Lithuanian PM suggests Baltic states could buy weaponry together

Algirdas Butkevičius
DELFI / Tomas Vinickas

“In an effort to make efficient use of defence funds, it is highly important for the Baltic states to closely cooperate in the field of defence, including even joint purchase of weaponry,” Butkevičius said at a joint news conference in Vilnius.

Latvia‘s Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma also expressed support for the idea of joint acquisition of weaponry, but the three officials did not specify the weaponry.

The Baltic PMs also stressed the need to implement the decisions made at the NATO summit in Wales on additional security instruments.

This summer, NATO intends to set up international staffs in the Baltic states, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria. In response to the Russian actions in Ukraine, the Alliance also stepped up the air policing mission and increased the frequency of international war games in the region.

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