"The Baltic Air Policing mission is a great example of NATO solidarity," President Nausėda said. "Rotating contingents of soldiers from different countries with up-to-date military equipment demonstrate the inexhaustible commitment of the Alliance to the protection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian airspace," he added wishing all detachment members success and thanking them for their meaningful mission.
The Baltic Air Policing mission is a great example of NATO solidarity
According to the President – who also visited a United States detachment at the air base – a serious approach to the defence of the region as well as the US efforts to develop an integrated air defence architecture show that the security of the Baltic States and Poland is seen as an essential element of the security of the Alliance as a whole.
President Nausėda emphasised that Lithuania sought to further strengthen its air defence capabilities and saw this as a priority. The country was acquiring the NASAMS ground-based medium-range air defence system and will test elements of the system for the first time in September this year during in the international exercise "Tobruq Legacy 2020" held in Lithuania.
"We will continue to do everything possible to ensure our security. We are well aware that deterrence only works when the potential opponent knows, that in the event of aggression he will face a strong will and adequate defence capabilities tested in the exercise", the President concluded.