Linkevičius meets with Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti
Prior to the spring Meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius met with the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Curtis M. Scaparrotti on 26 April. The interlocutors agreed that the deployment of battlegroups to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, which had been agreed upon at the NATO summit in Warsaw, was an excellent example of successful implementation of rapid and solidarity-based solutions.
The meeting also discussed the region’s security situation and situations in conflict zones. Particular attention was given to the implementation of all decisions taken at the Wales and Warsaw summits on the Alliance’s adaptation required to effectively meet all security challenges from wherever they arise.
“It is necessary to accelerate the work in the fields of reinforced training and deployment of forces, increasing the Alliance’s ability to appropriately and timely respond to all kinds of threats. It is also extremely important to strengthen our air defence in the Baltic region,” the Foreign Minister said. He emphasized that the key to strengthening the Alliance’s deterrence and defence posture in a dynamically changing security environment was the ability to make quick decisions.
Before the meeting with the General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, Linkevičius visited the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) located in Mons, Belgium, where he discussed the most relevant issues of security and the Alliance’s strategic agenda, including NATO’s new command structure, with experts serving at the Headquarters.