procurement synchronization, which aims to promote the exchange of information on defense capabilities development plans and related purchases, as well as to carry out joint negotiations with industry and to organize workshops for wider cooperation possibilities.

The Minister will also visit the Lithuanian logistics battalion in Marijampolė.

In 2015 the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Defense Ministers at a tripartite meeting agreed on the need to develop joint solutions for  air defense and unified infrastructure to support a long-term allied presence in the Baltic countries.

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