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Hungary’s Chief of Defence visits Lithuania

Hungary’s Chief of Defence visits Lithuania

On September 19 through 21 Chief of Defence of Hungary Lt Gen Dr. Romulusz Ruszin-Szendi is on a visit in Lithuania. Yesterday he was welcomed by Chief of Defence Lt Gen Valdemaras Rupšys, met with Hungary’s representative at the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) and visited training facility of the Lithuanian Special Operations Forces.

Lithuanian and Hungarian Chiefs of Defence discussed the security and deterrence situation in the regions, the importance of assistance to Ukraine and the countries’ possibilities to contribute, potential joint exercises and joint capability development projects.

“This is my second meeting with my Hungarian counterpart here in Lithuania. We have agreed not only to share experience but also to work together on NASAMS and PzH2000 projects. I am grateful to the contribution of the Hungarian Air Force to the security of NATO airspace. Hungary is the first country following the Unite States to deploy rotational forces in Lithuania and it is currently conducting its third rotation of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states,” said Chief of Defence Lt Gen V. Rupšys.

Today the guest continues the visit in other units of the Lithuanian Armed Forces meeting with NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) personnel and the Hungarian troops conducting the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission.

Hungary is currently providing personnel and JAS-39 Gripen fighter aircraft for its third rotation of the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states since Lithuania joined the Alliance. The two countries cooperate bilaterally on military training and other areas.

Photo credits: Alfredas Pliadis (MoD) and the Lithuanian Armed Forces