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  • 18 May 2017

    During his visit to Lithuania, Head of NSB Paweł Soloch met representatives of the Lithuanian authorities, visited pilots from the Orlik 7 Polish Military Contingent, stationed in Siauliai, and laid a wreath on behalf of the President of Poland on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the death of Józef Piłsudski.

    Cooperation between Poland and Lithuania, as well as regional cooperation in the field of security, was the main topic of Mr Soloch’s meetings, with representatives of the Lithuanian authorities.

    He met with the Chief Adviser to Lithuania’s President, Živilė Šatūnienė (National Security Group), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius and National Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis.

    "The talks were conducted in the context of the reinforcement of NATO's eastern flank," Mr Soloch said after the meetings. As he noted, "they are based mainly on military security, but also on energy security, the challenges of hybrid and information warfare."

    Mr Soloch said that concrete proposals for actions on further development of the Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian LITPOLUKRBRIG brigade were also presented. He pointed out that Polish-Lithuanian security cooperation can be judged positively "cooperation has flourished again in relation to NATO  troops stationed in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland."

    During his three-day visit to Lithuania, the Head of NSB met Polish pilots, stationed at Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania. Poland is firmly committed to Allied solidarity and airspace integrity; this is the seventh rotation over the Baltic countries (NATO Baltic Air Policing). This rotation will fly F-16 Fighting Falcons. The Polish contingent arrived at the end of April and will remain there until the end of August.

    On 12 May, on the occasion of the 82nd anniversary of the death of Józef Piłsudski, Mr Soloch laid a wreath on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland at the Mausoleum of the Mother and the Son's Heart at Vilnius Rasos cemetery The Polish ambassador to Lithuania Jarosław Czubiński with the staff, Secretary of the Home Army Veterans Club of Vilnius region  Edmund Szot and Vilnius residents also laid wreaths.

    Ambassador Czubiński addressed his compatriots from Poland, as well as the delegation of the  National Security Bureau delegation, headed by Paweł Soloch, and  thanked them for coming to Vilnius and spoke about their compatriots living in Lithuania. Each arrival of our compatriots from any place in the world is a sign for our compatriots in Vilnius, that, wherever we are, we will always be Poles. Take home good memories from Vilnius, not only from this place, but also the memory of the people who are buried here or are still alive. More than 200,000 Poles living in Lithuania want to remember them and sometimes help them”.

     

     

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