PAUNGURIAI, Lithuania, Jan 12 (LETA--BNS) – The three Baltic states should reopen the discussions of purchasing weaponry together, says Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius."This is the area we should be looking at again and again until we manage to work together," Linkevicius told journalists in the Trakai district at the end of the annual Snow Meeting of national and foreign security policy experts.In his words, joint acquisition of weaponry by the Baltic states would make it possible to get lower prices, as well as easier matching of the purchased systems.Officials of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia keep raising the issue of the possibility of saving by buying weaponry together, however, the deals are never accomplished, as the three countries have failed to agree on their need of military equipment.A few years ago, the Baltic nations considered joint acquisition of medium-range missile defense systems, however, finally it was only Lithuania that signed the NASAMS purchase contract with a Norwegian company.Linkevicius said the countries in the region expected decisions in connection to air defense from the meeting of leaders of NATO countries scheduled for this summer."We are talking about integration of a certain air defense and missile defense system, which would be a result of the NATO efforts and the Alliance's efforts," said the Lithuanian diplomacy chief, however, did not elaborate on the decisions.2018 is the first year when Lithuania and Latvia earmark 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) to defense. In Linkevicius' words, the Baltic states will now face the challenge of efficient spending the money.
Published: 12.01.2018 13:35