Lithuanian defence minister and chief of defence off to Wales for NATO summit

Juozas Olekas
DELFI / Kiril Čachovskij

The Summit is expected to reach decisions on updating NATO Readiness Action Plan in response to changes in security situation in Europe. The key focus will be on increased presence of allied forces in the eastern part of the Alliance, enhancement of the readiness level of the NATO Response Force, and the commitment of host nations to render support to deployed allied forces.

The minister and the chief of defence will discuss the commitment of NATO countries to increase defence financing, further involvement in Afghanistan after the close of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, and NATO cooperation with partner nations and future allies.

“The security situation in Europe has undergone a significant shift. In this context, we anticipate concrete results of NATO response to the threat of Russia – decisions on long-term presence of allied forces in Europe and the capacity of the Alliance to respond efficiently to the new security threats,” Olekas said before departing for the NATO Summit.

Events held in parallel with the NATO Summit will also be attended by the LNS Kuršis (M54) of the Lithuanian Navy under the command of Lieutenant (Navy) Nedas Ignatavičius.

On 4-8 September, the Kuršis will be moored in the seaport of Cardiff. Ships from the United Kingdom, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway and France will also come to the seaport of the United Kingdom to demonstrate solidarity and strength of NATO allies.

Last meeting of NATO state and government leaders took place in Chicago (USA) in 2012.

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