Baltic defense ministers talk joint strategies

The defense ministers of the three Baltic states concurred Thursday in Panevezys, Lithuania on the need to develop their mid-term air defense systems as well as the long-term presence of their allied forces in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, reported military news portal Sargs.lv.

Latvia’s Defense Minister Raimonds Vējonis, speaking after the meeting, said that “the procurement of a joint air defense system would be a significant practical step to strengthening Latvia’s and the Baltic states’ military defense capabilities in the long-term, and would allow for more frugal management of financial resources, easing maintenance of the systems as well as training requirements.”

The ministers also agreed to work out a joint plan for developing a Baltic military training infrastructure and resources and vowed to continue planning work for the Baltic Battalion’s future engagements.

During their meeting the defense ministers also met with Ukraine’s defense minister Sepan Poltorak to discuss the current situation in his country.

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