On 19 April, Air Force Base of Latvian Armed Forces in Lielvārde hosted the meeting of Baltic Chiefs of Defence. During the meeting Major General Leonīds Kalniņš, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, Lieutenant General Jonas Vytautas Žukas, Chief of Defence of the Republic of Lithuania and General Riho Terras, Commander of the Defence Forces of the Republic of Estonia discussed the current military cooperation between Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, as well as the state of international and regional security.
The aim of the meeting was to promote coordination of armed force operations and development plans in all the Baltic countries. Chiefs of Defence also discussed ways of improving the military training in all three Baltic countries and enhancing defence education cooperation, including joint training and planning of military exercises rolled out together with NATO multinational battle groups deployed in the region.
“I am delighted with successful cooperation between Baltic countries and development of defence capabilities, as well as the way each of our countries grows its defence capabilities, to be able to protect ourselves”, underlined Major General Leonīds Kalniņš. “Meeting produced a number of valuable agreements on further cooperation and development of defence capabilities, and I am confident that these initiatives will be implemented within agreed deadlines”.\
Major General Leonīds Kalniņš also pointed out that the NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence shows its determination and unity. “We are grateful for the support provided by our Allies and must continue focusing on further upgrading of our national defence capability. We can ensure the support of others only by proving that our capabilities are rock solid,” he stressed.
Chiefs of Defence discussed regional security and concluded that armed forces of all three Baltic countries are ready to engage in combat at any time, but will by no means attempt to escalate the situation in the region.