Budapest, September 8 (MTI) – Hungary will contribute 100,000 euros to strengthening cyber defence, as part of pledges made at last week’s NATO conference on the Ukrainian crisis, a defence official said today.

Addressing a conference in Budapest, deputy state secretary for defence Peter Siklosi said if parliament gives its approval, Hungary will hike defence spending more than earlier planned and upgrade the Papa base air facility to make it suitable for use by NATO aircraft.

Hungary has pledged to send a rifle company to the Baltic states for a period of 2-2.5 months and to take up a role in a rapid response force, Siklosi said. Next year Hungary will take part in multi-national military exercises under NATO command in Hungary, he added.

Szabolcs Takacs, deputy state secretary for defence policy at the foreign ministry, told the same conference that the NATO summit last week had achieved the important task of stregthening the alliance and it sent a clear message that it was a strong military cooperation which will not accept attacks mounted on any of its members.



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